Wednesday, November 9, 2016
The day after a big election can be a tough one. There is a mixture of emotions all around us. Even though political action is a way of life for our labor movement and its leaders, each election brings a unique set of feelings in the aftermath of hard work. We have all experienced the day after, with its jubilation or sadness, or sometimes even fear. This election is no exception.
Our affiliates were actively engaged in this process all across Long Island. Local unions spoke to their members and brought labor’s perspective on national, state and local politics into the living rooms of working families. You made phone calls, wrote letters, talked to your members at work, knocked on doors and engaged members through a variety of social media outlets. Regardless of whether you are happy or sad the day after, you made our labor movement stronger by your dedication and hard work.
Most importantly, on this day after, we want to thank you for your efforts and your determination.
Together, we fought for union rights and social justice. We know that those worthy goals do not often advance in a steady path upwards. We have to work for it relentlessly, day after day, election after election. A. Philip Randolph, the first Black member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council and the organizer of the Sleeping Car Porters summed up the struggle brilliantly in a few short words:
“At the banquet table of nature, there are no reserved seats. You get what you can take, and you keep what you can hold. If you can't take anything, you won't get anything, and if you can't hold anything, you won't keep anything. And you can't take anything without organization."
Thank you again for your commitment.
John R. Durso, President
Roger Clayman, Executive Director