Labor

Our nation’s workforce is the lifeblood of our economy.  Congressmember Espaillat firmly believes that the best path to economic stability and success on an individual, family, and national level is a good paying job.  This begins with ensuring that our workers are making enough money to support themselves and their families.  No one should have to work multiple jobs simply to make ends meet, which is why Congressmember Espaillat is a strong proponent of increasing the federal minimum wage to a living wage.  Not only do we need to make sure that our employees are making a livable wage for their hard work, but we also need to ensure that all employees are receiving equal pay for equal work.  Congressmember Espaillat is a cosponsor of the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, and will continue to advocate for living and equal wages.

In addition to ensuring that our country’s employees make enough money to make ends meet, Congressmember Espaillat also believes that worker and workplace protections are critical to ensuring a healthy, safe, and efficient workforce.  This means protecting the Fair Labors Standards Act from attacks aiming to dismantle it; ensuring that Occupational and Safety Hazards Act continues to work for the benefit of hardworking Americans; and supporting the right of workers to unionize in order to bargain for the benefits and pay they so duly deserve.

Congressmember Espaillat understands that we must not only take care of our employees during their working years, but we need to provide the tools and resources necessary to allow those individuals to properly and effectively save for their retirements. In New York City alone, there are 1.1 million private sector employees who do not have access to a retirement plan through their employer.  In an attempt to allow states and very large cities to creatively develop a solution to this problem, the Department of Labor under President Obama published two rules that allowed states and very large cities, like New York, to develop an opt-in retirement plan for those employees.  However, Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration recklessly nullified those rules, chilling any potential solutions to this problem in the near future.  Congressmember Espaillat understands the importance of saving for the future, and will continue to advocate for policies that look out for America’s workers. 

 

More on Labor

October 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on House passage of his bill, H.R. 4387, which passed unanimously by voice vote yesterday and would codify, reauthorize and fund the growth accelerator fund competition for four years.

 

August 29, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) led 26 of his colleagues from downstate New York and northern New Jersey in sending a letter to top leadership at American Airlines and unions representing their workforce urging them to maintain jobs in the greater New York metropolitan region.

 

July 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) voted to increase the paychecks of American workers by passing H.R. 582, the Raise The Wage Act, to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 and restore the value of work in our economy by lifting struggling workers and their families out of poverty.

 

May 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement to recognize immigrant workers on May Day.

 

February 21, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – This week, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) provided an overview of his legislative priorities, agenda for the 116th Congress, and record accomplishments on behalf of New York’s 13th congressional district during this year’s State of the District event held on Tuesday evening at the Our Children’s Foundation, Inc. This year marked Rep. Espaillat’s third annual State of the District address since he was sworn into Congress in 2017.

January 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) joined 180 Democrats in unveiling the Raise the Wage Act of 2019.  The bill would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024, index future minimum wage increases to median wage growth, and ensure all workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities.

October 1, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Join Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) on Thursday, October 18th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Mural Pavilion – Harlem Hospital Center located at 512 Lenox Avenue for a career fair open to job seekers and employers throughout New York’s 13th congressional district.

August 13, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Wednesday, August 15th at 10:00 a.m. at the Inwood Post Office located at 90 Vermilyea Avenue, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will unveil an in-depth report of the United States Postal Service (USPS) facilities operating within New York’s 13th congressional district.

June 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling on Janus v. AFSCME: