May 26, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Cheektowaga,NY – Could the Koch Brothers get their way and make New York a Right-To-Work (for less) State? They could, according to representatives of the New York State AFL-CIO, if a Constitutional Convention is held and Albany special interests and lobbyists have their say and hoodwink New Yorkers into believing such a convention to change the State Constitution is a good thing.
Four New York State AFL-CIO Reps – Political Director Ryan Delgado, Communications Director Darcy Wells, Digital Director Kevin Eitzmann and Amy Desjardins, who serves as Assistant to the President for Internal Operations/Field Director, traveled to Buffalo on Tuesday (May 23rd) to hold an educational session for a variety of Public and Private Sector and Building Trades Union Leaders and Representatives from across Erie and Niagara Counties at Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local 815’s Suburban Buffalo Union Hall.
“Could New York State become a ‘Right-To-Work’ State?,” asked Desjardins as a hush fell over the nearly 60 who attended the evening meeting. “Could the Koch Brothers ‘get their way?’”
(WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Right-To Work Laws prohibit Union Security Agreements, meaning if an Employee does not wish to be part of a Union, he or she would not have to pay Union Dues.)
In the upcoming General Election that will be held on November 7th, voters will be asked whether or not New York should hold a convention to change its constitution.
Should voters be hoodwinked into thinking this a good thing – hard fought for and taken-for-granted Pensions, Prevailing Wages, Collective Bargaining and Health Care and Benefits for injured Workers could all be on the chopping block, the State Union Representatives warned.
A Constitutional Convention would be controlled by well-funded special interests and career politicians, who would dominate the process and take advantage of the system to benefit themselves at taxpayer expense, the Statewide Union Representatives said.