New York City Local 246

Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC


Now that the coronavirus, or COVID-19, has been declared an official pandemic, and the Governor has mandated that all non-essential businesses close and allow employees to telework, we have no choice but to temporarily close the Local 246 office.

That does not mean, however, that we will not be working our regular hours. Officers and staff all will be teleworking and will be reachable to answer your questions. We are continuing to service all our members – both active and retired – and will still be processing benefit requests. On the Contact Us page of our website, you will find a listing of every officer and the office staff. Just click on the name of the person you want to reach and you can send a direct email.

We know these are trying, stressful, and extraordinary times for everyone. Please follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC, the City of New York, and your work locations in order to best protect your health and the health of your family and loved ones. If you have questions, we are here for you.

On an as-needed basis, we will continue to send out regular email blasts, and of course, we will regularly post on all our social media outlets and our website. If you have not provided us with an email address, please do so immediately. We will be using our email blast system to quickly communicate with members to disseminate urgent information.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

New York City SEIU Local 246 is the certified bargaining unit for more than 1,600 active and 900 retired members who maintain and repair one of the largest non-military motor fleets in the world – more than 30,000 vehicles for New York City’s 20 different agencies, such as Police, Fire, Sanitation and Highway. Our largest group of members is Auto Mechanics, but we represent members in 19 different titles in just as many agencies throughout the five boroughs and beyond.

Three unions originally represented members of the Auto Trades in New York City. The intense rivalry between them lead to one union’s triumph, then known as the Building Service International Union, today known as the Service Employee International Union (SEIU).

Local 246 received its charter on November 14, 1952, when we started with about 10 members. The original goal of fighting for members’ rights and workplace safety is still our goal after all these years. Today, Local 246 represents members in the following titles:

  • Auto Mechanic
  • Auto Body  Worker
  • Auto Machinist
  • Auto Mechanic Diesel
  • Auto Service Worker Levels I/II
  • Carriage Upholsterer
  • Door Check Repairer/
  • Door Stop Maintainer
  • Electrician (Automobile)
  • Machinist
  • Machinist Helper
  • Marine Maintenance Mechanic Levels I/II
  • Motor Grade Operator
  • Oil Burner Specialist
  • Rubber Tire Repairer
  • Tractor Operator
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Letterer & Sign Painter
  • Supervisor Door Check Repairer
  • Supervisor Door Stop Maintainer
  • Supervisor Sheet Metal Worker

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