Maybe it’s the fact that after a series of disappointments, together we finally convinced our elected officials in Washington, D.C. to provide federal stimulus aid for our state, localities and school districts to prevent wholesale cuts to our jobs and services and allow our economy to recover.
It’s probably a combination of all of those that are making some aspects of life finally start to feel more positive, after a very tough year behind us.
For that, I am very appreciative.
I appreciate the possibility of not hearing more names of CSEA members and their family members taken too soon from this horrible virus.
I appreciate the thousands of CSEA members who took the time and effort to fight alongside me and our union leaders in advocating for the funding needed to protect our jobs and services.
The truth is our union power comes from union members putting pressure on our elected officials to do the right thing. Union leaders cannot do it on our own. I am so proud to say that your efforts have paid off. We will now see the federal funding that will bridge the huge budget gaps the pandemic created at all levels of government, and this will result in a state budget that will be nowhere near as harsh as initially proposed.