We were proud to support A-664
(Verrelli D-15/ Atkins D-20)/ Sampson D-31) and A-4832 (Mukherji D-33) during today’s Assembly Labor Committee.A-664 will establish a Second Chance Program to provide real and lasting career opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals through labor unions with the intent to reduce recidivism.
John Whittington, Business Representative of Sheet Metal Workers Local 27 and representatives from Laborers’ International Union of North America testified in support of the bill.
A-664 was supported unanimously and we look forward to its consideration by the full General Assembly.
Additionally, we supported A-4832, which will address the shortage of physicians that evaluate worker compensation claims and represent injured workers in court by increasing their maximum compensation from $600 to $1,000.
A-4832 was approved by the panel by a vote of 7-2. Committee Chairman Egan (D-17) and Vice Chair Verrelli (D-15), as well as Assemblymembers Swift (R-2), Swain (D-38), Sampson (D-31), Moriarty (D-4), Jaffer (D-16) voted in favor. Assemblymembers Catalano (D-10) and Space (R-24) opposed the measure. The bill may now be considered for a vote by the General Assembly.
We thank Assembly Labor Committee Chairman Joseph Egan 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.