Jay Mazur

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Jay Mazur

Jay D. Mazur is President Emeritus of UNITE (Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees), Chairman of the Amalgamated Bank of New York and President of the ILGWU 21St Century Heritage Foundation, in addition to maintaining active membership on boards and in a leadership capacity of a number of other organizations.[1]


Jay Mazur has a B.A. in Industrial Relations from the City University of New York and a Masters Degree from Rutgers University.

Union career

Mazure became President Emeritus of UNITE on July 1, 2001, after stepping down as President of the union. He was the first President of UNITE and served continuously in that position from the time of his election on June 29, 1995. He previously served as President of the ILGWU from 1986 to 1995 and as General Secretary-Treasurer of the ILGWU from 1983 to 1986.

Mazur was a Vice-President of the AFL-CIO from 1986 to 2001, and chaired its International Affairs Committee from 1996 to 2001. He was a member of the President's Labor Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN) and has represented the American labor movement in dozens of countries around the world, helping democratic labor movements in those countries develop leadership and expertise. Mazur has been a member of the Holocaust Memorial Council and of the US-South Africa Business Development Committee.

Supporting DSA

Democratic Left, Sep. 1991, page 16
Democratic Left, Issue 2, 1997, page 19

Socialist activism

Jay Mazur is a leader of the New York Working Families Party and a member of Democratic Socialists of America[2].

Campaign for America's Future

In 1996 Jay Mazur, UNITE was one of the original 130 founders of Campaign for America's Future.[3]

Freedodom Road


Jay Mazur and Dennis O'Neil contributed an article to Freedom Road number 2, Winter 2002.

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Jay Mazur, Audubon Reform Democrats, New York signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”.[4]

Progressives for Obama

In 2009 Jay Mazur Working Families Party was listed as a signer of the Progressives for Obama website.[5]

Thanked by Zweig

"The Working Class Majority: America's Best Kept Secret, Second Edition By Michael Zweig acknowledged Joe Berry, Ron Blackwell, Jim Borbely, Ross Borden, Gene Bruskin, Jeff Crosby, Fernando Gapasin, Penny Lewis, Stephanie Luce, Maria Maisto, Jack Metzgar, Rachel Micah-Jones, Dennis O'Neil, Jay D. Mazur, Steven Pitts, Warren Sanderson, Heidi Shierholz, Craig Smith, Megan Smith, Ralph Trioche, Luis Valenzuela, Victor Wallis, Kris Warner, Devon Whitham, Anne Weigard, and Robert Saute for their help.