Local 1180 - Who We Are

The first union of New York City supervisory and administrative employees, called the Municipal Management society (MMS), was formed in 1954, but it did not have collective bargaining rights.  In the early 1960s, when public sector organizing exploded and other city workers were making significant gains through collective bargaining, MMS members decided that they too, needed to be able to negotiate collectively in order to advance their interests.They set to work to sign up the necessary majority of workers.  Then in 1965, they voted to join the Communications Workers of America.  Finally, in 1967 with CWA assistance in overcoming a few remaining legal obstacles, Local 1180 became its first public sector local.

Today, it remains one of the largest public sector locals of CWA representing more than 8,500 workers and 6,200 retirees.  Most work in one of dozens of New York City Mayoral agencies; others at the Health and Hospitals Corporation, the Board of Education, the Housing Authority, the Transit Authority, the School Construction Authority, and the state's Unified Court System.  Local 1180 also represent workers at private companies such as the Jacob Javits Convention Center; and at not-for-profit organizations including Planned Parenthood of New York City, the ASPCA, Human Rights First, and Human Rights Watch.


As administrative and supervisory workers, our members process payrolls, manage computer systems, monitor contracts, pay vendors, supervise front line staff, and in general, coordinate a whole host of things that most people don’t realize.

We are the hidden human infrastructure that makes the City of New York work!

As one Local 1180 retiree from the Board of Education put it “we may not be the heart and soul of education, but administrative people are the arms and legs of the body.  Without us, it wouldn’t work.

Our offices are located at 6 Harrison Street in Manhattan (at the corner of Hudson Street) and open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday. You can reach us by phone at (212) 226-6565. For more contact information, CLICK HERE.

Check out the Local 1180 hotline! 212-226-1180 for the latest news and information — updated every Friday.