NYS Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon ‘Breaks Bread’ With WNY Labor…

July 1, 2017  
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  
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Amherst, NY - New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon traveled to Western New York last week to meet with Labor Representatives in both Niagara and Erie Counties, telling those Union Officials in attendance at the Suburban Buffalo get-together that Unions are not only a “critical ally” of New York, but will play in role in making sure the State “won’t be damaged by those in Washington,” D.C. was in attendance for Labor’s meeting with Organized Labor at United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 9’s Headquarters in the Buffalo Suburb of Amherst on Monday, June 19th – just hours after Reardon met with about 20 Niagara County Labor Leaders in Niagara Falls.  About 50 took part in the afternoon meeting, which included Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) President Richard Lipsitz, Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President John Mudie, Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Western Region Six President Flo Tripi and representatives from a number of area Unions, including the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Carpenters, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) – including IBEW Local 106 Business Manager David Wilkinson, who serves as President of the Jamestown AFL-CIO Central Labor Council in the Southern Tier, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) and the Teamsters, to name but a few.

“Union density in New York is (25%), which is ‘number one’ in the country, ‘but a lot of people don’t know what Unions give back to their communities’ – but the governor (Governor Andrew Cuomo) ‘knows’ and ‘I know how important you all are,’” said Reardon, who was joined by several of her State and Local Staff, including Upstate Labor Affairs Dawn Clarry and Director of Apprenticeship Training Jane Thompson.  “You are a ‘critical ally’ (whose help will be counted on) so (New York State) ‘won’t be damaged by those in Washington’ (D.C.).  Governor Cuomo ‘is committed to being a strong Labor State.’”

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