“We support Wisconsin!” shouted crowds of unionists gathered outside the CSEA building in downtown Albany, hoisting signs from their various unions.
Warm spirits for Wisconsin’s struggling brothers and sisters were in full force at the rally late Friday afternoon, supported by members of unions from throughout the Capital Region, including NYSUT, CSEA, PEF, SEIU 1199, and Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 7. The Capital District Area Labor Federation hosted the rally to defend the right to collective bargaining being threatened by the state of Wisconsin.
“Everyone across the country has been asked to send a video to boost the spirits of the Wisconsin workers,” said Mary Sullivan, president of the Capital District Area Labor Federation and executive vice-president of CSEA.
As union video cameras rolled to get footage to send to Wisconsin, so did those of numerous TV stations on hand to record the event.
Wayne Mcmahon of Local 7 Plumbers and Steamfitters said colllective bargaining protects workers on the job. Without it, he said, ”If you’re the boss’s friend you’ll get a raise; if not you’re laid off.”