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New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento said, “At a time when labor is under attack, it is critically important to have someone like Andrea Stewart-Cousins protecting the rights of working men and women. She has always supported the ideals of organized labor, understanding the needs and concerns of working people. She fought for paid family leave and increases in the minimum wage. And, when it comes to fighting for her constituents, no one has done more than Andrea to secure funding for infrastructure, our schools, the city and county.

President Donald Trump heads into a midterm referendum on his presidency showing no real progress on a core promise: to raise the wages of America’s “forgotten man and woman.”

Once the impact of inflation is included, ordinary Americans’ hourly earnings are lower than they were a year ago.

Something is happening in America.

This Labor Day, working people in every corner of the country have good reason to be proud. Our movement is on the rise. We are marching and striking and organizing. We are refusing to accept business as usual.

Within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Janus vs. AFSCME case, union-haters launched a shadowy misinformation campaign in an attempt to get public employees to leave their union. They started emailing nurses, firefighters, teachers, and other hardworking New Yorkers who provide important services every day and launched a website targeting our members with their propaganda.