Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
This Thursday, we celebrate the birth of our nation. Some of us will be working, and some of us will gather around the barbeque with our family and friends. It is gratifying to see our kids waving American flags and sharing with us folklore of what they learned in school about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. There will be parades, fireworks, and God willing, some good weather to brighten our spirits as we celebrate the 4th of July. As members of the CWA Local 1109, this holiday weekend also forces us to be mindful of what so many had to sacrifice for us to live in a free society. To our troops serving overseas, we think of them. To those who never made it back, we are forever grateful. To our veterans who are sick and destitute, we are mindful of their plight. The members we lost whose families will be missing them this holiday, our thoughts and prayers are with them. To our neighbors in the community who have caught some bad breaks, we lend them our sympathies.
This is a great nation, and we live in a fine community; a community worth fighting for, and protecting. So as members of this union, I ask that you be vocal to your friends and neighbors, and share with them the proud burden we carry, not just as good hardworking tax paying citizens, but as dedicated union members. Our value system is unique; it is an American higher calling. Both on and off the job, as members of CWA 1109, it is our job to battle against corporate greed. We fought hard and continue lobby to pass Call Center laws and a moratorium on VoiceLink. We participate in the free democratic process when we call 1-888-966-9824 to urge our politicians to make the NLRB work for us again. The struggle for dignity and respect continues at Cablevision, and the time we spend fighting for socio-economic justice for working people often replaces the time we spend with our families in the comfort of our homes.
This is why our time with our families this 4th of July is so special. We hope that they understand and recognize that when you're not home, or at work, you're volunteering in your union to protect all people's inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.Thank you brothers and sisters for being fine examples of what a good American should be. God bless us all at the CWA and Local 1109 and God bless America.