Big Turnout For The Labor Day Parade Underlines Demand For New Contract
Several hundred CSA members, retired and active, marched or rode up Fifth Ave. on Sept. 7, waving banners and chanting for a contract. They were among more than 50,000 marchersin the 2019 New York City Labor Day Parade. Former CSA president Ernie Logan, who now leads the national American Federation of School Administrators, was the parade chair. According to the NYPD, approximately 150 Unions participated, 30,000 spectators watched not only the marchers but 260 motor-cycles, 17 floats (including CSA’s) and 20 marching bands as well. One of those was the Tottenville High School Marching Band, directed by David LaMorte, assistant principal of visual, performing, and career arts at the Staten Island school. As in previous years, the band marched just ahead of the CSA contingent. The CSA Veterans Council, led by Principal Noah Angeles, marched under the group’s own banner.
As it is each year, the parade was proceeded by Mass at St. Patrick’s cathedral, said by Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. First VicePresident Rosemarie Sinclair carried CSA’s banner into the cathedral. Many politicians stopped in at the staging area or along the parade route to offer moral support to CSA. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer used a bullhorn to exhort members. “You deserve a good contract with good salaries and great health care,” he shouted to the crowd of school leaders as they prepared to march.
NY State Sen. Robert Jackson, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Assemblyman Michael Blake, and City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal all paid their respects as well.