Local 237 Peace Officers put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our City’s schools, colleges, hospitals, agencies and streets safe. We demand that the City recognize our sacrifices by listening and responding to our needs. That is why Local 237 fought for, and won, uniformed status for our Peace Officers, giving us separate contracts from those of our Citywide civilian members.
Certified Peace Officer’s duties are far more similar to uniformed services than civilian employees. It is a part of our jobs to make arrests, carry out searches, use physical force and take custody of firearms. Previously, we had the same contract as city workers without law enforcement duties, and our specific needs are not addressed in the negotiation process.
By creating a separate bargaining unit for Local 237 Peace Officer titles, we can now concentrate on our issues – proper equipment, sick and disability leave, pensions and inadequate pay – directly at the table. With a separate bargaining unit, we benefit from the strength, experience and unity of all Local 237 Peace officers. This is how we created separate bargaining units for all Local 237 Peace Officers:
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.