Issues: Labor

Legislation Sponsored by Senator Onorato to Protect "Innocent Bystanders" During Strikes Signed Into Law by Governor

NEWS FROM State Senator George OnoratoChairman, New York State Senate Labor Committee

FOR RELEASE:  July 27, 2010CONTACT:  Janet K. Kash  (518)455-3486   kash@senate.state.ny.us

LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY SENATOR ONORATO TO PROTECT “INNOCENT BYSTANDERS” DURING STRIKES SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOVERNOR

New Law Will Provide Timely Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Workers Who are Not Participating in a Strike, but Who Still Lose Their Jobs

July 27, 2010
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Information on Employment Opportunities from Senator Addabbo

I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to keep you up to date on some ways to find jobs. First, I will be sponsoring my 3rd Job Fair on Friday, November 12, 2010 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Aqueduct Racetrack. Aqueduct is located at 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard in South Ozone Park, Queens. Mark your calendars. For more information please call Peter DeLucia in my office at (718) 738-1111.

Are you thinking about a career in public service? Government careers can be both exciting and rewarding. New York State and local governments offer a broad range of career opportunities, from law enforcement to medical, conservation to education, and much more.

July 22, 2010
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State legislators point to accomplishments

Published: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 6:19 AM     Updated: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 6:20 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Most of the news coming out of Albany in recent weeks has been about the Legislature's dysfunction and the late state budget. But legislation was passed and some interesting bills offered.

July 22, 2010
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NY lawmakers back rights for domestic workers

Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 1:46 p.m.

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York domestic workers will be the first in the U.S. guaranteed overtime pay, as well as time off and protections against sexual harassment, under a measure given final legislative approval Thursday.

An advocacy group, Domestic Workers United, estimates there are 200,000 domestic workers in New York City. The group said it found about one-third reported verbal or physical abuse by employers, and two-thirds said they never received overtime pay.

July 22, 2010
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Senator Diane J. Savino Discusses the Wage Theft Bill and Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on WBAI's "Building Bridges

Listen to Senator Diane J. Savino discussing the Wage Theft Bill and Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on WBAI's "Building Bridges".

July 16, 2010
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Speaking Up for Farm Workers

This powerful video highlights the often tragic plight of farm workers in New York State.

Please take a few minutes to hear their story in their own words, and join us in supporting the legislation that can help change their lives for the better - S.8223 Espada /A.11569 Nolan.

Our opponents lost us the bill mentioned in this video - let's not let that happen again. Do you want to help farm workers? Sign this online petition today to pass S.8223 in the Senate!

July 7, 2010
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MAJORITY PASSES HISTORIC WAGE THEFT PROTECTION ACT

(Albany, NY) Groundbreaking legislation ensuring all workers receive fair pay has been passed by the New York State Senate Majority. The legislation (S8380), sponsored by Senator Diane J. Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), will enforce tough penalties for employers who fail to meet minimum wage requirements, protecting thousands of hard working men and women across New York State. Every day countless workers across the state face rampant abuse on the job.

July 2, 2010
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Majority Passes Historic Wage Theft Protection Act

Groundbreaking legislation ensuring all workers receive fair pay has been passed by the New York State Senate Majority. The legislation (S8380), sponsored by Senator Diane J. Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), will enforce tough penalties for employers who fail to meet minimum wage requirements, protecting thousands of hard working men and women across New York State. 

July 2, 2010
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Senator Diane J. Savino's Comments on the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

"Today the New York State Legislature passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, making New York a leader again in worker protections. Domestic Workers, who have fought for years for dignity and respect in the workplace, are trailblazers and you will soon see states across the country follow suit," said Senator Diane J. Savino.

July 1, 2010
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Legislation to Crack Down on Employee Misclassification in the Construction Industry Approved by New York State Senate and Assembly

NEWS FROMState Senator George OnoratoChairman, New York State SenateStanding Committee on Labor

FOR RELEASE:  June 30, 2010CONTACT:  Janet K. Kash  (518)455-3486  kash@senate.state.ny.us

LEGISLATION TO CRACK DOWN ON EMPLOYEE MISCLASSIFICATIONIN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRYAPPROVED BY NEW YORK STATE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY

July 1, 2010
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Senate and Assembly Pass Historic Bill To Protect Domestic Workers

The New York Legislature passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, S2311E (Savino) / A1470B (Wright), 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. 

July 1, 2010
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Nannies, Domestic Workers Score Win with Albany: Can Get Overtime, Labor Protections

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Tuesday, June 29th 2010, 2:31 AM

ALBANY - State leaders cut a deal Monday to give nannies and other domestic workers overtime pay and new labor protections, the Daily News has learned.

"This is a tremendous victory for a group of workers who historically and systematically have been denied basic labor rights," said state Sen. Diane Savino (D-S.I.), a sponsor of the plan.

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June 30, 2010
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Legislation To Crackdown On Employee Misclassification In The Construction Industry Approved By The Senate And Assembly

Measure Seeks to Stop Employer Practice that Drives Tens of Millionsof Tax Dollars into New York’s Underground Economy Each Year;Next Stop is Governor’s Desk for Approval

June 30, 2010
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Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

Protects our children’s education.
Provides much-needed property tax relief.
Makes the smart spending cuts to give New Yorkers a government they can afford.
Maintains the state’s investment in the Tuition Assistance Program which helps tens of thousands of students succeed in college annually.
Ensures support for unemployed New Yorkers who are seeking work as a result of the national economic downturn.
Delivers the services and programs most important to the health and well being of our seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities.

 

June 28, 2010
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Budget Protects Schools, Provides Property Tax Relief And Makes Smart Spending Cuts

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed both the Education, Labor and Family Assistance (ELFA: S6603/S6607) and the Health and Human Services (HHS: S6604/A6608) budget bills which:

June 28, 2010
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Senate And Assembly Introduce Joint Budget Legislation To Keep Government Working

The Senate and Assembly have reached joint agreement on budget bills that will guarantee the preservation of essential services, and continue to close down the state’s budget deficit. These bills include the remaining fields of the budget:

June 26, 2010
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Joins Senate Majority Conference to Pass Job Creation Package to Put New Yorkers Back to Work

 

NYS Senator Eric Adams joined his colleagues in the Senate to enact a 10-point plan that creates jobs, nurtures small businesses, and attracts new investments

 NYS Senator Eric Adams states: “Job creation and economic revitalization are top legislative priorities of the Senate Majority Conference. We have now passed a comprehensive jobs package of 10 bills that will put New Yorkers back to work, create new jobs, and spur economic growth for businesses across the state. The Majority’s “jobs plan” will:

June 24, 2010
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New Bill Would Help Freelancers Fight Deadbeat Companies

Freelancers can face difficulties with one of the most rewarding aspects of their work: getting paid. Now new legislation under consideration in Albany would grant independent contractors in New York protections against companies that don’t pay up for completed work.

June 24, 2010
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