NAACP Opposes Prevailing Wage Expansion
Morning Memo, Tue, Mar 19th, 2019 3:22:51 am

The NAACP New York State Conference will announce Tuesday its opposition to legislation that would expand prevailing wage provisions to private construction projects that receive some public funding in the state.

The group is worried the bill would negatively effect the hiring of minority workers as well as minority and women-owned businesses.

"Advancing this legislation would undermine the State Legislature's progressive agenda by taking good jobs and opportunities away from workers of color and MWBEs in New York's construction industry," said Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, president of the NAACP New York State Conference.

"Any effort to hastily include this bill in the state budget would ignore the needs of thousands of black and brown New Yorkers and disregard the serious concerns raised by civil rights and faith leaders. If the Legislature really cares about progressive policies and protecting jobs in our communities of color, it must halt this bill now."

Supporters of the legislation, which include building trades labor unions, argue the prevailing wage should be paid on any publicly financed construction project in order to avoiding undermining the cost of locally available labor. The bill under consideration is meant to address court rulings that constricted the interpretation of public works projects.

But the NAACP says the move would unfairly harm workers of color. The group pointed to industry studies that show three-quarters of the workers in "open shops" who live in New York City or black or Hispanic and live in one of the five boroughs.

Prevailing Wage Bill Will Hurt New Yorkers In Need of Affordable Housing
Deborah VanAmerongen, Rick Higgins, Judy Calogero, Brian Lawlor and Darryl Towns, Wed, Mar 13th, 2019 3:59:01 am

New York's housing affordability crisis is not just a New York City issue – it is a statewide challenge that we must work collaboratively to address. The need for affordable housing continues to grow nationwide and statewide. And while housing experts in New York City have already raised the alarm about the impact of new state legislative proposals on the future of affordable housing, the reality is that those same concerns exist outside the city too – on Long Island and Upstate, as well.

NYHC Opposes Prevailing Wage Bills
, Wed, Mar 6th, 2019 8:12:58 am

NYHC opposes two bills that have been introduced in the State Legislature this session to establish a new requirement for prevailing wages on construction projects developed with public subsidies.

A Price We Can't Afford, Tue, Mar 5th, 2019 7:13:30 am

"As former housing commissioners spanning the Giuliani, Bloomberg and de Blasio administrations, in the face of such debates, we tried to juggle multiple interests and goals, and hoped to end up with a balance that served the greater good. Before making a decision, we collected the facts and weighed our options.

The affordable housing community, state Legislature and New York City should do the same in thinking through the current debate over whether we should require prevailing wages to be paid on affordable housing projects."


Opinion: Will Prevailing Wage Legislation Help or Hurt Communities of Color?
Rev. Reginald Bachus, Fri, Mar 1st, 2019 4:18:24 am

Far too often and for far too long black and brown communities have been taken for granted, undervalued and overlooked in the political process. This time it's different!

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