FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Long Island, NY – Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce, Riverhead Chamber of Commerce, Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce, Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Long Island Advancement of Small Business, Long Island Association (LIA), and Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTnet) today announced that they are joining the Flexible Work for New York Coalition, an effort to protect New Yorkers’ ability to maintain flexible work hours that fit their schedules and support their families. The new members join the coalition in an effort to urge New York State legislators to consider the devastating economic impacts and unintended consequences of overly broad legislation that seeks to reclassify flexible workers.
“Flexible work opportunities have provided substantial benefits by spurring Long Island’s economy, while expanding earnings opportunities for thousands of residents living in Farmingdale and across Long Island,” said Joseph A. Garcia, President of Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce. “As Albany lawmakers propose legislation to reclassify flexible work, they must consider the thousands of Long Island businesses and residents who rely on flexible jobs to support their small businesses, care for loved ones, pursue an education, or supplement their existing income.”
In California, a new law that attempts to force hundreds of thousands of workers to become employees is causing massive uncertainty across the state’s economy, already affecting thousands of local businesses and families of flexible workers. As Albany lawmakers attempt to pass legislation mirroring the California law this legislative session, they should be mindful of the unintended consequences that could throw New Yorkers’ financial stability into jeopardy. Such a law would threaten the freedom of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who choose to work on their own schedule, and could lead to set shifts, flat wages and limits on the number of people who can earn on these platforms. New York has the opportunity to consider worker protections without jeopardizing worker’s flexibility.
2017 Census data shows that more than 2.7 million independent contractors work in transportation and warehousing; 2.8 million contractors are in personal services (barbers, beauticians, nail technicians, and hairdressers); 2.1 in administrative and support services (includes call centers, hiring agencies and debt collection agencies); 1.7 million specialty trade contractors; and 1.3 million athletes and performing artists.
Full list of coalition members:
100 Black Men
Amherst Chamber of Commerce
Brennan’s Bowery Bar
Buffalo Niagara Brewers Association
Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Business Council of New York State
Capital Region Chamber of Commerce
Centerstate Corporation For Economic Opportunity
Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce
Destination Niagara USA
Elmwood Village Association
Food Industry Alliance
Glen Cove Chamber
Long Island Advancement of Small Business
Long Island African American Chamber
Long Island Association
Niagara USA Chamber
NYC Hispanic Chamber
Rockland Business Association
Thin Man Brewery
Trucking Association of New York
Visit Buffalo Niagara
Flexible Work for New York is a diverse coalition of app-based technology companies, business groups, and civic organizations from across New York State, which is leading the charge to protect workers’ rights to work when, where, and for however long they want. A full list of coalition members can be found at nycoalition4independentwork.com.