Robin Blair-Batte was elected as Local 1180’s Secretary-Treasurer in January 2018. She has been a civil servant for 25 years at the Human Resources Administration (HRA) and became a member of Local 1180 in 2002. She was elected a Shop Steward that same year.
Robin has a wealth of accounting knowledge, having processed and filed city, state, and federal tax returns since she was 17 years old. She has experience in manually computing budgets from her tenure at HRA, first as a case manager/Eligibility Specialist III and then as an auditor in the Office of Quality Assurance.
With hard work and dedication, Robin quickly moved up the career ladder. In just nine short years, she advanced from a Principal Administrative Associate I to Principal Administrative Associate III — all while remaining an active and effective Shop Steward — and is currently an Administrative Manager I.
As Shop Steward, Robin represented more than 150 members, advocating for them at labor-management meetings, initiating grievances, and defending them at supervisory conferences, hearings, and special investigations. She always kept the members informed and educated about the union and labor movement.
In 2011, Robin was selected as a Local 1180 Staff Representative. She has won grievances for members who received substantial back-pay awards, and has defended members in disciplinary actions resulting in saving jobs, stopping demotions, and eliminating and reducing penalties and fines. She plays a leading role in coordinating Shop Steward training and the African American Day parade.
Robin is a member of the Civil Rights Committee and is the facilitator for the Queens Community Coordinating Committee. She is well versed in labor and city policies, having attended both the AFL-CIO Cornell Union Leadership Institute and the CWA Cornell Leadership Program.
Robin earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Metropolitan College of New York. She is a strong believer in fighting for union rights and human rights. Her tremendous accounting skill set are a huge benefit to the membership.