Alvin Ramnarain - President
Alvin was elected President of Local 1102 in 2017 after 20 years of experience serving the union in key roles. During his early years in the labor movement he was responsible for the management and administration of the union’s pension funds. He was later promoted to Field Director, Executive Vice President, and then Secretary-Treasurer, with responsibility for overseeing grievances, collective bargaining and contract enforcement. Alvin has led several successful organizing campaigns and has assisted other unions with their organizing efforts, resulting in thousands of new union members.
Alvin is passionate about improving the lives of workers through organizing. He focuses on securing better benefits and working conditions through effective negotiating and enforcement of collective bargaining agreements. Alvin knows the importance of political advocacy on the issues that matter most to working people like safety, medical benefits, and a dignified retirement.
He’s been invited to speak at CUNY’s Murphy Institute and Cornell’s School of Industrial Labor Relations, discussing topics such as young worker organizing and organizing from the shop floor. He has actively led staff participation in local and national elections and personally worked as a volunteer to the 2004 and 2008 DNC Conventions and served as a DNC delegate to the 2016 Convention.
Alvin serves on the Executive Board of the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union as Vice President. Additionally, he is the Chairman of Local 1102’s affiliated Health and Pension Funds. He also serves as a delegate to the NYC Central Labor Council and the Long Island Federation of Labor.
Thomas Rowland - Secretary-Treasurer
Tom Rowland is the Secretary-Treasurer of Local 1102 and is primarily responsible for the union’s field operations, communications, and political action programs. Tom works to insure that all members are provided with the service and representation they deserve. He also works to further the union’s local, state, and federal legislative priorities. He gears all of Local 1102's political action towards improving the conditions, safety, and quality of life for workers.
With over 30 years in the labor movement, Tom was the former Secretary Treasurer of the Amalgamated Workers Union, Local 88, which merged into Local 1102 in 2009. In that role, he oversaw the union’s financial administration and developed a deep understanding of health and pension fund administration, having served as trustee and plan administrator for Local 88. Throughout his career, he has passionately advocated for workers’ rights and has successfully negotiated and enforced numerous collective bargaining agreements covering thousands of workers.
Prior to joining the labor movement, Tom worked for a top financial management firm. He has a BA in economics and history from St. Francis College, New York. As past president of the Ave Maria Catholic Academy school board, he continues to play an active role in his church and school community.
Ryan Brunet - Executive Vice President
Ryan Brunet is the Local 1102 Executive Vice President. Ryan is responsible for directing contract enforcement, collective bargaining and member services for the industrial, food service and maintenance divisions of the union. He also directs organizing campaigns and contract campaigns. In this capacity he has led the union on several successful organizing campaigns, resulting in thousands of new members and has negotiated numerous employer contracts securing increased wages and benefits thousands of workers.
Ryan was born and raised in a union household. His father is a retired member of the United Auto Workers and his mother is a current card-carrying member of CSEA. Ryan himself was a member of the UAW when he worked for a Chrysler plant in upstate New York while attending college. He began his career at an early age, working at a local IBEW union. In 2007 he joined Local 1102 and began as an organizer and union representative. Eventually, he was promoted to Field Director where he oversaw the union's extensive member servicing operation.
He is a graduate of Cornell University’s Industrial Labor Relations program, holds a B.S. in Business Administration from SUNY Oswego and a Masters in Business Administration from Adelphi University.