Rochester — On July 20, CSEA members join forces with other labor union members from Western New York to show solidarity at the ROC Pride Parade. All photos Ove Overmyer, CSEA © 2019.

Rochester — On Saturday, July 20, CSEA union activists marched with their labor brothers and sisters in solidarity at the Rochester Pride Parade on what is being called the hottest day of the summer so far.

Official Rochester, NY Pride organizers report more than 120 Units participated in the walk while thousands of marchers and parade onlookers took to the streets to spread the message of solidarity, love, inclusion, non-violence, peace and community pride.

After the parade, the community gathered at Cobbs Hill Park for the annual festival. CSEA, the Pride at Work constituiency group and other labor unions sponsored a vendor table sharing resources and relevant information about current events happening in our working world.

Bess Watts, CSEA Monroe County Local President said, “Once again, Rochester Pride events are a great opportunity to share labor’s message. The exceptionally warm reception we received at our vendor table and as we walked down the avenue was a big thrill for everyone involved.”

July 20 — CSEA members from Monroe Community College Alexis Jones, Thomas Asenato and Carrie Chapman lead the labor contingent at the ROC Pride Parade.

CSEA, the Teamsters, Rochester & Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation, NYSUT, Pride at Work AFL-CIO, Coalition Labor Union of Women, the Federation of Social Workers (CWA), AFT, UUP, UAW and many additional labor unions attended the event. CSEA was an Official Sponsor of Rochester, NY Pride 2019.

-Ove Overmyer

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Ove Overmyer

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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