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New York Governor Kathy Hochul celebrated her newly minted Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin’s laws in a Friday Sept. 17 rally at Columbus Circle in Manhattan.
The bill seeks to induce buildings in New York Metropolis which have obtained a tax abatement to pay their constructing staff a prevailing wage.
Drafted throughout Benjamin’s time as a State Senator and in partnership with unions together with 32BJ Service Staff Worldwide Union (SEIU), the legislation is designed to boost the wages of greater than 2,000 residential constructing doorpersons, cleansing, and upkeep staff to the trade common for the career.
“My father is a retired member of 32BJ, a constructing service employee in Manhattan,” Benjamin mentioned. “If [my parents] didn’t have the salaries and the talents that they’d, then I wouldn’t have been capable of research [I wouldn’t] be standing up right here as Lieutenant Governor. That is how the labor motion works!”
Hochul signed the measure on Labor Day however celebrated the signature alongside U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan/Brooklyn), New York State Meeting Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx), and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer on Friday to underscore the ability of organized labor within the Metropolis.
“My immigrant grandparents got here and solely had good jobs as a result of they had been a part of the union motion,” Hochul mentioned. “I’ll always remember what labor unions did for my household, lifting them out of poverty and dwelling in trailer parks. Finally, I’ll always remember what that did for me personally.”
Native officers and union leaders shared their satisfaction with the invoice, and got assist by union members who stand to learn straight from the laws.
“I’m [constantly] overworked and overwhelmed and making simply above minimal wage,” mentioned one constructing employee on the rally. “It’s robust to stay in New York or minimal wage. It’s troublesome to offer for my household. It’s troublesome to save cash for a wet day, it’s troublesome to afford secure housing.”
The overwhelming majority, greater than 95%, of the impacted staff serve in buildings in Manhattan south of 96th Road.
A 32BJ SEIU spokesperson couldn’t be reached for remark in time for publication with regard to making sure the rest of NYC’s constructing staff earn the prevailing wage.
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