The New York State AFL-CIO thanked the U.S. Senate today for approving $60.4 billion in relief for victims of Superstorm Sandy and urged the House to pass the measure as well. In a statement, the state labor federation said:
The labor movement thanks and congratulates Gov. Cuomo and Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand for their hard work in marshaling emergency relief funding through the Senate for communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy. It was not easy, but the Senate’s action demonstrates that when elected officials, business and labor work together as New Yorkers first we can overcome tremendous challenges. The state AFL-CIO coordinated a broad and united effort, including engaging the national AFL-CIO and international unions, which was crucial to securing the 60 votes needed for passage.
Our celebration must be short-lived, however, as we know our fight continues in the House. Unions in New York and across the country will continue to make sure that members of Congress understand that these funds are make or break for those whose lives have been forever impacted by Sandy. We call on the House to act now. The labor movement’s strength is its ability to come together and pick each other up when we fall; we expect no less from our leaders in Washington.