Local 28 MAP

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Local 28 Sheet Metal Workers Members Assistance Program

It can be difficult to balance the demands of your career with personal obligations. The services of the MAP’s counselors are free for Pre-Apprentices, Apprentices, Journeypersons, Light Commercial Workers, and their family members. If you are having problems in your work or personal life that affect or could affect your sheet metal career, call us at (212) 732-7897.

The Members Assistance Program (MAP) is an organization independent from the union that provides free confidential counseling to union members and their families. In addition to drug, alcohol and mental health counseling, MAP counselors can talk to you in a confidential setting regarding family and marital conflicts, financial and legal difficulties, emotional issues, and many other issues that could be interfering with your personal life or adversely affecting your sheet metal career. MAP Counselors are all New York State licensed, which ensures confidentiality under state law.

About Us

Molly Sage, LMHC

Molly Sage is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). She received her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from CUNY Queens College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from SUNY New Paltz. Prior to joining the Local 28 MAP, she had experience working at an outpatient substance abuse treatment center and an inpatient psychiatric center. She has worked to help individuals cope with, and overcome, a wide range of issues, including anxiety, stress, depression, communication, substance use, and self-esteem. She takes on an eclectic approach to counseling, utilizing various theories and techniques, to ensure that each individual has their specific needs met to assist them in being successful in meeting their school and on-the-job performance responsibilities.

Randy Mason, LCSW

Randy Mason is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from New York University and did post-graduate study at the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of NYCGS, which awarded her a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Along with providing counseling, psychotherapy, and supportive services to both apprentices and mechanics, she conducts presentations and orientations at JATC schools. Primarily serving L25, for which she is the account manager, she also provides services to members of L28 and L580. In addition to her work with the MAP, she has a small private practice on the Upper West Side.

Kenneth Toback, LCSW

Kenneth Toback is a licensed state certified social worker who has over twenty years of experience providing counseling to members of unions in the metal trades. He has done extensive presentation work to both the pre-apprentices and apprentices. In addition, Ken is a field advisor/adjunct professor for the Graduate School of Social Work for Fordham University. Helping to shape the future of apprentices, as well as the Social Workers who may one day assist them by supplying invaluable support, Ken is integral in the MAP’s operations and those it serves.

Ralph Garcia, MSW, Director of Government Funded Programs

Ralph earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University in 1987, specializing in “World of Work” issues. Prior to obtaining his Social Work degree, he worked for eight years as a drug counselor. Ralph became a MAP Counselor in 1987, and in 1999 he became the Program Director for various government funded programs that provide an alternate entry method into Local 28 for low-income New Yorkers. Since then, these programs have recruited over 1,200 people for entry into Local 28’s apprentice program. Ralph’s programs provide counseling and support services to his program’s applicants, most of whom have graduated the Local 28 apprenticeship program and gone on to successful careers as sheet metal journeypersons. Ralph is most proud of the positive economic impact his programs have made on the lives of his program’s applicants and on their families.

Charlie Saunders, Field Monitor

Charlie Saunders is the Federal Court appointed Field Monitor for Local 28. He is a long-time Local 28 member with vast experience in all aspects of the trade. He came into the trade as an apprentice in the 1960s and, over the years, has been a tutor, mentor and has been involved in the apprentice selection process. Currently, he serves as the Chairperson of the Four-Year Experience Board for direct entry into Local 28 as a journeyperson, is one of the Special Master’s designees to the Apprentice Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Local 28 journeyperson Credentialing Committee. In his capacity and as the Field Monitor, Charlie reports directly to the Special Master (David Raff, Esq.), but when he encounters a problem that involves calling for the intervention of a Business Agent or other union official, he immediately brings that matter to the attention of the appropriate union official. If you would like Charlie’s assistance on a matter, or would like to bring a problem to his attention, you can call the MAP at 212-732-7897.

David Raff, Special Master

Mr. Raff serves as a Federal Court appointed Special Master, supervising and administering Federal Court orders, in three complex discrimination cases: EEOC et al. v. Local 638 . . .Local 28 of the Sheet Metal Workers' Int'l Ass'n; EEOC v. Local 580, Ornamental Iron Workers; and EEOC v. Local 25 of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Int'l Ass'n. He has also served as a Special Master in Yarborough v. Sheldon (a nationwide discrimination class action against the federal government) and in United States v. Local 10 of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Int'l Ass'n. Mr. Raff is a labor arbitrator and mediator, and is listed on a number of government and private sector panels.

Mr. Raff is the Managing Partner of Raff & Becker, LLP. Prior to entering private practice in 1980, Mr. Raff served for ten years as a full-time faculty member at New York University School of Law, where he was the Director of the Labor and Employment Law Clinical Program. Mr. Raff also served as Special Labor Counsel to New York City's Bureau of Labor Services, New York State's Financial Control Board, and the New York State Deputy Comptroller for New York City Affairs.

From 1977 through 1982, Mr. Raff was the Vice Chairperson of the New York State Bar Association's Joint Task Force on the Practices and Procedures of the New York State Division of Human Rights. He was also the Chairperson of the American Arbitration Association’s Human Rights Arbitrator Selection and Training Committee and a member of the American Arbitration Association's National Employment Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force.

Mr. Raff has been honored by being inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and as a Fellow of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters. He has also been honored by the New York City Council for outstanding services to the New York City community.

How Do I Access the MAP? Do I Need a Referral?

There are several ways Local 28 Pre-Apprentices, Apprentices, Journeypersons and Light Commercial Workers come to the MAP.

  • You can self-refer by just calling us for an appointment;
  • A union official, apprentice school instructor, or your employer might suggest to you that you contact the MAP because they are noticing behavior which might jeopardize your career;
  • If you are a pre-apprentice of apprentice, you can be mandated to MAP counseling if you have violated apprentice school rules.

Resources

Click on a topic below for a list of publicly available resources, compiled by the MAP as a service to Local 28 members. Your counselor is another great resource. If there is a service or program that you cannot find on this site, contact the MAP at (212) 732-7897. We may be able to help find the information you are seeking.

  • My gambling problem was affecting my work and my marriage. The MAP counselor got me hooked up with a facility that finally helped me kick this addiction.

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  • I got into Local 28 through a program administered by the MAP. I have opportunities as a sheet metal worker that I would not have had otherwise, and I love the trade.

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  • I was struggling to find childcare, and someone told me that the MAP has resources that might help me. I talked to a counselor who was able to provide me with some additional options.

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  • I was having difficulty getting to work on time and was referred to the MAP. I wasn’t sure why I needed to see a counselor, but talking to the MAP helped me figure out how to plan my mornings so this isn’t an issue. It seems like a simple thing, but they really helped me out.

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