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Press conference to call for adding money to Excluded Workers Fund ahead of March 31 NYS budget deadline

Rochester faith leaders, workers, and community allies will come together tomorrow to call for state legislators to support excluded workers’ demands in the state budget as the March 31 deadline draws near.

Workers are calling for an additional $3 billion in funding for the Excluded Workers Fund and a permanent program akin to unemployment insurance for excluded workers who are ineligible for compensation if they lose a job or earnings.


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Hundreds of excluded workers are on day three of a multi-week march from New York City to Albany to raise the heat on state lawmakers as the state budget deadline draws near. The state legislature failed to include either priority in their one-house budget, leaving excluded workers out in the cold even as many are still struggling to recover from the pandemic and rising prices put a strain on the budgets of working families.

This week, excluded workers held demonstrations at the offices of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assemblymembers Latoya Joyner, Amy Paulin, and Tom Abinanti, calling on them to deliver for excluded workers and find funding to support workers’ priorities before the end of the budget deadline.


The Excluded Workers press conference will take place March 18th, 2022 at 10 AM eastern time. It will be located in Washington Square Park at 10 St Mary’s Place in Rochester, NY. You can livestream the action on the Facebook page here.



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