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STATE WORKERS SCHEDULE PICKET LINE AT GOWANDA

Members of unions representing state workers scheduled informational picketing this afternoon on the grounds of the Collins Correctional Facility/Gowanda Psychiatric Center to protest proposed state budget cuts.

The pickets include members of Civil Service Employees Association Council 82 and Local 1406. Efforts by Gov. Cuomo to trim the state's budget deficit will result in staffing cutbacks and layoffs, among other things, according to Local 1406 President Dan Kuligowski.

"It is the union's opinion that the state budget cannot be balanced on the backs of its employees," he said. "Governor Cuomo's plans to reduce the state deficit will not only affect state employees, but all middle-class, working people."

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