Teamsters Local 237

237 Overview: President's Biography

Gregory Floyd
President, Local 237 Teamsters

Since joining Teamsters Union Local 237 over 20 years ago, Gregory Floyd has been a committed and dedicated member. His strong leadership abilities enabled him to advance from a hospital police officer position to the rank of captain with the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). At the age of 27, he made his mark as the youngest hospital police captain in the HHC’s history. In further recognition of his leadership, Floyd was elected vice president of NYC Hospital Police Guardians Association.

In 1994, he was appointed Teamsters Local 237’s deputy director for peace officer titles by President Carl Haynes. Later that year, Floyd was appointed secretary to the New York State AFL-CIO’s Committee of Peace and Law Enforcement Officers. In 1999 he became director of Local 237’s Citywide Division. In 2002 he was a key player in the battle to save the title of hospital police special officer from elimination by privatization. In January, 2003 he was elected to serve as trustee on Local 237’s executive board. A year later he won election as the union’s secretary-treasurer and was also appointed chief negotiator. On March 30, 2007, Floyd was elected to serve as the union’s 5th President in its 55 year history. He was elected to his first full term in 2009.

As president of the largest local in the 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), F loyd represents a diverse group of public employees in New York City and on Long Island. The local represents hundreds of occupational titles in city agencies and the Housing Authority, including assistant managers, CUNY campus peace officers, school safety agents, taxi and limousine inspectors, cleaners at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, heating plant technicians, X-ray and EKG technicians, city attorneys, emergency service workers and various skilled trades workers.

Floyd currently serves as a trustee to the Board of New York City Employee Retirement System (NYCERS), one of the largest public pension funds in the United States with assets of $37 billion. He is also a commissioner on the board of the IBT Human Rights Commission, a post to which he was appointed by IBT General President James P. Hoffa. Floyd also serves on the Board of Group Health Insurance (GHI) and Health Insurance Plan of New York (HIP).

Additionally, Floyd serves as a vice president of the New York State AFL-CIO and the New York City Central Labor Council. He is also secretary of the Municipal Labor Committee, and a trustee on the Board of Teamsters Joint Council 16. Floyd also serves on the board of the National Jazz Museum and the board of trustees of the Council for Unity, a New York City-based organization that promotes safety, unity and achievement in schools and communities. He is also the host of a public affairs program on radio station WWRL 1600 AM “Reaching Out With Greg Floyd”, which is aired in all of the five boroughs on Time Warner public access television as well. In addition, Floyd is a featured columnist for both the Amsterdam News and The Huffington Post. In 2009, Floyd served on the transition team for New York City District Attorney, Cy Vance and in 2010, he was appointed to the September 11 Worker Protection Task Force by New York State Sen. Malcolm A. Smith.

Floyd is married to Wendy Bolton-Floyd, an author. They have two children, Jessica, 13 and Jonathan, 9.

 

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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