Legislative Alert – January 6, 2017

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January 6, 2017
Issue One
President’s Message
Happy New Year

(A Busy Year Ahead)

On behalf of the New York State AFL-CIO, I want to wish everyone a healthy and Happy New Year.  As everyone knows, 2017 will bring tremendous change and challenges.

We must be prepared for some difficult fights. Policy and budget battles with regard to infrastructure, education, health care and how services are delivered loom at the federal and state level. We will need to defend the right of working people to join together and speak with one voice. We have a budget deficit at the state level.

We will need to join together to tell the public the truth about the constitutional convention question that will appear on the ballot in November; truth about a tainted delegate selection process, the truth about the issues that a convention would address; and the truth about the high cost of a convention. These are all disturbing facts and it is our responsibility to educate the public.

Despite the challenges and change, I am more invigorated and optimistic than ever. The labor movement was born out of the will to fight through extremely difficult times and now is the time we must remind ourselves of what we are truly here for.

Less than a year ago we won incredible victories right here in New York, with the Fight for $15, the Veteran’s Buy Back Law and Paid Family Leave, all getting passed and becoming models for the rest of the nation. The most important thing about each is that they were decades long fights, and there were ups and downs on each issue over many years. Those victories remind us that we fight to better the lives of our members and all working people.

We can and we will turn our current challenges into victories. I look forward to working with you all and once again, Happy New Year.

Mario Cilento, President

Call To Action
Monday, January 23, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
100 South Swan Street, Albany, NY

Ron Deutsch from the Fiscal Policy Institute will be our guest speaker.

For further information contact Mike Neidl at 518-436-8516 or by email information@nysaflcio.org