President, Local 154
“It would be impossible to fi ght for living wages, civil service protections, health care and retirement benefi ts without unions,” he said. Fernandez joined the city workforce in 1987. He works as an Associate Human Rights Specialist at the NYC Commission on Human Rights. His work includes training advocates for people with disabilities, researching immigration and hate crimes, and training community activists about discrimination.
During his tenure as president, Local 154 added members from the private-sector, including New York Law School workers, Automated Finger Imaging System Operators and contracted linen workers at the NYC Health+Hospitals. His priorities include pushing for civil service exams, membership outreach and grieving workplace violations and management abuses.