Legislative Alert: February 8, 2019

President's Message


Stop Off-Shoring Call Center Jobs 

The NYS AFL-CIO has long supported legislation to stop corporations from relocating good jobs out of state. This year we are prioritizing (S1826A/A567A) the New York Call Center Jobs Act, to prevent the ongoing outsourcing of jobs from New York State to other locations. 

The outsourcing of call center operations has caused a massive loss of jobs and has had a profound negative impact on the state economy. The transfer of these services has meant delays and deteriorating services for consumers in virtually every sector of the economy, but in particular, assistance for public utilities customers have been hit hard. 

This bill will require the Department of Labor to establish and make public a list of all larger scale call center employers that outsource 30% or more of the total call volume. The bill creates penalties for employers that fail to report outsourcing to the DOL and make those that do, ineligible for state grants, guaranteed loans and tax benefits, except if the relocation's were caused by national security, substantial job loss or environmental damage.

This bill proposes a reasonable and rational approach to ensuring continuity of call center services that are vital to public safety, such as emergency telecom, energy and other important utility services. The bill will protect jobs and help prioritize the state’s economic development programs to help businesses that keep their call center operations in New York State.  

Mario Cilento, President 

Call To Action

LABOR LOBBYISTS MEETING
Monday, February 11, 2019, 1:00 p.m. 
100 South Swan Street, Albany, NY 
Senator Jessica Ramos, Chair of Committee on Labor will be the guest speaker. 

Issue of the Week


New York City Nurses Stand Up For Safe Staffing and a Fair Contract on

Wednesday, February 13th

Join NYSNA for informational pickets at the following locations: 

COLUMBIA-PRESBYTERIAN: MILSTEIN HOSPITAL 
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM • 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM 
177 Fort Washington Ave, New York, NY 

MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL 
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM • 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM 
Madison Ave between 99th and 100th Streets, New York, NY 

ST. LUKE’S HOSPITAL
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM • 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM 
Amsterdam Ave between 114th and 115th Streets, New York, NY 

MOUNT SINAI WEST HOSPITAL 
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM • 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM 
10th Ave between 58th & 59th St, New York, NY 

MONTEFIORE HENRY & LUCY MOSES CAMPUS 
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM • 111 East 210th St 
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM • East Gun Hill Rd between Bainbridge and Dekalb Ave 

MONTEFIORE JACK D. WEILER CAMPUS 
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM • 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM 
1825 Eastchester Rd 

THE BROOKLYN HOSPITAL CENTER 
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM 
121 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

BRONXCARE HEALTH SYSTEM 
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 
1650 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10457 

COLUMBIA-PRESBYTERIAN: ALLEN HOSPITAL 
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM 
5141 Broadway, New York, NY 

MONTEFIORE HUTCHINSON CAMPUS
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM 
1250 Waters Place Tower 1 and 2