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06/01/06 Progressive States Board Member Presses Landmark Bill

Progressive States Board Member Presses Landmark Bill NY Assemblyman Espaillat Advocates for Day Care Workers New York, NY - ¬≠Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat, a founding board member of the Progressive States Network, recently addressed a rally of over 1,000 family day care providers to urge the Governor to sign his bill extending union protections to these hard-working, low-paid workers. Espaillat sponsored the measure extending state worker protections to these employees who often toil for little pay. If Governor Pataki signs the legislation, the workers will gain additional protection as members of a union, most likely as members of the United Federation of Teachers which has been organizing day care workers in New York. "American workers deserve a fair shake," explained Joel Barkin, executive director of the Progressive States Network. "Assemblyman Espaillat has shown great leadership and commitment in helping to improve the lives of New York’s day care workers. We join with New York workers in encouraging Governor Pataki to sign this bill." Espaillat's bill follows a trend in states of offering union protection to low-wage workers such as child care and home health care workers previously denied union status under state and federal law. It is one of many new approaches in the states addressing the problem of stagnating wages and working conditions in America. The Progressive States Network was founded in 2005 to drive public policy debates and change the political landscape in the United States by focusing on attainable and progressive state level actions. It recently changed its name from the Progressive Legislative Action Network (PLAN).