Issues: Labor

Video: "There Are No Excuses" for Failure to Vote on Gov. Cuomo's Women's Equality Act

Sen. Krueger joined colleagues from both houses to demand a vote on Gov. Cuomo's 10-point Women's Equality Act at a large rally held at the state capitol by the Women's Equality Coalition.

June 10, 2013

Senator Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy Urge Fundamental Fairness for Farmworkers in New York State

At the Massachusetts Avenue Project’s Growing Green urban farm, Senator Kennedy and Kerry Kennedy, daughter of RFK, push for Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act. 

Farmworkers have endured decades of unfairness and substandard working conditions after being cut out of state and federal labor relations laws. 

Senator Kennedy: All Workers Deserve Fair Treatment and Fair Wages for a Fair Day’s Work – and Farmworkers Deserve the Same Fundamental Fairness.

June 10, 2013

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Sen. Diane Savino Announce Legislation Preventing the Exploitation and Abuse of Child Models in New York - Supermodel Coco Rocha, child models and victims join call for full protection of child models under existing laws

Today, Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and State Senate Labor Committee Chairwoman Diane Savino joined supermodel Coco Rocha, former child models and victims to announce legislation that will protect child models from exploitation and abuse. These abuses--and the shortfalls in New York's child labor laws-- are detailed in a report prepared by the Independent Democratic Conference, also released today. 


June 9, 2013



Attendees Connect With Nearly 40 Employers Looking to Hire


More than 250 job seekers packed the Fulton War Memorial Thursday for State Senator Patty Ritchie’s 3rd annual Oswego County Job Fair.


Those in attendance were able to connect with nearly 40 local employers—many of which are looking to hire—and access tips on everything from interview techniques to how to improve your online job search. 

June 6, 2013

Committee Meeting: Labor Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Labor Senator Diane Savino, Chair 12 Noon, Monday, June 3, 2013 Room 511 LOB

June 3, 12:00 PM - 12:10 PM

Labor Gains: Session Countdown on Labor

As reported by City & State:

Legislation raising New York’s minimum wage didn’t please everybody in Albany, but the final agreement, which incrementally increases the wage to $9 an hour by the end of 2015, was acceptable enough for both houses and the governor to sign on.

That bill is likely to be the biggest piece of legislation directly affecting the state’s workers this year, but there have been other important changes as well—and still more are under discussion.

For full article, click here. 

May 29, 2013

Senador Peralta Apoya a Empleados de Supermercado Trade Fair

Según ha informado Queens Latino:

“Soy su senador y estoy aquí para respaldar el sindicato y exigirle al supermercado Trade Fair que permita el regreso de los empleados”, dijo el senador estatal demócrata José Peralta. Desde el pasado 13 de marzo casi 100 empleados del departamento de carnes de esta cadena de 9 supermercados se hallan en paro forzado. Han realizado varias demostraciones y es la primera vez que el senador Peralta decide salir a la calle a apoyarlos.

Para el artículo completo, haga clic aquí

May 20, 2013

Committee Meeting: Labor Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Labor Senator Diane Savino, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Room 511 LOB


May 21, 12:00 PM - 12:31 PM

Hundreds Turn Out for Corona Job Fair

Nearly 400 job seekers met with employers Saturday at a job fair sponsored by State Senator Jose Peralta in conjunction with Elmcor Career Pathways and United Healthcare.

Thirty-five of the attendees were offered jobs at the fair, held at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Corona.

“The economy is improving, but many families are still struggling to make ends meet,” Senator Peralta said.  “We were able to immediately help at least some of them at the fair.  From past experience, I think a number of others will end up landing jobs thanks to the contacts they made at the fair.”

Some of the 24 employers on hand included Time Warner Cable, Resorts World Casino, Council for Airport Opportunity, New York Life, Coca Cola and a variety of government agencies, including the New York police and fire departments.


