Politics New York lawmakers pass bill requiring employers to take steps to protect workers from diseases
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A bill passed by the New York state lawmakers on Tuesday that seeks to prevent workers from being exposed to airborne diseases is now headed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but while labor advocates hailed its passage, business groups fear it will harm small businesses across the state.
On Wednesday, The Alliance for a Greater New York (ALIGN) held a news conference hailing the passage of the NY Hero Act and called for the governor to sign the bill into law. If he does, New York would be the first state in the country to require companies to protect workers.
Cuomo has issued emergency regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic that have covered some industries, but lawmakers pointed out it does not cover all workers.
Bipartisan measure can expedite development of therapies for rare diseases
The FDA reforms contained in this legislation will provide hope to the millions of patients and families who are coping with a rare disease. As co-chair of the Congressional Rare Disease Caucus in the House, I am proud to be leading this patient-centered, bipartisan initiative, and encourage my colleagues to join us in this fight.Bilirakis represents the 12th District of Florida.
“We know that many people died over the last year because of unsafe working environments,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-Queens. “Employers were not taking basic precautions as it relates to PPE usage, social distancing, air filtration, all the things that we know are very common tactics that we use to avoid the spread of COVID right now.”
Gianaris, the deputy majority leader, served as the bill sponsor in the Senate. The bill passed that chamber by a 46-16 vote on March 1, and an amended version passed again Tuesday by a 46-17 margin.
Also on Tuesday, the state Assembly passed its version, sponsored by Assemblywoman Karines Reyes, D-Bronx, on a 95-55 vote.
ALIGN Executive Director Maritza Silva-Farrell on Wednesday said the votes were a cause to celebrate.
Sectoral bargaining is bad for workers and the American economy
One-size-fits-all collective bargaining for entire industries would hinder flexibility and competition in the American economy.Sectoral bargaining is a new and largely undefined concept in the United States, but it is familiar to European employers. In Germany, for example, sectoral agreements between unions and employer associations set industry-wide terms for wages and working conditions. In a twist that would leave American unions unhappy, most German employers have the freedom to opt out of these agreements - which they are doing in droves, according to a 2017 report from the Institute for the Study of Labor.
“This is a moment for all of us to take and say power of the people can win when we work together with our elected officials willing to stand up with our community who are doing the job that they were sent to do,” she said
Business groups though opposed the measure. NFIB NY State Director Greg Biryla said businesses spent the last year complying with industry-specific mandates due to the pandemic. Yet, they never got a chance to make their case on the bill.
“Instead of consulting with small businesses who reached out directly to legislative offices, Albany has decided to ignore their voices and pass legislation that is incredibly complex, burdensome, costly, and a magnet for predatory litigation,” he said.
They’re hopeful Cuomo will take that into consideration and veto the bill.
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Original Author: Steve Bittenbender, The Center Square
Immigrant workers are essential to America's future — and we need a new paradigm for justice .
Beyond a pathway to citizenship: True justice for immigrants will help everyone, and build a better country Jose Ortiz receives a one-shot dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic geared toward agriculture workers organized by the immigrant advocacy group TODEC on April 5, 2021, in Riverside, California.