Unions: We’ll push for de Blasio’s pre-K plan

January 6, 2014 Associated Press
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Labor leaders say they’ll lobby state lawmakers to OK New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to offer universal pre-kindergarten.

Leaders of several major unions joined de Blasio Monday at a news conference to announce the push.

De Blasio took office Jan. 1. The proposal for universal pre-k, plus expanded after-school programs for middle-schoolers, was a centerpiece of the Democrat’s campaign.

Vincent Alvarez is president of the city’s Central Labor Council. He calls the proposal “critical to tens of thousands of working New Yorkers.”

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De Blasio wants to pay for it by raising taxes on wealthy New Yorkers. Such a tax hike needs state Legislature approval.

De Blasio says labor leaders’ “efforts will make a huge impact.”

A coalition of business leaders, clergy members and academics also supports the effort.

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