First Vice President
Gerald Brown was elected 2nd Vice President in 2015 after having served as Recording Secretary, Member-At-Large, and Shop Steward.
Since 2011, he has served as a Trustee with oversight of the Local’s benefits funds. Since January 2015, he has served as Chairperson of the Education Fund that includes oversight of Local 1180’s participation with the CUNY Murphy Institute, examinations, preparation classes, workplace literacy classes, and other education programs and benefits. He is the facilitator for the Union’s quarterly magazine, the Communique.
Gerald is a career civil servant, having been employed in four major NYC agencies: Health and Hospitals, Department of Education, Board of Higher Education, and the Human Resources Administration where he was a Supervising Auditor with a staff of 27 assigned to revenue-producing projects.
As a member of Local 1180’s Executive Board, Gerald brings the educational and career development concerns of the membership to the forefront. He lobbies annually at the New York State Legislature and the New York City Council for funding that affords members the opportunity to receive 24 undergraduate credits as well as 24 graduate credits from the CUNY Murphy Institute.
As Chairperson of the Local’s Legislative and Political Committee, Gerald coordinates the union’s legislative and political programs, and makes sure screening for candidates for political office is open to the entire membership. He represents Local 1180 at the NYS Public Employee Conference, NYS AFL-CIO, NYC Central Labor Council, the NYC Council, and with CWA District 1.
He also coordinates Local 1180’s civil service programs and in doing so, works closely with the NYC Dept of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). Gerald coordinates Local 1180’s new member orientation that gives members the opportunity to learn first-hand about varied union programs and benefits. He also coordinates the financial information sessions for members that educate them on the best practices of managing financial accounts and resources.