Issues: Labor

Senate Passes Energy Efficiency Plan to Lower Costs for Homeowners & Businesses

The Senate Democratic Majority has passed a legislative package that will significantly reduce the costs of energy for homeowners and businesses statewide, putting money back into the pockets of families and making businesses more competitive. Not only is the adoption of energy efficiency programs beneficial economically but such programs help the State to achieve its environmental goals by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other harmful pollutants, improving quality of life throughout the state. 

June 23, 2010
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Putting New York Back to Work: Senate Majority Passes Job Creation Package

10-point plan Creates Jobs, Grows Small Businesses & Attracts New Investments

The Senate Democratic Majority 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, which comes immediately after the Senate Majority passed Energizing New York, a permanent program to replace Power for Jobs, will:

June 23, 2010
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Senator Savino Ensures Child Care Providers Have Right to Organize

(Albany, NY)The Senate Majority passed, yesterday, legislation, introduced by Senator Diane J.

June 18, 2010
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Senate Saves Ogdensburg And Moriah Shock Correctional Facilities

Facilities are Major Employers for Region

The Senate announced today they have secured an agreement with the Assembly and Governor which provides for the full and continued operation of Ogdensburg Correctional Facility and Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility. Together, the Ogdensburg and Moriah Shock facilities support nearly 400 North Country jobs.

June 18, 2010
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Legislative Activity June 17, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation Protecting Communities From Pollution And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation today to cut greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the use of sulfur in our current heating practices. Additionally, the Senate stood by survivors of domestic violence by increasing the time they have in shelters as they seek permanent refuge from their attackers.

Reducing Sulfur to Promote Environmentally Friendly Heating

June 17, 2010
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Legislative Activity June 17, 2010: Senate Passes Legislation Protecting Communities From Pollution And More

The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation today to cut greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the use of sulfur in our current heating practices. Additionally, the Senate stood by survivors of domestic violence by increasing the time they have in shelters as they seek permanent refuge from their attackers.

June 17, 2010
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STACHOWSKI BILL TO MOVE BACKLOG OF PREVAILING WAGE CASES PASSES SENATE: Measure Supports Workers Who Are Entitled To Fair Pay

      Senator William T. Stachowski (D, Lake View) today announced the Senate has passed legislation (S.5014) he sponsored to establish a time schedule for prevailing wage violation claims.

June 16, 2010
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Senator Espada Speaks Out for Farm Workers

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 16, 2010
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Espada and Kennedy: Prioritizing Farm Workers

"Kerry Kennedy's leadership and tireless work on behalf of farm workers deserves all our thanks and praise. I value her kind words, and am deeply grateful for her dedication to the cause of farm workers who seriously need all the support we can give."

-- Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr.

June 15, 2010
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Nanny Bill of Rights Causing Political Temper Tantrums

The final legislative step in ratifying the nation's first-ever bill of rights for nannies, maids, and other domestic workers is set to be taken by NY State Senate, provided it is still functioning.

June 15, 2010
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Farm Workers Rights Rally Today

Press Contact: Steve Mangione (mobile) 914-403-4072

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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