Custodian Worker 1
Town of Brentwood
Long Island Division
Mr. Taylor has been a member of Local 237 for three years. Prior to working for the Brentwood School District, he owned a fence company and plowed snow for the Town of Brentwood as a contractor. He appreciates union job security and benefits that allow him to take care of his family.
In prior jobs he did not have paid vacation and sick leave. He likes to help out with union activities – most recently he helped with the annual barbecue for Town of Brentwood employees A lifelong Brentwood resident, Mr. Taylor has a 15 year old son and a 16 year old nephew – both of whom live with him. All of his extra time revolves around his “boys” who both compete on Brentwood High School sports teams.
Hercules Cornish went to work for the Housing Authority as a caretaker J in 1952 and retired 24 years later as a stores worker. He died the year following this interview, which was conducted in June 1999.
Originally I was from Harlem, but when I came out of the service in 1945 my wife had moved to the Bronx, so I moved there, too. I went to work for the New York City Housing Authority in 1952.