Video, Audio, Photos & Rush Transcript: Governor Hochul Joins SEIU 32BJ Leadership to Highlight Recently Signed Legislation to Increase Wages for Essential Service Workers

Governor Hochul: “I’m sorry you don’t get the recognition that I think you deserve, but I’m here today to say you have it from me and 20 million New Yorkers who appreciate what 32BJ does every single day, especially what you went through during this pandemic, my friends. This is a bad nightmare that no one wants to repeat, but you were there at a time when a lot of people said, no, I’ll just stay home and work on my computer today, I’m not going to the office, you showed up. You showed up at every corner of this state and this community to do your jobs. And you did it with such courage. You never were fearful. You just knew you had something to do and you showed up. And for that, just by showing up, I will always be grateful.”

Governor Hochul: “We’re just beginning, my friends, we’re just getting warmed up. We’re going to let people know that the most unionized state in America is proud of that. We’re going to increase our ranks and increase the influence of labor unions because under my watch, we’re going to do even more for the great men and women of the state.”

Earlier today, Governor Kathy Hochul joined SEIU 32BJ to highlight recently signed legislation to increase wages for essential service workers with Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin.

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

AUDIO of the event is available here.

PHOTOS of the event are available on the Governor’s Flickr page.

Full press release and transcript are available here.