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Union workers rally in Manhattan, Albany as U.S. Supreme Court Justices hear the Janus v. AFSCME case

Hundreds of union workers gathered in lower Manhattan February 24, and in Albany February 26, in a passionate act of solidarity and a promise to “stick with your union.” These Stand Up For Labor rallies which included a PEF contingency, were held as a sign of unity as the U.S. Supreme Court  was hearing the Janus v. AFSCME case which may have a profound effect on organized labor. Speakers at both rallies hailed the value of union membership. Gov. Andrew Cuomo who spoke at Foley Square described workers as the “heart and soul” of the country and said, “You see labor going backwards all across the country. In New York, it is a different story. In New York, you see labor going forward. We want more fairness, more justice.”

In Albany, labor leaders and state legislators echoed the rally cries of standing strong together. PEF, CSEA, NYSUT and the United Steelworkers chanted together, “With unions united, we’ll never be defeated.” Mario Cilento, state AFL-CIO president, told the crowd, “We know what we are fighting for, and we fight from the heart, not like our opponents who fight with their wallets. We fight for the future, our families and our brothers and sisters. It will be a bumpy road, but we will win because I will take heart over profits every day of the week.”

PEF members also held a working people’s rally in Buffalo, where they gathered in front of the Federal Courthouse at Niagara Square. #WeAreStrongerTogether! #unrigthesystem

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PEF members showing their banner proudly at the Working People’s Day of Action Rally

PEF Members at the NYC Rally

More PEF Members at the NYC Working People’s Day of Action Rally

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PEF Members in Region 8 follow up with another Working People’s Day of Action Rally in Albany