We received the following from Rosalie Longo and our sisters and brothers of the Freeport Federation of Teachers. We need to add our voices to theirs at these Mobile Town Meetings. Is there a meeting in your town, or the town next door? Join members of your community, and stand in solidarity with workers across the county to tell Mangano that we will not accept incursions into our collective bargaining rights.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is planning to lay off more than 1,000 workers and mandate employees and retirees to pay twenty-five percent into their health insurance costs. In addition, Mangano is hoping to pass the Fiscal Crisis Reform Act, legislation that will grant him dictator-like powers. If passed, it would provide him with the authority to “abolish departments, bureaus, offices and employments, control the administration of all departments, offices and functions of county government.” What’s more, the legislation would allow him to modify existing contracts and benefits and to freeze wages for all County employees. This bill is a blatant assault on the principles of collective bargaining and an attack on working men and women throughout Nassau County. We need to make it abundantly clear to our elected officials that they cannot use the Michigan model of politics here on Long Island. The passage of this legislation has tremendous ramifications for workers in Nassau County, Long Island and beyond.County Executive Mangano will be holding Mobile Town Meetings to rally support for his bill and his agenda. We need to raise our voices in opposition to his proposed bill that would abolish collective bargaining. Hopefully you will be able to attend one of the meetings and express to him the importance of our contract and that it is our constitutional right to have a contract.
County Executive Mangano’s Mobile Town Hall Meetings occur two days per week at various locations throughout the County. The meetings, unless specified otherwise, will be held on Tuesday’s from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on Thursday’s from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The schedule through December is as follows:
- Tuesday, November 22nd, at Syosset Library, located at 225 S. Oyster Bay Road in Syosset.
- Tuesday, November 29th, at Hillside Public Library, located at 155 Lakeville Road in New Hyde Park.
- Thursday, December 1st, at Seaford Library, located at 2234 Jackson Avenue in Seaford.
- Tuesday, December 6th, at Bethpage Library, located at 47 Powell Avenue in Bethpage.
- Thursday, December 8th, at Great Neck Library, located at 159 Bayview Avenue in Great Neck.
- Tuesday, December 13th, at Port Washington Library, located at 1 Library Drive in Port Washington.
- Thursday, December 15th, at Jericho Library, located at 1 Merry Lane in Jericho.
- Tuesday, December 20th, at Merrick Library, located at 2279 Merrick Avenue in Merrick.
- Thursday, December 22nd, at Lynbrook Library, located at 56 Eldert Street in Lynbrook.
HELP PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF WORKING MEN AND WOMEN ON LONG ISLAND!