About Us

New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, AFSCME, AFL-CIO

Council 82 is a very active, aggressive, responsive and growing Union. Our history as a Labor Union has given us the experience which enables the family of Council 82 to work together toward our members goals. Council 82 is a full service union that represents law enforcement professionals across New York State.

Our Union structure affords our members an opportunity for direct involvement. Council 82 has in-house lawyers, a legal department, a legislative and political action department, a field staff department, a financial department and a full administrative staff. Council 82 membership also includes member death benefits and private insurance programs.

Through our affiliation with the AFL-CIO and our International Union, AFSCME, our members enjoy access to tremendous organizational support and research assistance. AFSCME has the finest research department in organized labor, a health and safety department, a health benefits department, an education department and a communications department.

Our affiliation with both AFSCME and the AFL-CIO provides our members access to AFSCME benefits, including scholarships, credit cards, discounted legal programs and travel packages.

As a Full Service Union, all these benefits and more are available to all of our members.

Council 82 provides guidance and expertise in the following areas:

  • In House Legal Department Available 24 / 7
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Arbitrations
  • $10,000 Life Insurance Policy
  • Employee Q & A's
  • Joint Labor / Management Meetings
  • Local Union Autonomy
  • Media / Political Campaigns
  • Research
  • Training
  • Assistance in Local Election Process
  • Legislative Issues
  • Health & Safety Issues
  • Legal Issues
  • State and Local Budget Analysis
  • 207-c & Disability Related Issues
  • Retirement
  • College Scholarship Program
  • Insurance Programs

Legal Department: Our legal department consists of three (3) in-house attorneys and two support staff. The attorneys are all employees of Council 82 and work only for Council 82. They are available 24 hours a day. Our legal department advises and assists you in the processing of grievances and represents you at arbitration. All costs involved with processing grievances and arbitrations are covered by Council 82.

Health and Safety: Our staff is available to visit your work sites to insure that all state and federal rules & regulations are enforced. We are available to assist in Joint Labor / Management meetings when dealing with these issues. We provide training to our local members and committees.