ROCHESTER — CSEA President Danny Donohue recently delivered the keynote address at the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) Rochester Chapter’s annual awards dinner.

In keeping with the event’s theme of “Stay the Course — The Fight is Not Over,” Donohue urged attendees to continue to stand together against anti-labor groups and millionaires who want to destroy our rights.

“Our fight isn’t over. The fight we have ahead of us is no less daunting than the fight we have behind us,” he said. “Labor unions were not created by bosses, politicians or church leaders. They started in alleyways, basements and churches and they were there for one reason — to give you a voice to fight for what you believe in. Let’s recommit ourselves to [being union]. We stay strong, we stay in a union, we keep our voices going and we stand for each other. This is our fight and we will win!”

CBTU is an AFL-CIO constituency group that provides a voice for all workers. CSEA actively participates in CBTU events across the state.

CSEA Executive Assistant to the President Deb Lee serves as Executive to CBTU President and Rochester Chapter President, while New York State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer and former CSEA activist The Rev. Terrence Melvin serves as CBTU’s national president.


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