Issues: Labor

Senate passes set asides for disabled vets who own businesses

State lawmakers have passed legislation to guarantee state contracts for disabled veterans who own businesses.

The state Senate Monday passed the measure Monday. The Assembly took it up the next day and approved it. Both of Oneida County's senators were cosponsors of the measure. In the Assembly, it was cosponsored by Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi, D-119, Utica.

The action follows Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's last week that he and legislative leaders had reached an agreement on the preference. The bill would set aside 6 percent of state contracts for small businesses owned by veterans disabled during their service.

April 17, 2014
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SQUADRON, ROZIC, & LOW WAGE WORKERS ANNOUNCE “FAIR WAGE” ACT

Bill Would Require Large Businesses Who Can Most Afford It To Pay Employees $15/Hour

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Nily Rozic, along with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, members of New York Communities for Change, the Working Families Party, and Make the Road New York, low wage workers, and elected officials announced the “Fair Wage” Act (S6455) which would require large employers and chain stores to pay their employees a real living wage of $15 an hour indexed to inflation.

April 16, 2014
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In the News: Women Leaders Pen Letter to Cuomo, Ask Him to Support Local Wage Standards (Source: Legislative Gazette)

In a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature, 130 of the state's most powerful women urged the passage of #RaiseUpNY, legislation that would allow cities and counties to raise wages above the state's minimum of $8 an hour.

The #RaiseUpNY bill (S.6516/A.9036) is a plan to allow individual cities and counties within the state to set their own minimum wage, based on factors such as cost of living. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo has criticized the plan saying it would create a chaotic situation throughout the state by pitting cities and counties against each other.

April 15, 2014
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Senator Dilan Announces Passage of 2014 – 2015 State Budget

$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of  a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.  

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins at 1199 SEIU Rally

Leader Stewart-Cousins expressed her support for quality long-term care to thousands of homecare, nursing home and hospital workers at the 1199 SEIU Rally on Wednesday, March 26th in Albany, NY. 

March 28, 2014
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March 26, 7:30 PM - 7:37 PM
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March 20, 10:00 AM - 10:26 AM
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Ms. Magazine: New York Legislators Introduce Bill Banning Employer Discrimination Against Women For Reproductive Health Decisions

Ms. Magazine writes of Sen. Krueger's "Boss Bill":

The "Boss Bill" would close a loophole in New York's current workplace anti-discrimination laws to ensure women are not discriminated against for their personal reproductive health choices and to protect their privacy. Krueger and Jaffee drafted it in response to the over 100 federal lawsuits by employers trying to avoid the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception mandate, which requires employers to provide coverage for FDA-approved contraceptives, including the pill and IUDs, without co-pays or deductibles.

March 18, 2014
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March 17, 2:00 PM - 2:07 PM
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New York State Pipe Trades Visit Albany

Members of the New York State Pipe Trades Association visited Albany this week to discuss their legislative agenda

March 7, 2014
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Sen. Krueger, Assemblywoman Jaffee, Advocates Announce Legislation to Prevent Employer Discrimination Against Women for Reproductive Health Decisions

Today Senator Krueger and Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) unveiled legislation banning employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their personal reproductive health decisions (S. 6578A / A. 8769). Known to advocates and legislators as the “Boss Bill,” this legislation would close a glaring loophole in New York’s existing workplace anti-discrimination laws.

March 5, 2014
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JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST WELFARE ABUSE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

It’s frustrating to know that someone would abuse a program designed to help children and families in need and let people get back on their feet.  That’s why reports that some people are using their taxpayer-paid welfare benefits to pay for tobacco, alcohol—even trips to nightclubs—really touch a nerve.

March 3, 2014
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Receiving "Golden Teamster Award" at the Local 237 Annual Black History Event

Andrea Stewart-Cousins was honored for her achievements since becoming Democratic Conference Leader with the "Golden Teamster Award" at Local 237's Annual Black Histroy Event on Friday, February 28th.

March 2, 2014
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Legislative Report with Senator Parker and Dr. Merodie Hancock, President, SUNY Empire State College

Senator Parker welcomes SUNY Empire State College President Dr. Merodie A. Hancock. Listen as they discuss the College's commitment to non-traditional students among online and face-to-face courses in 35 locations statewide.

Brooklyn is one of the college's 35 locations across New York state.

177 Livingston Street

Brookly, NY 11201

Phone: 718-783-4400

Fax: 718-858-0943

Email: metropolitan@esc.edu 

February 27, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Labor Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Labor  Senator Diane Savino, Chair  12 Noon, Monday, March 3, 2014  Room 511 LOB

March 3, 12:09 PM - 12:12 PM
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on the Capitol Pressroom

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be joining Susan Arbetter of Capitol Pressroom this morning at 11:15 AM to discuss the need to raise the state’s minimum wage and index it to the rate of inflation.

WHAT: Interview with Susan Arbetter of the Capitol Pressroom

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Wednesday, February 27th 2013, at 11:15 AM

Click here to listen LIVE!

February 27, 2014
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PEF Region 10 Legislative Reception

Leader Stewart-Cousins welcomed members of PEF Region 10 at their Annual Legislative Reception on February 20th in New York City, and spoke of what she planned to achieve this Legislative Session. 

February 21, 2014
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#RaiseUpNY Launch Press Conference

Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke at the launch of #RaiseUpNY on Tuesday, February 11th to show the Democratic Conference's support to give local cities and towns the power to raise the minimum wage.

February 12, 2014
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State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Independent Democratic Conference Unveil New Budget Push for Paid Family Leave in New York

ALBANY— Flanked by advocates for working parents, same sex couples and New York seniors, State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and members of the Independent Democratic Conference unveiled a new paid family leave plan today that would vastly expand worker eligibility and increase benefits for working men and women statewide.

February 11, 2014
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