On Wednesday, May 12, at a ceremony attended by retired ILGWU members and their families, the Retired Officers of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ROI) became a chartered retiree association of UNITE HERE.
The Retired Officers of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union organization is composed of over 300 members, approximately 200 who live in the Greater New York area. Most ROI members are in their 90’s and were involved in the founding struggles of the American Labor Movement in the 1930’s.
The group was addressed by UNITE HERE President John Wilhelm, UNITE HERE New England Joint Board Manager Warren Pepicelli, ROI Chairman Emanuel Leventhal, and ROI members including Jean Dubinsky Appleton, daughter of legendary ILGWU leader David Dubinsky.
UNITE HERE President John Wilhelm noted, "We are so proud to have the Retired Officers of the ILGWU as part of our Union. We cannot move forward without recognizing the history of the labor movement, a history this group was such an important part of. The members of the ROI helped build our Union and we are honored to learn from them and to involve them in the work of UNITE HERE."