Issues: Labor

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on CSEA Contract Approval

The approval of a new five-year contract by CSEA is a victory for all New Yorkers. I applaud Governor Cuomo, CSEA President Danny Donohue and the members of CSEA for achieving a deal that will save taxpayers $73 million this fiscal year, and will help ensure a balanced state budget, avert layoffs and maintain vital state services.  

August 16, 2011
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OTB Health Insurance for Retirees - Letter to Governor Cuomo

August 10, 2011 

 

Honorable Andrew Cuomo

Governor of New York

August 15, 2011
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August 12, 2011
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Job Fair sponsored by Senator Addabbo

Senator Addabbo will once again be sponsoring a Job Fair for his residents. We expect to have over 100 vendors on hand to accept resumes. Some come down with plenty of resumes and proper attire and try to land your dream job.For more details call Pete at 718-738-1111.

October 21, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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RITCHIE, BARCLAY PRAISE AGREEMENT ENDING STRIKE

Union, Management Reach Agreement For Nine Mile Plants

State Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Will Barclay praised the members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Constellation Energy for reaching an agreement that ended a strike at both Nine Mile nuclear energy plants.

The union approved the new contract Tuesday in a 395 to 64 vote.

Senator Ritchie and Assemblyman Barclay met with both the union and management last week to ask both sides to return to the table to resume negotiations.

“The announcement that the strike has ended is welcome news to the families of both the union and management as well as the Greater Oswego community,” Senator Ritchie (R,C-Heuvelton) said. “The Nine Mile plants have enjoyed strong community support for decades, largely because of the outstanding relationship the workers have had with the company. Everyone is breathing a sigh of relief today at this terrific news.”

July 27, 2011
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LOHUD: NEW LAWS AIMS TO PRESERVE PUBLIC JOBS OF THOSE WHO SERVE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday signed a law that enhances job security for public employees serving in the military, according to Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli, who authored the measure.

July 22, 2011
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LOHUD: NEW LAWS AIMS TO PRESERVE PUBLIC JOBS OF THOSE WHO SERVE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday signed a law that enhances job security for public employees serving in the military, according to Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli, who authored the measure.

July 22, 2011
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DAILY NEWS: GOV. CUOMO SIGNS LAW THAT PROTECTS PUBLIC WORKERS WHO LEAVE THEIR JOBS FOR ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY

ALBANY - Gov. Cuomo on Thursday signed a new law that gives stronger employment protections to public workers who leave their jobs for active military duty.

Lawmakers recently approved the protections after the MTA laid off two employees-turned-soldiers last year as part of drastic cost-cutting measures.

The new law prohibits the state and other public employers from abolishing jobs that are open simply because a worker has been shipped overseas by the military.

July 22, 2011
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RITCHIE, BARCLAY MEET WITH BOTH SIDES IN NUCLEAR STRIKE

Ask Union Representatives, Constellation To Return To Bargaining Table

State Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Will Barclay met with representatives of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Constellation Energy Group to urge both sides to return to the negotiating table to end the nuclear plant strike that has idled several hundred Oswego County residents.

"Oswego has a long and proud history of active community support for the nuclear industry," said Senator Ritchie. "A key reason is the outstanding relationship between the workers and management."

July 21, 2011
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E-VERIFY COULD PROVIDE 7 MILLION JOBS

(Senator Ball at a labor rally with the Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen & Helpers of America Union Local 456)

July 18, 2011
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‘Let’s get back to the table’

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I,-Pulaski), Ken Blankenbush (R,C,-Black River), Bob Oaks (R,C,-Macedon) and State Senator Patty Ritchie (R,C, - Heuvelton) urged Constellation and its Union leadership to return to the negotiating table.

“I think we all would like to see resolution to the situation so that people get back to work. The only way this can happen is by bringing the parties back to the bargaining table and work on a compromise,” said Assemblyman Barclay. “I have expressed this both to Constellation and to Union Leadership during talks this week. It is my hope that this meeting will take place soon.”

