A Message From Long Island Region President Nick LaMorte

January, 2019

A new year is upon us and with it comes a time to both reflect on our accomplishments and look forward to our future.

Let’s start with reflection.

First, I’m proud to report that CSEA is still union strong!

Billionaires like the Koch brothers and their corporate interest group cronies tried with all of their might to use the Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 Supreme Court case to destroy unions.

They thought that if members had the chance to opt out of paying union dues, members would take it, which would strip unions of the capital we need to survive.

What they didn’t know is that our members are far smarter than they thought, and we’re not fooled by their tactics!

The billionaires’ plan actually had an adverse effect. Janus served as a lightning rod to inspire members to get more involved.

I received many calls from members who were so incensed by the verdict that they inquired how they could become more involved in union activities.

There were also many people who signed an application and became an official CSEA member.

It just goes to show that you should ever underestimate a CSEA member!

I also want to thank all of you for your hard work and dedication at your respective worksites this year.

In my travels around our region, I get to see firsthand how integral your work is to Long Island.

This island couldn’t function without your contributions!

As for the future, I’m looking forward to increasing CSEA’s strength and visibility across Long Island.

I will continue to do my best to represent the more than 50,000 CSEA members on Long Island as your region president, as I have for more than 20 years.

I trust that all of you will continue to work to the best of your ability at the various municipalities where you serve, as well.

I also look forward to more of you getting involved in union activities.

CSEA’s continued growth is contingent on member involvement.

If you’ve ever thought about getting more involved in your union, now’s the time to take the leap. A few ideas to get involved: attend workshops, go to member meetings and organize activities for members in your unit.

Muhammad Ali is quoted as saying, “The service you do for others is the rent you pay for being here on this earth.”

For me, that is what unionism is. It’s my way of giving back to our union, which has given me job protection and a voice at the bargaining table.

So, for 2019, let’s make a resolution to do more and be more for CSEA.

This is our union and it’s our job to nurture it so it can reach its fullest potential.

Stay union! Stay strong!