WANTAGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Lifeguards on Long Island are rallying for a raise.Vaccine Mandates For NYC Teachers, State Health Care Workers Head To Court
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“We’re sending a message to Gov. Cuomo, he’s the one, it’s his negotiator who can settle this very easily,” said Tom Donovan, president of the Jones Beach Lifeguard Corps and acting leader of the new statewide lifeguards union. “We make $15 an hour, we feel we should be at 20.”
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They rescued 3,600 people during the summer of 2011.
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“We just deserve the recognition. We’re good, loyal employees, here for decades,” said Donovan, who has been a lifeguard for over 40 years. “We don’t get paid sick days, we don’t have holidays, we don’t have medical care.”MORE NEWS: Actor Willie Garson, Best Known For 'Sex And The City,' Dies At 57
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office did not return a call for comment.