Article from Inside AFT:
New York state public employees and their supporters packed the “well” of a state office building on Jan. 29 to call for an end to the downsizing and privatizing that threatens jobs as well as essential public services. Speakers at the rally, which was organized by the New York State Public Employees Federation, included state legislators as well as AFT President Randi Weingarten, PEF President Susan Kent, United University Professions President Fred Kowal, New York State United Teachers Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta and New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento. Kent, Kowal and Pallotta are AFT vice presidents. The message to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was loud and clear: Labor will fight to protect public employees and the professional and valuable services they provide to citizens and communities. “We all stand united—trade unions and public sector unions—speaking with one voice. And this is our message: Stop diminishing and dismantling and destroying services,” said Kent.