Charlene Obernauer

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Charlene Obernauer

Charlene Obernauer... is an activist and writer living in New York City. She is the Executive Director of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), which advocates for safe and healthy jobs for all of New York's workers. NYCOSH is a membership-based organization of workers, unions, community groups, health and legal professionals, and other activists.

Charlene previously served as the Executive Director of Long Island Jobs with Justice and was a co-founder of the Long Island Bus Riders’ Union and the Community/Farmworker Alliance in New York City.[1]

She is the partner of Kathy Ko.

Jobs with Justice

In 2009 Charlene Obernauer was Long Island contact for New York State, Jobs with Justice.[2]

Meeting Congressmen

September 27, 2011, 1199SEIU members and members of the community attended a Congressional hearing on Preserving Medicare and Medicaid with U.S. Reps. Tim Bishop and Steve Israel. Organized by Long Island Jobs with Justice, the hearing was meant to educate the public about how Medicare and Medicaid work, and how their elected officials are working to preserve these vital services. Those in attendance spoke overwhelmingly in support of Medicare and seemed worried about proposed cuts.

"My Mom is on Medicare, which has proven to be affordable for so many and works well, with low administration cost," said Bettina McLean, 1199SEIU member who works at Nassau Extended Care Facility. "My concern is with several proposals, like the Ryan plan which calls for giving people a voucher, but would still cost her and others thousands of dollars."

"Lack of adequate health coverage is one of the primary reasons that people turn to us for assistance, and it's one of the biggest problems people face across our nation," said Rev. Tom Goodhue, Executive Director of the Long Island Council of Churches.

"Unemployment is high, wages are down, and communities are struggling. We need to be funding programs that preserve the middle class, instead of cutting benefits from hard working people," said Charlene Obernauer, Executive Director of Long Island Jobs with Justice.

Reps. Bishop and Israel responded to questions and concerns throughout the evening and assured the public that they are committed to preserving Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other vital social services.[3]

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward


Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Those saying they would attend, on Facebook included Charlene Obernauer.[4]