Bill Text: NY K00179 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2019, as Labor History Month in the State of New York

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 38-18)

Status: (Passed) 2019-03-14 - adopted [K00179 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-K00179-Introduced.html

Assembly Resolution No. 179

BY: M. of A. McDonald

        MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
        May 2019, as Labor History Month in the State of New

  WHEREAS,  For centuries, the American labor movement has served as a
force for economic and social progress in these United States; and

  WHEREAS, Prior to the  formation  in  1881  of  a  nationwide  labor
movement  in the United States, safe working conditions, regular working
hours, reasonable workdays, decent wages, paid holidays,  and  vacations
were  utopian  dreams, while such benefits as emergency and family leave
were almost unimaginable; and

  WHEREAS, The struggle of American workers against appalling  working
conditions,  exemplified  by  those  that caused disasters like the 1911
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, has played  an  important  role  in  improving
American  life  through the establishment of health and safety standards
and OSHA; and

  WHEREAS, Labor history reveals the vital role of labor unions in the
establishment of the 8-hour day, the  40-hour  work  week,  unemployment
insurance,  workmen's compensation, old age pensions, protection for the
sick, equal employment opportunity, and prohibition of child  labor,  as
well  as  in  the  passage  of the Wagner Act and of legislation banning
discrimination in employment; and

  WHEREAS, Labor history shows  that  American  workers  were  in  the
forefront  of  the effort to make free public education available to all
children regardless of geography, or social and economic status; and

  WHEREAS, The American labor movement,  as  recognized  by  the  Rev.
Martin Luther King, Jr., has been a strong supporter of civil rights for
all Americans, regardless of race, color, or creed; and

  WHEREAS,  The  American labor movement has been a vigorous proponent
of democracy and civil liberties at home and around the world,  as  well
as a vigorous opponent of all forms of dictatorship; and

  WHEREAS,  Democracy  and freedom can succeed only if there are free,
democratic, and independent institutions, including labor unions; and

  WHEREAS, The State of New York has played  a  crucial  role  in  the
development  and  passage of federal laws and regulations that establish
and expand the rights of workers to bargain collectively and to work  in
environments  free  of chemical and other hazards to life and limb; now,
therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2019, as Labor
History Month in the State of New York, and  to  celebrate  the  diverse
achievements of the American labor movement; and be it further

  RESOLVED,  That  copies  of  this  Resolution, suitably embossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the  State  of
New York, and publicized in all New York State institutions.