Marvin Holland / by Jeff Jones

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Marvin Holland is the Political and Legislative Director of the Transport Workers Union Local 100, the largest transportation union in the country, representing over 42,000 members.

A native New Yorker, Marvin served in the United States Navy for four years. In 1991 he started his career with the New York City Transit Authority in the Stations Department as a Cleaner. Always an active Local 100 member, he became a Shop Steward in 2001 and was elected to the TWU Local 100 Executive Board in 2003. He became a delegate of the NYC Central Labor Council in 2004 and was elected as Section Chair of the Stations Department in 2010. In 2008 he founded Take Back Our Union (TBOU) and successfully helped to overturn the former administration in 2010. He served as Director of Political and Community Action Development from 2010 to 2012 before taking on his current position.

In this role, Marvin is responsible for advancing legislation that will improve the safety, security, and overall quality of life of the transit workers he represents.  Marvin also directs Local 100’s community coalition-building campaigns, and is the founder of the Transit Forward Coalition, the only grassroots organization of Transit Riders and Workers in New York State.

Under his direction, TWU Local 100 has become a political powerhouse in New York races, helping to elect dozens of local legislators including Assemblypersons Diana Richardson, Rodneyse Bichotte, Latrice Walker, Pam Harris and Tremaine Wright; as well as a number of city council and state senate members which includes Sen. Marisol Alcantara. In June, 2016, he played a pivotal role in helping Adriano Espaillat win his primary, becoming the first Dominican-American to be elected to U.S. Congress.
Due to his strong advocacy for human and workers’ rights, he has been asked to sit on the boards of many groups, including the Latino Leadership Institute, the Mid-Manhattan Branch of the NAACP, the Making The Grade Foundation, the African-American Day Parade Advisory Board, and PA’LANTE Harlem, a housing advocacy group.

Marvin also has a long history of community service, and has been recognized many times over for his work, most recently with the Latino Leadership Institute Labor Award (2014), the Making the Grade Community Award (2014), the Political Action award from the CUNY Murphy Center (2014) and the prestigious Labor Award presented by the NYS Black & Latino Legislative Caucus (2016)as well as the Labor industries “Good Scout” award, presented by the Boy Scouts of America (2016). He has received numerous citations and proclamations from both city and state officials.

Marvin attended Cornell University, focusing on Industrial Labor Relations. Marvin resides in Harlem, NY with his wife of 35 years, Carole, with whom he has three children - Justin, Alizabeth, and Xavier.