Joined the Office and Professional Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, in 1960 as a mailroom clerk working for the Seafarers Vacation Plan.
Attended the Labor Executive Training Program (LETP) sponsored by Local 153 in 1967. Graduated with top five in class. Hired as an OPEIU Local 153 organizer in September 1967. Promoted to Business Representative in October 1968.
- Elected Secretary-Treasurer, OPEIU Local 153 – 1977
- Elected OPEIU International Vice President, OPEIU – 1979
- Elected Business Manager, OPEIU Local 153 – 1994
- Elected OPEIU International President, OPEIU – 1994
- Elected AFL-CIO Vice President on Executive Council – 1995
AFL-CIO Executive Council Committees:
- Co-Chair, Committee on Civil and Human Rights
- Committee on Community Partnerships
- Committee on Legislative/Public Policy
- Committee on Safety and Occupational Health
- Committee on Ethical Practices
Recipient of Henderson B. Douglas Memorial Award -- the Union's highest award for organizing -- at the 1974 OPEIU Convention.
1994 recipient of The Paul Hall Award of Merit -- by the Maritime Port Council of Greater New York and Vicinity -- it honors individuals who made important contributions to the development of the labor movement, the maritime industry and the port of New York.
1995 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor -- awarded to outstanding American citizens from all backgrounds who have distinguished themselves as members of a specific ethnic group.
Other awards: New York State AFL-CIO Labor Recognition; New York Chapter, NAACP; New York City Central Labor Council Distinguished Services Award; Israel Bonds 50th Anniversary Award; the Irish American Labor Coalition Award; New York Consumer Assembly Merit Award; Greater South Florida Maritime Trades Council’s Raymond T. McKay Memorial Award; Metro-Detroit CLUW Olga M. Madar Award; Salute to Irish Heritage and Culture Public Advocate’s Award and American Labor Museum Parade Grand Marshall (Botto House National Landmark – 1996), Jewish Labor Committee’s Human Rights Award, 2006 Massachusetts AFL-CIO Merit Award.
Also holds the following positions:
- Vice President of the New York State AFL-CIO and a member of the Executive Committee
- Vice President, New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
- Secretary-Treasurer, New York Hotel Trades Council, AFL-CIO
- Secretary-Treasurer, Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions
- Treasurer, Alliance for Economic Justice, Washington, DC
- President, The American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark, Haledon, NJ
- Director, AFL-CIO Union Privilege Program
- Chair, Oversight Panel for referred cases under the Strategic Campaign Registration Program
- Co-Chair, $250 million Local 153 Pension Plan
- Co-Chair, $11 million Local 153 Health Plan
- Trustee, $70 Million ITPE, Local 4873 Pension Fund
- Member of the Board of Advisors – New Democracy Project
County Committee Member, Bergen County Democratic Committee
- Member B.P.O.E. Lodge 547, Rutherford, NJ
Born in Staten Island, NY, on October 12, 1942. Resides with wife Patricia Hoffman and two children Christopher, 19, and Anne, 15, in Rutherford, NJ. He also has four children from a former marriage: Donna Carbonaro, Patricia Peters, Dr. Cherylyn Beckey, Karen Edmonds, and nine grandchildren: Melissa, Anthony, Brittany, Paige, Camryn, Clair, Penelope, Gianna and Axel.