The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) recently honored CSEA leaders at two of the AFL-CIO constituency group’s recent events.

CBTU’S New York Chapter recently presented its Lady of Valor Award to CSEA Statewide Treasurer Nicole Meeks. The award recognizes labor union women for outstanding service and leadership.

“I am proud of our union’s longtime partnership with CBTU in the ongoing fight for economic, political and social justice,” said Meeks. “Union membership plays a major role in helping workers sustain a living, particularly for women and Black workers.”

Two Long Island Region activists were also recently honored at the CBTU Long Island Chapter Fall Gala.

CSEA Nassau County Clerk Unit President Audrey Hadden was recognized with the Barbara Jones Leadership Award for her leadership efforts in her unit, local and as chair of the CSEA Long Island Region Human Rights Committee.

CSEA Suffolk Area Retirees Local member Shirley Baker was one of two recipients of the CBTU Long Island Chapter Service Award, which awards community activism.

CSEA officers and staff attended the event to see their union family recognized.

— Wendi Bowie


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Wendi Bowie is an award-winning journalist who has focused the majority of her career on covering Long Island news. Her efforts have earned her the Press Club of Long Island Media Award for Public Affairs and the Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting Folio Award. Wendi was drawn to her current position as Communications Specialist for CSEA’s Long Island Region because it speaks to her strong desire to champion the rights of the common man and woman.

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