Poll: Labor unions should do more to help cut deficits

MINEOLA - With budget deficits rising ever higher in Nassau and Suffolk, labor unions are being asked to make concessions, and according to a recent News 12 Long Island/Hofstra University poll, most Long Islanders believe it is the right thing to do.

The survey shows that 53 percent of Long Islanders think the unions should give back more, while 35 percent say they have already made enough concessions.

Opinions on the matter are divided along county lines, with 56 percent of Nassau responders saying that unions could give back more, compared to 49 percent of those who responded in Suffolk.

CSEA Local 830 President Jerry Laricchiuta says politicians unfairly blame unions for their own fiscal mismanagement. He says that since 2008, his union alone has conceded $130 million. News 12/Hofstra University Poll

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