Kennedy tries to push through ‘Save NY Call Center Jobs Act’ as hostile amendment
ALBANY, N.Y. – Standing up to protect New Yorkers’ jobs, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, proposed a hostile amendment Thursday to prevent corporations from shipping jobs to foreign countries. It was an effort to push the Senate to take action on the ‘Save New York Call Center Jobs Act’ (S.6918) – which Senator Kennedy introduced earlier this year.
Senator Kennedy sought to force an amendment to a bill (S.7782) that would require state agencies to study the cost-effectiveness of contracts they enter into for consultant services. The Kennedy amendment would have made any corporation that outsources New Yorkers’ jobs overseas ineligible for any state contracts and tax incentives.
“Over the past four years, at least 500,000 call center jobs have been taken from American workers and sent overseas. We need to stand up for hardworking Western New Yorkers and fight to stop good-paying jobs from leaving our state,” said Senator Kennedy. “Like the “Save New York Call Center Jobs Act”, this amendment is a jobs-protection provision that will ensure New York taxpayers are not left footing the bill when corporations move jobs overseas, especially after exploiting state contracts and incentives.”
Unfortunately, Senate Republicans voted against the measure, claiming the amendment was not germane to their consultant contracts bill.
“This amendment is about protecting New Yorkers’ jobs, and it ends the fiscally irresponsible practice of permitting corporations to take state incentives and our jobs to foreign countries. This is not only relevant to the bill before us, it would actually improve this legislation,” Kennedy said. “Our amendment would have cut off state contracts for corporations that ship our call-center jobs overseas. By adding these protections for New York taxpayers and workers, the Senate could have significantly improved their legislation which we sought to amend. Instead, Senate Republicans blocked our efforts.”
Under the Save NY Call Center Jobs Act, any call-center employer that outsources its jobs will be denied access to all state grants, contracts, guaranteed loans and tax incentives. In addition, these jobs-outsourcing corporations may be required to pay back the unamortized value of any tax break, state grant or other government support they have previously received.
The WNY Regional Economic Development Council recently cited back-office operations as an industry with high-growth potential in our local economy. With many call-center employers demonstrating a true commitment to hiring Western New Yorkers, the Save NY Call Center Jobs Act will help us build on our successes.
You can view video of Senator Kennedy explaining the necessity of his amendment to protect New York jobs at http://youtu.be/3VW4g49oU4M.
Senator Timothy M. Kennedy represents the New York State Senate’s 58th District, which is comprised of the towns of Cheektowaga, Eden, Hamburg and West Seneca, the city of Lackawanna and parts of the city of Buffalo. More information is available at kennedy.nysenate.gov.