UUP accomplished that at the State Fair, where members from Cortland, Downstate (Membership Development Officer Edison Bond Jr. was at the parade), Oswego, Potsdam and Upstate Medical University wore red UUP shirts and waved signs that said “Speak up for workers” and “UUP in solidarity.”
Members lined up behind chapter banners from Cortland, Oswego and UMU, marching in step with the Teamsters, CSEA, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the United Steel Workers and the American Federation of Government Employees, among others. Unionists proceeded down Tonawanda Street to Chevrolet Court, where leaders from several Syracuse-based unions spoke. U.S. Congressman Dan Maffei, who spent time after the parade talking with unionists, donned a UUP shirt and posed for photos with UUP members. Maffei, who is up for election in November, is endorsed by NYSUT.
“We are public employees and we make the state work,” said Upstate Medical University Chapter President Mike Lyon. “We have to make sure that people know that we work for them.
* excerpted from UUP statewide website page, Communications: UUP shows upstate Labor Day strength. To see article in its entirety, click on: http://uupinfo.org/communications/uupdate/1314/140901.php