Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Albany, N.Y. -- Between the 40th AFSCME Convention and the Summer Olympics, it is safe to see that 2012 has been some year and yet there is an even more important date coming: November 6, Election Day!

I challenge all of you to "go for the gold" by attending our 102nd Annual Delegates Meeting which is, appropriately enough, being held in our nation's capital because we all have much at stake on Election Day.

Our theme, "Stand Up For Your Rights," genuinely describes our goal as working people and union activists.

It means defending our rights to collective bargaining. It means ending the partisan gridlock. It means defending the middle class. It means promoting the values highlighted in our mission statement: Honesty, Inclusiveness, Full Participation, Respect, Diversity, Open Communications, Accountability and Fiscal Responsibility.

This year, special interests will be spending, literally, hundreds of millions of dollars to promote an extreme agenda. Our only defense is people power. Get involved! Remember, we are the 99%.

In Solidarity,

CSEA President

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