This past week the executive board unanimously approved the following resolution:
CONCERNING: The Referendum on the Authorization of the 2019 Constitutional Convention
WHEREAS, the New York State Young Democrats continue to support the efforts of labor unions throughout the State of New York, and
WHEREAS, provisions protecting pension funds, the workers’ compensation system, the right for public-sector unions to collectively bargain, and other policies that benefit labor unions and their members are inscribed in the Constitution of the State of New York, and
WHEREAS, a referendum on November 7, 2017 to authorize a Constitutional Convention in 2019 will entitle elected delegates to alter provisions in the Constitution of the State of New York, and
WHEREAS, the Constitutional Convention would expose all labor protections delineated in the Constitution of the State of New York to the risk of eradication from the Constitution, and
WHEREAS, organized labor has rallied against the authorization of a Constitutional Convention as one of its primary legislative initiatives,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the New York State Young Democrats and its members actively recommend and encourage a vote against the authorization of the Constitutional Convention.