Legislative Alert – The Time is now for Compassionate Care

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[td_text_with_title custom_title=”President’s Message”]The Time is now for Compassionate Care

The medical marijuana issue has been debated not just over the course of this legislative session but for many years; other states have moved forward and its time New York does the same.

We should no longer deny patients, particularly those suffering from pain or extreme discomfort, desperately needed relief and treatment that their doctors deem appropriate…and in whatever form their doctors deem appropriate…for a narrow spectrum of illnesses.

Calls for strict enforcement, regulation and monitoring to ensure appropriate use and keeping it out of the hands of our youth have been heard and addressed. The current bill that has a chance for passage includes appropriate oversight and accountability measures and would provide for stringent regulation of the industry and usage. These calls should no longer be an impediment to passage, just as they have not stood in the way of other medicine currently legalized for home use, or for that matter any other product that needs to be handled with care, such as cleaners, pesticides or fertilizers.

The argument that this bill will help patients and improve care for thousands of ill New Yorkers should be enough to merit passage. But, there is more.

As part of the Making NY Work for Hardworking New Yorkers agenda, the NYS AFL-CIO has called for development and creation of new industries to improve the economy of this state. Enactment of the Compassionate Care Act will do just that. Legalizing the production, regulation, transportation and distribution of medical marijuana will create thousands of good, long-term jobs and generate much needed revenue for the state.

Its time has come and we urge all of our elected officials to support the Compassionate Care Act.

Mario Cilento, President[/td_text_with_title][td_text_with_title custom_title=”Call To Action”]LABOR LOBBYISTS MEETING

June 9, 2014, 1:00 p.m.
100 South Swan St., Albany

NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will address the Lobbyists[/td_text_with_title][td_text_with_title custom_title=”Issue of the Week”]Charter Schools Construction Fair Wages Act

(S. 3715 Savino/A. 7696 Wright)

This legislation would include charter school construction and renovation projects within the scope of Labor Law Section 220; clarify that prevailing wage requirements are applied to all public works projects regardless of the legal mechanisms (leases, grants, bonds, covenants, debt agreements and/or permits) entered into in order to perform the work; and would subject charter schools to competitive bidding requirements.

Charter schools receive capital funding from taxpayers, yet prevailing wage requirements do not apply to construction or renovation of charter schools. This legislation would correct that anomaly and would provide charter school construction and renovation workers the same basic prevailing wage protection as other employees who perform similar work.

Experience has proven that prevailing wages are essential to safe, on-time, quality construction in public works projects. Prevailing wage requirements incentivize apprenticeship training and attract the most highly skilled workers to public construction projects. These highly skilled workers ensure the high quality of public construction projects. In particular, with respect to our public schools, safe, high-quality, on-time construction is of the utmost importance.[/td_text_with_title]