New York has the highest density of union membership in the country. That, and a high degree of union pride, were both on display at the New York City Central Labor Council’s annual Labor Day Parade on Sept. 10, 2016. TWU’s top officers, including President John Samuelsen, Secretary Treasurer Earl Phillips, Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp-Sauray and Administrative Vice President Angel Giboyeaux, led the union’s contingent in the march up Fifth Avenue.
TWU was the first in the line of march behind the NYCLC Executive Board and special guests, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, City Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Gov. Cuomo made a special effort to greet TWU marchers and thank them for keeping New York City moving 24-7. The Governor also made sure that TWU members had the opportunity to grab a photo with him. Prior to the parade, the Governor held a press conference on 45th and Fifth where he delivered a stirring message of support for New York’s unionized work force. You can see his speech at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KEr0H4t2TQ&feature=youtu.be