Make your voice heard! Join Local 237’s Political Action Committee. Here's what you can do:
For public employees, there is nothing more critical than participation in the political process. Elected officials and their appointees determine municipal, state and federal budgets; slash or increase public services; pass laws and create regulations affecting our jobs; and negotiate our contracts.
Too many of us are working harder for less. Government cuts, tax revolts and privatization create insecurity for public workers and threaten the essential service we provide. Now there are calls to reduce or eliminate the pensions and benefits of government workers. Politicians may be part of the problem, but it’s up to us to make them part of the solution.
Local 237 maintains a strong working relationship with government, but we need members to take an active role in their communities and in choosing their political leadership. With nearly 30,000 members and retirees, our union is a force throughout New York and - as part of 1.4 million strong Teamster International Union – the nation.
As times get tougher for public employees, we must unify and increase our strength like never before, by electing public officials who share our views and ensuring they stand by their word after Election Day. In addition to fighting for our jobs and the public we serve, we will mobilize for affordable healthcare, retirement with dignity, decent housing and safe schools and streets for all New Yorkers.
To find out more about what you can do, contact Local 237's Political Action and Legislation Department at (212) 924-2000, or email Director Patricia Stryker at email@example.com.
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.