January 7, 2015
State of the Union
Let us begin by thanking each and every one of you for your continued support for the leadership of this Local. Your trust has not been taken for granted, nor is it misplaced. We have endured some serious challenges within the last few years and continue moving forward as we protect our profession and the benefits for which we all hold so dear. Many groups around the country continue to bash or blame Unions for their problems and this trend has continued in several states. Certain groups will continue to advocate for diminished pension and medical benefits for public employees. We must remain diligent and prepared to address and protect the very fabric of what Unions represent. This country was built by Unions. The public employees that serve the City of New York is what makes New York City the greatest city in the world.
The year 2014 was a very interesting year for our members and public employees around the city. After twenty years of Republican Mayor’s, a very progressive Democrat was elected with a different vision of our city and it’s workforce. This new administration under the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio has proven to recognize the value, service and professionalism each and every one of you shows on a day-to-day basis. For many years we have been burdened with a lack of image prospective. That has slowly changed, your services are recognized by this new administration, the press, local officials and state officials. We now continue to protect the public as always to maintain our positive image.