Arthur Cheliotes, President Emeritus of Local 1180, Communications Workers of America AFL-CIO, where he was elected as president 11 times, serving consecutively from 1979 through 2017, is chairman of the Labor Advisory Board of the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.
In recognition of his career-defining role as advocate for U.S. workers, he is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from The New York City Council.
He is a respected labor leader and has been a vocal advocate for Worker Education, Pay Equity and the Enforcement of Civil Service Laws. Beginning in the 1980s, his union set up a program under which it paid it paid for the first 24 credits toward a degree pursued by any of its members at the Murphy School for Professional Studies (now known as the CUNY School for Labor and Urban Studies).
Mr. Cheliotes has given particular effort to raising the prospects for female and minority members in achieving parity in pay and promotions, while ensuring on-the-job training and access to higher education.
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