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    IUE-CWA 81381, AFL-CIO


The 16th Annual Human Service Awards event that was scheduled for October 30, 2020 has been cancelled, due to ongoing safety concerns during the coronavirus pandemic. The Federation of Social Workers is, however, firmly committed to still holding this important Awards event. A new date of March 12th has been established, with details regarding the format and venue to be finalized at a later date.

During the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, human service workers in our community have made unimaginable contributions to helping others in need. We are anxious to have the community identify those individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary efforts, both as professionals and as volunteers.

The nomination period has therefore been extended until Friday, December 11th. Please consider nominating someone so that we can recognize their inspirational efforts. Our honorees have traditionally come from a wide range of human service professions including social work, healthcare, education, law enforcement, legal and others. Awards are also presented to volunteers, corporate contributors, nonprofit organizations and students. Click the button to view the various award categories and to complete an online submission.

Our Lifetime Achievement Award honoree for 2020 is Sister Grace Miller of the House of Mercy. The response from the community to her selection has been overwhelming!

Details about the event will be shared as they are confirmed. Please don't hesitate to make a nomination!
To make a nomination, please click on the button to access our online nomination form.
HSWOY Nomination Form
Sister Grace Miller


The Executive Board of the Federation of Social Workers is proud to announce that they have selected Sister Grace Miller from the House of Mercy, to receive their 2020 W. Burton Richardson Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the 16th Annual Human Service Worker of the Year Awards luncheon. Details about the award presentation format and venue will be forthcoming.

In a city ranked among the poorest in the nation, The House of Mercy is a vital refuge for people who have nowhere else to turn. It would not exist without the tireless efforts of Sister Grace Miller, the woman some people call “Rochester’s Mother Teresa”. The House of Mercy provides food, clothing, shelter, healthcare services and many other forms of assistance to thousands of extremely poor people in Rochester every year.

Ever since the Civil Rights movement of the 60s, Sister Grace Miller has been a strong voice in our community for the poor, the homeless, people with mental illness who have been abandoned on the streets, people of color, people who face discrimination in housing and employment, and others who have few effective advocates in a world where empathy and compassion are increasingly becoming endangered values. She has been stopping to help people for more than 50 years. She has worked 12,000 long days to help the poor. The last paycheck she took from the mission she founded - was in 1992. She has made the Rochester community a better and more compassionate place.
LaTonya Wilcox
FSW Member of the Month for September, LaTonya Wilcox

Federation of Social Workers
“Member of the Month”

We are pleased to announce a new program that will recognize a Federation “Member of the Month”. This person will be honored for his or her outstanding contributions of service to the entire community.

There will be a “Member of the Month” recognized every month, year around. If you would like to nominate a FSW Member who has done exceptional professional, volunteer, or other community service, please fill out this nomination form.

Click Here for the Nomination Form

Each month’s honoree will receive a $100 gift card to the restaurant of their choice, courtesy of the Retirees Council of the FSW, Modica Law Firm and Edge Advertising Group.

Our honoree for September 2020 is LaTonya Wilcox. Please click below to learn more about her valuable contribution of service to the community.

Member of the Month

Congratulations, LaTonya!

Message from FSW President Ebony Burgess

Being a union member means that you will always have someone in your corner fighting for you. Bob Crow once said If you fight you won't always win. But if you don't fight you will always lose. We are stronger together!!!

FSW Annual Golf Tournament Announcement

The Executive Board of the Federation of Social Workers has decided to cancel our 2020 charity Golf Tournament due to concerns about COVID-19 and participant safety. We are hopeful of holding the event again in 2021.

81381 FSW Member Contact Form

During this time of crisis, it is critical that the union has accurate and up-to-date contact information for ALL FSW members, so we can provide important updates easily and effectively. Please take a moment to complete this form with your information and encourage your colleagues to do so as well.

