Briggs: Moving forward, rising to the challenges of our unique time



ALBANY — A union activist for more than 30 years, CSEA Executive Vice President Ron Briggs continues to work toward building an inclusive and responsive union.

Before his recent election as CSEA’s Executive Vice President, Briggs served eight years as CSEA Capital Region President. He had previously served for eight years as Executive Vice President of the CSEA Capital Region. He also served one term as the CSEA Capital Region 1st Vice President from 2004 to 2008.

Briggs began his career in Fulton County, working in the Department of Social Services as a child protective worker. In 1997, Briggs was elected to his first position as 2nd Vice President of CSEA’s Fulton County Local. He later served as the local’s 1st Vice President and then as Fulton County Local President. After 11 years at the Fulton County Department of Social Services, Briggs joined the county’s Probation Department as a probation officer, the work title he continues to hold.

“One voice, although strong, will not be heard as well as a chorus.” This philosophy drives Briggs to seek effective ways to have a positive impact, improving the lives of working people of our state and the CSEA membership.

Briggs is involved in numerous CSEA committees and initiatives. He is a CSEA Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program graduate. He has also chaired CSEA’s New Member Orientation Task Force and is officer liaison to our union’s Probation and PEOPLE committees.

Since 2020, Briggs has served as an AFSCME International Vice President. Before joining CSEA, Briggs was a member of UUP for eight years.

Committed to rising to the unique challenges of our time, he recognizes that our focus moving forward needs to be on building power and strengthening member-to-member education and involvement.

“We must ensure that as employees enter workplaces, our voice must be clear that together is the only way to move forward for higher wages, safer conditions, and better workplaces,” said Briggs. “Our future is bright. Our union work isn’t easy, but it is the only way to ensure progress and stand up to those billionaires who want us to have less. We must learn from our history to value our collective voice and recognize that our communities value public services. We should celebrate that.”

— Jill Asencio and Therese Assalian


About Author

Jill Asencio is the statewide communications specialist assigned to CSEA Headquarters in Albany. She is a summa cum laude graduate of The College of Saint Rose and award-winning photo/video journalist and public relations professional. As part of CSEA’s communication team since 2007, she found her passion in labor, advocating for children and New York’s working families. Asencio understands first-hand the value of growing up in a union household and the deep connection unions have in ensuring strong, educated and healthy families.

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