New York State economy

Wages for young New York Workers stuck at 1979 levels: Union representation means higher wages, more benefits

October 16, 2008. A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Unions and Upward Mobility for Young Workers, shows that the median wage in New York State for unionized young workers is 13 percent higher than for nonunion – and 15.5 higher for young women. Press release including New York-specific data >>(read more)

Unions Lift Wages for New York’s Hispanics

September 16, 2008. Unionization doubles health care and pension coverage. A new report from the Center on Economic and Policy Research, Unions and Upward Mobility for Latino Workers, shows that the median wage in New York State for unionized worker is $16.46 per hour, compared to a median of $12.00 per hour for nonunion. Press release including New York-specific data >>(read more)

State of Working New York 2008: New York’s Rising Unemployment – The Other Crisis in Albany

August 28, 2008. Job losses rise, straining state unemployment insurance. Unemployment is up by 56,000 in the first half of 2008; in 25 counties, the increase is over 20 percent. New York’s projected budget gaps have received considerable attention in Albany; the state’s growing unemployment is the other crisis to which Albany must also turn its attention.

FPI’s State of Working New York series, published biennially since 1999, provides comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the data … (read more)

Unions Make a Big Difference for Low-Wage Workers

May 15, 2008. A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research analyzes Current Population Survey data from the Census Bureau and finds that workers represented by a union have higher wages, especially at the low end of the scale. Press release with New York specific data >>

“Too often, people think there’s not much we can do to reverse polarization in our economy. Here’s clear evidence that unionization helps: it raises wages for all workers, and it … (read more)

Honoring Dr. King’s Commitment to Unions

March 31, 2008. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated forty years ago while in Memphis supporting the unionization of African American sanitation workers. To commemorate Dr. King’s commitment to unionization, FPI and the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) are releasing new data about unionization among blacks in the nation and in New York State. Press release and data tables (unionization rates and union membership by race, 50 states). Also see CEPR’s Unions and Upward Mobility for African-American Workers(read more)

Testimony on the 2008-2009 Executive Budget – Economic Development and Taxes

February 11, 2008. Testimony submitted by FPI executive director Frank Mauro to the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means committees. Given the many signs that we are in a recession, state leaders must be especially careful about the way they close the state budget gap. Some gap-closing strategies could actually exacerbate the downturn.… (read more)

Wall Street’s Binge, Workers’ Hangover

November 6, 2007. An article by James Parrott, FPI’s deputy director and chief economist, who writes regularly for Gotham Gazette’s Economy section. Article >>(read more)

Cutting Upstate Adrift Doesn’t Serve It Well

March 6, 2007. A statement from FPI executive director Frank Mauro.… (read more)

New York State Workers’ Compensation: How Big Is the Coverage Shortfall?

January 25, 2007.  (Includes addendum of February 5, 2007.) Between 500,000 and a million New York workers who should have workers’ compensation coverage do not, and the system’s revenues are $500 million to $1 billion lower than they should be. Fragmented responsibility for enforcement has allowed employers to provide unemployment insurance but not workers’ compensation coverage to some workers; in other cases employers misclassify employees as consultants to keep them out of both systems. Report >>(read more)

One New York: An Agenda for Shared Prosperity

November 20, 2006. One New York: An Agenda for Shared Prosperity is a comprehensive look at the economic and fiscal policy recommendations New York needs to strengthen the economy in each region of the state and to strengthen the middle class.

One New York: full report, executive summary, press release (also below)

Related:

(read more)