Labor Day Message From Civil Service Employees Association Western Region Six President Steve Healy: ‘We Are Essential’
CSEA Editor’s Note: Steve Healy (pictured above), serves as President of Civil Service Employees Association’s (CSEA) Western Region Six, which covers 14 Western New York Counties, supporting Workers in more than 80 Locals and 220 Units in New York State Government, Local Government, School Districts, Library Systems, Public Authorities and the Private Sector. The region has approximately 46,000 Members.
There’s no doubting it, the year 2020 has been a tough one.
And this year, Labor Day will look a lot different than it has in year’s past.
Our parades, backyard barbecues and gatherings with friends and family will be muffled, postponed or canceled entirely.
But it’s important to remember Labor Day has meant more than the end of Summer or just physically getting together at social events.
It has always been a day to honor and celebrate the contributions of America’s Working People.
And this past year, the sacrifice and dedication of our Civil Service Employee Association (CSEA) Sisters and Brothers could not have been more dramatic.
This can be said for every sector and discipline of the American Labor Movement.
As our Nation presently mismanages the crises at hand - a viral pandemic, an economic free fall and racial injustice - America’s Working People have shown the world what we’ve known all along - we are essential.
Working People are the threads that hold the fabric of our Nation together.
America needs Unions.
This past year, we have also witnessed first-hand the devastation caused by the incompetent and ineffectual leadership of those who choose to put profits over people.
This election season, we are advocating for all Working Families to vote for candidates who support Working People.
America needs real relief, and in turn, we will cast our ballots for those politicians who will fight for a fair economy and a just society.
America’s Labor Force built this great Nation and we can do it again.
On this Labor Day, let’s continue to honor the hard work of our Union Family and put America’s Working Families front and center in a national conversation about our road to recovery.