This Week in Albany

Week ending March 2, 2018

State Budget Update

The Legislature and Executive have reached an agreement on a two-year revenue total that is $675 million to $750 million above the Executive Budget estimate. This means that the Legislature and Executive have reached a consensus on how much money is available for the FY 2018-19 budget. This revenue consensus is the first real step towards a final state budget.

Never Quit

CSEA members gathered in New York City, Buffalo, and Albany over the past week to show the strength of our union in the face of oral arguments on the Janus v AFSCME U.S. Supreme Court case.

The Court heard arguments on Janus v AFSCME this week. A ruling against the union would overturn 40 years of precedent and threaten the freedom of working men and women to join together to protect our voice in the workplace. In light of this, it is more important than ever that we talk with our coworkers and friends about the importance of being a union member and what that means for our livelihood and for our families.

More information on the rallies, including photos and videos,can be found on the CSEA website.

At a Glance

The state legislature will be in session for three days next week as state budget negotiations heat up. The Senate and Assembly are expected to each release their “one-house” version of the budget the following week, with a final budget due by April 1.

Never Quit Fact of the Week

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York has the highest union density of any state in the U.S., with 23.8 percent of workers belonging to a union. Nationwide, union members account for 10.7 percent of workers.