Please Help Support Essential Workforce Development Funding
The Workforce Development Institute, which is a statewide, regional non-profit, has been an important partner to unions and businesses across the state on a variety of workforce development-related projects. WDI works with unions and business to tailor programs aimed at the creation and retention of good jobs in NYS. WDI looks for opportunities where strategically placed funding or expertise can boost a business’ ability to expand or retain staff, transition groups of laid-off individuals back into employment, provide skills for individuals to move up a career ladder, or pave the way for future job development through leverage of other funds.
There is no other entity like WDI in NYS. The funding provided to WDI from the legislature is critical to both businesses and unions in that its’ flexibility allows for quick, effective responses to workforce-related problems. While funds from other state agencies are often restricted to specific purposes, WDI is known for stepping in and providing gap funding for programming when that funding cannot be found elsewhere.
Please fill out the form below to send a letter to your State Legislators urging their support.
Will you pledge to support public schools, teachers and children by voting to approve local school budgets on Tuesday May 15th? By voting yes, you have the power to avoid more devasting cuts to our education system and protect the next generation. Please sign the pledge below and share with your friends and neighbors on social media. Together we can make a difference on May 15th!
Verizon workers have seen the company rake in billions of dollars in the past four years, and compensate top executives with $283 million in salary and bonuses. And it just keeps getting worse: Verizon recently tripled the compensation of its CEO, Lowell McAdam—from $7.2 million to $23.1 million A YEAR.
But when it comes to the 45,000 workers who have made their success possible, Verizon cries broke.
Verizon has sent thousands of American jobs overseas and wants to outsource even more, gut pensions, charge current and retired employees thousands of dollars more for health benefits—even cut disability benefits for workers injured while doing their jobs.
It's wrong. But together we have the power to make it right. Send this letter to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam to let him know that you stand with Verizon workers against corporate greed and for a fair contract. Let him know that you expect him to treat the workers right and negotiate a fair contract now.
Billionaire Warren Buffett and many wealthy Americans pay a lower tax rate than middle-class families do. That’s just not fair. Warren Buffett knows it and Congress must fix it. The Buffett Rule would require everyone to pay their fair share—a key step to reduce the deficit and invest in what we need to grow and strengthen the economy. Mitt Romney's alternative is to give millionaires and billionaires trillions of dollars in tax breaks paid for by either increasing the deficit or by cutting programs critical to the middle class and economic growth.
Sign the petition below to send a message to the New York State congressional delegation. They must pass the Buffet Rule now!
Paul Ryan’s Plan for Millionaires’ Gain and Middle-Class Pain
The ‘Ryan Roadmap’ leads to an entitlement raid and middle-class tax hikes in order to enrich the wealthy. Recent deficit reduction proposals, including those from President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (the Fiscal Commission) and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Deficit Reduction Task Force, have contained a mixture of revenue increases and spending cuts to achieve long-term fiscal stability. The Ryan Roadmap, on the other hand, makes no pretense of a balanced approach. It would slash Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits and deplete tax revenue.
It trades middle-class pain for millionaires’ gains.
Click on the link below to send a message to Albany!
The Governor and the Legislature need to find a way to increase aid to
localities and schools because they are suffering. Closing corporate tax
loopholes would bring in immediate revenue to relieve pressure on local
governments' and school districts' budgets, and also provide support for
vital state services and economic development to create private sector jobs.
Tell lawmakers in Albany: It's time to rebuild the middle class, not attack what's left of it by eliminating retirement security for our dedicated public employees.
Please Take Action Now!
Retirement is often described as a three-legged stool of pensions, Social Security and savings. What happens when we knock one of those legs out with a sledgehammer?
We will have more senior citizens living at or near poverty and needing assistance from the very government that made the shortsighted decision to demolish their pension.
A new retirement tier would not be a panacea. Our legislators need to oppose and fight against Tier 6. Opting for inferior retirement benefits will endanger the security of their constituents and will have unanticipated costs that undermine promised savings.
This is not just about future public employees. This plan will jeopardize the financial well-being of the pension system for current employees. In addition, if this plan is signed into law, private employers with defined benefit plans would follow the state’s lead and seek to end their own pension plans before the ink is even dry.
Your Action is Needed! Send a message to our leaders in Albany to close corporate tax loopholes.
Labor and community allies are calling on our leaders in Albany to close corporate tax loopholes, raising over $1 billion dollars for this year’s state budget. The additional revenue will help New York to create jobs, create a fairer environment for small business, and prevent more devastating budget cuts to services and our safety net and allow for restorations of reduced funding.
The groups released a list of some of New York’s worst corporate tax dodgers, including Travelers Insurance, American Express, Verizon, and Goldman Sachs. The list highlights the gross inequities in our tax system that hinder small businesses, job creation, and our economy.
The plan to reform New York’s corporate tax structure focuses on three main principles: enforcement, fairness, and transparency. We need a system with tough audits, a minimum tax for big businesses, no more hedge fund subsidies, and mandatory tax reporting for public companies.
Almost 300 E-ZPass call center workers in New York City voted in May of 2009 to join CWA. Yet Xerox refuses to bargain with them. Instead of bargaining, they are continuing to harass and intimidate union supporters.