As usual in the first half of the year, there are a few bills in Albany that concern our members. We are keeping an eye on the following legislation:
- Utility Workers will be authorized to use any public commercial restroom regardless of properties owners having an internal policy not allowing it.
- Building Services personnel must be paid the prevailing rate of wage to all workers under a public work contract. Maybe something we can use to get some of our Janitors back under our umbrella.
- Governor is decreasing the time to start receiving unemployment benefits when you are on strike. It was 7 weeks and now will be 3 weeks. If you are on a lock out, you receive benefits right away.
We will keep you updated on their progress and please check out future Local 97 News editions for updates.