BROOKLYN, NY — JULY 22, 2018 — TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano praised today’s action by Gov. Cuomo in issuing new Department of Labor guidelines for public employers in the wake of the recent Janus decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The guidelines announced today clarify that New York law does not require current union members to take any further action or sign new union cards in order to maintain their union membership and benefit rights.
Local 100 President Utano said: “The Governor’s decisive action today fully underscores his commitment to collective bargaining, a strong labor movement and a viable, sustainable middle class in New York State. The Supreme Court’s decision on Janus v AFSCME has unleashed a wave of union busting funded by the “right’s” billionaire class. Gov. Cuomo is standing tall against this assault, and we in TWU Local 100 and the labor movement deeply appreciate his support.”
Said Gov. Cuomo: “The Supreme Court’s Janus decision is a direct attack on organized labor, and as long as I am Governor of New York, we will do everything in our power to protect union members and support the labor movement. This guidance will inform employers of their obligations and employees of their rights so they know they remain protected under state law.”
President Utano added that the Governor’s action is necessary as outside groups created and funded by right-wing ideologues, including the Koch brothers, are trying to create confusion among public employers by advocating for changes in the recognition of union membership and the way union members in the public sector pay their dues.
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