The official blog of Monroe County CSEA Employee's Unit 7400
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Labor Day 2010 has special meaning as CSEA marks its centennial year
ALBANY - CSEA - New York's leading union - is marking Labor Day 2010 with an important recognition of its centennial anniversary. CSEA was the first known organization of state employees when it was founded at the state Capitol in 1910. Since then, it has grown to represent every kind of worker in every part of New York, including a growing private sector division.
"A benchmark event like a centennial anniversary provides an opportunity to look back at where we've come from and how we got to where we are today," said CSEA president Danny Donohue. "More importantly, it provides a chance to look forward and try to become better."
"CSEA has never been bigger, better, stronger at any point in our history, but the challenges we face today have never been greater," Donohue said. "We wouldn't be here for 100 years if not for the ability to grow, change and adapt to new circumstances and that must shape our future moving forward."
"People who bash CSEA don't know CSEA," Donohue said. "The vast majority of our members are dedicated to doing the best work possible and adding value to their communities on and off the job. The strength of CSEA is in our members and they are some of the greatest resources in all New York. No one should take that for granted."
Donohue has issued an op-ed article about CSEA's history for Labor Day 2010 use. It complements a CSEA book released earlier this year. A Century of Service: The Story of CSEA's First 100 years chronicles the history of CSEA and growth of New York decade by decade through the 20th century and into the present day. The limited-edition book can be ordered online through the CSEA e-store. There is a link from the home page of the CSEA website at www.csealocal1000.org. Soft cover editions are $20.99, while hardcover editions are $34.99 plus tax. The prices include shipping and handling. Order yours today while they last!