NJ Turnpike Supervisors Association Local 200/200A IFPTE, AFL-CIO

Dolores "Dee" Gorczyca, IFPTE Rep

 

Dee began her labor career with IFPTE Local 195 as a State Police Communications Operator with the State of New Jersey in 1978. She held several positions within the Local from shop steward to Chapter Vice President to Chapter President to Presidential Assistant. After recognizing her dedication and commitment to the Union, Dee was asked to join IFPTE’s staff as an International Representative in April 1992.

As an International Representative, Dee represented the Union’s members during contract negotiations, arbitrations, grievances and disciplinary cases. Additionally, she developed and conducted training sessions in organizing, grievance handling, contract administration and labor/management relations.

She served IFPTE on a much broader scale by assisting many of IFPTE's Locals with internal organizing to help build their Locals. IFPTE’s diverse membership allowed Dee the opportunity to perfect her craft within the public, private and federal sectors.

In 1998, Dee was appointed by Governor Christine Whitman to serve a two year term on the New Jersey Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Board. This appointment was renewed in 2000 for an additional two year term.

In 2001, Dee was appointed Secretary-Treasurer of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers. She is the first woman ever to serve in this position replacing IFPTE’s former Secretary-Treasurer, Gregory J. Junemann, who was appointed President of the union on the same day. She was formally elected Secretary-Treasurer by acclamation by the delegates at the 2003 Convention.

As Secretary-Treasurer, Dee managed the Finance and Membership departments of the union. She focused on assisting locals in their fiduciary, administrative and compliance practices. She serves on the union’s Executive Council as well as the Finance Committee.

In 2004, she was elected Vice President of the Union Label Service Trades Department of the AFL-CIO. She was an alternate delegate to the Union Network International World Women’s Committee and a member of the International Metal Federation’s Women’s Committee. Dee also represented IFPTE on a Labor delegation to the State of Israel in 2005.

At the 2006 Convention, Dee decided to step down from the Secretary-Treasurer’s position due to family obligations and returned to New Jersey and work with the IFPTE Locals in the Atlantic and Northeast regions.

As a fierce advocate for the advancement of women within the labor movement, Dee has been and remains active on several committees/councils. She has held the positions of First Vice President and President of the Women’s Affirmative Action Committee (WAAC) of the state of New Jersey. She served as a member of Congressman Bob Menendez’s (NJ) Women’s Advisory Council. As the New Jersey State Vice President for the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), she worked to formed new Chapters throughout the State and was instrumental in reviving IFPTE’s membership and participation within CLUW. Dee's fervent involvement with CLUW propelled her into the position of National Vice President with the organization in 1999, National Recording Secretary in 2006, and National Executive Vice President in 2010 a position she still holds.

A native of New Jersey, Dee maintains her ties to her home State where she serves on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Labor Hall of Fame and is active in the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey, Women Advocating for Good Government in New Jersey and the Kosciuszko Foundation and Center for Polish Culture.

Dee is a graduate of Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and was also inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society.

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