"We are here to say: New Era, if you want to be the hometown team, you need to stay home," said Joe Cantafio of the Western New York Federation of Labor. "Until you decide that you are going to put people over profits, we are saying to New Era, 'New Era hats off.' We are going to take our New Era hats off until they decide that they're going to keep the hometown team here at home. The impact that you are having on the community and over 200 hundred workers, when you are making record profits is not fair. Stop putting profits over people."
Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams also made an appearance, and she echoed the sentiments of Poloncarz.
"I stand in solidarity with the union workers because losing over 200 jobs in unacceptable in Western New York," she said. "It is important for us to stand together to ensure that a quality product is maintained and stays here in Western New York."
However, the local labor leaders say they will continue to fight for their brothers and sisters in Derby until move is finalized.
"We want you to put people over profits, and right now we're hoping that, over this next month, if we can get enough people in this community and across the country to realize this, then they will change and they will make the right choice," said Cantafio. "We are hoping that New Era will make the right choice, and we don't have to go boycotting their product. We hope New Era will make that flag in their logo actually mean American union made."