New York City Local 246

Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s NYC Labor Day Parade is canceled. There is, however, a week of Labor Events planned that we will be publicizing on our social media accounts. Please stay tuned for more information.

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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