NY Legislative Agenda 2019

Safe Staffing for Healthcare Workers

When nurses care for two to three times the patients they can safely manage, the research shows the chances of preventable death, hospital acquired infections, and adverse outcomes increase.

Hospital CEOs are paid millions of dollars a year based on financial performance, not how well our mothers, fathers, newborns, and loved ones recover. When the average hospital executive makes 75 times more than the average worker at the bedside, but investments aren’t being made in direct patient care, something is wrong.

CWA healthcare workers are calling on our legislators to guarentee hospitals and nursing homes have the staffing they need for quality care.

Save NY Call Center Jobs

Over the past ten years, New York lost 37,310 call center jobs. Verizon alone has sent at least 1,000 good NY call center jobs overseas. We're fighting to pass the New York State Call Center Bill to protect our workers and communities and keep good jobs here.

The GOP tax bill passed in December 2017 slashed the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% with the promise that corporations would use their bigger profits to reinvest in their companies and workers. But in reality, it cuts taxes for the super-wealthy and corporations and actually makes it easier (and cheaper) for companies to send jobs overseas by taxing profit made abroad at an even lower rate.

New York should not subsidize corporations that destroy jobs, should incentivize corporations to bring back good jobs, and needs high-quality jobs!

Public Sector Legislation

By not relying on salaries that reflect wage discrimination, employers will be required to offer jobs and compensation based on a prospective candidate’s skills, merit and demands of the job.  This will require making a clear, market-based reasoning for pay, leading to workplace transparency and ultimately net a more informed applicant pool.

Fair Elections NY

New Yorkers deserve a responsive, accountable government. Voter turnout in New York is among the lowest in the nation, due in part to antiquated procedures for registration and voting that discourage participation. And our campaign finance system favors the wealthy over everyday, working New Yorkers. To tackle the issues that matter most to us, like protecting New York jobs, fighting for our union rights, and more, we must have a campaign finance system that favors the interests of the many!

The Fair Elections Reform package would increase the power of small donations, limit the influence of big money, and make it easier, not harder, to vote.

Strengthening the New York State Human Rights Law

The New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) must be amended in a comprehensive manner that provides broad protection to all employees, and strong incentives to all employers to keep their workplaces free from discrimination.

We need to protect the civil rights of all New Yorkers by removing existing barriers to employees who fight back against discrimination, including discriminatory harassment.