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Victoria Miller President Albany County Local 801
Albany County Local 801 Officers Gregory Kipp Sr Executive Vice President Thomas Edwards 2nd Vice President Bonnie Maxwell 3rd Vice President Cathi Romano Secretary Nicole Keough Treasurer
Monthly Presidents Meetings Minutes December 2016
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CSEA State President Danny Donahue and Local 801 President Victoria Miller accepting Albany County Local 801 50th Year Banner at the 2017 Annual Delegates Meeting in Rochester NY.
“The defeat of the proposal to hold a Constitutional Convention is a huge win for CSEA, labor, and all New Yorkers. It is a demonstration of how CSEA members, our brothers and sisters in labor and other working people really can make a difference. I thank our members and our allies in labor and other organizations for not only spreading the message that this convention would be a boondoggle for our state, but for their solidarity on behalf of all working people in New York. Our members and millions of other people throughout the state recognized the potential disaster, and turned out to make our voices heard. Without CSEA and our allies voting NO on the constitutional convention, there’s a good chance we’d all be on the hook for a very expensive and dangerous ride. When it comes down to it, this is just another example of how important labor is in protecting our rights, and the rights of our families and friends everywhere. This is a very proud day for CSEA.”
Statement by CSEA President Danny Donohue on the defeat of Proposition #1 (Constitutional Convention)
EPI maps the campaign to suppress worker rights in the states

EPI News—Our most important stories this week

EPI released an interactive map that paints a disturbing picture of the rise of anti-worker preemption laws across the country. The map shows which states have blocked cities and counties from improving workers’ wages and working conditions. Workers in St. Louis, for example, got a boost when the city increased its minimum wage to $10—but the Missouri state legislature knocked it back down to $7.70 and 31,000 workers lost a raise. The map plots preemption activity in five key areas of labor and employment: minimum wage, paid leave, fair work schedules, prevailing wage, and project labor agreements. View the map »  Share this map: 26 states have preemption laws targeting local efforts to raise workers' living standards. How does your state stack up? States must step in to restore overtime protections to workers In 2016, the U.S. Labor Department proposed an overtime pay rule that would have raised from $23,660 to $47,476 the salary threshold below which workers must be paid overtime. The increase is a much-needed update of a threshold that has been severely eroded by inflation. But the rule has been held up in the courts and Trump administration officials have said that a threshold in the low $30,000s would be “appropriate.” EPI and the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) have released a briefing paper and detailed policy and legislative guidance describing how state policymakers can intervene to protect their workers where federal policy has failed them.

From the EPI blog

Millions fewer would get overtime protections if the overtime threshold were only $31,000 By Heidi Shierholz Supreme Court will decide if women can join together to fight sexual harassment at work By Celine McNicholas, Sharon Block New paper on pay-productivity link does not overturn EPI findings By Josh Bivens, Lawrence Mishel Veterans fought for the right to collectively bargain—Congress should defend it By Elise Gould, Celine McNicholas Real world data continues to show no link between corporate cuts and wage increases By Josh Bivens What to Watch on Jobs Day: Signs of tightening across the economy By Elise Gould EPI in the news In a Vox video, EPI’s Heidi Shierholz counters the dystopian vision of a future world where human workers have been replaced by robots. Technological change has always displaced some jobs and created others; this point in history is no different, and the economic data back that up. As an economist, Shierholz says, “I worry a lot about things. I am not worried about this.” | The Big Debate about the Future of Work, Explained » In an op-ed for The Hill, EPI's Josh Bivens—in response to a recent paper by Larry Summers and Anna Stansbury—writes that productivity growth has failed to push up wages for typical workers because of political decisions that have caused wage suppression.| Attacks on worker wages have kept benefits from middle class »  NPR cited EPI research to explain how mandatory arbitration agreements silence victims of sexual harassment in the workplace—and how an upcoming Supreme Court ruling could make the situation worse. | Supreme Court Ruling Could Limit Workplace Harassment Claims, Advocates Say »  Next City referenced an EPI study on how parental incarceration impacts children, noting that children with incarcerated parents are 48 percent more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than children with non-incarcerated parents. | Inside a Philadelphia Prison, a Parenting Movement Grows »  The Economist cited EPI research showing that wages for the top 1 percent have been falling while wages for the bottom 90 percent have been rising. | Blue-Collar Wages Are Surging. Can It Last? »  Share this newsletter: