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Letter: Mesiah was friend, mentor to his union fraternity

Mesiah was friend, mentor to his union fraternity

Friends and union brothers and sisters share the loss of Frank B. Mesiah, a pillar in our community.

As has been reported, he was an intrepid leader for civil rights. We also commend his work in the public sector labor movement.

Involved as he was with the many other issues of social inequality, he had time to actively support his union, the Public Employees Federation.

Frank was a teacher and a mentor to his union brothers and sisters. His group building workshops and insightful presentations fostered unity and wisdom necessary for our union’s success.

He was not above working on basic tasks. He attended union meetings, worked on phone banks for labor-endorsed candidates and participated in our letter writing campaigns to promote or criticize issues of public policy. Frank was down to earth, approachable and possessed a great sense of humor.

In October 2017 our Public Employees Federation Retiree chapter, along with the WNY chapter of the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans, honored Mesiah for his efforts on behalf of organized labor during his career in state government and later in retirement. To the end, he was a warrior for civil rights, union workers, minorities, women and the elderly.

As the community mourns the loss of this great leader, we in organized labor will sadly miss our indefatigable brother, Frank B. Mesiah.

Stephen J. Muscarella

First Vice President, Public Employees

Federation Retiree, Chapter 1

East Amherst

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