At the September 2013 General Membership meeting, Business Manager Christopher Erikson recommended the appointment of Rick Rollins as a business representative. The membership unanimously ratified his recommendation.
An “A” journeyperson, Brother Rollins was initiated into Local 3 in 1982. He completed his apprentice training and became a journeyperson in 1989. From the start of his career, he was active in the affairs of the union serving on the “A” Apprentice Advisory Committee. He received an Associate Degree in Labor Studies from the Empire State College (SUNY) Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor Studies in 1985. Prior to his entrance into the union, he attended Cheyney University in Pennsylvania for two years. He is a second generation member of Local 3. His father Dave Rollins, now retired, was the first African-American Executive Board member of Local 3.
A member of the Lewis Howard Latimer Progressive Association, he has served as a trustee of the Association since 2008 and in 2010 he became vice-president of the Association’s Scholarship Board. He is a Trustee to the Joint Apprentice Committee, Joint Industry Board and Building and Construction Trade Council and Manhattan Board of Business Representatives. He is a member of the Local 3 Wage and Policy Committee, the Allied Union Club, Bedsole Kingsboro Club, and Sportsmen’s Club.
He was co-chair of the Moving Our Industry Forward Committee which published “THE BLUEPRINT,” which highlights the contributions of minority members of Local 3 to the electrical industry and the union. In addition, he is a mentor and one of the founding members of the “MIJ” Bootcamp.
Active in both union and community, he has attended the IBEW’s Annual Electrical Worker’s Minority Caucus for the past seven years and served on its Sergeant-at-Arms Committee. He has served the Electchester Community in numerous capacities, volunteering to assist in its Annual Street Fair, National Night Out Against Crime event; and on the Auxiliary Police Department of the 107th Police Precinct. He is a volunteer at the Greater Allen Cathedral, a Mason of Lodge 154, Jamaica, Queens. At the time of his appointment, he was a shop steward on the MTA’s number 7 line, CBTC project.