From the start of the session, we had one main goal: End wage theft and protect union carpenters. For too long, dishonest contractors ravaged the construction industry and exploited the working class. Thanks to our advocacy, corrupt employers will finally be held accountable.
Over the past few months, the District Council held multiple rallies, marched through the streets, informed the public through social media and op-eds, and put pressure on Albany through billboards and outreach campaigns. We mobilized together to tell lawmakers it was time to combat this egregious violation of workers’ rights. It all culminated in an End Wage Theft Rally on May 6th with elected officials, members, and partner organizations.
With your help and the help from State Senator Jessica Ramos and New York Assembly Member Latoya Joyner, we were able to successfully pass S.2766 and A.3350 through the Assembly and Senate! This crucial legislation ensures that unscrupulous contractors committing wage theft are met with legal repercussions. When Carpenters RISE, we protect our jobs and secure a better future for our union and our families!
Thank you Senator Jessica Ramos, Assembly Member Latoya Joyner, Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl E. Heastie, Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, all of our partner unions and organizations, and our members for standing up for workers’ rights.
When we come together and RISE, the District Council is truly a force to be reckoned with and it shows.
Now, it’s time to act swiftly and end wage theft for good. We are urging lawmakers to sign this bill into law so that workers have the rights and protections they deserve.