PEF President Susan M. Kent and Secretary-Treasurer Carlos J. Garcia applaud as other labor leaders and lawmakers address a roaring crowd of 700 union members in the well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany, Wednesday, January 29. PEF’s Save Our Services rally demonstrated a powerful show of solidarity and passion to save community services. PEF members traveled from Long Island to Buffalo to stand in unity with their brothers and sisters. The message to the governor and lawmakers was labor will fight to protect the public employees and the professional and valuable services they provide to our communities. The governor’s plan was to close or reduce services at the state Office of Mental Health, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Office of People With Developmental Disabilities and SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
Kent said the rally was just the first step in the fight, and thanked members for their activism. PEF also delivered thousands of petitions to the governor after the rally, all in support of PEF’s Save Our Services campaign.