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NYSUT Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta joined anti-hunger advocates at a state Capitol rally to call attention to the plight of the disadvantaged during this economic downturn. The Hunger Action Network of New York State is calling for increases in funding for emergency food programs; a hike in the minimum wage and higher unemployment benefits. Pallotta reminded state leaders that working families are depending on a strong public education system and access to good health care as they struggle to weather the recession.
"New York's fiscal crisis is real, but it was not caused by teachers, bus drivers and college faculty who make up the state's middle class and contribute so much to the upstate economy. The notion of 'shared sacrifice' must include all New Yorkers, including those who are most affluent and who have benefitted during this economic downturn," said NYSUT Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta, who added the union is committed to finding solutions.
"There is common ground that recognizes the severity of this budget crisis, yet protects education, health care and the other vital services that working families in this state depend on."