NY — Federal support to schools, states, cities and towns is essential for maintaining the public services that communities depend on, including public safety, healthcare and sanitation. Without this assistance there will be massive cuts in critical services and layoffs of millions of workers (EPI estimates 5.3 million), many of whom are on the frontlines and essential to fighting the pandemic. Functioning public services such as healthcare and transportation will make it possible to reopen our economy safely, help businesses and get people back to work.

The next few weeks may be our only and last chance for this aid this year. Americans cannot risk losing essential public services that keep them healthy and safe for months on end in the midst of a pandemic.

Call your Senators at 1-888-981-9704 and demand action! #FundtheFrontLines

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Ove Overmyer is an award winning photojournalist and writer who has promoted the virtue of working people and the value of public service throughout his career. His work has been published by many well-respected international media outlets, including PBS Moyers & Co., Steward Update UCS Worker Institute Cornell ILR, CBS News, The Weather Channel, SCI-FY Channel, Associated Press and LOGO-TV. Before joining the CSEA Communications Department staff in 2015, Overmyer was a CSEA member employed by the City of Rochester and an officer of the union for more than 18 years. He covers a 14 county area of Western New York and lives in Rochester, NY.

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