2007 News Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2007
Lillian Roberts re-elected for a third term
as Executive Director of District Council 37, AFSCME
Her Slate Takes All 20 Executive Board Seats
Lillian Roberts has been overwhelmingly re-elected
for a third term as Executive Director of District Council 37, the city's
largest municipal employee union with 121,000 members and 50,000 retirees.
She was elected on January 23 at the Council's delegates meeting. Over
300 delegates, each representing several hundred union members, voted
83,486 for Ms. Roberts to 37,503 for Charles Ensley, who previously lost
to Ms. Roberts in 2004.
Her entire slate of officers was re-elected unopposed: President Veronica
Montgomery-Costa (president of Local 372 NYC Board of Education Employees),
Secretary Clifford Koppelman (president of Local 1070 Court, County and
Department of Probation Employees), and Treasurer Maf Misbah Uddin (president
of Local 1407 NYC Accountants, Statisticians and Actuaries). Twenty positions
on the DC 37 Executive Board that were up for election on January 23 all
went to Ms. Roberts' supporters.
"I want to thank the members of this great union for their faith
in me," said Ms. Roberts. "This union has been my life's work.
It is an honor and a privilege to lead it. I always have and I always
will put the members and services to the members first. It is the hard
work and dedication of DC 37 members in providing city services that makes
this city work. As the city prospers, so should our members.
"I have been Executive Director for five years. With the support
of the members, we are once again fulfilling our promise as a proud, powerful
union. I hope to achieve even greater solidarity and less dissention as
we move forward. The scandals of the past are now ancient history.
"Today DC 37 is strong and united enough to negotiate one of the
best contracts we've ever had. We are imaginative enough to develop a
successful Affordable Housing program allowing our members to make their
dreams of home ownership come true. We are tough enough to fight for the
members' rights and grievances and to demand meaningful action from our
elected leaders on issues of importance to our members. We are committed
enough to initiate a child care program that will help our working families
in need. We are farsighted enough to forge an even stronger future by
negotiating our next contract with the City and fighting in Albany, in
the City Council, and in Washington, D.C. for our members' rights and
"And we will always put the members first."
DC 37 is New York City's largest public employee union, representing
121,000 members and 50,000 retirees.