This November 7th, voters across New York State will vote whether or not to hold a state Constitutional Convention. This ballot question could trigger devastating changes to the state constitution that would harm working New Yorkers.
Whether it’s your right to collectively bargain for better wages and benefits, having access to workers’ compensation if you’re injured on the job, or collecting the public pension that you’ve paid into your entire career, a Constitutional Convention would give special interests, political insiders and lobbyists the ability to rewrite the State Constitution for their own benefit.
Groups of hard-working New Yorkers from across the political spectrum, including AFSCME Council 66, are fighting to defeat this multimillion-dollar taxpayer funded scheme—a Constitutional Convention that would cater not to the people’s wishes, but to the worst of corrupt, Albany special-interest politics.
FIVE REASONS TO VOTE “NO” ON A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION
1. A Constitutional Convention is more likely to result in harmful changes to working families. The NYS Constitution already protects our rights as union members and it provides an ironclad guarantee for your pension.
2. The last Constitutional Convention wasted millions of dollars and resulted in voters rejecting all proposed amendments. Another Constitutional Convention is estimated to cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. These are critical funds that should be used to fund education, health care, and infrastructure instead.
3. Opening up the entire constitution at once is dangerous – you can’t predict what changes will be made – everything is up for grabs. It would be very easy for special interest lobbyists and corrupt politicians to force their agenda on all of us.
4. It will be run by the same politicians, lobbyists and special interest groups who have gamed the system for their own benefits, and led to rampant corruption in Albany. Delegates to the convention are paid almost $80,000 a year. They also get to hire their own staff, including their friends and family.
5. New York State already has a legislative process to amend the state constitution that doesn’t cost taxpayers anything. The existing process allows for legislative and public input on important amendments.
“People’s Convention?” Think again.
During the last Constitutional Convention in 1967, 80% of delegates elected to that convention were politicians, former elected officials, and Albany insiders. This time will be no different.