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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 at that time. On March 30, 2007, Floyd was elected to serve as the union’s 5th President in its 55 year history.

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 was elected a trustee to the board of Teamster Joint Council 16. Floyd is also on 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.

Floyd is married to Wendy Bolton-Floyd, a writer. They have two children, Jessica and Jonathan.

Entries by Gregory Floyd

Seeking Equal Pay for Women in Our Home Town

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 8:42 PM

The issue of unequal pay for men and women has reached critical mass in the United States as socioeconomic forces have propelled women into the workplace in unprecedented numbers. On Equal Pay Day on April 8, I led a rally at City Hall to focus on the issue as it...

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Let's Bring Affordable Rents Back Home

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 10:07 PM

Hand-in-hand with the war on workers, affordable housing is under attack. When the Furman Center reported recently that 31 percent of New Yorkers pay 50 percent or more of their income in rent and utilities, it wasn't shocking. This confirmed a routine budgeting nightmare for many of us.

As the...

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Labor Lessons: Q&A With Dalia Rabin, Daughter of the Late Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 12:07 PM

Last Wednesday, March 19, I had the honor of receiving the 2014 Yitzhak Rabin Leadership and Public Service Award from The American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center (AFYRC). The event, which took place at the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria, was an unforgettable night.

My connection to...

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Putting Soul Back in City Hall

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 11:32 AM

Not everyone loves the government. Some people argue that it is a waste of taxpayer dollars. Others even believe the government can hurt us or make our lives more difficult.

But that's not how I see government. Government at all levels can be a powerful tool to uplift people...

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Toast to a New, Improved New York

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2014 | 6:52 PM

As Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio prepares to take his oath of office, we rejoice in the hopes that the new and improved New York -- the one we voted for -- will soon be all that it can be for all its denizens. It's an exciting and meaningful time, especially...

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NYCHA Is Key to Restoring a City for All

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 5:23 PM

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio won the election in large part by emphasizing that New York was no longer one city but two -- one where the rich use the city as their playground and another where many people are just struggling to survive.

He's right -- New...

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Time to Right Wrongs, Set New Course

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 4:57 PM

We learned a lot from the Democratic primary election, most importantly that the democratic process is still alive and well in New York -- a city that often felt like it catered to the one percent more than the rest of us. Even though many unions did not stand together...

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More Than a Sleepover, A Real Eye-opener

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 3:13 PM

As President of City Employees, Local 237, nearly 9,000 of my members work in developments operated by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Their work ranges from apartment repairs, to grounds caretakers, boiler and elevator services, to rent collections.

About one-third of these workers also live in NYCHA...

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In God We Trust But Not the Mayor

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 6:17 PM

A contract is more than a financial agreement between two people or parties. It's a sign of trust and a commitment. When negotiating an agreement, you are not just setting financial terms but also establishing a bond that will serve as the foundation for the relationship moving forward.

At...

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Pay Equity Is Every Worker's Right

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 1:20 PM

Unions fight for better pay, wages and pensions that guarantee workers dignity in retirement. We do this because the Labor Movement, at its heart, is about fairness.

Fairness and equality go hand in hand. That's why we are fighting so hard for our school safety agents to be paid...

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Heads Up to NYC Mayoral Candidates

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 1:16 PM

In his recent State of the City address, Mayor Bloomberg used the opportunity to take a final victory lap and congratulate himself for the changes he brought about during his 11 years in office.

As Bloomberg's final term comes to an end, it is disheartening to hear him increasingly...

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Changing Face of Equality Is Born of Tireless Effort

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 2:46 PM

We are a nation founded on the principle that "all men are created equal." When the founders wrote those words, they had a very a different idea about equality.

Nevertheless, that fundamental principle has endured and the list of people who are "created equal" has expanded over the years,...

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Lessons Learned From the Storm

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 10:25 AM

The race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney was more than a choice between two very different men. It was also a contest between two visions for this country and the role of government in our lives. In one version, the government would step back and allow businesses and the...

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Support Obama Like Your Life Depends on It

(2) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 5:20 PM

It seems like before every presidential election, we call it the most important one of our time. In truth, every presidential election is incredibly important. It decides who will be the leader of the free world and the commander in chief of the most powerful military on earth. Even more...

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Good Government Is Ours to Shape

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 12:29 PM

For many Americans, government is just an abstract idea. It's something confusing they hear about on TV. It's a faceless thing they send their taxes to every April 15. These people don't have to think about government very much. They just go about their lives, complain about it sometimes and...

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We Intensify Our Battle Cry With Each Setback

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 10:37 AM

Unions have been under attack since they were first formed to protect the rights of workers. For 60 years, Local 237 has been on the front lines of the fight to earn better wages and benefits for members -- building a middle class along the way.

It is an...

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Trayvon Martin's Death Ignites Our Outrage on Several Fronts

(18) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 4:25 PM

Over the past several years, the focus of the national debate, water-cooler conversations and household discussions has been about the troubled economy. Our well-being as a country and a community is strongly tied to our economic health. That dialogue continues to dominate the political agenda today.

Despite...

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Good Pensions Serve to Boost Economy, Not Drain It

(9) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 5:23 PM

These days, public pensions seem more like public enemy number one. Both at the city and the state level, some politicians make it sound like pensions are a black hole where money simply disappears into nowhere.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The money we set aside for...

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Reaffirming Teamsters for Obama -- The Best Choice Then and Now

(52) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 4:43 PM

As we enter 2012, it's hard to believe it's time for another presidential election. It seems like only yesterday that President Obama gave his victory speech from Chicago, bringing tears of joy to millions of people around the United States and the world.

A lot has...

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Protecting Our Public Service Legacy

(5) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 3:29 PM

Working people have had a long, tough road in this country. This is especially true for women, people of color and people belonging to religious minorities. We have come far, we have farther to go, and it is important to remember how we got here.

We did not just break...

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