Sept. 8, 2015

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UUP stands tall in Labor Day parades

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UUP members showed their union pride at Labor Day parades across the state.

Dozens of UUPers marched in parades in Buffalo, Massena and Syracuse on Sept. 7. Many of them fanned themselves with UUP’s colorful, round signs on sticks to keep cool on one of the hottest days of the year.

UUP President Fred Kowal led the union’s contingent in Buffalo’s 121st annual Labor Day Parade. VP for Professionals Philippe Abraham, Treasurer Rowena Blackman-Stroud, Buffalo Center Chapter President Tom Tucker, Buffalo State Chapter delegate Patricia Ghee and former statewide VP for Academics Fred Floss also marched in the parade, which drew hundreds of unionists from Western New York.

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“Thank you to all of the UUP members who proudly represented our union in Labor Day parades,” said Kowal. “Unions are under fire and it’s so important for us to demonstrate our strength and resolve at events such as these.”

Union strong in Massena, Syracuse

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In Syracuse, temperatures soared to 93 degrees, marking the city’s hottest day of 2015. The heat forced the parade, held at the New York State Fair, to start nearly an hour early.

“It was hot, but our members were great,” said Secretary Eileen Landy, who marched with VP for Academics Jamie Dangler and more than 40 UUP members from Central New York. “People brought their kids and we marched in unity with NYSUT.”

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Plattsburgh retirees Patty Bentley and Dave Curry, above with state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, right, marched in the Massena Solidarity Parade in Massena. More than 60 unions marched in the parade, including UUP and NYSUT.

“It was worthwhile,” said Bentley, who drove two hours to get to the parade. “We had a nice gathering, a real labor gathering.”

More chances to march

If you didn’t march on Labor Day, you’ve still got a pair of opportunities to take part in Labor Day parades with UUP.

Albany's annual Michael Burns Labor Day Parade steps off from City Hall at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11. It wraps up at the Corning Preserve; fireworks will follow the parade.

Several hundred UUP members are set to march in the New York City Labor Day parade on Saturday, Sept. 12. Click here to sign up to march.

UUP will provide free round-trip bus transportation from Albany, New Paltz, Farmingdale and Stony Brook for you, your family and your friends. The union will have breakfast and lunch, T-shirts, bandanas, water bottles and snacks, as well as UUP signs, as well as pencils and books for marchers to hand out along the parade route.

Click here for more information

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