The members of Locals 919 and 1904 in New York City recently voted to join the NEJB and were welcomed at our November delegates meeting. Local 919 and 1904 represent workers at Richmond Community Services and PSCH, Inc. disability services agencies based in New York and New Jersey. Members of both locals serve adults and children with developmental disabilities. Members typically work in group home settings and care facilities doing everything from helping attend to the 24 hour day-to-day needs of the residents to planning and facilitating recreational and educational outings. Members are passionate about the work they do and love the people they care for.
Before joining the NEJB, Locals 919 and 1904 were part of the Disability Services and Allied Workers Joint Board of the ILGWU and later UNITE. They bring with them Business Agent Ray ACosta. Ray began as a member of the ILGWU working in a New York City garment factory in 1984. He later became an organizer for the ILG and a business agent and today proudly serves the members of the disability services locals across the NY-NJ area.
The NEJB is excited to welcome the disability services workers to our union. We share a vision of social and economic justice for workers everywhere and can’t wait to work towards these goals together. These workers and diversity to a union made up an already extremely diverse membership. The disability services workers join thousands of workers across New England in the garment, textile, manufacturing, distribution, laundry, food service, and non-profit industries.