Cuomo Signs Bill To Protect Public Unions
On April 9, CSA President Mark Cannizzaro, alongside other labor leaders and government officials, joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he signed legislation to help public sector unions streamline the recruitment and retention of members.
In anticipation of an adverse Supreme Court decision in the pending case of Janus v. AFSCME, the new law stipulates that unions cannot be forced to provide full benefits of membership to those who don’t join. It also requires that public employers notify unions within 30 days of hiring a new employee and permit union representatives to meet with those new employees during work hours within 30 days of being hired.
“We are in the middle of a big, big fight nationwide and it is just starting,” Governor Cuomo said. “But we are going to be the state that shows how to mobilize and how to win.”