Legislative Alert – There is Still Work to be Done

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[td_text_with_title custom_title=”President’s Message”]THERE IS STILL WORK TO BE DONE

The scheduled 2014 legislative session will come to an end this week, but there is still much work to be done.

Many important bills that will improve the quality of life of New Yorkers and advance the interests of our economy still hang in the balance. The Compassionate Care Act for example, will provide relief from extreme pain and discomfort for those who need it most while creating thousands of good jobs; the Veterans Buyback Law will provide improved benefits for those who served our nation while improving the buying power of retirees; and the Dream Act will help secure a future for immigrant, working families that have chosen New York State as their home.

Important economic development reforms, such as the Jobs Act and the Buy American legislation, are still on the table.  Unfinished issues that would protect workers, such as Family Leave Insurance and a meaningful minimum wage increase, with indexation, need to be addressed.

We must also remain vigilant to protect the important rights and safeguards that we and our predecessors in the Labor Movement have struggled for.  Attacks on worker safety, collective bargaining or worker benefits need to be met with unified resistance by unions and our elected officials.

We will continue to work on all of those issues and many others that affect working men and women through next week and beyond.

Mario Cilento, President[/td_text_with_title][td_text_with_title custom_title=”Call To Action”]LABOR LOBBYISTS MEETING
Monday, June 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m.
100 South Swan Street, Albany, NY[/td_text_with_title][td_text_with_title custom_title=”Issue of the Week”]ELEVATOR SAFETY
S. 2917C Bonacic/ A. 5233B Wright

This bill will enact reforms to strengthen the licensing of elevator constructor and repair workers, as well as strengthen the oversight of contractors.

This bill enacts important safety provisions that will protect both the general public and workers.

Due to the large number of elevators, the complex nature of their workings and the diversity of the types and age of elevators, it is important to enact stringent training, safety and oversight of the construction, repairs, maintenance and inspection of elevators.[/td_text_with_title][td_text_with_title custom_title=”Keep An Eye On”]25TH ANNUAL COPE DAY AT THE RACES
Thursday, July 24th, Saratoga Race Course.

For more information visit our website at:
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