Issues: Labor

Putting New York Back To Work

Majority Plan Creates Immediate Jobs, Grows Small Businesses & Attracts New Investments

The New York State Senate Majority today unveiled an innovative jobs and economic development program to get New Yorkers back to work. Through three targeted initiatives New Jobs New York will:

·         Create jobs immediately to provide a much-needed economic boost out of this recession;

·         Boost the confidence of small business owners to grow;

·         Implement a tax incentivization program that works for businesses already in New York, and attracts new investments and jobs for the future.

March 25, 2010
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Albany's New Wage Theft Bill Could Halt the Hidden Crime Wave

Huffington PostBy: Amy TraubNearly a billion dollars were stolen in New York City last year, and the thieves aren't even worried about getting caught. If this were an epidemic of street crime, the city and state would have acted long ago.Instead, the crooks in question are corrupt bosses who steal their employees' earnings by paying less than minimum wage, making them work off the clock, pilfering tips, misclassifying employees as independent contractors, and a host of other schemes. As a result, the theft is harder to detect. But Albany is finally on the case.

March 15, 2010
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Payback time: State Must Nail Sleazy Bosses Who Steal Their Workers' Wages

Daily News EditorialSaturday, March 13th 2010, 4:00 AMAdvocates for immigrants and the poor want thestate to crack down on a type of robbery rampant inNew York: wage theft.We stand with them because too many companieshave gotten away with stiffing employees of thefruits of their hard-earned labor.The National Employment Law Project estimatesmore than 317,000 New Yorkers are cheated out ofpay, to the tune of $18.4 million a week...

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March 15, 2010
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Wage Theft Bill Introduced in SoHo to Help Workers Collect Lost Pay

By Nicole BreskinDNAinfo Reporter/ProducerSOHO — Retail workers, activists and politicians turned out to announce the introduction of a new bill that could protect local workers from losing millions of dollars in unpaid wages.State Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblyman Carl Heastie announced the Wage Theft Prevention Act in SoHo on Friday, which will stiffen penalties and heighten enforcement for companies that illegally withhold or steal wages from their employees. The bill was introduced in the Senate earlier this week.

March 15, 2010
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A Move to Protect Low-Wage Workers

By STEVEN GREENHOUSENew York Times City Blog

March 15, 2010
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Senator Savino Introduces Bill To Protect Workers from Wage Theft

New York State Senator Diane Savino, New York State Assembly Member Carl Heastie, and the Coalition to Prevent Wage Theft & Protect Responsible Businesses stood in front of the SOHO location of Scoop NYC, a business that illegally withheld half a million dollars in overtime pay from workers to announce the introduction of comprehensive state legislation to reform the New York State Labor Law (S.7050/A.10163). The coalition is comprised of low-income workers, not-for-profit organizations, civic legal organizations, organized labor, and small businesses.

March 12, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Labor Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Labor Senator George Onorato, Chair 11:30 AM, Monday, March 15, 2010 Room 309 LOB

March 15, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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NYS Senate Westchester Delegation to Hold Hearings on Executive Budget for 2010-11

 

In an effort to more effectively advocate for the needs and concerns of their constituents, the five New York senators representing Westchester County will convene a public hearing to assess the priorities and impacts of Governor Paterson’s proposed SFY 2010-2011 budget on the residents, communities, organizations and elected officials of Westchester.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer chairs the Westchester Senate delegation, which includes Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Jeff Klein, Vincent Leibell, and Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

 

March 11, 2010
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Watch Senator Addabbo talk about his upcoming Job Fair on April 9, 2010

Come join Senator Addabbo at his second Job Fair on Friday, April 9, 2010 at Aqueduct Racetrack located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd in South Ozone Park. Call Pete in my district office at 718-738-1111 for more information.

March 10, 2010
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Senate Approves Members To Key Hospital, Transportation, Labor And Quality Of Care Boards

The New York State Senate confirmed 36 appointees to key boards today, including members to the New York State Department of Labor, Advisory Council to the Commission on Quality of Care & Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, Board of Visitors of the Rochester Psychiatric Center, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority, among many other entities.

March 10, 2010
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Senator Addabbo Announces Job Fair on April 9th

Senator Joe Addabbo announces Job Fair for April 9th.

March 9, 2010
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Labor Dispute Silences Spanish at E-ZPass Center

Gotham Gazetteby Spencer Woodman

March 9, 2010
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2010 Labor Heroes Celebration

The Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation hosted their 4th Annual Labor Heroes Celebration on March 5th, 2010 at The Meadowbrook.  Pictured in this photograph is Paul Ellis-Graham, President of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation, Robert Itzla on behalf of Senator John Bonacic, William Riccaldo, Executive Vice-President of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation and Tony Cellini, Town of Thompson Supervisor.

March 8, 2010
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The Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation hosts their 4th Annual Labor Heroes Celebration

On March 5th, 2010 the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation hosted their 4th Annual Labor Heroes Celebration at The Meadowbrook in New Windsor, NY, to honor the outstanding contributions of labor activists and leaders in our region.

Pictured above are Tony Cellini, Town of Thompson Supervisor, Colleen C. Gardner, Acting NYS Labor Commissioner, Robert Itzla representing Senator John Bonacic, and Linda Cellini.

March 8, 2010
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Senator Savino and Union Members Protest Illegal Firings of 14 Union Supporters at E-Z Pass Call center and Demand Better Customer Service

Group Calls on MTA, Port Authority to Improve E-ZPass Customer Service and Reverse Illegal Firings

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Senator Diane J. Savino, Assemblywoman Janelle Hyer-Spencer, representatives from Assemblyman Matt Titone’s and Councilwoman Debi Rose’s office, stood today in front of the E-Z Pass call center to protest the recent firing of 14 E-Z Pass Workers and to demand better customer service for E-Z Pass customers.

March 5, 2010
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March 2, 2010
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Senate Ag Committee Holds Hearing on Farm Worker Bill

 

Aubertine: Legislature should focus on promoting agriculture, not adding mandates on farmers

 

ALBANY (March 1, 2010)—The New York State Senate’s Agriculture Committee held a public hearing today to gather testimony on the proposed Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act, after which Committee Chair Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine called for a pro-active agenda to grow our state’s agriculture industry.

March 1, 2010
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