New York City Local 246

Service Employees International Union, CTW, 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.

  • Vice President James Grillo

  • Getting involved early on within the Union was a goal of Jimmy’s when he started with the City as a Mechanic in the Department of Sanitation in 1988.  He was a Shop Steward for 14 years, heavily involved in Union activities and committees.  He was a member of the Bylaws Committee, the Contract Negotiating Committee and was a Coordinator of the Labor Day Parade.

    Jim learned the ropes of helping run a Union from being involved.  He became a Union Trustee in 2003, and was elected Recording Secretary in 2004.  He is currently a Trustee of the Annuity Fund and both the Active and Retiree Welfare Funds.

  • Treasurer Raymond S. Schacor

  • Ray started with NYC Dept of Sanitation in 1981 as an Auto Mechanic.  He began his union involvement after being elected as a Shop Steward in the mid 80s.  In 1990 he ran for position of Union Trustee and won.  He held that position for 12 years.  From 2002 until present , he has been Secretary Treasurer, which enables him to keep a close eye on the Union’s finances, making sure that members’ dues are spent in the most effective and efficient manner possible.  Along with his lengthy Union career as a representative, Ray also presently holds appointed positions as: Welfare Fund Trustee (Active & Retiree); Annuity Fund Trustee; and Representative for Union Contract Negotiations Committee and Bylaw Committee.

  • Recording Secretary Anthony Reyes

  • Anthony Reyes started his career as a Senior Auto Service Worker on September 11, 1987, at Health & Hospital Corp., which eventually merged into FDNY. He was promoted to Auto Mechanic on November 25, 1991. Anthony has been a Shop Steward since 2006 for FDNY. He also is a member of the Local 246 By-Laws Committee, and has been a member of the Union’s Negotiating Committee for last two contracts. He is a Trustee for both the Active and Retiree Welfare Funds and was recently appointed as a Trustee for the Annuity Fund. On June 1, 2014, Anthony was selected as the Union’s Recording Secretary.

  • Sentinel Philip Mazal

  • Phil has been the Union’s Sentinel since 2003. Prior, he was a Shop Steward for 2 ½ years in BOE.  He has been actively involved in the Union since he became a member in 1986, as both a political action volunteer and an organizer with the Labor Day Parade Committee.

  • Business Agent Thomas Graziano

  • Tom started his career as a Carriage Upholsterer. He was employed with the Department of Parks and Recreation in March 1973. He was elected Shop Steward in 1989 and served in that capacity until his retirement from City service in November 1996.  During this period, he was appointed Welfare Fund Trustee and continues in this capacity. Upon his retirement, he was hired on a part-time basic to help fight privatization in the Department of General Services and Department of Parks. In 2001 he was asked to work full time for the Union.

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  • Trustee Jack Minerva

  • Jack was hired by the NYC Sanitation on September 25, 2000, and has worked in various locations throughout the Department ever since. In 2009, he switched to the QBS shop. Jack has always been very active in the Union, attending meetings and familiarizing himself with the important issues. When a Shop Steward position opened in 2013, he ran and was overwhelmingly elected by his peers. Jack was appointed to the Union’s Negotiating Committee in March 2015, helping secure a deal after years of no contracts, and was appointed a Trustee in March 2016.

  • Trustee Stanley Pirpinias

  • Stanley began working for the NYPD FSD in December 2000. He started as an Auto Mechanic in CRS in Queens before moving to Shop #3 in Brooklyn in 2001. He was elected Shop Steward for the Brooklyn, Manhattan & Staten Island repair shops in late 2012. Stanley also has served on the Union’s Negotiating Committee. He was appointed a Trustee in March 2016.

  • Trustee Ed Wojcik

  • Ed Wojcik was hired as a Machinist by the New York City Board of Education in May 1998. He was elected as a Shop Steward for Department of Education Citywide in 2006. During his tenure as a Shop Steward, Ed represented members in resolving conflicts with an eye for fairness. He served on the Union’s Negotiating Committee for the current contract and was appointed as a Trustee in September 2016. Ed has always been a committed member and a participant of the Union.

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