Teamsters Local 237

237 Overview

Welcome to the official website for Teamsters Local 237, a union of 24,000 New York City employees who work in government agencies and several municipalities on Long Island.

From the President

Welcome to the official website for Teamsters Local 237, a union of 24,000 New York City employees who work in government agencies and several municipalities on Long Island.

The members of Local 237 are, by the nature of their jobs, everyday heroes. From New York City to Long Island we respond to life-threatening emergencies in public schools, city hospitals, on the waterways and public pools. We manage and maintain NYC's public housing system, which is considered the best public housing system in the country. We also run senior citizen centers, prepare NYC's Jacob Javits Convention Center for hundreds of trade shows and thousands of visitors. We deliver meals to the home-bound elderly, and snowplow frozen roads and airports at 3 a.m. on Long Island. We prepare meals for prison inmates and in city hospitals, treat drug and alcohol problems, counsel troubled teenagers and assist the disabled. As city attorneys, we help navigate the court system for the vulnerable and disadvantaged.

White collar, blue-collar, technicians and professionals -- we are the lifeblood of the community. We are also an integral part of New York, because it is here that we live, raise our families and pay taxes.

Read Gregory Floyd's biography here.

Who We Are

Local 237 is the largest local in the Teamsters international union (International Brotherhood of Teamsters). Our membership reflects the diversity of New York City. About 7,400 of us work for the New York City Housing Authority, another 11,000 members work in New York City agencies, the Health and Hospitals Corporation and the City University of New York, and some 3,000 members work on Long Island. We also represent over 7,100 retirees across the country and overseas.

The Executive Board

The seven members on the Local's Executive Board, including the president, are elected and serve 5-year terms.

Teamsters Local 237 Executive Board

  • Gregory Floyd, President

  • Richard Hendershot, Vice President

  • Ruben Torres, Secretary-Treasurer

  • Patricia Stryker, Recording Secretary

  • Edmund Kane, Trustee

  • Steve Gordon, Trustee

  • Curtis Scott, Trustee

Click here for a complete listing of Union Representatives and Staff.

History

Local 237 of the Teamsters emerged in 1952 following a split between the leaders of District Council 37 -- a public employees union that represents 125,000 New York City workers.

Click here for our in-depth timeline.

Affiliations & Membership

Oral History Project

Rudy Petruzzi

Rudy Petruzzi

Rudolph (Rudy) Petruzzi, a supervisor of bridges when he retired in 1986, helped organize his co-workers into Local 237 in the 1960s and participated in the 1971 bridge strike that shut down the city for two days—although he didn’t fully agree with it. Following are excerpts of an interview for the Local 237 Oral History Project conducted in February 2003 in Hollywood, Florida. His wife, Sally, was also present.

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