On Labor Day, Monday, September 3 at 10:00 am, the local labor community held a press conference in front of the NYSUT Building, 30 N. Union St., Rochester, NY 14607. Speakers included Dan Maloney (UAW), President of the Rochester & Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO & Rochester & Vicinity Labor Council; Rochester Building & Construction Trades Council President Dave Young; CSEA Statewide Executive Vice President Mary Sullivan; Parade Grand Marshal Tom Gillett; NYS Assembly member Harry Bronson; NYS Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle; NYS SEnator Joe Robach; NYS Senator Rich Funke and NYS Assembly member Mark Johns.
After the press conference, the annual Rochester Labor Day Parade began at 11:00 am near the corner of East Avenue and Alexander Street and proceeded west down Main Street and ended at Plymouth Avenue.
The local labor community also honored former CSEA Western Region President Florence Tripi’s memory by recommitting ourselves to the work that defined her career. Tripi died on July 18 after a courageous battle with cancer.
CSEA marchers were one of the first units in the parade and carried red carnations in memory of Flo-- a symbol of our admiration and deep affection for her 50 years of service to our community.