Issues: Labor

February 27, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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February 4, 9:30 AM - 12:30 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

“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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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta, Lead Sponsor Of The NYS DREAM Act, On President Obama's Executive Order

"The good news is that millions of upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will now be able to continue contributing to our economy without having to live and work in fear of deportation.

"The bad news is that millions of other upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will remain in the shadows of our economy and society.

"President Obama is to be applauded for taking a strong first step toward long-overdue reform of our broken immigration system.  Like the president, we in New York should not wait on Congress to make additional necessary repairs.

"The DREAM Act is sensible, compassionate public policy.  It is the law in Texas, a red state, California, a blue state, and New Mexico, a purple state.  Here, the New York DREAM Act is supported by editorial boards throughout the state, including those at newspapers as different as the New York Post, The New York Times and the Daily News.

"Let’s follow the bipartisan example of the five states that have already passed a DREAM Act.  Let's collaborate in New York on making an investment in our young people, our economy and our state’s future that will pay for itself several times over."

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November 21, 2014
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VETERANS’ SERVICE CREDIT LEGISLATION SENT TO THE GOVERNOR

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that Senate bill S.7839 has been sent to Governor Cuomo for his review and action.  This legislation, an extension of the Veterans Service Credit Law of 2000, would allow all honorably discharged veterans who are members of the New York State Public Retirement System to purchase up to three years of service credit for military service.  Currently, only public employees who served in the armed forces during certain military conflicts are permitted to receive this pension benefit.

October 29, 2014
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Mohawk Valley Legislative Delegation Pledges Support for Remington Arms, Ilion Workforce

ALBANY- State legislators representing the Mohawk Valley have pledged their continued support to venerable Herkimer County manufacturer Remington Arms.  In light of the state’s adoption of strict new guns laws in 2013, recent out of state expansions, and the announcement of job layoffs in Ilion, the state elected officials publicly recommitted their unrelenting support for Remington and its employees.

In a letter to Remington Chairman and CEO George Kollitides, the legislators wrote:

October 8, 2014
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NEW YORK STATE SENATOR JAMES SANDERS JR. IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF HIS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The Office of State Senator James Sanders Jr. is proud to announce the launch of his internship program for all NYC college students.

Matriculating college students within the five boroughs of NYC will be able to earn college credit while gaining experience in office administration, economic development, research and writing, social media, and event planning.

We are seeking energetic, eager and focused college students interested in politics, leadership or civic engagement.

*Urban Policy and Planning, Public Administration, Political Science and Sociology majors are encouraged to apply.

*To apply please send resume and cover letter immediately*

via email: hamm@nysenate.gov or via fax: 718-523-3670

September 29, 2014
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Albany Times-Union Op-Ed: Pathway through state's current job crisis

New York is in the midst of a middle-skills job crisis.

When you look at help-wanted listings across our state, the positions being advertised are for computer network specialists, electricians, machinists, welders and high-tech manufacturing workers. We often hear from employers who say many job applicants for skilled labor or high-tech positions lack the necessary skills to do the job. Additionally, we have a significant number of students who do not finish school, or who graduate without the skills to do well in college or the job market.

Providing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway to high school graduation helps solve this problem, but time to act is ticking.

September 26, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #30: Honoring The Worker on Labor Day

Labor Day is our annual opportunity to collectively recognize the hard working men and women who are the backbone of our economy.

From the smelter in Massena to the small business in Sangerfield, my district includes many highly motivated individuals. Many posses a technical expertise that is, frankly, unrivaled.

As a state representative, I’m committed to holding on to each and every skilled worker and to fighting the “brain drain” that too often plagues upstate. While we can’t directly prevent business contractions and closings, we can do two things to soften the blow.

August 28, 2014
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Councilmember Laurie Cumbo and Sen. Krueger Answer Hobby Lobby Decision with Rally for Passage of “Boss Bill” to Ban Workplace Discrimination Against Employees on Basis of Healthcare Decisions

Senator Krueger, City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo, and Public Advocate Letitia James were joined by a diverse group of advocates and fellow elected leaders on the steps of City Hall to call for passage of the “Boss Bill” (A.8769A / S.6578B), which would strengthen current workplace anti-discrimination laws in New York State, protecting employees’ rights to access reproductive healthcare and services free from employer retaliation. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Krueger and Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee, was passed with bipartisan support in the Assembly during the final week of this year’s legislative session, but was not given a vote by the State Senate.

July 14, 2014
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On-The-Spot Hiring At Queens Job Fair

Thirty-five employers conducted more than 800 interviews, hired 16 applicants on the spot and scheduled close to another 200 meetings with candidates they met at a job fair Thursday in Elmhurst sponsored by State Senator Jose Peralta in conjunction with Queens Center.

“We were able to help some people still struggling to make ends meet on the heels of the Great Recession,” said Senator Peralta.  “From past experience, I expect that a number of others will also end up getting offers in the near future as a result of the interviews they scheduled and contacts they made at the job fair.”

More than 1,000 job seekers turned out for the fair, held at the Queens Center.  In addition to employers such as the Coca Cola Company, Time Warner Cable and United Parcel Service, the New York State Department of Labor and non-profit organizations were on hand to provide career counseling, as well résumé writing and interview preparation advice.

The fair was held at the Food Court, located on the lower level of the JC Penney wing of the Queens Center.

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July 14, 2014
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Senator Griffo Statement on Clarkson University Being Selected For START-UP Initiative

"Clarkson University continues to be a real teammate in our ongoing efforts to revitalize the north country economy.

"First, its Shipley Center for Innovation was picked as the hub for information and resources for new businesses in the north country.

"Now the college’s creative pitch has won the approval of the START-UP NY board and is sure to attract new businesses in the fields of nanoscience, web development and sustainable technology – just to name a few.

July 1, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Griffo Bill Addressing "Middle-Skills" Gap Passes Legislature, Headed to the Governor

 

ALBANY – The New York State Senate has joined the Assembly in giving bipartisan support to a bill (S.5700/A7673) that would provide grants to the too-often overlooked training gap in advanced manufacturing and technology.

June 19, 2014
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“Boss Bill” Passes in Assembly with Bipartisan Support; Krueger and Jaffee Call for Senate Vote Before End of Session

Sen. Krueger applauded the Assembly's passage today of legislation she sponsors with Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) banning employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their personal reproductive health decisions (A. 8769A / S. 6578B). The bill passed 80-22, with eight Republican members supporting the bill, including Jane Corwin (R-Clarence) who spoke in favor of the bill during floor debate. Sen. Krueger and Assemblymember Jaffee called on the Senate majority’s co-leaders to allow a Senate floor vote on the bill before the close of the 2014 session.

June 19, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #25: Ensuring Equality for Women

In Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State address, he challenged legislators to reject institutional and cultural norms and make New York a leader in creating equality for women.

I’m proud that my Senate colleagues and I have twice met his challenge.

We’ve passed nine bills that would stop human trafficking, ensure equal pay for equal work, combat sexual harassment in the workplace, end gender-based discrimination in employment, housing and credit, require reasonable accommodations for pregnant women in the workplace and provide stronger protections for victims of domestic violence.

June 19, 2014
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