Expert Roundtable: Officials Weigh in on Organized Labor in New York
(http://www.cityandstateny.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Alphonso.png)ALPHONSO DAVID New York State Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights Q: What are the top issues that impact organized labor? AD: From "New York Works" to New York's "Open for Business" campaign, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been focused on "jobs, jobs and jobs" and the overall expansion of the state's economy. The governor's efforts to bring stability to the state budget while investing wisely in large-scale infrastructure projects will put people back to work in the construction trades and create economic activity that will be felt in every corner of the state. The administration is also working on simplifying regulatory red tape and streamlining the permitting process. Q: How would you describe the administration's relationship with organized labor? AD: Governor Cuomo has focused on building a strong foundation for the state's economy, which will work to benefit all workers in the state, union and nonunion; public and private. The governor has successfully negotiated difficult but fiscally sound contracts with state public employees. These contracts balance the need to control costs with the reality of maintaining a strong and talented public-sector workforce to do the people's business. The governor's emphasis on intelligent infrastructure investments and his long-term economic development strategy based on local priorities developed by regional councils will ensure good jobs for local unions and long-term economic benefits for all communities in the state. Q: What impact will state projects like the Tappan Zee Bridge have on the labor community? AD: This summer the governor was able to reach a project-labor agreement with 14 labor organizations that will save taxpayers an estimated $452 million on the project. This agreement creates a collaborative relationship with labor for the entire project, preventing delays and cost overruns while pumping billions of dollars into the state's economy and providing good paying jobs for thousands of construction workers, suppliers, truck drivers and local small businesses. To read the full article at City & State [click here. ](http://www.cityandstateny.com/roundtableorganizedlabor/)
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