Legislative Alert – 5/24/2013

President’s Message

Memorial Day and Honoring Those Who Served

This weekend is Memorial Day, the unofficial kick-off to summer, and many of us will spend the weekend with family and friends celebrating the coming months of beaches, picnics, and outside fun.  Many will join their brothers and sisters in parades or ceremonies at war memorials and parks that honor our fallen soldiers. That is appropriate and probably the best way for all of us to celebrate our freedom and more importantly, remember those who died fighting for our country and defending those very freedoms.

As part of this day of remembrance, I join with everyone in the Labor Movement in marking the solemnity of Memorial Day and honoring the men and women who died while defending our nation. There is nothing more appropriate than pausing, with our families, to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

As part of this remembrance, we must we also remember our sons and daughters, family and friends who are currently serving in the military.  We hope that all of our soldiers return safely and soon.

Finally, we must remember our living veterans.  Many of whom still in this day and age, are forced to deal with inadequate health insurance, problems of addiction, homelessness and unemployment.  We must always remember to honor those who have fallen, provide the opportunity and care for those who return and provide the needed support for those who are serving now.

                                           Mario Cilento, President

Call To Action
Monday, June 3, 2013
1:00 p.m.

Monday, June 3, 2013—-2:00 p.m.
(Immediately following the Labor Lobbyists Meeting)

Issue of the Week
S. 5504 – Ball

Veterans’ Employment Act

This bill adds a new Article 17-A to the Executive Law, creating the Veterans’ Employment Act to require New York State to develop and utilize a list of honorably discharged veterans to fill temporary staffing needs of state agencies.

The bill would accomplish the dual role of helping veterans get back into the workforce and gain employment experience while also helping the state get away from using employment agencies to fill staffing shortages caused by budget cuts and workforce planning shortsightedness.

Unemployment amongst returning veterans has historically been a problem and recent statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the unemployment rate for Gulf War-era II veterans is also higher than the national average.  Thus, the past trend of not taking care of our veterans continues.

This bill will appropriately help New York State to do its part for returning veterans to find employment.


For further information contact Mike Neidl at 518-436-8516 or by email information@nysaflcio.org