Long Island Federation of Labor and Politics

Our guest this week is John R. Durso, President of the LI Federation of Labor, President of RWDSU Local 338, and Chair of LI United Way. We discuss the effect of the recent elections on labor as a cataclysm or opportunity; dealing with new members of Congress and labor. Durso goes on to talk about labor’s excellent relationship with NY State and Local Republicans.

John R. Durso, President of Long Island Federation of Labor

Durso LI FedJoin us this week for a full hour long interview with John R. Durso, President of Long Island Federation of Labor, who will update us on the status of labor, post 2014 elections.  The discussion is largely political in nature. How did the shifting political winds of the 2014 vote affect the Labor Movement nationally, and locally. Durso draws sharp contrast between labor’s relationship with New York State and local Republican elected officials, noting that there is a longstanding symbiotic relationship between labor and the Republican Party. Durso argues that labor is not a Republican movement, nor is it a Democratic movement. Labor supports both parties and supports the candidates who will work with labor. Durso, a Democrat, on the one hand gives high marks to Congressman Peter King, as well as NY Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and the Long Island Senate Delegation, and he speaks with great reverence about the late Senator Owen Johnson. He observes the New York Republican party is a far different species than the national party. Turning to the Democratic party he reveals  about his long relationship with the Cuomo family, began with mentoring  in the Supermarket Business by the governor’s brother Frank, who was his manager in the Waldbaum’s where he worked.  Durso laments the loss of Sheldon Silver as Speaker of the Assembly, because Silver  did a great deal for labor, thankfully the new Speaker Carl Heastie gets high marks for his labor record as well. We also talk about the Walmart’s increasing wages in response to union backed pressure from groups like Change Our Walmart;  RWDSU organizing drives; the new UFCW President Mark Perrone; immigration and much more.

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