President, Local 1505
“I protect my members from abuses by management,” Benn said. When layoffs threatened Local 1505 members’ jobs and reduced others to seasonal employment, Benn worked with DC 37 leaders to protect their full-time status. She has fought for and won hardship transfers for Local 1505 members, and she recently negotiated their right to transfer within the Dept. of Parks and Recreation.
“You have to love this work to do it. You have to care about people,” said Benn, a former shop steward and vice president, who represents Attendants, Debris Removers, City Parks Workers and Parks Service Workers. Benn serves on the DC 37 Parks Policy Committee, and she is a trustee of the DC 37 Education Fund and a member of the Site Inspection Committee.