06/01/2006 10:16 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Progressive States' Leader Passes Landmark Worker-Rights Bill

The Progressive States Network reports that New York Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat, a member of Progressive States' board of directors, successfully passed a landmark bill protecting day care workers. Now, he's working alongside labor leaders, workers, and anti-poverty advocates to get Governor Pataki's signature on the bill and turn it into the law of New York State. Espaillat's bill is one of many across the country pursuing a unique strategy to improve working conditions for child care and home health care workers by extending union membership. If signed, it will offer protection for 25,000 workers in New York.

This is a major achievement - and a sign of how powerful progressives can be at the state level. The pressure is now on New York's Republican Gov. George Pataki. Stay tuned...