Ogdensburg Education Association
Already a building representative, Committee of 100 activist, VOTE-COPE coordinator, PAC volunteer, Making Strides leader and effective organizer, Mary Wills is committed to making a difference for workers and the middle class.
She plans to use the grant to further her training and to continue to develop her leadership skills. She hopes to attend the Labor Leadership Training Bootcamp of the Worker Institute at Cornell and NEA leadership training, as well.
About the Leadership Grant
To celebrate and commemorate the life of union pioneer Sandy Feldman, the Sandy Feldman Leadership Grant in the amount of $2,000 has been established as a result of the generosity and vision of Sandy's husband, Arthur Barnes.
The Sandy Feldman Leadership Grant was created to help further the development of emerging women leaders who are dedicated to the principles that Feldman exemplified: unionism, leadership and a commitment to human and civil rights. The recipient will be awarded the $2,000 grant to further her development as a union leader, helping with expenses such as union activities, training and conferences; or to defray costs associated with union involvement, i.e., travel or childcare.
About Sandy Feldman
A teacher and unionist, Sandy Feldman (1939-2005) had a groundbreaking career as a union leader in NYSUT, the AFT and her home local, the UFT in New York City. Her career in education and labor spanned more than four decades. From her beginnings as a second-grade teacher on New York’s Lower East Side in the early 1960s, Sandy rose quickly through the union ranks, organizing staff on her first job. Shortly thereafter, she took a job as a full-time field representative for the UFT, handling grievances, contract negotiations and a range of issues. She eventually took over the reins of the union, becoming its president in 1986. She was elected to head the AFT in 1997. In the process, she became a staunch advocate for civil rights and social justice, participating in the Freedom Rides of the 1960s and the historic 1963 March on Washington, evolving into a proponent of civic education and democracy in the international arena and a leading voice in the national and international labor movement.
- 2014: Debbie Kydon
- 2013: Janine Gibney
- 2012: Kressent Pottenger
- 2011: Michele E. Brockner
- 2010: Lori Rider
- 2009: Andrea Figueroa
- 2008: Michelle Pancoe
- 2007: Marianne Hegge