NYC worker still on the job after 6 decades

- Shirley Williams was hired by New York City at the age of 18. And she hasn't looked back since. That was in 1953. Some six decades later, Williams is still on the payroll.

They say in all of the city agencies, not a single soul has worked for as many years on the job as Williams – 62 to be exact. Every morning still to this day, she catches that train in the Bronx and comes to the Administration for Children's Services in Lower Manhattan.

The subway fare was only 10 cents at the time. The salary was just over $2,000 a year. But what sticks out about the early years is the racism. The world moved differently in November 1953. When Williams got the job in the legal department it was a match, but it wasn't the first job she went looking for. She remembers going for a 9 a.m. interview and waiting until 3 p.m. as several white candidates were interviewed. She was never interviewed. She walked out, head high.

When Williams graduated from Theodore Roosevelt in the Bronx, she was driven. She later married and had two sons brought in two girls she raised as her own.

Yolanda Harris, Williams's supervisor, said everyone loves her.

Williams is a role model, a tireless worker, and a trail blazer. 

Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories you may be interested in - includes Advertiser Stories