Your information will not be shared with anyone or used for anything other than union business.
Dasia Alston
Dasia Alston
J'Anna Worth
J'Anna Worth

2020 Scholarship Winners Announced

The Federation of Social Workers is proud to announce the 2020 winners of the Ed Grabowski/Dina Finn Memorial Scholarship, J'Anna Worth and Dasia Alston.

J'Anna Worth is a recent graduate of World of Inquiry High School. She will be attending North Carolina A&T and studying Architecture Engineering. Worth participated in the Labor Day parade, Federation of Social Workers Labor Day picnic and the 2019 UAW strike. She has also been an active member in junior missionary, student council and Roc Restorative.

Worth stated, "As a participant in these groups, it has allowed me to flourish as a leader and a volunteer. After high school, my goals are to go to college and major in Architecture – with plans of bringing my knowledge and skills back to the Rochester community."

Dasia Alston is a 2020 graduate of Athena High School who will be attending the University of Albany in the fall and studying Biology. Alston assisted at the Federation of Social Workers Labor Day picnic and helped tutor a young student. She has volunteered at Unity Hospital as a patient transporter and been involved in National Honors Society.

Alston said, "My aspirations in life are to be a voice for the people, and become a doctor along with engaging in activism and philanthropy so that I am able to help people – mostly the working and lower class people. I would like to to become an asset in helping aid people to better wages, more resources and better protection."

The Federation of Social Workers wishes J'Anna Worth and Dasia Alston great success in their future academic and professional careers.

FSW Deeply Appreciates Mask Donations

The members of the Federation of Social Workers are extremely grateful to Sheila Foery and Diane Leas for donating masks to our essential workers. Thank you so much for helping to keep our members safe!

Mask and hand sanitizer donations are still being accepted for workers.
Contact: Christina Christman at c.m.christman@hotmail.com
Steve Modica

Monroe County Bar Association Honors Steven V. Modica, Esq.

Attorney Steve Modica has been selected to receive the 2020 Adolph J. Rodenbeck Award by the Monroe County Bar Association. This award recognizes a legal professional who lives and works by the Hon. Adolph J. Rodenbeck’s exemplary example of professionalism and community service.

Steve Modica has been a loyal supporter of the Federation of Social Workers and its charitable events for many years. All of us at FSW want to congratulate Steve on this tremendous honor!
Red T-shirt

Wear Your RED Shirt on Thursday

Stuck at Home? If you are an FSW member, wear your RED Shirt on Thursday and post it on the FSW Facebook Page. Once you return to work find LaTonya, Evelyn or Michelle A for your ticket!

Federation of Social Workers Election Results

February 11, 2020

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who ran for these important positions.
  • President
    Winner - Ebony Burgess

  • Westfall Steward
    Winner - Andrew Bynoe

  • CSEU Steward
    Winner - Teresa Harvey

  • MCCC Steward
    Winner - Lennie Murrell

FSW 60th Celebration

Federation of Social Workers 60th Celebration

On January 31, 2020, the Federation of Social Workers held a celebration to mark the union's 60th Anniversary! Attendees included active and retired members, as well as many past presidents and officers. We are extremely grateful to Modica Law Firm and the IUE-CWA for their co-sponsorship of this event. Their continued support of the Federation is deeply appreciated!

2019 Human Service Awards Luncheon!

The Federation of Social Workers would like to thank all of our 2019 honorees, sponsors, attendees, nominators and those who supported this year's event in any way. As in years past, the celebration was an inspirational and memorable experience for everyone.

Kendall Bell Interview on "Shift Change" Local Radio Show

About The Federation of Social Workers

The Monroe County Federation of Social Workers, IUE-CWA Local 81381, is the oldest public sector social worker union in the United States of America. During our more than fifty years of existence we have provided diligent representation to our membership, which now includes more than nine hundred employees of the County of Monroe in upstate New York.

Our members are dedicated human service professionals who are both caring and committed to the entire community. Their tireless efforts at their jobs, and also as volunteers supporting many local charities, have improved the quality of life for everyone in Monroe County.

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