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Forever Union: Members stay strong at 109th Annual Delegates Meeting
  CSEA Niagara County Local President Cleandrew “Cle” Patterson joins striking UAW workers on the picket line outside General Motors’ Lockport plant. (Photo by Ove Overmyer). For more, see page 3.
Pyjas becomes CSEA Western Region President
VERONA — More than 1,000 CSEA officers and activists from across the state recently attended our 109th Annual Delegates Meeting.
keeping CSEA strong now, but are actively working to preserve our union for the future.
During the five-day meeting,
our members attended numerous
programs designed to help
us build our President Lee knowledge and Saunders; member skills to keep our engagement union strong and visits to
Meeting highlights included addresses by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and AFSCME
 our members Union
empowered. Verona area as Specific programs centered around part of a training issues such as collective bargaining, on reaching out to our members and
legal issues, building communication skills, leadership and political action.
The meeting’s theme was ‘Forever Union,” chosen because our union’s leaders have not only committed to
honors for members for their service in making our union stronger.
We will have much more coverage of the 109th Annual Delegates Meeting in our December edition.
members in the
  BUFFALO — On October 1, Robert “Bob” Pyjas moved into the position
of CSEA Western Region President after the retirement of longtime activist Kathy Button, who served in that role since July 2018.
employed by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office as a correction lieutenant at the Erie County Correctional Facility.
As a CSEA activist, Pyjas has served in numerous leadership positions on our union’s statewide, region and local levels, most recently as Executive Vice President of our CSEA Western Region. He is also a distinguished U.S. Army veteran.
Visit to learn more about Pyjas.
— Ove Overmyer
 Pyjas, a Town of Lancaster resident, has been an employee of Erie County and a CSEA member for more than 32 years. He is presently
SUNY College at Potsdam Local President Lynne Durant, front right, and other 109th Annual Delegates Meeting attendees respond to a true or false question during a Presidents/Vice Presidents training.
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