Friday, September 4, 2015
Message from Ted Skerpon, Chair
On behalf of the 15,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Utility Labor Council of New York State, we would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend.
Labor Day is a celebration of people who work and it is a time when our country says thank you to organized labor, because without the strength and diversity of union members like teachers, construction workers, nurses, laborers and police officers just to name a few, there would be no Labor Day and there would certainly be no weekends. It is important that we all understand where workplace rights came from, rights many of us take for granted.
With Labor history being eliminated from many public school curriculum's, it is important for us to get that message out to the next generation. So join me in making a pledge this weekend to talk about our Labor history. Around the family barbecues make sure to remind all in attendance that this Labor Day weekend isn't about back to school or the end of the summer - it is about working people who through their unions made this country a better place to live, work and raise a family for all. Unions have made tremendous contributions to our society and continue to fight corporate greed, enforce workplace safety and address pay disparity.
Have these conversations with your friends and loved ones, make sure they know our labor history.
All across the Empire State working people are gathering to celebrate Labor Day. Visit the NYS AFL-CIO website and enter your zip code to find a labor day event near you.