Former NYSUT counsel receives national award

Bernard AsheBernard Ashe, who served as NYSUT’s general counsel from 1972-1996, has been honored by the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section with its 2017 Arvid Anderson award. The award recognizes Ashe’s outstanding contributions to the development of labor law in the public sector.

“Bernard really did so much to shape the union’s Office of General Counsel and to protect and expand the legal rights of NYSUT members,” said current general counsel, Richard Casagrande. “It’s great to see him getting this recognition.”

Retired NYSUT attorney Ira Rubtchinsky nominated Ashe for the award.

Anderson was a pioneer in public-sector labor law, first as secretary and commissioner of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission from 1948 to 1967 and then as chairman of the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining from 1968 to 1987.

Ashe will receive his award on Nov. 10 in Washington, DC.


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