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Erin Sullivan

Erin Sullivan began her career at Local 3, IBEW in June of 1999. Prior to coming into Local 3 she worked for 17 years with developmentally disabled adults in Rockland County, New York. During her apprenticeship she became a member of the Amber Light Society where she held offices as Legislative Reporter and Vice President. In 2006 Erin became a journeywoman. She is currently an active member in the Colony Club and the Local 3 Motorcycle Club.
In 2007 Erin received the IBEW Life Saving Award for saving the life of a co-worker who became unconscious from choking during lunch. In 2009 she was elected by her class to sit on the Wage and Policy Committee and in 2010 served on the Negotiating Committee. Erin was also appointed as a Midtown Manhattan shop steward that same year. She was the shop steward on the 432 Park Ave project which was the largest residential building in the western hemisphere. She was also the shop steward at the NYU Medical Center for 3 years. Erin is currently the shop steward at 200 Park Ave where there are 140 Local 3 electricians.
In 2011 Erin was appointed Chairwoman of the Local 3 Mentoring Program. She was instrumental in the development of the Code of Excellence and the mentoring class that is given to all mentors and apprentices when they are paired up. To date over 1,500 apprentices have been paired with mentors.
In 2013 Erin received her Master’s Degree in Labor and Policy Making from Empire State College. In 2014 she developed the Local 3 Mobile App. The app has over 3,000 downloads. The purpose of the app is to easily give members firsthand information about their local union. In 2014 Erin also began teaching the class “Principles of Trade Unionism” as an Adjunct Professor at Empire State College in the Bachelor’s Program. The class gives the students a foundation on the history of unions, structure of unions, their functions, and why they are important. Erin also created a Labor History App so that her students and others can learn about the history of unions in a fun and engaging way. She also teaches a class on Nontraditional Employment at the UALE Summer School. This class is set up to give women who work in nontraditional fields techniques on building allies and leadership skills.
In March 2016 Erin was one of 50 women from across the country selected to attend the AFL-CIO Global Leadership Conference at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. In April Erin served as the Chairwoman of the Celebration of Women in the Labor Movement in which over 300 Local 3 members were in attendance. In June Erin was nominated as a Change Maker and was invited by the White House to attend the United State of Women in Washington, D.C. Erin also attended the IBEW Women’s Conference in Phoenix, Arizona where she was formally appointed representative of the 3rd District to the newly formed IBEW Womans Committee which encompasses NY, NJ, PA and DE. This appointment came by the recommendation of International Vice President Don Siegel and with the approval of Local 3 Business Manager Christopher å_Erikson. In September Erin will be attending the International Conference as the representative for the 3rd District Women’s Committee.