December 7, 2017

Dear Representative:

On behalf of the 2.5 million union members, retirees, and families of the New York State AFL-CIO, I write to urge you to reject any tax reform legislation that emerges from conference committee that cuts taxes for the wealthy on the backs of hardworking New Yorkers.

Albany, NY -Our Representatives in Washington DC had a choice to make; stand up for low and middle-income taxpayers of New York State or buckle under pressure from big corporations and side with their wealthy donors. Sadly, several of our Representatives turned their backs on working people by voting for the House tax plan that in reality is a tax scam.

As National Apprenticeship Week kicks off, a new report from the Working for America Institute and Jobs With Justice Education Fund profiles a Washington state apprenticeship program as a successful example of a workforce intermediary partnership. These partnerships bring together unions and employers to recruit, train, and diversify the workforce for a given industry or a specific employer.

Working people like you are the only thing standing between Republican Leadership's unpopular plan to slash taxes for the rich by cutting services and tax deductions for working families. We need you to join with your sisters and brothers in the labor movement to fight every attempt to give preference to millionaires and billionaires and hand working people the tab. It's not a tax plan, it's a tax scam.
Thank you! Your hard work made the difference and because of it working men and women have defeated the Constitutional Convention ballot proposal! This is a tremendous victory for organized labor in New York and for all working people. This has been the priority issue for us here at the New York State AFL-CIO for the past two years.

As a pillar of the Democratic Party, unions have wanted for years to see mainstream Democrats push for major reforms to the law that would rejuvenate the ranks of organized labor. At the press conference Wednesday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka applauded the proposals, but also emphasized that many Democrats have taken their union support for granted.

NEW YORK - Ahead of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo, leaders across state government as well as environmental and labor organizations convened a major summit on bringing 21st-Century clean jobs to New York. The Climate Jobs Now! Summit, which took place at the Cornell Club and was attended widely by labor and business leaders, focused on combatting climate change and reversing inequality in states and regions across the country.
This month, we celebrate LGBTQ History Month; a time to honor all who have come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally and the contributions to culture, arts, and civic engagement. Yet during this celebration, we must not ignore the fact that LGBTQ rights are under attack at the federal level. Now, more than ever, we need to protect those rights here in New York State, where we have some of the strongest protections in the country for LGBTQ people.