Oct. 2, 1934 – Jan. 25, 2016
Robert Frank Rozler, of Alden, a union contract negotiator and a former Buffalo News mail room employee, died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 81.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Rozler was a graduate of Burgard Vocational High School.
Mr. Rozler began working at The News in 1953 and became active in Buffalo Mailers Local 81. He was a delegate to 16 conventions of the International Typographical Union before it merged with the Communication Workers of America.
He also served as a delegate to the AFL-CIO State Federation and was president of the Empire Typographical and Mailers Conference and the Eastern Mailers Conference.
He served for 13 years as a staff representative with the CWA, where he was a contract negotiator with the Printing Sector and was involved with retaining the union at the New Era Cap plant in Derby. He retired in 2000.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, the former Frances Mary Sears; a stepson, Thomas Simpson; a stepdaughter, Kelly Butera; a brother, Roger; a sister, Robin Coia; and four grandchildren.