by DARIEN LAMEN
(ROCHESTER NY)--Members of local organized labor held a rally in Rochester Wednesday to demand that the results of this year's general election be respected.
"The voters, we did our job," said Dan Maloney, President of the Rochester Labor Council and the Rochester Area Labor Federation.
"So the order of the day is patience. Let those votes be counted. Every last vote."
The Rochester Labor Council recently passed a resolution calling on the national AFL-CIO to prepare for a general strike to defend election results if necessary.
Maloney was one of several union members who addressed a group of about 80 people Wednesday afternoon at Rochester's Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
Larry Knox, Political Coordinator of 1199 SEIU, said the healthcare workers that his union represents have been fighting two sicknesses this year-- COVID-19 and "the person in the White House," who failed to take that pandemic seriously.
"They never imagined they would have to fight to get their votes counted too," Knox said.
Wednesday's mobilization comes after President Trump vowed to intervene in the vote counting process. "We’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop," Trump said early Wednesday. "And we will win this. And as far as I’m concerned, we already have won it."
"What we're doing now is a trial run," said Colin O'Malley, Chief of Staff for the Rochester Area Labor Federation during Wednesday's rally. "It's a trial run for what the forces of social justice will have to do going forward. Because Trumpism won't go away, even if Trump does."
Larry Knox later added to that sentiment. "The election never should have been this close," he said. "The fact that Trumpism has this much support is something we're going to have to work on going forward."
DARIEN LAMEN is news director/producer for Reclaiming the Narrative. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.