ALBANY — Joe Eissing knows the best way to meet challenges from anti-labor groups is to stay union, stay strong.

That’s why he’s working hard to build our union, including at his own workplace, where his efforts at one-on-one conversations with members really connected them with our union.

For his extra efforts in union building, Eissing was recognized with our 2018 State Mission Achievement Award presented at CSEA’s 108th Annual Delegates Meeting.

“It was an honor and privilege to be recognized and receive the Mission Achievement Award at the ADM,” Eissing said. “I accepted the award on behalf of all our sisters and brothers who dedicate their time and efforts in ensuring unity in CSEA.”

In this December 2018 photo, Motor Vehicle Local President Cindy Stiles, far left, and Office of General Services Local 2nd Vice President Joe Eissing, second from right, distribute CSEA fliers and decals to union members in the Empire State Plaza concourse.

Bridging the gap
Through his interactions with new employees and nonmembers at the state Office of General Services, Eissing dramatically reduced the number of nonmembers at the agency.

Eissing, a motor vehicle operator who serves as 2nd vice president of our Office of General Services Local, said he “made it a mission” to reach out to workers to provide that critical introduction to our union not only by orienting Office of General Services employees new to state service, but by reaching out to longtime employees who were both full CSEA members and nonmembers.

“It really surprised me that most [workers]didn’t even realize that they were not already full members,” said Eissing.

In addition to one-on-one conversations, Eissing organized several lunch & learn sessions so members could learn the benefits and resources available to them as union members, but also to share the facts about how anti-union groups, elected leaders and corporate interests are trying to destroy unions.

“It’s very important to me as an officer to talk to our members and share with them all the benefits of uniting and bridging that gap between members and nonmembers,” he said. “It’s critical to the strength of our union that everyone has some skin in the game.”

— Therese Assalian

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Therese Assalian

Therese has been working as the Capital Region Communications Specialist since 2002 handling all facets of internal and external communications for the region. Therese started her career at a Madison Avenue Public Relations firm and held several positions in public relations, marketing and event planning in corporate and non-profit roles in New York and Pittsburgh prior to moving to the Capital Region in 1999. Therese holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Communication Studies and is also a published freelance writer on travel, food and the arts.

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