My involvement in the KTA is a result from many life experiences. Regardless, IF YOU WANT A BETTER LIFE, YOU JOIN A UNION!! My paternal grandfather was an early organizer in the C.I.O. before the merger with the A.F.L.. My father is a retired member of the Pipefitters Local 22 . My mother was a member of the Restaurant and Hotel Workers Union. I began working in the Stagehands I.A.T.S.E. Local 10 following college. I walked a picket line, I was arrested on a picket line. I became a Job Steward and an Officer in that Local where I still maintain my union membership.
In my non-tenure third year at Holmes Elementary, I became a Building Rep.
I was appointed to the KTA Ex.Board
I have served as your 1st. and 2nd. Vice President
I serve as a delegate to NYSUT, TRS, and AFT Conventions where I have also taken on the duties of a Sargent to the Convention on three different occasions
I completed the 2005 Summer Leadership Institute sponsored by NYSUT and Cornell U. ILR School
I was recently appointed to the WNY Central Labor Council position of Recording Secretary
It is a privilege to serve you, the KTA, in any capacity. In Solidarity, Michael Fiels