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File #: Res 0413-2018    Version: * Name: Allowing the city of New York to offer a dollar for dollar income tax credit for union dues.
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Civil Service and Labor
On agenda: 6/28/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign legislation allowing the city of New York to offer a dollar for dollar income tax credit for union dues.
Sponsors: Justin L. Brannan, I. Daneek Miller
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 413, 2. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-28-18

Res. No. 413

 

Resolution calling upon the State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign legislation allowing the city of New York to offer a dollar for dollar income tax credit for union dues.

 

By Council Members Brannan and Miller

 

                     Whereas, Labor unions have a long and storied history in New York City, providing workers a path to dignity, fair wages and benefits, as well as a path to the middle-class; and

                     Whereas, In recent years there have been cases brought to the United States Supreme Court seeking to overturn the Abood v. Detroit Board of Education decision of 1977; and

                     Whereas, The Court held that agency shop clauses should apply to public sector union employees; and

                     Whereas, These clauses require employees represented by a union, as a condition of their employment, to pay service charges equal to union dues, whether they choose to join the union or not,

                     Whereas, In 2015, Fredricks v. California Board of Education, a case challenging the Abood decision, was heard and resulted in a 4-4 decision; and

                     Whereas, It is likely that the decision resulted in a tie due to the unexpected passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, prior to the case being heard; and

                     Whereas, In 2017, President Trump appointed Justice Neill Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, which is now operating at its constitutionally mandated nine justices; and

                     Whereas, It has been widely speculated that the Court will decide to reverse the Abood decision, potentially imperiling public sector unions that currently make up the greater portion of the organized labor workforce; and

                     Whereas, A threat to the public sector unionized workforce is a threat to the middle-class and the economic stability they provide; and

                     Whereas, The New York State government has already passed a law to allow union employees to deduct their union dues from their state taxes; and

                     Whereas, Not all union employees itemize their tax deductions and therefore, may be unable to avail themselves of this benefit; and

                     Whereas, The recently passed federal tax plan, championed by President Trump, greatly reduces the number of taxpayers who would itemize simply by, for example, increasing the standard deduction; and

                     Whereas, A tax credit may be taken regardless of whether a union employee itemizes or takes the standard deduction; and

                     Whereas, A dollar for dollar tax credit, against New York City income tax, for union dues, would allow all union employees to take advantage of this tax benefit and incentivize union membership, and promote the economic benefits, for both city and state, that accompany a strong middle-class; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign legislation allowing the city of New York to offer a dollar for dollar income tax credit for union dues.

 

2/9/2018

LS 5436

I.M.