Public Sector Legislation

Ban Salary History

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.

Memorandum of Support

The Facts:

  • According to the 2015 U.S. Census Bureau, women working full time year-round were paid just 80% of U.S. men's earnings. 
  • Although the gender pay gap has narrowed over time, according to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), women are not expected to reach pay equity until 2059. If change continues at a slower growth rate seen since 2001, the pay gap is not expected to close until 2152.
  • People of color and people with disabilities face even larger pay gaps (according to AAUW):
    • African American women – 66¢ of every the dollar earned by non-Hispanic white men
    • Latina women  -- 56¢ of every dollar earned by non-Hispanic white men
    • Asian American women – 80¢ of every dollar earned by non-Hispanic white men 
  • In the long-term, lower career wages result in an even greater disparity in retirement income, namely through smaller Social Security benefits which are calculated based on an individual's earning history. 
    • Median income for women 65 years or older is 44% less than the median income for men in the same age group.  
    • Women who are 75 years or older are almost twice as likely as men to live in poverty.

Protecting the Personal Privacy of Public Sector Workers

Across New York State and this country, workers’ personal information such as their home addresses and cell phone numbers, are being used to attack, harass, and intimidate them by third-parties. The decision by the United States Supreme Court in Janus v AFSCME attempts to undermine worker safety and privacy. New York State will not subject public sector workers to the abuse of their personal information as part of a campaign to harass and intimidate workers for any reason, including engaging in union activities or looking to unionize.

This legislation would prohibit the disclosure of personal info of public employees, including home address, phone numbers, and email, except to the union representing them or seeking to represent them.

Memorandum of Support


Funding for the new CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies

Since 1995, the NYS Legislature has provided funds for CUNY’s Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies. The School of Labor and Urban Studies has a three-part mandate:

  1. Expand higher educational opportunities for working adults while meeting the workforce development needs of the City and State
  2. Prepare the next generation of labor and community leaders and scholars
  3. Serve the educational needs of the labor movement and broader community

Stage II funding (the current stage) requires $6 million. Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget includes $2 million in funding for the new School. The School’s Advisory Board is requesting $4 million from the Legislature in FY 2019-20 ($1.6 million in restoration and $2.4 million in new money). Funding will allow the School to hire new faculty, develop new programs, and increase student enrollment.

Memorandum of Support