In May, we mark a number of very important observances.

On Memorial Day, we remember the sacrifices and service of all who have died in uniform while defending our great nation. I hope you will take a moment to remember those who gave all while serving, including CSEA members. In addition to the work they do to advocate for all who have served, our union’s Veterans Committees lead the way with recognition ceremonies for the members who have died while serving.

May is Labor History Month, when we celebrate the labor movement’s accomplishments, as well as reflect on the lessons of the past to prepare us to face challenges in our present. In the early 20th century, New York State government was filled with favoritism and corruption, but our state government also had many career employees who were dedicated to serving the public. In 1910, a group of state employees came together to form an association to preserve and promote merit and fitness in state employment.

Over the past 114 years, that association – now known as CSEA – has not only been key to ensuring fairness in state government but has been a champion for improving the lives of working people, families and retirees throughout New York. Our union is stronger than ever today, and we owe it to our union members. You are the ones who actively fight for advancements to workplace safety and to preserve services. CSEA members like you are also key to keeping our communities safe, healthy and running smoothly.

That is also why we designate May as CSEA Member Appreciation Month. To recognize the hard work that you do, CSEA regions will again distribute lawn signs to publicly thank you for getting the job done. Each region will also hold or sponsor special member events throughout the month.

New Yorkers across the state rely on you and you deliver every time! Whether you work for the state, local government, school district or in the private sector, your work is important. Also, whether you are performing everyday tasks or responding to a crisis, you are there for each other and your communities.

You have my respect and gratitude for everything you do to get the job done every day!

In solidarity,

Mary E. Sullivan, President


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