Message from Billy Imandt, President
Happy Labor Day to all our brother and sister union members! Remember, it's not just a day off. Unions brought us weekends, the end of child labor, ending of the exploitation of millions of working class families, the 8-hour workday, safer working conditions through OSHA, employers getting tax relief for providing health insurance which has expanded employer contributions. Organized labor conceptualized minimum wage and helped to author the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Union created unemployment insurance, the Family Medical Leave Act, the National Labor Relations Act which defined our American Right to Organize - just to name a few. Labor's struggle continues and organized labor will never stop fighting to level the playing field. So we find it incredibly fitting that we launch our union new website on Labor Day weekend.
Because of unions, we all have Monday off to honor all our hard work. Workers have built this country and Labor Day is set aside to not only honor the American worker - but the fruits of organized labor. Sadly in good times, labor is ignored and in bad times, they are targeted. Rest assured knowing that your union leaders will keep on fighting to improve your wages, working conditions and your life in general. As union members, you have a seat at the table and a voice on the job. Non-union court employees in parts of this country do not.
The video below is a great clip from the history channel of Marissa Tomei reading from the writings of Genora Dollinger about the 1936-37 General Motor's sit-down strike. A woman's place is truly in her union!
This Labor Day, make an effort to discuss all that unions have done for this country with your friends, neighbors and your children. Hold you head high on Monday and wear your COBANC colors proudly. Happy Labor Day to you, the proud and hard working members of the Court Officers Benevolent Association of Nassau County.
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