Support Memo – A. 7875 Titus – HIGHER EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION ACT

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Support Memo
ON ASSEMBLY LABOR COMMITTEE 6/3/15

HIGHER EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION ACT

A. 7875 Titus

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 bill provides that instructional employees of higher education institutions, who are offered employment on a contingent basis, are eligible for unemployment benefits unless the employer provides sufficient evidence that the employee will in fact have a position when the semester begins.

Currently, employees in educational positions are denied eligibility for unemployment between sessions, simply because the employer sends a letter stating that they have a reasonable chance of employment.  The reality, however, is that the work of many of these employees is contingent upon enrollment, funding or other factors, which fail to materialize,  resulting in faculty members losing their positions.   Many times this means the employee has not worked for several months, which puts his/her personal life, fiscal well-being and ability to survive in jeopardy.

Unemployment benefits are there to help workers who have lost their positions bridge the gap while not working.   This will do just that for these employees who have for too long been denied this right.

Therefore, this Federation urges this bill be passed.

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