We are pleased to announce that S-3215
(Sarlo D-36/Madden D-4), which concerns unemployment insurance benefits during labor disputes was approved by the Senate Labor Committee today. To read our testimony of the bill, please click here.
We thank the members of the committee who voted to advance the bill on party lines by a vote of 3-2. Chairman Madden (D-4), Vice Chair Lagana (D-38), and Senator Burgess (D-28) voted in favor. Senator Bucco (R-25) and Senator Steinhardt (R-23) were opposed.The bill reduces the waiting period for striking workers to receive unemployment insurance from four weeks to two weeks.
Additionally, the bill closes several loopholes in current law that result in workers being denied unemployment insurance when they go on strike or are locked out.The Assembly version of S-3215 recently passed the General Assembly by a vote of 56 to 23. Now we look forward to the bill’s consideration by the full Senate.
(Gopal D-11), which concerns prevailing wage law requirements for public institutions of higher education, was approved by the committee unanimously. We thank Senate Labor Committee Chairman Madden for hearing the bills today, the bill sponsors for their work, as well as all of our affiliated unions and community partners who supported these important pieces of legislation.