Winning a good contract is never easy, especially when governments seek to balance budgets through layoffs and reductions in worker pensions and health benefits. We must fight to protect what we’ve won in previous contracts and get our fair share for the years ahead.
That’s why it’s so important to be involved and stand with your union during contract negotiations. Local 237 is a democratic organization. Not only do union members vote for their leaders, members serve on negotiation committees to represent themselves and co-workers and 237 members vote to approve their own contracts. Your written union contract – or Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) - is the basis of your pay, benefits, working conditions and rights. To find out the latest, check in with your work area below and ask your business agent what you can do to get involved with the fight for a strong contract.
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.