July 28, 2016
By Silver Krieger
Position: Retired Assistant Chief-Chairman
New York, NY – Timothy Mahoney, Retired Assistant Chief-Chairman of Local 94, International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), is nominated by Kuba Brown, President of Local 94, for his work with MAP, the Membership Assistance Program.
The program is comprised of Union members who provide support and intervention in regards to Substance Abuse and Alcohol Abuse. Local 94 union members hold an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting right before the monthly union meeting.
Timothy Mahoney, a member of the union since 1982 and retired since 2011, has spearheaded this program for Local 94 for fifteen years, all on his own time. Members who are struggling with this issue can call a dedicated confidential hotline whose number is on their website and ask for help. Mr. Mahoney checks the calls daily and contacts those who have reached out, either for themselves or a family member. “I call them back personally to see what’s going on. I give them advice, directing them to rehab, detox, encourage them to come to the monthly meeting, and let them know how to deal with insurance.”
Mr. Mahoney says that because he himself struggled with addiction, has been through the program, and has been sober for thirty-seven years, “I make them feel comfortable.”
There is also a network of sober fellow-workers in different job site buildings, and Mr. Mahoney can let the caller know if there is someone he works with who is on the same journey. He tells the worker, “There’s a guy in your building that is sober – I will have that guy contact you.”
Also, Mr. Mahoney can find workers who live near the caller who go to AA meetings nearby, so they can go together.
A great aspect of MAP, says Mr. Mahoney, is that almost all of those who go to the meetings are Supervisors, Assistant Chiefs, or Managers. “Because we get sober, we become productive members of society.” Then, when “a new guy in trouble comes in, we tell him, ‘look at us, once
we were in trouble, and the union didn’t turn its back on us. It stood behind us, sent us to rehab, and look at us.’ He sees it.” d
Kuba Brown said, “No matter where you live; how educated you may be, or how much money or prestige you have in the community, there is no who hasn’t had to deal with alcohol or drug abuse on some level. It may be a friend, a sibling, a spouse, a son, daughter, nephew, niece, aunt, uncle, co-worker or friend. We have all been through it. And when confronted with the situation our first question is ‘where do I turn.’ For the members of Local 94 the answer for as long as I can remember has been Tim Mahoney. Tim not only worked as an Assistant Chief engineer, he has served as Chairman of the Local 94 Members Assistance Program (MAP), for more than 10 years. Even after retiring from his day job, Tim continues to answer those calls for help.
“No matter what time, day or night Tim has never failed to respond to a member’s plea for help. His commitment to help goes well beyond the members of Local 94. Tim is also active in his local AA chapter. Quiet, soft spoken and humble, Tim has always been there. Not simply to
answer the call but to provide the guidance, help and support necessary to lead someone through what for many is their toughest challenge. Tim Mahoney is not only a Hero of Labor, but a hero to us all!”
Mr. Mahoney says that he is very grateful to Kuba Brown, and Jack Redden, Business Manager of Local 94, who asked him to take over the leadership of MAP. “I feel like I’m doing something I like to do. The whole program has helped me, and I can never give back to AA and
Local 94 what they’ve given to me.”