February 7, 2014

Labor Council to get new leader

ALTONA — Northeast Central Labor Council members saluted their longtime president as she ends her time in office.

The Northeast Central Labor Council is an organization of unions from Franklin, Clinton and Essex counties.

President Betty Lennon said she told members gathered at the American Legion in Plattsburgh that this would be her last Legislative Breakfast.

“I’m not running for Labor Council president again,” she said.

For her work as president, Lennon received a standing ovation.

Lennon has been an officer in the organization for more than 25 years.

“Now that I am retired, I have been doing a bit more traveling,” she told the Press-Republican later by email. “Although I have a great vice president in Ray Hawksby (SEIU), I feel if I can’t attend all of the meetings required to get information for members or to represent their voice, it is not fair to them.”

The officers are elected by the Labor Council delegates. Nominations take place in November, and elections are in December, both held at membership meetings.

Lennon was happy with the variety of union members who showed up for the annual breakfast.

She noted that attendees included hospital workers, teachers, college professors, utility line workers, correction employees, clerical workers, social services employees and retirees.

“We have union members here from all walks of life — people who get their hands dirty and people who don’t.”

Tim Garceau of Chazy, a New York State Electric & Gas worker and co-chair in his own union, said he attended the breakfast “to see what other unions are doing and what we can do to help.”

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