Schumer vows to fight for jobs at CABVI

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer visited CABVI in Utica on Wednesday.

Sales there are down since the federal government changed how it distributes and procures its supplies. Schumer said on Wednesday not to leave officials at the General Services Administration alone until he's assured no federal official is going around the law to the detriment of these jobs.

Employees say they would be lost without their jobs at CABVI.

"For the average person, if you lose a job, if you worked hard enough at it, you can find another one," said Bob Porter, public policy coordinator at CABVI. "But for people who are handicapped or visually impaired, we're very lucky to find the jobs that we have. And if those jobs are threatened...I mean, our jobs are our life."

About 220 people work at CABVI. Nearly half are blind.

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