Gov. Andrew Cuomo huddled nearly with labor leaders to debate the gravity of New York’s pandemic-fueled fiscal disaster as he and lawmakers battle to shut a large gap in subsequent yr’s funds.
“The governor’s message was, ‘Issues are dire. I’m going to wish your assist,’” a union supply stated of Wednesday’s secret chat.
The labor insider stated the key Wednesday assembly had its tense moments, with Cuomo expressing displeasure over the two.5 million New York State AFL-CIO placing its muscle behind a letter supporting state lawmakers holding an emergency end-of-year session to impose $7 billion to $9 billion in tax hikes on the rich to take care of the fiscal disaster.
The letter principally sided with Meeting Speaker Carl Heastie, who desires to move taxes instantly, versus Cuomo, who desires to handle taxes and spending as a part of subsequent yr’s funds talks and ready to see if Congress and President-elect Joe Biden ship COVID-19 aid support early subsequent yr.
Members within the convention name included George Gresham, president of well being care employees union 1199/SEIU; Andy Pallotta, head of New York State United Lecturers, and Mary Sullivan, president of the Civil Service Staff Affiliation, the union representing the biggest variety of state authorities work employees.
Their unions have been among the many ten who signed on to the AFLI-CIO tax the rich letter.
“Andy is in fixed communication with the governor’s workplace on methods to stave off dangerous cuts to training as we gear up for the funds course of within the coming session,” NYSUT spokesman Matthew Hamilton stated when requested concerning the assembly.
Each Cuomo and the union leaders expressed consternation that Congress won’t instantly cough up cash to assist shut the state’s large funds gap, and nervous any support which will come after President-elect Biden takes workplace subsequent yr shall be too late to stop deep cuts in spending, which raises the specter of layoffs of presidency employees.
Cuomo’s workplace had no quick remark.
However the governor did please the unions when he additionally introduced on Wednesday he would advance $1.5 billion to “central organizations” to supply money stream to keep away from disruption together with layoffs.
The NY AFL-CIO put out an announcement Thursday applauding the transfer and expressing a extra conciliatory view towards the governor’s place of addressing the tax concern as a part of subsequent yr’s funds.
“This motion will stave off layoffs by the foreseeable future. It’s going to additionally present New York with a clearer image of the financial panorama and permit us to have a greater thought of federal funding to state and native governments, led by the efforts of the Biden administration,” the assertion stated.
“Addressing this disaster in the course of the state funds course of, and with a extra complete method that can embody tax will increase and income enhancers, will assist to make sure that New York State will get again on strong monetary footing, and extra importantly, saves the roles and livelihoods of tens of 1000’s of New Yorkers,” the AFL-CIO added.