A community and labor activist, Councilman I. Daneek Miller has lived in the 27th Council District for the past 35 years, and has dedicated most of his life advocating improving the quality of life for residents of Southeast Queens. During his time as President of Amalgamated Transportation Union (ATU) Local No. 1056, he became a well-recognized champion and advocate for public transportation and working families. His experience as a labor leader is filled with hard-fought victories, benefits and services delivered to working families, including restored bus services, paid family leave, and improved health care.
Daneek co-chaired the MTA Labor Coalition which represents 29 unions and more than 60,000 workers. Recognizing how access to quality child care makes a difference to working families, he conceived and negotiated the first ever provision supporting child-care for municipal workers anywhere in the United States. Daneek led his union’s successful effort to secure fair wages, improve working conditions and better benefits for its members and safety reforms for the riding public. A bridge-builder who created coalitions with other transit unions, management and transit advocates, Daneek helped to protect riders and transit workers from assaults and address inadequate snow removal on bus routes.
A product of our public schools and a single parent whose children attended NYC public schools, Daneek’s educational background includes programs at Cornell University’s School of Labor Relations, the City University of New York Transportation Research Institute at City College and the National Labor College.