Curtis Tate was appointed to the International Executive Board in 2008. He was elected as an International Vice President in 2009. Tate previously served as chairman for the TWU New York/New Jersey State Conference.
Tate has been an active TWU member in Local 100 since joining the New York City Transit Authority in 1986. He began his career as a car cleaner in the Car Maintenance Department. In 1988, he was promoted to train operator in the Rapid Transit Division.
Through his activism and constant battles to defend the safety and rights of his co-workers, Tate rose through the ranks of Local 100. He has held positions including Shop Steward, Safety Rep, Vice Chair, Acting Chairman and Vice President and even served as Action President in 2009.
Tate has studied labor relations at Cornell University, the Murphy Institute at CUNY, Rutgers University as well as the George Meany National Labor College. He believes at the end of the day, it’s about representing the members, practicing good trade unionism and fighting for all workers' rights.