CSEA SEIU Local 2001
CSEA's 80th Anniversary Convention Highlights
Updated On: Oct 15, 2021

Over 130 member-delegates from throughout CSEA’s twelve different bargaining unit councils met via video conference on Friday, October 15 to hold the Local’s Convention.  Over 130 delegates representing all of CSEA’s members from engineers to paraeducators to retirees and more met to elect officers and conduct union business.  This year’s Convention brought new leadership, a few special guests, and renewed commitment to the work we do and the jobs, benefits, and collective bargaining rights we need to protect and enhance.

After seven years as president and secretary-treasurer, Steve Anderson and Roland Bishop, respectively, did not seek reelection to their positions.  Steve and Roland have led the Local through historic times, and although they might be stepping down from their elected offices, they will continue to be engaged members of our union and the broader labor movement.  Stepping up to take their places are Travis Woodward and Milagros (Millie) Brown.  Travis is an engineer for the Department of Transportation and the president of the P-4 Council; he is also the son of two retired state employee CSEA members.  Millie is a lieutenant in the Department of Correction and the president of the Correction Supervisors Council.  As a sign of the unity within CSEA and the support for Travis as president and Millie as secretary-treasurer, they ran unopposed and were elected by consensus.  Mark Lucey, a former Correction Supervisors Council member, now a Council 400 member, was also unopposed and was elected by consensus as CSEA Auditor.

During the Convention, members heard from several key elected allies: Senator Chris Murphy, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, and Representative Robyn Porter.  All three have been longtime supporters of CSEA members, the work we do, and the pay and benefits we have earned.  Senator Murphy, who was not able to join us live, sent a video message in which he talked about the work he is doing in the United States Senate to protect the jobs and retirement of public employees while increasing the economic strength of working people.  Secretary Merrill, who pointed out that she has been visiting members at the CSEA Convention for close to 30 years, will not be seeking reelection next year, spoke about what she is doing to fight voter suppression and expand voter participation.  And, Representative Robyn Porter, House Chair of the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee, told member-delegates about her commitment to the labor movement, collective bargaining rights, and the need to expand economic opportunities for public and private sector workers.

Many things have changed over the past year and half as we continue to deal with the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, but the dedication of CSEA members to the work we do and the people we serve has not.  With new leadership now in place, CSEA members remain focused on building and maintaining a strong and vibrant union local that is unwavering in its commitment to members, as well as all working people.

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