By CSEA | May 19, 2021

ALBANY – CSEA, New York’s largest union of public service workers, has designated Thursday, May 20, 2021, as its second annual observance of CSEA Appreciation Day, a day to publicly recognize CSEA members throughout the state for the work they do every day in their communities that keeps our state running.

CSEA President Mary E. Sullivan has revealed the design of a lawn sign union activists are placing outside workplaces around the state this week to appreciate their co-workers working tirelessly throughout New York providing essential public services.

“We’re posting these signs across the state to appreciate the public service workers who keep our communities running, because all public service workers are essential” Sullivan said. “If you live or work in New York, CSEA members touch your life in so many ways. We deliver services that enhance your quality of life, every day, around the clock.”

CSEA members work in state and local governments, schools, libraries, authorities, and municipalities, as well as in the private sector, providing many essential and quality of life services, including:

  • Maintaining roads, highways and critical infrastructure;
  • EMS, corrections, law enforcement, 911 dispatch and other emergency services;
  • Providing professional child care education services for children;
  • Licensing and registering drivers in the Department of Motor Vehicles;
  • Public health services, including supporting the SUNY University Hospital system;
  • Maintaining physical facilities and grounds throughout public offices and buildings;
  • Running and maintaining public libraries;
  • Getting support for injured workers through Workers Compensation;
  • Providing clerical and administrative support in all state, county and municipal operations;
  • Caring for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities;
  • Treating sewage, collecting municipal garbage and operating landfills;
  • Helping people in need connect with social safety net services;
  • Caring for residents in nursing homes;
  • Investigating and rooting out fraud to save taxpayers money;
  • Providing educational support services in schools, community colleges and universities, to keep students learning and school facilities running; and
  • Maintaining the state’s historic sites, parks, and other recreational spaces for public enjoyment.


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