Video, Audio & Rush Transcript: Governor Cuomo Delivers Remarks at Working People's Day of Action Rally

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Governor Cuomo: "If the Supreme Court carries Donald Trump's political water, and if the Supreme Court tries to end organized labor, this state will do everything in its power to protect it. When you attack labor, you attack the state of New York. The state that is proud to have the highest union membership in the United States of America."

Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered remarks at the Working People's Day of Action Rally in New York City.

 

VIDEO of the Governor's remarks is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) format here.

  

AUDIO of the Governor's remarks is available here.

 

PHOTOS of the event will be available on Governor Cuomo's Flickr page.

 

A rush transcript of the Governor's remarks is available below:

 

Thank you. This my friends is a beautiful, beautiful picture. You are beautiful. You are the heart and soul of New York. You are the heart and soul of America - black, white, brown, public unions, private unions, middle-class, all together, fighting for fairness and justice and the values that this country represents. Give yourselves a round of applause.

 

To your President Mario Cilento, while labor is under attack all across this country and you see labor going backwards all across this country. In New York, there's a different story. In New York, you see labor going forward. We want more fairness, more justice, and that's your President Mario Cilento. Give him a round of applause, and Vinny Alvarez and Henry Garrido and Mary Sullivan and John Samuelson and Andy Pallotaand Lee Saunders and Hector Figueroa. We have our Labor Commissioner here, Roberta Reardon. We have Baxter Leach who marched with Martin Luther King 50 years ago because it's always been about fairness and justice. Give them a round of applause.

 

My friends, you know who I am. You know where I come from. I am New York born and bred. I am middle-class born and bred. And I am 100 percent union born and bred. And we know what's going on in this country. This is a time for honesty. We have a federal administration that has declared itself an enemy of the working men and women of this nation. They have declared a war on the middle-class and on the labor movement. Now, many of us knew it in the campaign, but during the campaign, President Trump ran around and he was going to be the friend of working men and women, remember? He was on the side of the middle-class, remember? He was on the factory floor, remember? Well, he didn't fool us in New York, but he fooled a lot of people in this country. But then he showed his true colors. As soon as he got into office, one of the first things he did was pass the tax bill, and you know what that tax bill did? It gave a tax break to the richest Americans in this nation. It gave a tax break to the richest corporations in this nation. And you know what it gave to the working men and women? Zero, nada, zilch, nothing. His plan was, "I'm going to give a tax break to the richest corporations and we're going to hope and pray that maybe they pass that money down to give workers higher wages." Let's hope so. I hope there's a Santa Claus, I really do, but if he wanted to help the working men and women he would have given them a tax cut and fair wages and fair justice and real working rights.

 

That's what we're going to do in New York and we're going to do it again this year because we know you need help and we're going to do another tax break to the working class and working families and bring taxes to the lowest level since 1947. And if that wasn't enough, Trump has now declared war on the working men and women and when he declared war on the labor unions, he declares war on all working men and women. When you attack labor, you attack the heart and soul of this state and of this nation. It's the labor movement that built the middle-class in this nation. It's the labor movement that protected the American worker. It's the labor movement that stopped management from abusing workers. It's the labor movement that provided safe working conditions. It's the labor movement that stopped child labor in this nation.

 

Why do they want to stop labor unions? Because they want to help the rich corporations, that's why. They want to stop labor unions because they want to help management take more profit out of the corporations by reducing workers' pay and workers' rights and that's what this is about. Because it's not enough for them that a CEO today makes more than 300 times what a worker makes. They want more and more and more, it'sgreed, it's selfishness, its power helping power and we're not going to let it happen.

 

And they have another motive in mind. They want to silence your voice politically. They want to silence your voice politically. You want to know why? Because you speak for the worker. You speak for the middle-class. You speak for the working-families. You speak for the poor. And they want your voice silenced and all they want to hear is the voice of rich, corporate America. Where you are the great equalizer and we need your voice at the table to make Democracy work and we will never let them silence the voice of labor in this country.

 

Here's where I stand. If the Supreme Court carries Donald Trump's political water, and if the Supreme Court tries to end organized labor, this state will do everything in its power to protect it. When you attack labor, you attack the state of New York. The state that is proud to have the highest union membership in the United States of America. Our great state of New York started the labor movement with the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, we started worker's rights, we started the right to organize, and we're not going to let Washington stop it now. And if anything, my friends, I believe we need more unions today, not less. We still have workers, we still have workers today who are still being victimized and abused. We have domestic workers who need union representation. We have nail salon workers who are being abused, retail workers, farm workers, carwash workers, factory workers - they need the strength and solidarity of the labor movement more now than ever.

 

At the end of the day, it gets very simple. I am a Queen's boy. And the rules of the old neighborhood were simple. If you are with me, I am with you and we will never back down from a fight. I would not be the Governor of the state of New York if it was not because of the support of organized labor. My father, Mario Cuomo, God rest his soul, would not have been Governor of the state of New York without the support of organized labor. You have always been with me, and I will always be with you. They want a fight? They don't know a fight. They want a fight, we are ready to rumble. And I can tell you this - if we stand together nobody can beat us, never.

 

And I promise you as long as I am Governor of the state of New York, the state of New York is going to have the back of organized labor. Thank you and God bless you.

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