Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Bess Watts
photo: Matt Schwartz
Dear Members:

With the annual observance of Independence Day fast approaching, I've been thinking about that iconic American saying: Freedom Isn't Free.

Usually it refers to the sacrifice of the men and women who serve in the military and their families - and it's especially poignant and ironic that now our American vets are facing an incredibly high unemployment rate and in some instances, have to wait more than a calendar year for veteran services. I know our President is working hard on this, but certainly we can do better as a nation.

On this 4th of July, may your hearts be filled with love for your nation and filled with compassion for your fellow neighbor. May your spirit be determined to work hard to make your community and our country the best it can be.  And, let’s not forget our brothers and sisters who served and continue to serve so proudly in the military.

When you see them around town, tell them how much you appreciate their service to our nation. May you and your loved ones have a safe and happy holiday.

Yours in Unionism,

Bess Watts 
CSEA President, Monroe County Local 828

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