Friday, December 21, 2018
I want to take this opportunity to wish all of our members and their families a peaceful and happy holiday season. You work hard every day, all year round. You deserve the time to focus on your family and yourself, despite the hustle and bustle this time of year brings.
It's also a time to look back at our accomplishments in 2018 and forward to the agenda in front of us in the New Year. Our labor movement has been faced with an unprecedented attack from a corrupt, right-wing Administration in Washington, D.C. And we have held up very well because all of you pitched in and followed the direction of our labor leadership.
You turned the Supreme Court's attack on our labor movement in the Janus decision into a positive organizing experience for our local unions. We know that many unions in the public sector actually gained members as a result of their efforts to reach out to all of their rank and file. Just last month you went to the polls in record numbers and elected a Governor and legislature in New York that will put the labor movement first and help us fight the tyranny coming from our nation's capital.
You will see below the agenda our Governor has put forward for New York: jobs, health care, housing, protection for the rights of immigrants and women. You and your families deserve no less. I look forward to leading our labor movement toward a better day for working men and women in the New Year.