NEWBURGH — CSEA member activists are stepping up as voices of working people at all levels of government.
CSEA activists newly trained as federal political action liaisons have been meeting across the state with representatives from different congressional districts. They’ve pressed lawmakers for their positions on issues that could harm middle class workers, whether they’re union members or not.
“Unions have historically worked to raise and preserve standards for all working people,” said CSEA Statewide Political Action Committee Chair Anthony Adamo, who along with committee members James Burtis and Rick McCauley met recently with U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “Whether we’re talking about the future of the Supreme Court and its impact on collective bargaining or fair and affordable access to health care, we have a moral responsibility to be a voice for the entire middle class.”
Maloney spent over an hour speaking candidly with our CSEA team, affirming his support for preserving fair collective bargaining rights and weighing in on his concerns over proposed Medicaid cuts that had been before federal lawmakers.
The in-district meetings help to strengthen existing ties and build bridges where differences exist. CSEA activists said they hope to find common ground with the lawmakers with opposing views and provide the balance needed due to anti-worker organizations’ influence.
— Jessica Ladlee