New York City Local 246

Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC

President Joseph A. Colangelo

Joe started his career with the New York City Department of Sanitation in 1981 as a Senior Auto Service worker and a member of SEIU NYC Local 246 and in 1984 was promoted to Auto Mechanic. He became a Union Shop Steward in 1991 and was elected Union Trustee in 1994.

He served on the Union’s Bylaws Committee. In 2003, he was elected the Union’s Vice President, and in 2004 upon the retirement of President James Hughes, Joe assumed the office of the President. In 2006, was first elected as President, a position he has held since. He is currently Administrator of the Union’s Welfare Fund, Trustee of both the Active and Retiree Funds, and Administrator of the Union’s Annuity Fund, as well as Trustee.

Joe is Vice Chair of the New York City Municipal Labor Committee; Recording Secretary for the New York State Public Employee Conference; Treasurer of the Italian American Labor Council; and a member of the New York City Department of Sanitation Columbia Association.

Joe grew up in Queens, New York. He attended Aviation High School and Teterboro School of Aeronautics receiving an Aircraft, Airframe and Power Plant license. He also obtained his Private Pilot’s license in 1999. He has been the recipient of numerous honors for his commitment to the labor movement.

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