Network Labor Relations Specialist
N.Y.C. Health & Hospitals Corporation
New York, N.Y.
Charles F. Johnson II, Esq., wanted to be a lawyer since he was in high school in Atlanta. He joined both track and the mock trial team. At Fort Valley State University, he continued to be active. “I participated in the Student Government Association, served as Chief Justice, and joined Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity,” he says. He earned a Juris Doctor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School at Western Michigan University and now serves as the labor relations specialist for New York City Health & Hospitals Corp., the country’s largest municipal health care system. He implements policies and initiatives that promote wellness and safety for staff and patients. Among his many accomplishments at HHC, he redesigned the “Respecting Boundaries” brochure aimed at preventing sexual misconduct; developed an Issuing and Collection of Communications Devices policy to ensure that the Environ-mental Services Department is effective in the ambulatory care areas, operation rooms and emergency room; and enforced an Absenteeism Monitoring initiative to oversee manager and employee accountability and cut millions of dollars in overtime costs and absence-related expenditures. “The best part of my career is being able to approach an issue with the union and management and resolve it,” Johnson says.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee., Johnson previously worked at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, enforcing federal anti job discrimination laws, and as special counsel at claims resolution firm BrownGreer PLC. Today, he is involved in the Black Lives Matter movement. “Overall, my role is simple: to bring awareness and keep the movement relevant. This is a very important time in our country right now. Something that will be spoken about years down the road. Since I am aware of this, I am more than happy to participate in this movement because our children will be affected by the outcomes of today,” Johnson remarks.