Pictured Left to Right: NRCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Ballantyne, New York-Deputy Political Director Tricia Brown and New York State Commissioner of Labor, Roberta Reardon at the Carpenters Apprenticeship Exhibition in the North Concourse of the Empire State Plaza.
Albany, NY (May 20, 2017) - The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) and the New York City District Council of Carpenters (NYCDCC) teamed up for a joint Lobby Day in Albany, NY on May 16th.
During the Lobby Day, NRCC and NYCDCC leadership and representatives met with more than 100 legislative members and public officials, educating them on workers’ rights and fair contracting issues important to both Councils. The agenda included discussion of three separate legislative bills: Public Work Definition sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy (R) and Assemblyman Harry Bronson (D), Contractor Registration sponsored by Senator David Valesky (D) and Assemblyman William Magnarelli (D), and Reciprocal Debarment sponsored by Senator Murphy and Assemblyman Bronson.
The Public Work Definition has become a major issue in Albany, as it would require that fair wages are paid on construction projects receiving taxpayer funding. There is currently no statutory definition to ensure such contractor responsibility.
“The fact that public work is not defined creates loopholes,” said Tricia Brown, Deputy Political Director of the NRCC in New York. “Our legislation will close those loopholes and create more work opportunities for our members and apprentices. This bill would grow New York’s middle class and provide a much needed economic stimulus.”
The public work definition bill passed both the Assembly and Senate Labor committees in early May and now awaits further action by the State Legislature.