BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Area labor organizations and community action groups rallied outside of Republican Committee Headquarters in Buffalo on Friday.
The groups voiced their discontent with the role that two of New York's Republican Congressmen had in the government shutdown.
Both Congressman Chris Collins and Congressman Tom Reed voted against re-opening the government Wednesday night. They were the only two representatives from the New York delegation that voted against the bill.
At the rally, speakers said Collins and Reed are more interested in grandstanding and advancing their own careers than helping the average American.
"Federal employees are nobody's bargaining chip,” said AFGE Local 2930 president James Dean. “Our message to lawmakers is clear: No more cuts, no more furloughs, no more sacrifices on the backs of hardworking Americans."
Organizers called on Collins and Reed to participate in bi-partisan efforts on issues such as immigration, social security, drone policy and bank regulation.
Represented unions included the Western New York Area Labor Federation, AFGE Local 2930, and CWA Local 1168.
Members of Citizens Action, P.U.S.H. Buffalo and the New York Civil Liberties Union were also present.