VICTOR — The Victor Central School District Unit Executive Board received this year’s Membership Achievement Award, which was presented at the Annual Delegates Meeting.

The Membership Achievement Award recognizes a CSEA member or group of members for their work in signing up new employees or who make a significant contribution to converting non-members into members.

The Unit Executive Board members and honorees are President Mark Rugaber, Vice President Lori Fuller, Secretary Jody Drew and Treasurer Heather Page.

Healy

“On behalf of the Membership Committee, it is my pleasure to present the 2021 Membership Achievement Award to the members of the Victor Central School District Executive Board,” Western Region President Steve Healy said while presenting the award virtually.

In November 2020, as New York was facing rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, the unit Executive Board members came together to reach out to members and non-members alike. They directed comments specifically to non-members in one-on-one sessions about the benefits of being in the union, resulting in 19 non-members completing applications and joining our ranks.

The Executive Board repeated the effort in April 2021, resulting in nine more non-members joining CSEA.

These 28 new members were employees who had previously refused to join CSEA, but were convinced of the value union membership through the personal actions of the Executive Board.

Healy also stated the officers make sure to meet with all new potential members hired by the district as soon as they are notified of the start dates. Membership cards are signed in a timely manner, ensuring that new hires are turned into union members right from the start of their employment.

Healy accepted the award on the board members’ behalf.

— Ove Overmyer

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Ove Overmyer is an award winning photojournalist and writer who has promoted the virtue of working people and the value of public service throughout his career. His work has been published by many well-respected international media outlets, including PBS Moyers & Co., Steward Update UCS Worker Institute Cornell ILR, CBS News, The Weather Channel, SCI-FY Channel, Associated Press and LOGO-TV. Before joining the CSEA Communications Department staff in 2015, Overmyer was a CSEA member employed by the City of Rochester and an officer of the union for more than 18 years. He covers a 14 county area of Western New York and lives in Rochester, NY.

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