ALBANY — A breakaway group of state Senate Democrats took the Democratic National Committee to task for ignoring worker rights in a recent survey on potential party agenda items. “While we certainly support the issues laid out in this agenda … it frustrates us that in this time of Trump and the national rhetoric attacking the Labor Movement that the National Democratic party has not seen fit to include one labor issue in its policy platform,” the eight members of the state Senate Independent Democratic Conference wrote in a letter to two party leaders. The survey, which also served as a fund-raising letter for the DNC, asks about such issues as the economy, environment, raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, getting “weapons of war off our streets,” electoral reform, abortion rights, and gay and transgender rights. The letter from the Senate Independent Democratic Conference members to Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) and Assemblyman Michael Blake (D-Bronx), who are both DNC vice chairs, urged that they revise the survey and “put issues on there that matter to the over 2 million plus union workers we claim to represent in New York State. Only then can we support the agenda… Read full this story
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