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An Open Letter to Local Union Leaders

January 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 


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AN OPEN LETTER TO:

CSEA President Danny Donohue
PEF President Kenneth Brynien
Tupper Lake Local Union President Aggie Pelletieri

Imagine if you were given $30 Million Dollars by the State of New York to protect your union jobs, and the human ecosystem within the Adirondack Park.  It must infuriate you and your membership, knowing that more jobs will be cut in the coming months, and yet the State of New York was able to find $30M to purchase an easement (NYS does not even own the land) within the Adirondacks.   How many jobs would be saved with $30M?

And, to add further insult to the injury, the Nature Conservancy and other environmental groups stated “This is a very difficult time, but as we look at this investment by the state, we see it as very good economic news for Adirondack communities.”  I can’t imagine that you would agree.

Our New York State officials are telling you to prepare for some very serious budget cuts.  People will be losing their jobs.  And the Adirondack economy, which has come to rely heavily on State employment, will be on a path of greater collapse.   One job lost in the Adirondack Park equates to hundreds of jobs lost in places such as Rochester, Syracuse, and New York City.

The future of the Adirondacks and New York State depends on the public and private sector working together.  Support of private economic investment is crucial to your organizations, and must include the desire to think of ways we can work together, so that each can benefit from a stable work force and sustainable growth.

Knowing this, and because your members are members of our community and are the ones being affected, why haven’t we heard a stronger reaction from your organizations?

Sincerely,

Jim LaValley, Chairman
ARISE of Northern New York, Inc.

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