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An urgent message from AFL-CIO in support of the Public Works bill

It’s up to all of us to set the record straight and urge our legislators to pass the public works bill.

PEF Members: As the state gets closer to finally passing legislation to ensure that fair wages are paid to New York residents on construction projects funded with our tax dollars, our opponents have shifted their misinformation campaign into overdrive in a desperate attempt to protect their outsized profits at the expense of their workers.  It’s up to all of us to set the record straight and urge our legislators to pass the public works bill.

Text Public Works to 877877 to be connected with your state representatives, and tell them to pass the public works bill.

Anytime taxpayer dollars are used on construction work, we should be raising the standard of living and quality of life for our workforce and all New Yorkers.

That’s what public works legislation will do.

The bill simply addresses the legal, regulatory and legislative changes that have eroded the intent of the public works law.

It restores the objective of the New York State Constitution which requires prevailing rate be paid to workers on public works projects. It will help prevent developers from using contractors and labor from out-of-state when taxpayer dollars fund construction. Instead, our public dollars will be used to pay New York’s residents a fair wage.

Text Public Works to 877877 to be connected with your state representatives, and tell them to pass the public works bill.

It will not raise project costs as some claim. Labor costs make up less than 25 percent of the typical costs of a construction project. But it will prevent the exploitation of workers who otherwise would have their pay driven down.

This bill will not only help working men and women get better paying jobs; it will create safer workplaces, ensure high quality work and hold contractors and developers accountable.

Hardworking New Yorkers have waited long enough. There is no more time for delay and distraction; it’s time to reform the public works law now.

Text Public Works to 877877 to be connected with your state representatives, and tell them to pass the public works bill.

Pass it, before it passes us by!

In Unity,
Mario Cilento, President
New York State AFL-CIO
and
Wayne Spence, President
NYS-PEF

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