"As workers, we must stand united or fall divided," Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director of the fledgling New York Taxi Workers Alliance, told nearly 300 Council 4 delegates who attended our annual conference April 12-14 in Danbury.
Our conference featured a wide range of workshops to help us meet the challenge of representing our members and strengthening our bargaining rights in the face of unrelenting political attacks on middle class workers.
Keynoting the Council 4 Civil Rights luncheon, Desai mesmerized members with the story of how New York taxi workers have fought for basic workers' rights working in the city's mobile sweatshops.
Desai also assailed attacks on public employee bargaining, telling delegates, "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us."
Highlights of the conference included our Membership Recognition Dinner, with 37 members receiving special plaques for going above and beyond the call to build strength at the workplace or in their communities.
The recognition ceremony included a special moment to honor our members, both state and municipal, who responded to the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.
We thank U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman for joining us prior to the recognition dinner and meeting our members.
Thanks to all of our presenters -- and special thanks to Jessica Weinstein, Assistant to AFSCME President Lee Saunders, who inspired our members to action with her remarks.