National Office Employee Profile: Damien Maree, Labor Relations Attorney
Friday, July 12, 2013
Damien Maree grew up in New York City, but had a desire to work in Washington, D.C. after visiting the area. He got that opportunity this May when he began working for NATCA as a labor relations (LR) attorney.
“I was looking for a chance to return to the D.C. area and work in organized labor,” he said. “I am honored to say that I work for this historic organization.
Maree graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in History and went on to pursue his law degree from New York Law School. New York Law School has many notable graduates who eventually get involved in labor relations, including Robert Wagner, the author of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935.
After completing his law degree, Maree worked for a small law firm that specialized in federal civil rights litigation. He eventually started working for 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East in New York City, one of the largest unions in the United States and represents healthcare workers and other service employees.
At NATCA, one of Maree’s primary responsibilities is to counsel the Union on national member issues.
“I advise and support the Union in labor relations issues that arise between NATCA and the FAA,” Maree said. “Along with the usual duties that come with being a NATCA Labor Relations Specialist, I am also primarily responsible for all LR matters on the national level regarding the Federal Contract Towers that the Union represents.”
Maree’s time in D.C. isn’t all about work, however. He is a music lover and avid sports fan who regularly makes time for both pastimes now that he’s in the city.
“This is my first time back in D.C. after many years, and I’m having a blast exploring the city and all that it has to offer,” he said.
Maree also has family spread all over the country, giving him a place to visit in almost every corner of the nation.
“My mother lives in Arizona, and is very involved in independent film promotion and humanitarian relief efforts,” Maree explained. “But I have aunts, uncles and cousins scattered all over; from Buffalo, N.Y. to Michigan, Cape Cod, Mass. to Maryland.”
When asked what is favorite thing about working at NATCA was, Maree simply responded, “The people. My coworkers and our members are the best!”
We couldn’t agree more. Welcome, Damien!