President

Our Local President is Jim Bertolone. He has retired from the Postal Service but has remained on as Local 215’s President but is retiring when his term is over April 1,2017. He can be reached at the APWU Locals office on E. Henrietta Rd. most Weekdays at (585) 334-8787.

  • President–Rochester and Genesee Valley Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, 2000-2015–Representing 100,000 Union members, 160 Unions in Eleven Counties
  • President–Rochester and Vicinity Labor Council, AFL-CIO, 1998-2015–Representing 100 Unions and 60,000 Union members in Monroe County
  • President–American Postal Workers Union (APWU), Greater Rochester Area, Local 215, 1990-Present–Negotiating Labor contracts since 1978
  • Vice President–APWU Local 215, 1983-1990
  • Clerk Craft Director–APWU Local 215, 1978-1983
  • Union Steward–APWU Local 215, 1974-1978
  • Employed–US Postal Service 1973
  • Employed–Machine Shop Jasco Tool and Die 1973
  • Undergraduate–Brockport State University 1969-1972
  • Graduate–Jefferson High School, 1969
  • First Union Job–Supermarket, 1967–Retail Clerks International, later merged with United Food and Commercial Workers Union, AFL-CIO
  • National Arbitration Advocate, 1987-Present, APWU, AFL-CIO
  • Graduate Cornell Labor Studies Program
  • Board of United Way of Greater Rochester 1998-2007
  • Lifespan Board 2000-2004
  • Monthly Labor Column–Rochester Business Journal since January 1998
  • Chairman, Rochester & Genesee Valley AFL-CIO Workforce Development Center, Inc.
  • Member/Executive Council, New York State AFL-CIO
  • Member/Board of Directors NY State Workforce Development Institute
  • Married, 3 adult sons, 1 grandson

Also card carrying member of: CBTU, CLUW, NAACP, ACLU, and Amnesty International

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