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    Dedicated. Caring. Committed.
    FEDERATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS
    IUE-CWA 81381, AFL-CIO

FSW Salary Schedules for 2024, 2025 and 2026!

TENTATIVE CONTRACT APPROVED!

Below is the tentative contract agreement which has been approved by a vote of the Federation membership.

Heather Yandricha-Strocko Member of the Month
Heather Yandricha-Strocko (on the right) receives her award from FSW president Christina Christman

Federation of Social Workers
“Member of the Month”

Since 2018, the Federation of Social Workers has sponsored a program which recognizes a “Member of the Month”. This FSW member is 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 January 2024 is Heather Yandricha-Strocko. Please click below to learn more about her valuable contribution of service to the community.

Member of the Month

Congratulations, Heather!

2023 FSW Election Results for Officers and Stewards

  • President:Christina Christman
  • Vice President: LaWanda Shipman
  • Secretary: RUN OFF between Julie Garrett and Natasha Collins
  • Treasurer: Evelyn Evans

  • Trustee: Brittany Everett
  • Trustee: Tammy Beebe

  • Grievance Co-Chair: Michelle McGrain
  • Grievance Co-Chair: LaTonya Wilcox
  • Grievance Co-Chair: LaSonia Simmons

  • Westfall Rd Steward:
    Natasha Collins
    Troy Coffie
    Darius Weaver
    Carol Wilson
    Alana Johns

  • St Paul St Steward:
    Matt Ferris
    Barlue Allen
    Heather Yandricha-Strocko
    Gina Macaluso
    Timothy Buntley

  • Child Support Steward:
    Maria Castellano

  • Detention Center:
    Lennie Murrell

2023 HUMAN SERVICE AWARDS

17th Annual Human Service Worker of the Year Awards Luncheon

On Friday, October 27th, more than 150 community members gathered at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center to recognize the Honorees (listed below) at the 17th Annual Human Service Worker of the Awards.

The event MC was Steve Hausmann. Opening remarks were provided by Federation of Social Workers President Christina Christman, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and the Mayor of the City of Rochester Malik Evans.

The audience gave an enthusiastic standing ovation to each honoree as they were introduced. Their subsequent acceptance remarks were heartfelt and touching.

The Federation of Social Workers would again like to thank everyone who supported and/or attended the event. Congratulations again to all of our 2023 honorees! Our community deeply appreciates your invaluable contributions of service.

The Federation of Social Workers is proud to announce this year’s honorees:
  • Human Service Worker of the Year (Public Sector)
    Julie Oldfield MCDHS and Recovery All Ways

  • Human Service Worker of the Year (Private Sector)
    Matthew Flanigan Flower City Habitat for Humanity

  • Human Service Corporate Contributor of the Year
    Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 46

  • Community Non-Profit Organization the Year
    Veterans Outreach Center

  • John L. Seebach Volunteer of the Year
    Brenda Myers Roc The Peace

  • Bertina Forde Rising Star Award
    Amanda Collins MCDHS

  • Human Service Courage Award
    Sandra Beasley and Deverin Dillon RCSD/BENTE

  • W. Burton Richardson Lifetime Achievement Awards (two honorees)
    Patricia Lorenzen Saint Peter’s Kitchen
    Linda Donahue Cornell University ILR
Mary Evans
Mary Evans
Steven Simmons
Steven Simmons

2023 Scholarship Winners Announced

The Federation of Social Workers is proud to announce that the 2023 winners of the Ed Grabowski/Dina Finn Memorial Scholarships are Mary Evans and Steven Simmons!

Mary Evans is a recent graduate of Greece Arcadia High School who is now attending Allegheny College. Mary is the daughter of FSW member Jillian Evans.

Steven Simmons is a recent graduate of Rochester Early College International High School who is now attending the Rochester Institute of Technology. Steven is the son of FSW member LaSonia Simmons.

We wish both Mary and Steven great academic and career success in the future!
Linda Donahue
Linda Donahue


Patricia DiLaura Lorenzen
Patricia DiLaura Lorenzen

FEDERATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS ANNOUNCES ITS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONOREES FOR 2023

At our Human Service Worker of the Year Awards luncheon on Friday, October 27, 2023, we will be honoring two extraordinary individuals, who did much to improve the quality of life for others during their careers. Our first honoree, Patricia Lorenzen, recently retired after having served as Director of Saint Peter’s Kitchen for 21 years. Our second honoree, Linda Donahue, retired from serving as a labor educator for more than 35 years, employed by Cornell University’s School of Labor Relations.

Federation Members Celebrate Labor Day 2023

The Federation of Social Workers was well represented at this year's Labor Day Parade!

FSW at the Labor Day Parade

FSW Donation for the Alyssa's Angels Holday Gift Project 2022

Check presentation for the Alyssa's Angels Holiday Gift 2022
We were proud to partner with Alyssa's Angels Rochester for their annual Holiday Gift Project. Together, we donated $1000 to the Agape Haven of Abundance Inc.! Left to right: FSW president Christina Christman, Agape director Julia Oakley and John Rabish of Alyssa’s Angels.
Anson Butler
Anson Butler
Iyanna Voltaire
Iyanna Voltaire

2022 Scholarship Winners Announced

The Federation of Social Workers is proud to announce that the 2022 winners of the Ed Grabowski/Dina Finn Memorial Scholarships, are Iyanna Voltaire and Anson Butler!

