Editor’s Note: On Thursday, November 12, LaborPress and Emblem Health bring you the first half of the 9th Annual LaborPress Heroes of Labor Awards. The virtual event beginning at 2 p.m. will feature a timely discussion with union leaders in the property service worker industry featuring IUOE Local 94’s Kuba Brown, 32BJ’s Shirley Aldebol, IUOE Local 891’s Robert Troeller and IUOE Local 30’s William Lynn. Click here to register for the event.
New York, NY – Kuba J. Brown is the Business Manager and Financial Secretary of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 94, 94A and 94B. He oversees the daily management and operations of the entire Local and co-chairs the Health and Benefit Trust Funds, Annuity Fund and Training Fund. Kuba is also a Trustee on all of the above-mentioned Funds.
If there’s a key to being successful during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Kuba — who holds a New York City Refrigeration License, EPA Refrigeration Handlers License, Hazmat Certificate, Homeland Security Certification, New York City Fire Safety Directors License, along with various other City licenses — says it’s being well-prepared.
“Local 94’s membership and staff are prepared,” Kuba says. “We keep [buildings] as safe as possible. [Including] the ventilation systems – we are doing everything that can possibly be done. New filters, disinfectants — you name it. People can go back into buildings.”
Additionally, Kuba and IUOE Local 94 is working with building owners and sitting down with REBNY — the Real Estate Board of New York.
“We don’t control the money,” Kuba says. “We are trying to do the best with the schools. People have the virus, they come into the building, we’ve got to do it all over again. But my people know what to do. My office never closed, my buildings never closed. We’re on top of our game.”
Prior to his present position, Kuba was Assistant Business Manager and Vice President from 1994 to 2004. and President from 2004 to 2016. He became a Business Representative for Lower Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn and Staten Island in 1985.
Kuba also held several positions in the field. He was the Chief Engineer of 630 Third Avenue from 1979 to 1985. Before that he was an Assistant Chief at 112 West 34th Street from 1974 to 1979. He was an Engineer at 1301 Sixth Avenue from 1972 to 1974. His career first started as a Helper in 1971.