May 15, 2013

Senator Robach Secures Funding for City of Rochester's Summer of Opportunity Program

(Thursday, April 25, 2013) - Mayor Thomas S. Richards announced today that the City's Summer of Opportunity (SOOP) work and career exploration program for city youth will expand its scope due to the efforts of State Senator Joe Robach.


"Senator Robach has secured almost half of the funding for this program, which means more than 400 city high school students will have an opportunity to spend their summers in meaningful jobs or exploring modern career alternatives," said Mayor Richards. "The Senator's commitment to Rochester's future is well known, and he has demonstrated it yet again with this grant. The people of Rochester are truly fortunate to have such an effective advocate in Albany."


April 25, 2013

Senator Peralta Hosts Job Fair


Saturday, May 11th, 2013, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


St. Paul the Apostle Church - Parish Hall/Community Room

98-16 55th Avenue

Corona, NY 11368

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For more information, call Senator Peralta's office at 718-205-3881. 

To view full flyer, click here. 

May 11, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Committee Meeting: Labor Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Labor Senator Diane Savino, Chair 12 Noon, Monday, April 22, 2013 Room 511 LOB

April 22, 12:00 PM - 12:05 PM

Peralta: Stop the insanity, repeal min. wage tax credit

As reported by the Legislative Gazette:

New York state Sen. Jose Peralta, D-Jackson Heights, has responded to what editorial writers have called "economic insanity" and introduced legislation to repeal the Minimum Wage Reimbursement Credit approved by the state Legislature during the budget process.

Peralta's legislation (S.4500) — "an act to repeal certain provisions of the tax law relating to the minimum wage reimbursement credit"— was referred to the Investigations and Government Operations committee on April 3. There is no same-as bill in the Assembly.

For full article, click here. 

April 16, 2013

Los subsidios por alza en salario mínimo son injustos

Por José Peralta, para El Diario:

Los cargos federales de corrupción presentados en los últimos días contra miembros de la legislatura estatal y el Concejo Municipal han sacudido la confianza en el sistema político.

Y con razón. Las acusaciones son muy graves y representan traiciones conmovedoras a la confianza pública.

Como dije en diciembre, poco después de la condena criminal de mi predecesor, la manera de restaurar la fe del público en el gobierno es a través de un servicio al pueblo honorable. Eso es lo que el pueblo espera y lo que merece.

Para el artículo completo, haga clic aquí.

April 16, 2013

KO Bad Wage Tax Credit

As reported by the Daily News:

ALBANY — A Queens state Senator has introduced a bill to repeal a controversial tax credit given to businesses that employ teenage minimum-wage workers.

Sen. Jose Peralta, a Democrat, said the credit encourages businesses, including national chains like Walmart, to shed older workers. He believes it also discourages employers from raising wages above the state minimum. “This tax credit is a really bad idea,” Peralta told the Daily News. “It just sends the wrong message.”

For full article, click here. 

April 11, 2013


ALBANY - The New York State Senate has passed the State Budget on time for the third consecutive year, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today. The spending plan adheres to a self-imposed two percent spending cap, contains significant tax relief for middle-class families and businesses, and also addresses some of the unique challenges facing Western New York.

March 27, 2013

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Building the Ark

There’s an old joke about God commanding a modern-day Noah to build an ark, warning him that the earth would be flooded in a year. Twelve months later, all Noah had was a pile of logs. He said, “God, forgive me but there were big problems. “Like what?” God asked.

March 26, 2013

Governor Cuomo Announces Construction on I-490 Bridges in Monroe County to Begin in April

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that construction will begin next month on a project to replace four bridge decks on Interstate 490 in Monroe County. The work is part of a $13.8 million contract funded through the NY Works program. The project meets the goals of Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First initiative to ensure that construction causes the least impact to motorists.


The bridges carry eastbound and westbound I-490 over Chili Center Coldwater Road (Route 386) in Chili and eastbound and westbound I-490 over Route 204 (Airport Expressway) in Gates.


March 22, 2013
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