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Espada Introduces New Bill That Would Provide Basic Protections to State’s Farm Workers as Kerry Kennedy Set to Lead Rally Today in Albany

June 15, 2010
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Legislative Activity For June 14, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation To Keep Government Working, Reduce Spending And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to keep government working, preserving essential services used to support employment, health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while achieving nearly $330 million spending reductions to close the budget gap.

June 14, 2010
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Legislative Activity For June 14, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation To Keep Government Working, Reduce Spending And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation to keep government working, preserving essential services used to support employment, health, public safety, transportation, and education related programs, while achieving nearly $330 million spending reductions to close the budget gap.

June 14, 2010
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SENATOR STACHOWSKI SUPPORTS BILL TO PROMOTE MANUFACTURING: Measure Assists Small And Medium Sized Businesses

     Senator William T. Stachowski (D, Lake View), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, today announced the Senate has passed legislation (S.4103) he cosponsored that would  establish a Strategic Network Partnership Program in New York State to coordinate the delivery of agency services for certain manufacturing industries and other producers of goods and services. 

June 14, 2010
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SI Advance: At Parade, Gay Community Calls for Visibility

By: Judy Randall

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Under a canopy of rainbow-colored balloons, several hundred gay and lesbian Staten Islanders and their supporters kicked off the borough’s sixth annual LGBT Pride Parade and festival in St. George yesterday with a clear message: We are one of you.

“We are here to say we are your friends, your neighbors,” said spectator Brian Hagan of New Brighton. “We sit next to you on the bus, in church. We are part of the diversity of the city.”

June 10, 2010
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NY Times: For Nannies, Hope for Workplace Protection

By: Russ Buettner

In a city of secret economies, few are as vital to the life of New York as the business of nannies, the legions of women who emancipate high-powered professionals and less glamorous working parents from the duties of daily child care.

Those nannies, as well as other domestic workers who make possible the lives of New York’s eternally striving work force, have long gone without basic workplace guarantees that most employees take for granted.

That appears likely to change soon.

June 10, 2010
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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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