Monise Etienne started her civil servant career with The Corporation Counsel/NYC Law Department as a Claims Specialist in 2001 as a member of DC 37 Local 1549. As part of that union, she was elected as a Shop Steward, and was very involved, serving as vice chair of the Scholarship and Women’s Committee, as well as an active member of both the African and Asian & Pacific committees.
In 2004, Monise was hired as a Clerical Associate with Fiscal Services in the NYC Comptroller’s Office. In 2013, she was promoted to a Principal Administrative Associate, working as Central Timekeeper, and became a member of CWA Local 1180. She was elected as a Union Shop Steward in 2015, and initiated grievances and defended members at supervisory conferences, hearings, and special investigations.
Monise also has participated in the Equal Pay rally on the steps of City Hall, conducted a General Membership meeting presentation on “Vote No for CON-CON” and conducted phone banking for NYC Councilwoman Debbie Rose in Staten Island.
In 2019, she was involved in helping elect New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who won her unopposed re-election bid; two top legislative leaders, Assemblyman Carl Heastie and Governor Andrew Cuomo; former New York City Public Advocate Letitia James as New York State Attorney General in 2013; and former New York City Comptroller John Liu when he ran for Senate in 2012.
Monise currently serves as Vice Chair of the Staten Island Borough Community Coordinating Committee (SIBCC). In 2018, she was selected by the Trustees of the Education Fund to participate in the first Labor Leadership program with CWA Local 1180; and in 2019, she completed the Certificate Program in Labor Relations and graduated this past June. Monise is now working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Labor and Urban Studies with a minor in Public Policy at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.