Issues: Labor

Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Minimum Wage

“As more and more items are being removed from this year’s State Budget, I am especially concerned that efforts to increase the minimum wage seemed to have stalled. Now is the time to help the hard working men and women who are struggling because of our already inadequately low minimum wage. We cannot miss another opportunity to help lift over 1.1 million New Yorkers out of poverty, and finally pass a meaningful minimum wage increase with indexing."

March 27, 2015
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Senator Hamilton, Senator Comrie, and Senator Panepinto call for $15 Minimum Wage

(Albany – March 25, 2015) Senator Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn), Senator Leroy Comrie (D-Queens), and  Senator Marc Panepinto (D-Buffalo) stood together and called for an immediate minimum wage increase to be put back on the table. The Senators emphasized that raising the minimum wage to a living wage only provides direct economic relief to New York’s lowest earners and also spurs economic growth by enhancing purchasing power and injecting an estimated $3.4 billion back into our local economies.

They called for the state budget to include a Minimum Wage Package that:

- Increases the minimum wage to $10.50 now with staggered incremental increases leading to $15 in 2018.
- Indexes the state’s minimum wage to the rate of inflation to combat the rising cost of living and protect a consumer’s purchasing power from future erosion.
- Empowers local government to increase the minimum wage within their municipalities to help ensure appropriate local control based on their constituents’ needs.

March 26, 2015
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Senator Young Appointed to Senate's Workforce Development Task Force

Senator, Task Force members, will develop ways to promote private sector job growth

 

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I–Olean) has been appointed to the Senate’s new Task Force on Workforce Development. Members of the task force will gather input from leaders in business, education, state and local governments, as well as workforce development experts, as they review existing state programs designed to support job seekers and explore new ways to boost private sector employment and create good-paying jobs.

 

March 24, 2015
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Senator Skelos Announces the Creation of New Task Force on Workforce Development

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development and appointed Senators Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) and George A. Amedore, Jr. (R-C-I, Rotterdam) as Co-Chairs.

March 20, 2015
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Public Hearing: To Address Issues Affecting Families in the Workforce

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Labor
Chair:   Senator Jack M. Martins
and Senate Standing Committee on Social Services
Chair:  Senator David Carlucci
Public Hearing: To Address Issues Affecting Families in the Workforce
Place:   Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time:   11:00 A.M.
Contact: Peter Faherty (518) 455-3265; Evan Sullivan (518) 455-2991
Media Contact:  Chris Schneider (516) 746-5924; Krista Gobins (518) 455-2970; Candice Giove (347) 866-6742
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 24, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Public Hearing: To Address Issues Affecting Families in the Workforce

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Labor
Chair:   Senator Jack M. Martins
and Senate Standing Committee on Social Services
Chair:  Senator David Carlucci
Public Hearing: To Address Issues Affecting Families in the Workforce
Place:   Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time:   11:00 A.M.
Contact: Peter Faherty (518) 455-3265; Evan Sullivan (518) 455-2991
Media Contact:  Chris Schneider (516) 746-5924; Krista Gobins (518) 455-2970; Candice Giove (347) 866-6742
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 24, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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March 19, 1:45 PM - 2:12 PM
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March 16, 5:00 PM - 5:14 PM
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Committee Meeting: Labor Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Labor Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair 12 Noon, Monday, March 9, 2015 Room 123 CAP

March 9, 12:00 PM - 12:03 PM
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Park Slope Community Demands Justice

Rabbi Ellen Lippmann and Senator Hamilton's Director of Community Affairs Raul Rothblatt at RWDSU rally for workers at Vegas Auto Spa.

Senator Hamilton issued a statement in support of Vegas Auto Spa workers: 

"No worker should have to face abuse by an employer. Unions have long stood as a bulwark against employers making unjust demands like inadequately providing for employee safety. Failure to provide a safe work environment is unconscionable, as is failure to pay for time that employees put in on the clock. I stand with the Vegas Auto Spa workers and RWDSU because workers deserve safety. Workers deserve fair treatment. And workers deserve justice."

March 4, 2015
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Build a Better New York

Today, I had the opportunity to co-sponsor Build a Better New York Day at the State Capitol, joining hard working men and women from across the state to call for an investment in our aging infrastructure.

March 2, 2015
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Announces “Fair New York” Plan With Major Help For Minimum Wage Workers

Create Up to 20,000 Affordable Units of Housing, Over 150,000 Thousand Jobs and Rebuilds Crumbling Infrastructure

Albany, NY - Leading up to budget negotiations, the Senate Democratic Conference today urged the state to act on “Fair New York,” an investment plan for the state’s projected $5.1 billion surplus that focuses on stimulating future economic growth by creating good jobs and making New York State a more affordable place to live and do business.  The plan makes significant one-time investments across New York State in affordable housing, transportation and education infrastructure, environmental protections and improvements and significant tax relief rebates for low-wage individuals and families.

February 19, 2015
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BIRCH FAMILY SERVICES HIRING EVENT BRINGS OVER 80 PERCENT SUCCESS RATE FOR APPLICANTS

Birch Family Services and State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. once again sponsored a successful hiring event for the local community, with dozens of applicants headed down the path to potential employment.

“These mass hiring events always prove successful and I am thrilled we can continue that tradition. So many of my constituents in the Rockaways struggle with unemployment and any opportunity we can bring to ease that burden is a victory in my book,” Addabbo said.

January 30, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON SMALL BUSINESS TAX REDUCTION AND SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT AS PROPOSED BY GOVERNOR CUOMO

“I have said that our small businesses keep the local communities going because of their service, convenience, merchandise and job opportunities. We must do what we can to keep these businesses afloat. Governor Cuomo's proposed tax reduction will allow the small businesses to operate at a high efficiency and continue to fuel our daily lives. Furthermore, the proposed Small Business Summit can also give business owners and stakeholders the tools needed to function at that high level.

January 30, 2015
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February 27, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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February 4, 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF SENATE’S LABOR COMMITTEE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has been appointed Chairman of the Senate’s Labor Committee. 

     The Senate Committee on Labor addresses issues arising under Employers’ Liability Law, Labor Law, and Workers’ Compensation Law. Senator Martins was appointed Chairman by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos. 

January 23, 2015
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Wage Theft Act Defanged

On January 12, Senator Dilan voted against a measure (S.1319) that severely weakens the ability to investigate and prosecute existing and future complaints of wage theft.Last year amendments to the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2010 were signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The legislation established increased penalties, required reporting of violations, and gave the Commissioner of Labor the ability and resources to investigate complaints spanning the newly adopted six-year statute of limitations.

January 13, 2015
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Griffo Helps Pass Women's Equality Agenda

 

Demonstrating his continued commitment to creating equality for women in the Empire State, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo’s first legislative action in 2015 was to vote in support of the Women’s Equality Agenda.

“In Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State address, he challenged us to reject institutional and cultural norms and make New York a leader in creating equality for women,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I’m tremendously proud that me and my Senate colleagues have now met this challenge for each of the last the years.”

January 12, 2015
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Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Minimum Wage

“Minimum wage earners throughout New York State continue to struggle to make ends meet and lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Though our lowest paid workers will get a small wage increase today​ they will not reach a scheduled $9.00​ per hour until New Year’s Day 2016. New York​ could and should do better. The Senate Democratic Conference will continue to fight for a real minimum wage increase.​"

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December 31, 2014
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