Legislative Alert – February 3, 2017

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February 3, 2017
Issue Five
President’s Message
Support for Buy American Is Support for New York Jobs

The Governor’s budget proposes a broad and sweeping Buy American policy for state government purchasing of commodities and materials in state contracting. This proposal is included in Part J of the Public Protection and General Government Bill.

The Governor’s bill makes a bold statement about the commitment we have as a state to companies that manufacture and operate here and hire New York workers. When manufacturers know that they have a commitment from government like the one proposed in this budget, they are much more likely to stay in New York and relocate to New York.

New York’s manufacturing industry was decimated by so called free trade agreements like NAFTA and the outflow of jobs has hurt every sector of our economy, reduced revenue at every level of government and continues to be a leading cause of people relocating elsewhere. We must do all that we can now to stop this trend and to reestablish New York as the manufacturing center of the world.

This proposal will do just that. Multiple employer and manufacturing associations across the state and nation have partnered with labor in support of this proposal, and the support is broad. Poll after poll shows the public overwhelmingly supports Buy American and a recent Siena poll pegged voter support at 82% on the Governor’s plan.

We strongly urge all of our elected officials to listen to the voters and enact Buy American this year.

Mario Cilento, President

Call To Action
Monday, February 6, 2017, 1:00 p.m. 100 South Swan St., Albany, NY
New York State Deputy Secretary for Labor Elizabeth De Leon Bhargava and other staff from the Governor’s office will address the lobbyists.SENATE COMMITTEE ON LABOR
Monday, February 6, 2017, 12 Noon. Room 123 CAP
NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento will be guest speaking. 
Issue of the Week

A3039 Moya, et al/S471-A Peralta 
This legislation creates the New York DREAM Fund Commission and extends opportunities for undocumented students to attend college. It also expands State financial aid eligibility and provides greater access to the New York State 529 family tuition savings account program to those students.  

Immigrants and their families have been a vital part of our state and national economy for centuries. Immigrant labor has always been a critical part of our nation’s future and that remains true today. Now, more than ever, getting a college education is key to every individual’s economic future. It is time we ensure this opportunity is available to this vital segment of the population. We urge passage of this bill.