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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Labor Group Launches Leaflet Campaign Against Jeff Klein

Labor union demonstrators launched a campaign yesterday against State Senator Jeff Klein, who represents parts of the Bronx and Westchester, for what they’re calling his “anti-worker agenda,” according to a press release.

Volunteers from the New York State chapter of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), which represents a network of labor unions, stood outside train stations throughout Klein’s 34th District distributing leaflets that highlighted aspects of his work they called anti-labor.

The group also targeted Senator Craig Johnson, a democrat from Long Island. The campaign is the first of many attacks they plan to launch against state politicians in the coming months, according to the statement.

“Whether it's been attacking public employee pensions, refusing to help New York's unemployed workers, or failing to stand up to the Governor when he shut down hundreds of construction jobs, there is a long line of broken promises and actions in the Senate that have targeted the labor movement,” said AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes.

An article in the New York Post yesterday said the effort was the AFL-CIO’s response to a controversial bill that was passed by the State Senate last week, which lifted a cap on the number of charter schools in the state. The AFL-CIO represents teachers unions, traditionally vocal opponents of charter schools because the schools are not unionized and tend to compete with public schools when it comes to funding and resources.

Both Klein and Johnson voted in favor of the bill. Klein defended his decision to the Post today, saying his choice to support charter schools is “pro-parent, pro-kid.” More here.

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