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From Public Employees to Auto Workers, working people need to coalesce to address common problems. This means lobbying in Albany (and DC) as well as working within the labor movement. Peter Meringolo, Chair of the NYS Public Employee Conference, discusses current issues PEC faces and the challenges he deals with to try to keep public employees on the same page. Then, Brian Schneck, President of UAW local 259, discusses issues affecting UAW 259 workers within the context of the national and local economies.
Public Employee Conference Recap
The NYS Public Employee Conference (PEC), composed of 77 different unions, held its yearly conference in December. Peter Meringolo, PEC Chair, recaps the issues discussed at the conference and organization’s objectives for the coming year. Meringolo addresses several issues that have divided labor and offers suggestions to ensure that unions and working Americans are united despite areas of disagreement. Sometimes all is takes is a phone call between leaders, or sitting down over a cup of coffee and explaining one’s position.
UAW push on Long Island
The United Auto Workers local 259 represents auto mechanics and other auto-dealership personnell throughout the New York Metropolitan area. It’s a big job, but UAW 259 still finds time to support other unions in their struggles. Brian Schneck, President of UAW local 259, describes the challenges his union confronts to help its members maintain a decent living standard . Schneck describes importance of union involvement in continually lobbying for better work standards at the state level. He argues that, even though Governor Cuomo campaigned about raising wages in his gubernatorial campaign, unions must keep up the pressure him to ensure sure he measures up to his promise.
1) Public Employees Fight to Protect Union Job Titles – Long Island Jobs with Justice Update: Public Employee Federation fights to protect job titles of its members
2) UAW Mobilizes for Future of American Auto Manufacturing: We recap the UAW campaigns both in New York and around the country
3) Telling the Labor Story: We hear about the power of film in inspiring action on labor issues. One of the films is about the Reuther brothers and the UAW
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