Christopher Erikson was born in Flushing, New York on August 24, 1955. He was accepted into the Electricians Apprentice Program in July of 1975. During his apprenticeship, he enrolled in the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies and earned Associate and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Labor/Management Relations. In March of 1989, Mr. Erikson was appointed a Business Representative.
On July 13, 2000, he was appointed Assistant Business Manager of Local3’s Maintenance Department. He has successfully negotiated over 150 collective bargaining agreements, resulting in improved pensions and benefits that provide a higher degree of security for tens of thousands of Local 3 members. He serves on the Executive Board of the NYC Building and Construction Trades Council, and the NYC Central Labor Council. He is a member of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), the IBEW Minority Caucus, the NAACP.
Upon the resignation of Thomas Van Arsdale on October 10, 2006, Christopher Erikson was elected by the Executive Board to fill the position of Business Manager.
Christopher Erikson has been honored by various union and political organizations including the State of Israel Bonds, and the NAACP. He is a recipient of the 2008 Ellis Island Medal of Honor award, the 2009 APEC Green Living award, and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus.
Christopher Erikson, a proud Trade Unionist, has been married to his wife Denise for more than 30 years. They have four sons: Christopher Jr., Robert, Nicholas, and Thomas.