Ramon Soriano

 

Ramon Soriano was born in the Bronx and raised in “El Barrio” in Manhattan and in “Bedford Stuyvesant” in Brooklyn.   Ramon’s mother, Lydia was born in Ponce, PR and his father; Ramon was born and raised in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Ramon is the eldest of three siblings. He attended and graduated from George Westinghouse Vocational and Technical High School in 1963. After High school he went on to serve our country by enlisting in the US Army ranking as high as Sergeant until he was honorably discharged in 1967. Ramon was initiated into Local Union #3 Apprenticeship program in 1967, where as an apprentice he served on the Apprentice Committee and also received the Apprentice Leadership Award in 1973.

Ramon became a Journeyman Electrician in the “A” Division in 1973. He later went on to further his education and earned his Associates Degree in Labor Studies in 1985 from the Cornell School of Labor Studies.  Additionally, Ramon completed the High Voltage and Asbestos Handler Certificate courses as well as the Community Service Counseling course. Throughout  Ramon’s career in Local Union #3 he has held positions as Foreman, Sub-foreman and Shop Steward and has served on the Wage and Policy Committee and also served on the Contract Negotiating Committee in 2005.

Ramon has been an active member of Santiago Iglesias Education Society since 1969. He serves as a Trustee and was its President in 1998 and 1999. In his many years as a member of the S.I.E.S., Ray served on many of its committees and was also co- chairman and chairman of several Dinner Dances. He was President of the S.I.E.S. Credit Union and was the first President of the Jose Lopez Memorial Scholarship Fund in which he served for twelve years. Ramon has worn numerous hats participating in organization projects and tasks, a few being: wiring of the “Fiesta Folklorica” held in Central Park for several years, voter registration drives, apprenticeship interviews, organizing manufacturing workers and working with the United Farm Workers with Jose Lopez and Cesar Chavez. He also participated in the Local #363 organizing drive and the “M” Organizing Committee. Ramon has also been an active member of The Colony Club, Westchester Mechanics and the Bronx Acorn Club in which he served as a Board of Directors and currently serves as an Advisor. Ramon’s activism and leadership goes further, he is a Board Member of the N.Y.C. Charter High School for Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industries. Even though Ramon retired in 2008, he is still active in the Local Union #3 and with the Local #3 Clubs.

Ramon currently resides in Beechurst, Queens with his lovely wife, Annette Rodriguez-Soriano and enjoys traveling, exercising, cooking, music and is a collector of vintage records. Ramon is the father of two sons, Michael, a Local #3, “A”-Journeyman and Matthew, as well as two step-sons; Eric and Aaron.

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