Support Memo -A. 7721 Peoples-Stokes/S. 5130 Martins- PREVENT WORKPLACE VIOLENCE

Support Memo


A. 7721 Peoples-Stokes/S. 5130 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 will require not-for profit employers that receive at least 50 percent of their budget from municipal, state or federal government sources to develop and implement workplace violence prevention programs.

While current law requires public employers to develop workplace violence prevention programs, it falls short in cases of not-for-profit organizations that receive substantial funding from government sources.  This is particularly troublesome because as a result of years of outsourcing, not-for-profit organizations are providing greater levels of public services.  The change contemplated in this bill would simply hold publicly funded not-for-profit employers to the same high standard of workplace violence prevention as public employers.

Workplace violence is a leading cause of death on the job in this country.  More alarmingly, violence is the top cause of workplace fatalities for women.  While there is more work to do, this legislation represents an important step toward eliminating violence in the workplace.

Therefore, this Federation urges this bill be passed.

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