President, Local 1597
Latson, a 30-year veteran at City College, got involved with his union after reading the contract. “That led me to become a shop steward,” he said. He served on the local’s board for 12 years, eventually being elected vice president. He has served as president since 2006.
“Our main concern is to retain jobs and benefi ts for our members,” Latson said. “Unions are under attack from the conservative right. But we are fi ghting back to protect our members’ jobs, wages, benefits, and pensions. That is the bottom line and what members expect of us.” Eric Latson is married and lives in Queens with his three children.