2nd in a series
PEF Vice President Randi DiAntonio
By SHERRY HALBROOK
Although Randi DiAntonio is best known by members in PEF Region 3 (Rochester) where she has worked for 19 years as a licensed master social worker 2 for the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, her activism and leadership in advocating for state services and the needs of New Yorkers has made her familiar to many members throughout the state.
She now takes on the role of a vice president of PEF.
DiAntonio holds a Masters’ degree in Social Work from Syracuse University and a Bachelors’ degree in Social Work from SUNY Brockport. She works at Fingerlakes Developmental Disabilities Services Office. She previously worked as a youth counselor for the state Office of Children and Family Services.
DiAntonio has been a been a member of the PEF Executive Board, a PEF steward for 15 years and Council Leader of PEF Division 259 for 11 years. She also served as PEF co-chair of the Joint Labor-Management Committee at OPWDD.
Her strong history of labor advocacy was recognized with her selection to be one of 14 union women featured in the 2018 Working Women Calendar, published by the Workforce Development Institute.
Thanking WDI for the honor, DiAntonio said she learned the valuable benefits of union membership while growing up in Brooklyn in a family where her mother’s membership in the United Federation of Teachers meant they had health insurance. “And the reason my father could continue to live at home on his own after Mom died, was because she had been in a union,” DiAntonio added.
In 2010 when facing furloughs and again in 2012, when facing threats of layoffs, closures and privatization DiAntonio organized and coordinated campaigns to raise public awareness about the loss of services and jobs, engaging members, families, legislators and the public.
As PEF Region 3 political action chair, she coordinated lobbying related to state budgets and legislative priorities.