Workers First Thank You Event
Mark Spadafore, president of the Syracuse Labor Council holds a sign in support of racial justice June 17, at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. | Cherilyn Beckles, Staff Photo

Workers First Thank You Event

Mark Spadafore, president of the Syracuse Labor Council, greeted essential workers today as they exited the VA Medical Center. He handed out pins and thank yous for providing medical care during this trying time.

“We want to thank those healthcare workers who are giving much needed care to our heroes, the veterans who have fought to keep us safe,” said Union Veterans Council Chair Cary Eldridge.

The day’s event was also held as part of the Workers First Caravan for Racial and Economic Justice, a massive national day of action calling for bold policies to confront the three crises facing America: a public health pandemic, an economic free fall and structural racism.

The group wants to bring attention to policing reforms, recognize the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on workers of color and the HEROES Act.

The HEROES (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions) Act — a $3 trillion proposal — was introduced in May by House Democrats and includes student loan forgiveness, more stimulus checks and money for schools, among other coronavirus relief measures.

A worker at the Syracuse VA Medical Center is all smiles after receiving her pin for being an essential worker. “I absolutely love my job,” she said. | Cherilyn Beckles, Staff Photo
Mark Spadafore, president of the Syracuse Labor Council, greets workers as they exit the VA Medical Center. | Cherilyn Beckles, Staff Photo