Legislative Alert – January 13, 2017

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January 13, 2017
Issue Two
President’s Message
Buy American Will Create Jobs and Restore Fairness for New York Workers

Governor Cuomo’s proposal to enact new Buy American provisions for public works projects is welcome news to the entire labor movement. The NYS AFL-CIO applauds the Governor for embracing Buy American and we will work hard with our affiliates and the legislature to enact this proposal, this year.

We would also like to thank Senator Robach and Assemblyman Morelle for sponsoring strong Buy American bills. Both the Assembly Majority and the Senate Majority Coalition made similar proposals in their respective one-house budgets and policy statements over the past year and thanks to this leadership there is strong bi-partisan support in both houses of the legislature.

For the purposes of economic development, Buy American will give us much more bang for the buck when we spend our taxpayer dollars on public works projects. Buy American will create more jobs in manufacturing across New York and the rest of the nation.

Just as important, Buy American will mean a fairer procurement process that will allow responsible manufacturers to compete on a level playing field. Too many manufacturers operating in foreign nations adhere to virtually no labor standards and no environmental standards. Many benefit from other government’s unfair trade policies or currency manipulation. All of this creates unfair cost imbalances on products made by American manufacturers.

Buy American is a priority for the entire labor movement and we look forward to making this important goal a reality.


Mario Cilento, President

Call To Action
On behalf of the UFT, we would like to invite you to
attend the following very important event.

Preserving Public Education in New York
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 8:00 a.m.
Renaissance Albany Hotel, DeWitt Ballroom
144 State Street, Albany, NY

UFT President Michael Mulgrew will host a breakfast discussion on the threats to New York’s public schools posed by the Trump administration.

Keep an Eye On
Monday, January 23, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
100 South Swan Street, Albany, NY

Ron Deutsch from the Fiscal Policy Institute will be our guest speaker.

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