Labor Day: New York Lawmakers on The State of Labor In 2017
For many this year, Labor Day will serve as a reminder of the gains for workers that have been achieved over the decades. Here in New York, the labor movement has notched some noteworthy victories recent years as well. Last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo spearheaded successful campaigns for a $15 minimum wage and a 12-week paid family leave policy.
This year, the governor included a measure in the state budget allowing workers to deduct union dues from their state taxes, and at the end of session he reached a compromise with lawmakers on a union-backed “Buy American” law. And for unionized public sector workers, the recovering economy has paved the way for more generous labor contracts.
Looking ahead, city and state lawmakers are expressing optimism that they’ll be able to advance legislation to protect farmworkers, provide more resources for child care and ensure safe conditions for construction workers. . .