Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

"Let's Make Magic" Pride Parade in Rochester New York

Our chapter of Pride at Work once again marched in the Rochester Pride Parade.  The theme of this year's parade was 'Let's Make Magic' - thanks again to Teamster Local 118 for driving their wonderful truck in the parade.  Over 8,000 people watched the parade with over 100 entries throughout New York.  It was a great day and everyone had a fabulous time!

Bess Watts, President of Pride at Work Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter wearing the new Pride at Work shirt!

Contract Magic - Good Benefits, Job Security, Pensions and  Job Security.

Dawn Lepard

Teamsters Local 118 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Pride at Work Statement on the Deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

For Immediate Release

July 7, 2016

Contact: Jerame Davis

Pride at Work Statement on the Deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

Washington, DC - Following the recent police-involved shootings of two black men - Alton Sterling and Philando Castile - Pride at Work Executive Director, Jerame Davis, issued the following statement:

"Alton Sterling was a father. Philando Castile was a union brother. Their lives mattered, but those lives were taken from them in the blink of an eye by the very people designated to protect and serve us all. The repeated and continuous violations of black bodies is appalling.

"Silence is no longer an option. Shrugging our shoulders and waiting for the next tragedy is not the answer. No fewer than six bills have been introduced in this Congress to attempt to address the outrageous number of police-involved deaths and to curb racial profiling in law enforcement. None of those bills have gotten out of committee.

"This is a national crisis and our federal government needs to act. We will never solve this problem piecemeal - we must tackle it head on and nationwide. There is no other way.

"We call upon Congress to swiftly consider the multitude of options before them to curb these tragedies. The time to act has long past. Black Lives Matter."

Photos from the Rochester Black Lives Matter rally on July 8th.  Photos by Bess Watts

Friday, June 17, 2016

We Are Orlando

MEMORANDUM #Weareorlando
It is with a heavy heart that the news of the attack on American soil reaches us in the Mid-Region of Upstate New York. The sullen and somber tone of all of our interactions are noted today. As our communities condemn any and all acts of terror and bigotry in our cities and towns, we stand in solidarity today and every day forward with the people of the LGBTQ community. Pride at Work Organization leaders and members sit on our boards, they are among our delegates, workers and families. We feel this injury greatly. In the workplace, we should maintain our support for an inclusive environment for all.
In Solidarity,
Dan Maloney, President RGVALF AFL-CIO

Monday, June 13, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Pride at Work Supports the Verizon Workers on Strike

On Tuesday, May 3rd Rochester, NY and CWA 1170 engaged in another Solidarity Picket to support the serious and ongoing Verizon STRIKE. Pride at Work AFL-CIO Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter will stand in support of 29,000 CWA & 10,000 IBEW workers who are still on strike from VA to Massachusetts.
We will not allow any more American jobs to be sent overseas! Verizon wants to send more jobs there! They have implemented a nasty surveillance program. They have cut off, as of yesterday, the healthcare of their workers!  Photos by Bess Watts

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (in green) on the Picket Line 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pride at Work Annual Report

The Rochester & Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation held it's Annual Meeting on April 9th at the RIT Convention Center in Rochester.  The theme was "The Positive Labor Agenda!".   Our report along with others was included in the program.  What a year we had in 2015!

Click on the link for the full report in PDF format: Pride at Work Annual Report 2015