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Take a Lawmaker to Lunch Today?

September 15, 2010

ALBANY, N.Y.- Acting on the belief that a so-called "jobless recovery" is not the answer to the country's ailing economy, demonstrators plan to gather in Albany and Ithaca today to call for greater action to create jobs. And in five other New York cities, something called "brown bag vigils" will be held outside the offices of members of Congress at lunchtime. Sarita Gupta of Jobs With Justice says that's so those fortunate enough to have a job can get away from it long enough to go to bat for those who don't.

"We need Congress to take some bold steps now, so we're trying to make it as easy as possible for as many people to participate."

Rochester, Kingston, Hudson, White Plains and Massapegua are the cities where lawmakers will find they have a luncheon invitation today from workers' rights advocates, right on their doorstep.

Gupta says President Obama's call last week to renew the country's infrastructure has the potential to create new jobs, but more needs to be done.

"This is a real crisis in our communities. And I just think Congress needs to hear this loud and clear, that we can't get the recovery up and running without creating the jobs that people need in order to actually participate in the economy."

The Long Island branch of Jobs With Justice will turn its attention today to a demonstration on behalf of graduate research assistants at Stony Brook University who are trying to get a contract from SUNY that fairly compensates them for their work. The group's Charlene Obernauer explains.

"We're fighting for full and fair employment for everyone, but even the jobs that people do have, they're not fair employment, even if they are full-time jobs."

The SUNY Research Foundation says both sides have been meeting on average twice a month and have reached tentative agreement on over 20 contract items.

Mark Scheerer, Public News Service - NY