July 18, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE STATEMENT ON END OF LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Agreement on property tax relief ‘caps’ year when Albany started working again

The 2011 legislative session, my first as the State Senator representing Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, will be remembered as the year Albany started working again.

Partnering with our new Governor, Andrew Cuomo, we kept our promise to reduce taxes and spending, and took the first steps toward putting New York on a new path to better jobs and a stronger economy.

We passed an on-time budget and historic ethics reform to rebuild New Yorkers’ trust and confidence in their government and elected officials.

We “capped” it all off with a two-percent property tax cap that provides certainty and relief to homeowners and businesses, and will stop the flow of families, businesses and jobs out of New York.

June 27, 2011
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Pension Abuse Reform Bill Moves Through Legislature

Griffo-Sponsored Pension Abuse Reform Bill Wins Final Legislative Approval

June 23, 2011
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Kennedy ‘Green’ Jobs Bill Passes Legislature, Will Help New York Capitalize on Clean Energy Economy

Jobs Legislation Moves to Governor’s Desk for Signature

ALBANY, N.Y. – Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy (D-58th District) announced today that legislation he sponsored to create jobs by developing a workforce for the state’s emerging “green” economy has passed both houses of the Legislature and is now headed to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for his signature.

June 21, 2011
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Squadron Bill to Bring Benefit Corps to New York Unanimously Passes Senate

 

Senator Squadron: New Type of Corporation Will Unlock Billions in Investments for New York

Bill Would Make New York Largest State With B-Corps, Creating 'Silicon Valley' of Mission-Driven Companies

June 20, 2011
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Senator Robach Recognizes June as Young Workers' Safety Month

LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  recognizing  June 2011 as Young Workers' Safety

 Month in the State of New York

 WHEREAS, Employment is a valuable part of a young person's learning  and

 development; and

 WHEREAS,  This  June,  thousands  of  New  York's  young  workers will

 commence their summer jobs, joining the more  than  four  million  young

 workers who are employed in the United States each year; and

 WHEREAS,  Young  workers  are  more likely to be injured while working

 than are adults, and  nationwide  approximately  150,000  young  workers

June 17, 2011
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A Step Toward Equal Pay

The following was penned by Senator Liz Krueger and New York Women's Agenda & Equal Pay Coalition NYC

The United States has always been a beacon of democracy. And as Americans, we take pride in our basic principles that are rooted in the democratic notions of freedom and equality. Yes, injustices persist, and we continue to fight and break down barriers that prevent access to basic rights. But what happens when these problems are kept well hidden and are not as easy to identify or expose?

June 16, 2011
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6/14/2011: Supporting Rent Control

On June 14, 2011 Senator Shirley L.

June 14, 2011
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CAREER EXPO A SUCCESS

Hundreds gain job advice to landing the perfect job

Nearly 300 Oswego County residents joined Senator Patty Ritchie at her first-ever Career and Resource Expo that linked employers and job-counseling agencies with individuals looking for a job, a new career, or just seeking to boost their job-search skills.

Senator Ritchie’s Career and Resource Expo, held Thursday at the Fulton War Memorial, was jointly sponsored by Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward, United Way of Oswego County, SUNY Oswego’s Business Development Center, the Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Workforce New York.

June 10, 2011
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Announcement From NYS Senator Eric Adams: JOB FAIR

Youth America, Inc., in partnership with NYS Senator Eric Adams, hosted a job fair on June 9, 2011, in the 20th senatorial district to provide employment opportunities for local residents. 

The economic collapse that occurred three years ago still affects thousands of New Yorkers, and the high unemployment rate generates distress for individuals and families at every level. Over 40 employers participated in this job fair, which provided a host of employment opportunities for many jobless New Yorkers.  At last year's job fair, numerous individuals were hired on the spot and many received opportunities for second interviews that led to meaningful employment. 

June 9, 2011
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