Issues: Labor

Daily News: Government Must OK New Domestic Worker Rights

by: Albor Ruiz

Every day, 200,000 domestic workers in New York make it possible for their employers to go to work. Yet, many of these mostly immigrant women of color are employed without a living wage, health care and basic labor protections.

"As far as I am concerned, these folks are the economic backbone of New York," said Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Harlem). "[Yet] they are an invisible segment of society."

June 10, 2010
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NYT Editorial: Domestic Worker's Rights

New York State has the chance to lead the nation in extending basic workplace protections to domestic workers — the nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly who are as essential to the economy as they are overlooked and unprotected.

June 10, 2010
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DA Rice, Sen. Foley & Assemb. Lavine Announce Legislation to Level the Field for Honest Contractors Bidding on State Contracts

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has joined Senator Brian X. Foley, (D-Blue Point) and Assemblyman Charles Lavine, (D-Glen Cove), to announce new legislation that will close a loophole in New York State’s labor law that currently allows federally debarred contractors to still bid on state public works projects. As the law is written now, federally debarred contractors who have violated the law are on equal footing with honest, law-abiding contractors and are still eligible to bid on and be awarded construction contracts sponsored by the state.

June 10, 2010
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Senator Foley Helps Streamline State and Local Government

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) announced that legislation (S7909) which establishes a temporary retirement benefit incentive for certain public employees has been signed into law. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Diane Savino, will assist in streamlining the workforce and achieving cost savings.

June 4, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Labor Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Labor Senator George Onorato, Chair 11:30 AM, Monday, June 7, 2010 Room 309 LOB

June 7, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Senator Foley Helps Protect Domestic Workers

Senator Brian X. Foley announced the passage by the New York State Senate of the historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. This legislation would make New York the first state in the nation to provide new standards of worker protection for more than 200,000 employees in an industry which has gone unregulated for decades.

June 3, 2010
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New York Lawmakers Advance Labor Standards for Domestic Workers

New York is poised to become the first state establishing a landmark set of working standards for housekeepers, nannies and other domestic workers. State lawmakers have passed a measure that would require overtime pay after eight-hour workdays, at least one day off per week, and at least eighteen holidays, sick days and vacation days per year. Lawmakers will now attempt to reconcile the Senate and Assembly versions before sending a final bill to Governor David Paterson.

June 2, 2010
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The Capitol Pressroom Program for May 26, 2010

Welcome to The Capitol Pressroom for Wednesday May 26th. Here’s an abridged version of what’s going on politically around here – Andrew Cuomo picked Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy to be his LG. Newsday’s James Madore will have the story. Meanwhile one of Cuomo’s guys from the AG’s office is in court in Albany today defending Governor Paterson’s decision to furlough state workers. State worker Unions are fighting the idea tooth and nail.

June 2, 2010
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Senator Diane J. Savino Discusses the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on the Brian Lehrer Show

Senator Diane J. Savino and Priscilla Gonzalez, Executive Director of Domestic Workers United, discuss the NY State Senate's passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on the Brian Lehrer Show.  

To listen click here:

 http://beta.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2010/jun/02/domestic-workers-bill-rights/

June 2, 2010
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State Senate Passes Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

By R.M. Schneiderman

New York moved one step closer on Tuesday toward becoming the first state to create a bill of rights for domestic workers.

“These basic protections, which most of us take for granted, will result in a dramatic improvement in the daily lives of workers,” said state Sen. Diane Savino, the bill’s sponsor.

June 2, 2010
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June 2, 2010
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Senator Addabbo's Job Fair at Aqueduct Racetrack

On April 9, 2010 Senator Addabbo held his second job fair. Over 2800 people attended seeking employment. There were 115 companies that participated. It was truly a great success!

June 2, 2010
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SENATOR STACHOWSKI AND STATE SENATE PASS HISTORIC BILL TO PROTECT DOMESTIC WORKERS: Measure Provides Basic Labor Protections To Over 200,000 Employees

June 2, 2010

       Senator William T. Stachowski (D, Lake View) tonight announced the New York State Senate has passed the historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (S.2311-A) which would make New York the first state in the nation to provide new standards of worker protection for more than 200,000 employees in an industry which has gone unregulated for decades.

June 2, 2010
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NY lawmakers approve domestic worker rights

 

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN

The Associated Press Tuesday, June 1, 2010; 9:28 PM

June 2, 2010
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Senate Passes Historic Bill To Protect Domestic Workers

The New York State Senate passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (S2311D/Savino) making New York the first state in the nation to provide new standards of worker protections for more than 200,000 employees in an industry which has gone unregulated for decades.

This historic legislation guarantees protection from discrimination, notice of termination, paid sick days and holidays, and other basic labor protections long denied to nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers employed in private homes.

June 2, 2010
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Senate Majority Passes Historic Bill to Protect Domestic Workers

Law to give basic labor protections to over 200,000 employees working in private homes

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (S2311D/Savino) making New York the first state in the nation to provide new standards of worker protections for more than 200,000 employees in an industry which has gone unregulated for decades.

June 2, 2010
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New York State Senate Majority "Domestic Workers" News Conference 6/1/10

Watch the NYS Senate conference on Domestic Workers

June 1, 2010
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Senate Passes Domestic Workers Bill of Rights - Now On To Farmworkers!

Espada Says Legislation Protecting Domestic Workers Was Long Overdue; After Senate Passes Bill, He Uses Opportunity to Renew Call for Long Overdue Legislative Protections for Another Work Force – Farm Workers

June 1, 2010
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