Excluded Workers launch march to Albany to press for inclusion in State Budget

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Excluded workers on Tuesday kicked off a multi-week march to Albany with waves of rolling demonstrations to raise the heat on state lawmakers as the state budget deadline draws near.

It’s a major escalation in a long battle to win an additional $3 billion for the Excluded Workers Fund and a permanent program akin to unemployment insurance for excluded workers who are ineligible for compensation if they lose a job or earnings.

According to Make the Road New York, one of the organizing groups of the rally, the state legislature failed to include either priority in their one-house budget last weekend, “leaving excluded workers out in the cold even as many are still struggling to recover from the pandemic and rising gas prices put a strain on the budgets of working families.”

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