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As the weather changes and signs of fall are all around us, we are also reminded that October is breast cancer awareness month.

Due to COVID19 our annual Labor Day festivities, including the Annual AFL-CIO Labor Day parade in Wilmington and Council 81's Annual Cookout at Banning Park have been cancelled for 2020.

Below you will find a letter sent to all Council 81 Presidents regarding a vote taken at the Council 81 July 2020 Executive Board Meeting to postpone the 2020 convention until September-October 2022. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Council 81. 

Please join us on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at one or more of the following stops as we continue to thank AFSCME frontline workers!  Watch our Tuesday, May 19, 2020 parade video here! 

To Council 81 Blog Subscribers, Presidents, and Executive Board:

We want to show our appreciation to our members and frontline workers across the state of Delaware and we want you to join us! This Thursday, May 14, 2020 please join the Staff from Council 81 as we thank our AFSCME frontline workers at the following locations. You can join us at any one of these locations and bring your own homemade signs, or decorate your car with car paint! These times are estimates and we suggest you arrive 15 minutes in advance, and allow for some time for us to move from facility to facility.

As we all prepare to spend Mother's Day with our moms, grandmothers, aunts and women who have been like mothers to us, we at Council 81 wanted to take a minute to thank all of the women in our lives and in our union who are the caregivers of their families. We know that when women have a seat at the table, their voices are heard and when women lead more sustainable solutions are implemented. Nationwide a majority of workers in state and local governments covered by collective bargaining agreements are women.

We started this week of by celebrating Public Service appreciation week; yesterday we celebrated our nurses on the frontlines for National Nurses day; and today we are celebrating our correctional employees who have been working dangerous jobs before there was a global pandemic, but now that COVID19 is here, their jobs are not only increasingly more dangerous with exposure to the virus, but they're also more important as the last line of defense to keep the community safe.

Earlier this week we sent you an email that marked Public Service Appreciation Week. Today is nurses appreciation day; in a time when our nurses, CAN, activity therapists and all healthcare workers have put themselves on the frontlines and directly in the face of a global pandemic, we wanted to take some time to thank our Nurses across Delaware.

The week of Monday, May 4-Friday, May 8 will see a lot of posts and thank yous for people who are undoubtedly deserving of our gratitude. This week is National Teacher's Appreciation Week, National Corrections Week will begin on May 5, and beginning on May 6 is National Nurses Appreciation Week.