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A Change To The Tompkins County IDA ‘Provides Better’ Labor Representation - Resolution Removes One Legislature Seat From The IDA & Replaces It With A Seat Designated For A Local Labor Rep

Published Monday, December 21, 2020
by Labor News Services & The Central NY AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation
A Change To The Tompkins County IDA ‘Provides Better’ Labor Representation - Resolution Removes One Legislature Seat From The IDA & Replaces It With A Seat Designated For A Local Labor Rep

(ITHACA, NEW YORK) - Some changes were made to the composition of the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (TCIDA) at the county’s most recent Legislature meeting.  The resolution removed one legislature seat from the IDA and replaces it with a seat designated for a local Labor Representative.

The change ensures Labor has representation in the TCIDA.  The change was instigated by Legislator Anna Kelles and passed unanimously by a vote of 14-to-0.  Legislator Rich John, who serves as the IDA’s current Chair, noted that he has seen the IDA’s respect of local Labor.  

The Central New York Area Labor Federation credited the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 4 and the Tompkins-Cortland Construction Building Trades Council for working with the Climate and Sustainable Energy Advisory Board to make a series of recommendations to the Tompkins County Legislature in regards to Labor, Green Jobs and Climate concerns.

In order to make these recommendations a reality the community and Organized Labor have come together with petitions, e-mail campaigns, phone calls and a rally, Labor Federation Representatives said.

Among the recommendations Organized Labor made in its report were: A Green Labor Policy for the IDA; Appointing a representative from the Building Trades Council to the TCIDA; Work collaboratively with the TCIDA to reassess and adapt the Enhanced Energy Policy and base energy abatement policies in March 2021; Recommend the TCIDA implement a Local Labor Policy where 100% of all project Employees are required to reside in Tompkins County and contiguous counties, unless they request and qualify for a waiver; Recommend the TCIDA require developers receiving tax abatements to incentivize participation in Apprenticeship Programs or contribute to a Green Jobs Training Fund to support the aforementioned Green Work Readiness Program; and Recommend the TCIDA also require developers with a total project cost over $7 million to conduct feasibility studies on the labor cost savings and potential workforce benefits of the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs).

To Directly Access Some Of This Labor News Story, Go To: https://whcuradio.com/news/025520-changes-to-the-tcida-provides-better-labor-representation/

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