A Holiday Message From CSA President Mark Cannizzaro
Brothers and Sisters,
As the year slowly winds down and schools close for winter recess, I’d like to wish you and your families a very happy and healthy holiday season. Whether you recently celebrated Hanukkah or will celebrate Christmas or the start of Kwanzaa next week, may your homes resound with laughter and love during this joyful time. As you connect with loved ones and reflect on the blessings of the past year, I hope you are filled with the same gratitude and optimism that we all feel here at CSA.
This year has not only been incredibly rewarding on a personal level; it has filled me with the utmost pride and confidence in our union. In the face of continuing attacks on labor and public education, you embraced every challenge as an opportunity, and our union is stronger as a result. There was no greater proof of your solidarity and commitment than our collective response to the Janus case in June. You educated one another and reminded each other of all that we have accomplished together, as well as how much more work we still must do. As a result, we have seen absolutely no reduction in union membership. We know we can expect the same strength and dedication in the upcoming year as we continue to work to secure a successor agreement to our current contract. I am confident that we will patiently stand together once again, and you have our word that we will not let you down.
Please find the time during this holiday break to take a step back, relax and recharge. As we all know, every new year presents its own challenges and demands and requires new energy and new hope. You give your heart and soul to your students and staff, and you have more than earned this opportunity to temporarily unburden yourselves from your tremendous responsibilities, so you can gather the energy and determination for January and beyond.
Finally, I hope that the break allows you the chance to reflect on how many lives you’ve touched over the past year and what you’ve meant to your communities. Though this profession can be exhausting and require great personal sacrifice, I hope you always remember and appreciate your impact and influence. As always, thank you for your inspiring service to the children and families of New York City.
Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year!