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UPDATE: BIG VICTORY FOR WORKING PEOPLE! Click here to read press release.   Posted: Feb 10, 2016 - We're working to pass a $15 minimum wage in the State Legislature by March 31 - for all workers. Under the proposal, 3,000,000 workers would see their wages rise. That's 37% of the workforce!

WHY RAISE THE WAGE?

In New York State we have an opportunity to create good paying jobs while keeping our tax dollars right here at home. It's quite simple - Buy American. A proposal before the state legislature would establish a preference for the use and purchase of American-made steel and iron products in structural and component parts of public works projects.
*UPDATE: BIG WIN FOR WORKING PEOPLE! Click here to read statement. Poll after poll shows widespread public support for a paid family leave insurance program. The Governor has proposed a plan that the NYS AFL-CIO supports, the Assembly has passed the NYS AFL-CIO's program bill and the Senate has included paid family leave in their one-house budget proposal. Now it's time to finish the job.
Learn more about these cases, who is behind them, and why they are important to all workers. The NYS AFL-CIO is providing presentations across the state at Area Labor Federations and Central Labor Councils.
José Valerio was earning a decent wage in New York City working as a welder for 10 years before an accident in 2014 left him with severe third-degree burns to his hand. The injury later developed into Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), causing constant severe pain. The father of four is still under a doctor's care, relying on workers' compensation benefits as he looks for ways to get back into the job market.

There are currently more than 11,000 individuals on a waiting list seeking services from the Office For Persons With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). It is not acceptable that an individual must be in crisis to receive the services he or she needs and deserves. It is time for the state to show a true commitment to provide care for all of New York's citizens who need it and allocate the resources to make sure individuals are safe and well cared for.

“The Labor Movement has a long and proud history in New York State, and that strength continues today," said New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento. “I'm pleased the latest numbers indicate our Movement is growing.”

Oppose Changes to Labor & Transparency Protections in Public Works Often billed as ways to lower the cost of projects or speed up the timeline for completing projects, proposals like "design/build", "best value" or "public/private partnerships" should send up red flags as they often result in higher costs, lower quality and less pubic oversight.