Iyanna is the daughter of FSW member Natasha Voltaire. She graduated from Odyssey Academy in June and will be attending SUNY Brockport in the fall. Iyanna wants to become a dance teacher and a studio owner.

Anson Butler is the son of FSW member John Butler. He graduated from Brighton High School in June and will be attending SUNY Geneseo this fall. Anson is planning on pursuing a career in teaching or in government service.

We wish both Iyanna and Anson great academic and career success in the future!

Federation Supports Energy Democracy Campaign!

FSW voted to endorse the Rochester for Energy Democracy campaign to create a publicly owned and governed utility company in the city of Rochester last year. Over the past month we teamed up with Metro Justice to collect signatures for the City to fund and facilitate a feasibility study at several area events.

Attorneys in Monroe County Public Defender's Office want to unionize

The Federation of Social Workers strongly supports the efforts of the attorneys in the Public Defender’s Office to unionize!

FSW members and retirees are committed to feeding our community.

We recently volunteered in the kitchen at a local motel temporarily housing county residents with no place to stay, the majority of which are children. The kitchen is 100% grassroots and volunteer run. They serve hot meals prepared by the community and pack bags for the children's lunches the next day. To volunteer by preparing a meal or serving, join Meals for the Homeless at https://www.facebook.com/groups/351197560176136. We also created an Amazon wishlist for the group here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1HOH0JLSTSYKU?ref_=wl_share .

March 29th Rally

FSW members braved the cold on Tuesday March 29th to hold a Lunchtime Rally in support of the submitted proposal to raise wages

A Sea of FSW Balloons

A sea of FSW balloons rising over cubicles showcased solidarity on the day the FSW Negotiating team met with County officials to discuss a raise

Swearing in of New FSW Vice President

Swearing in of New FSW Vice President

President Christina Christman swearing in new VP LaWanda Shipman

March 24th Rally

On March 24th, FSW members held a lunchtime rally outside of the Monroe County Department of Human Services offices on Westfall Rd. The rally was in support of the union's proposal to raise wages in order to better attract and retain staff. The current high vacancy rates in almost all areas of operations are negatively impacting the delivery of service to those in need in our community

Shipman Wins FSW Runoff Election!

Please join us in congratulating LaWanda Shipman, who has just been elected to be the new Vice President of the Federation of Social Workers.

FSW Election Results

The Federation of Social Workers is pleased to announce the winners of Thurdsay, March 10th 2022 election:

Steward at St. Paul Street: Lauren DelVecchio

Thank you to all members who cast their ballots in this important election, and congratulations to Lauren!
Swearing in of New FSW Committee Chairs

Swearing in of New FSW Steward

Grievance Co-Chair LaTonya Wilcox swearing in New FSW Steward Lauren DelVecchio
Swearing in of New FSW Committee Chairs

Swearing in of New FSW Committee Chairs

FSW President Christina Christman swears in Carolyn Carrol (center) as our new Political Action Chair and Deborah Jackson (on left) as our new Committee on Civil Rights & Equity Chair.

Thank you both for your commitment of further service to our union!
Christina Christman with Monther Jones Award
FSW President Christina Christman with her Mother Jones Award

FSW President Honored By Rochester Area Labor Council

FSW President Christina Christman was honored with the Mother Jones Award at the annual Labor Council Delegates Dinner on November 30, 2021. This award is given each year to an exceptional union leader for courage and sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty. Christina Christman attends every union meeting and event, and has been a great force in political action in recent years. Her efforts to support every union cause has benefited all working families. Congratulations on this prestigious award, Christina!
FSW check presentation to Alyssa's Angels Charity

2021 Holiday Gift Project

Once again this year, the Federation of Social Workers partnered with Alyssa’s Angel in their annual Holiday Gift Project. FSW president Christina Christman (on left) and John Rabish of Alyssa’s Angels (on right) presented a check to the Director of Saint Peter’s Kitchen, Patty Lorenzen.

We appreciate all that they do to help those in need in our community!
FSW drove to Buffalo to support Catholic Health Workers on Strike
FSW drove to Buffalo to support Catholic Health Workers on Strike

FSW Solidarity with CHS Workers on Strike

A delegation of FSW workers drove to Buffalo during the weekend of October 1st-4th to support Catholic Health Workers on strike.
FSW at the Rally
FSW at the Rally

Federation of Social Workers Rally To Speak Out!

On October 12, union members from Monroe County Federation of Social Workers (IUE-CWA 81381) took the streets in downtown Rochester to remind lawmakers and the community about the virtue and value of their work. While some members stayed on the street hoisting rally signs and engaging pedestrians and motorists alike, a majority walked up four floors to the Legislative Chambers and voiced their contract concerns during the public forum session of the meeting. Here are a few photos from the rally in front of the Monroe County Office Building, 39 W. Main St.

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.
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!

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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