Statement of Support for Verizon Strikers From State Senate Candidate Amber Small

BUFFALO, NY- State Senate Candidate Amber Small spoke out today in support of the hardworking men and women of the Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers who are currently fighting for a fair contract with Verizon. 

For Amber, the Union Members’ struggle for fair wages and benefits is personal.  She explained, “Union jobs mean strong middle class families, and while I stood beside these workers as they fight for the means to support their families, my thoughts turned to my Dad. He has been a member of United Steelworkers Local 2693 for over twenty years. When I was very young we suddenly lost my Mom, and my Dad had a heart attack shortly thereafter requiring major heart bypass surgery. Thanks to his union, he was able to go on paid leave so that he could focus on his health and keeping our family strong during this difficult time. When he recovered, he had a good job to return to and was able to continue to support our family.  

Small has made fighting for legislation that helps hard working families and brings good jobs to the 60th District a central part of her campaign for NYS Senate.  She emphasized that this strike is part of a greater movement by saying “This is a fight for workers to earn a living in their own communities and for good jobs to stay here, not be sent overseas. I urge you to join me in standing alongside these men and women today and to raise your voice for all workers across our State.”