Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO
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  • Who We Are:
    Founded in June, 2001 as part of the New Alliance Movement, the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation represents 113,000 union families across seven counties: Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster.  Our goal, working with our partner Central Labor Councils (CLCs), is to lay the foundations for a more visible and bold labor movement that reflects the hopes and dreams of working families in the Hudson Valley.

    By pooling the resources of our four partner CLCs we have been able to hire staff to drive an aggressive agenda of labor programs to serve our affiliate unions and build power for all of organized labor.

    Our core program areas include:

    Policy and Legislation campaigns for responsible economic development, affordable housing and childcare, quality education, and other community-benefit initiatives. 

    Multi-Union Mobilization to support labor struggles, internal organizing trainings, new member organizing, and coordinated political action.

    Community Outreach to social and economic justice organizations, faith leaders, student organizations at area campuses, and other community partners that share our vision for power and unity in the hands of working families.

    Political Action to elect candidates that serve the needs of working families through coordinated labor-to-labor worksite leafleting, door-to-door canvassing, phone banks and GOTV, voter registration drives, and political mobilization trainings.

    Communications on all the latest policy issues and area labor news through regular newsletters, e-mail messaging and advocacy campaigns, blast fax, and press outreach.

    For more information regarding our affliliated unions, visit the Union Directory section.  We serve four Central Labor Councils: Dutchess County CLC, Hudson Catskill CLC, Rockland County CLC and Upper Hudson CLC. For more information regarding our Central Labor Councils, please visit the Central Labor Councils section.

    Our Purpose:
    We are the unions of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO. We have dedicated our lives to defending the right to have a good job and our families to receive adequate medical care. We have dedicated ourselves to achieving protection from dire poverty in old age, and during periods of sickness, accident or unemployment. We are dedicated to defending the right of every child and workers to get a good education and to live from of fear and prejudice with our families in decent homes.

    We believe that without seeking to achieve and defend economic justice, freedom and democracy are undermined. The less justice there is in our society, the less freedom there is in our world. Economic injustice is as great a danger to our democracy as that was ever posed by any foreign military power. We will always seek to identify the things that we can do to keep us free.

    We are the LABOR MOVEMENT, we will not wait meekly to be told what to do. We build justice whenever we take a stand. We support and defend the efforts of all working men and women to exercise their rights to join unions and enjoy the benefits of collective bargaining.

    We recognize that bringing the benefits of collective bargaining to the unorganized is vital to the process of producing economic progress in the Hudson Valley.


    When We Organize, We Build Justice, We Defend Freedom


    Apr 07, 2014

    HVALF Executive Board:

    Name Board Title Union Affiliation Contact Info
    William Riccaldo Interim President CSEA Southern Region 3 845.831.1000
    Executive Vice President
    Sparrow Tobin Executive Treasuer NYSUT
    Janette Clark Recording Secretary PEF

    General Vice Presidents:

    Name Title  Union Affiliation Contact Info
    Allison Morris        Vice President       IBEW Local 320
    Sam Fratto Vice President IBEW Local 363 BT Trades
    Karen Roberts Vice President NYSUT (Newburgh TA)
    Fred DeStefano Vice President CSEA Region 3
    Greg Speller Vice President 1199 SEIU
    Gerard Lyons Vice President SEIU 200 United
    Dona Lansing Vice President CWA Local 1120
    Daniel Caprara Vice President CWA Local 1107
    Martha Wilcox Vice President NYSNA
    Cynthia Wolff Vice President 1199 SEIU
    Edward Weber Vice President Teamsters Local 812
    Jessica Treybick Vice President OPEIU Local 277
    Mark Caramatti Vice President AFGE West Point, Local 3740
    Fritz Schneider Vice Presdient LIUNA, Local 108 BT Trades
    Diana Cline Vice President APWU, Mid Hudson
    Donna Goodman Vice President UUP, New Paltz

    Brendan Sexton

    Vice President UFCW Local 1500
    Patricia Dynes Vice President IATSE Local 499
    Daniel McCormack Vice President PEF
    Tara Martins Vice President NYSNA Diversity

    Labor Council Representatives:

    Name Labor Council Union Affiliation Contact
    Gil Heim Rockland IBEW Local 363
    Rob Pinto Dutchess CWA Local 1120
    Sparrow Tobin Hudson Catskill NYSUT
    TBD Upper Hudson
    TBD Columbia Chapter

    To view a PDF of the HVALF Constitution, please click here.

    Apr 07, 2014

    Our Staff

    The Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation employs two full-time staff members who work in conjunction with the President & Executive Council in carrying out the day-to-day operations of the organization. In addition to managing the administrative functions of the HVALF, they facilitate the execution of Federation programming and assist local Labor Councils in executing their annual work plan.

    Our staff works diligently on political campaigns, attending monthly Labor Council meetings, organizing and participating in direct actions with affiliated Unions, or working with community partners to further grow knowledge and understanding of the Union movement - your HVALF staff are always fighting for the Hudson Valley working families.


    Staff Contact Information

    Sandra Oxford, Coordinator


    HVALF Cell Number: 845-270-2804



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