Zita Allen, communications director for District Council 37, said the legislators listened when public employees met with them.
"Many of our legislative issues were addressed," she
According to Allen
, some funding that would have been cut from the substance abuse prevention and intervention specialists program have been restored, saving around 300 jobs.
Since the union members had their rally, Allen
said, "pension concerns we had were taken care of" and there would be no new pension tier for new public employees.
said there were differences in how AFSCME and legislators wanted the progressive tax to be implemented.
"We were calling for a millionaire's tax on incomes from $500,000 to $1 million.
Lawmakers talked about a higher tax rate for people making more than $250,000," she
said not every union concern was rectified during the meetings with lawmakers, however.
"One outstanding concern we still have has to do with the public hospital system [in New York City]," she