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October 27, 2013

Union leaders demand change during rally on Old Falls Street


Tonawanda News — Concerning CWM, he said a recent decision at the most recent legislature meeting to hold off until after the election to once again work with its hired attorney fighting the upcoming proposed expansion of a massive chemical waste disposal site is “dirty.”

“We need leaders that are going to represent workers in Niagara County,” he said. “Stop representing the special interest of big business that’s bought and paid for with the politicians we have right now.

“When we waste tax dollars on projects like the record storage facility, that money could be given to help businesses grow and expand in this county and it’s not. Our kids can’t find jobs here, they’re packing up and leaving. They’ve had 10 years as majority in the legislature and they’ve made it worse. We’re still the highest taxed county, we still have people leaving this county every day to find jobs somewhere else.”

It’s no secret labor union leadership has long affiliated itself with the Democratic party. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Niagara Falls and Buffalo, acknowledging the longstanding partnership, took to the offensive against the Republicans in Congress, who he said recently led a shut down of the federal government. 

He cried out for a return to the old America, the one under Democratic leadership that secured a $258 billion surplus before a pair of wars flipped the country’s spending on its head. He said the Republican mentality towards government can’t achieve the same result, laying out the Democratic plan to avoid further deficits.

“How is that possible? By record investments in education,” he said. “In scientific research, in a rebuilding of the roads and bridges of America, we created 22 million private sector jobs. The best tax policy is the one that brings taxpayers back to productivity because they contribute to the national treasury and are less dependent on government. That’s the American tradition.”

Other speakers at Saturday morning’s event included Jennifer Diagostino, executive director of the Center for Economic Justice; Richard Lipsitz, president of the AFL-CIO area labor federation; and Mark Montour, who is seeking election as state Supreme Court judge next month.

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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