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Honoring those doing the work to strengthen our union

 

Sisters and Brothers,

Union density, the proportion of workers in unions in the labor force, has been on a long-term downward trend since the 1940s. Much work remains to be done to reverse this decline, both in CSEA and in the union movement as a whole. As part of CSEA’s efforts to buck this trend and stay strong, the union has created two awards to honor those members doing the hard work of growing CSEA’s membership. CSEA is seeking entries for the Nadra Floyd Award and the Membership Achievement Award. One of the most critical challenges facing unions today is the struggle to organize new members. If unions are going to be successful in this challenge, we must follow a comprehensive strategy for union building. With this in mind, the Nadra Floyd Award is an annual external organizing award to honor CSEA members who make an extraordinary contribution to a campaign to organize a new bargaining unit or group of workers into CSEA. The Membership Achievement Award honors a CSEA member, group of members, committee, unit or local that has strengthened the union by signing up new members. Fostering solidarity and building bargaining power should be on-going activities for union leaders and activists. Nominees for both awards should exhibit some of the following:

  • Providing leadership, inspiration, and support to workers or members.
  • In-person, on the ground action and involvement in organizing or union building campaigns.
  • Signing up workers on union authorization cards as part of an organizing campaign.
  • Participating in strategy meetings with workers and organizers.
  • Mobilizing membership for internal or external organizing activities.

If you know a CSEA member, committee, Unit, or Local that has worked to grow CSEA’s membership, whether through internal or external organizing, we encourage you to fill out one or both of the below nomination forms. If you have any concerns regarding these awards, please contact the CSEA Membership Committee, c/o the CSEA Organizing Department at 518-257-1400.

In Solidarity,

Mary E. Sullivan, President Ana O’Gorman, Chair, Membership Committee

Nadra Floyd Award for Organizing

Do you know a CSEA member, committee, local or unit that has worked to grow CSEA’s membership by helping CSEA organize a new group of workers into our union?

The Nadra Floyd Award is an annual award to honor CSEA members who have made an extraordinary contribution to a campaign to organize a new bargaining unit or group of workers into CSEA.

NOMINATION GUIDELINES:

  1. Only current CSEA members are eligible.
  2. Nominations will be accepted from CSEA members and staff.
  3. Nominations must be postmarked by July 31, 2020. NOTE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 31, 2020
  4. Please send your nominations by mail to:
    CSEA Membership Committee
    Nadra Floyd Award
    c/o CSEA Organizing Dept, Attn: Lorri Parry
    143 Washington Avenue
    Albany, NY 12210
  5. Alternatively, you can submit your nomination form by email.
  6. Nominations should include the name(s) and local number(s) of the individual(s) nominated and an explanation of why you think they should receive the Award.

Note: This award is named for Nadra Floyd. Nadra was CSEA’s Director of Organizing from 2000 until her untimely passing in 2001. At the time of her death, Nadra was working to grow CSEA’s membership and transform the CSEA Organizing Program.  

2020 Membership Achievement Award

 

CSEA is only as strong as the membership. The union’s ability to negotiate good contracts, protect workers and jobs, win elections and more depends on members. The CSEA Membership Achievement Award honors a CSEA member, group of members, committee, Unit or Local that has strengthened the union by signing up new members.

If you know of a member, group of members, committee, Unit or Local that has worked successfully to sign new members into the union, now is the time to recognize their hard work!

NOMINATION GUIDELINES:

  1. Only current CSEA members are eligible.
  2. Nominations will be accepted from CSEA members only.
  3. Nominations must be postmarked by July 31, 2020NOTE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 31, 2020
  4. Please send your nominations by mail to:
    CSEA Membership Committee
    Membership Achievement Award
    c/o CSEA Organizing Dept, Attn: Lorri Parry
    143 Washington Avenue
    Albany, NY 12210
  5. Alternatively, you can submit your nomination form by email.
  6. Nominations should include the name(s) and local number(s) of the individual(s) nominated and an explanation of why you think they should receive the Award.

For more information or questions on either award, please call Lorri Parry, CSEA Organizing Dept. at 518-257-1400.