President, Local 420
She was elected president of 10,000-member Municipal Hospital Employees Local 420 in 2002. Her career at NYC Health + Hospitals began when she was hired as a Nurse’s Aide at Coler-Goldwater Hospital. In 1987, she was elected shop steward and in 1999 members elected her local vice president.
As president of Local 420, Charles has negotiated upgrades for her members, made the local more fi nancially accountable and fought against contracting out while encouraging members to get more active in union affairs. A strong advocate of using education as a tool for empowerment, Charles graduated from Cornell University’s Union Leadership Program.