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Central NY Labor Council Commemorative Brick

The Monument

The Workers Monument of the Mohawk Valley honors the working men and women who, with a spirit of adventure and the raw materials of a new land, created our Central New York home. The idea of a monument was proposed by the United Mine Workers of America Local 717 at Remington Arms. It was designed without cost by Architect Andy Morgan, and constructed with an initial $5000 grant from Assemblyman Marc Butler and donations from area unions. It stands above the bed of the old Erie Canal at the western portal of Ilion Memorial Park. The monument is built of concrete and stone, capped with copper from Revere Copper Products, with sides of cast bronze. Part of its $50,000 plus cost was borne by the purchase of commemorative space on the bronze casting by participating unions. The rest was paid by the AFL-CIO Central New York Labor Council. Now, union families and friends can place the names of their loved ones as part of the historic record to be viewed by future generations.

The Commemorative Walkways Bricks

Bricks are engraved with the names and commemorations, composed by each family, will pave the walkways to and around the monument. Below is a picture of an individual or family-size brick with engraving. The cost for engraving and placing each brick is $100. An additional $25 will purchase a duplicate for home display. An organization may also be commemorated with a double-size paver at a cost of $300. Each individual or family brick can hold up to 42 letters, symbols, numbers and spaces of engraving. Organizational bricks can hold up to 84 spaces


Proceeds to Benefit the James R. Cook Labor Agency Incorporated in 1979 as the community service arm of the Labor Council, the Labor agency has supported working men and women, union and non-union alike, find the help they need to meet the day-to-day challenges that impact their quality of work and family life. The Labor Agency is a charitable organization funded through public and private grants and donations, and the on-going support of the United Way of the Mohawk Valley.



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