Support Memo – A. 7243 Abbate/ S5246 Martins – GOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES AGENDA

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Support Memo

ON ASSEMBLY GOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES AGENDA 6/2/15

A. 7243 Abbate/ S5246 Martins

The New York State AFL-CIO, representing 2.5 million union workers and their families as well as our retirees and their families, supports the above-referenced legislation.

This legislation amends the not for profit corporation law to confer civil service status to employees of higher education research foundations, including the State University of New York (SUNY) Research Foundation.  This legislation is necessary because SUNY has consistently created new positions within the Research Foundation that were previously performed by public employees.

Workers at the SUNY Research Foundation should be provided the same benefits and protections as employees of other public entities. This bill would hold the SUNY Research Foundation to the same standard as other public employers.

Therefore, this Federation urges this bill be passed.

For further information, contact the Legislative Department at 518-436-8516.