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Albany - Today is the culmination of a decades-long fight centered upon one simple premise: that farmworkers deserve fairness, equality and justice.

Albany -We are facing significant challenges in New York State as a result of the destructive policies that the fringe right in Washington is forcing on working people.

The Governor's budget proposal unveiled Tuesday, January 16, 2018 seeks to address those attacks by changing the state tax code and raising much needed revenue. It is a balanced approach to build a stronger middle class while protecting taxpayers against the harmful right-wing agenda coming out of Washington.

The state budget deficit and the uncertainty of New York getting its fair share of federal dollars will make for a difficult state budget year. Added to that is the unfair shift of the federal tax burden onto New York taxpayers. All to pay for a steep corporate tax cut.

Albany - As the most unionized state in this country, it is fitting that Governor Cuomo wants New York to lead the way in protecting the rights of workers. We applaud the governor for his commitment to ensure working people continue to have a voice in the workplace, and for recognizing a strong labor movement is the key to raising the standard of living and quality of life for all working people.

The developers of a train that would travel nearly half the speed of sound and get passengers from New York to Washington, D.C., in about an hour signed a memorandum of understanding to only use union labor on the project.

Under the agreement, all work on the project will be done by members of unions that form the building trades, including the IBEW. In return, the unions commit to active involvement in bringing the project to fruition said Kirk Brungard, executive director of the Baltimore-D.C. Building Trades.

Albany, NY -The lines have been drawn with the House vote on the job-killing tax bill and we now know which side our Representatives in Washington DC are on.

Albany -Passing Buy American legislation has been one of the priority issues for the New York State AFL-CIO. Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the job creating bill into law.

A decade ago or so, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center and the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated that making the Bush tax cuts permanent — rather than letting them expire in 2010 — would increase the after-tax income of people earning $1 million or more up to 7 percent, an order of magnitude more than it would increase the size of the economy in the long term.

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.