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Schneiderman releases: AG backs Walmart Black Friday protests, EPA move on ozone pollution.
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News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2014

New York City Press Office / 212-416-8060
Albany Press Office / 518-473-5525
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STATEMENT FROM A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ON BLACK FRIDAY WAL-MART PROTESTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today released the following statement in support of all those gathering at more than 2,000 Wal-Mart locations nationwide to demand a fair, living wage for workers.

“Today, as millions of Americans kick off the holiday shopping season, I encourage all of them to consider the enormous injustice suffered by many of the workers who are helping them with their purchases. Across the country, workers are standing up to demand a fair day's pay for a fair day's work. I’m proud to stand with them as they raise their voices to send an important message: No one who works full-time should have to struggle to feed their families. Over the past four years, I’ve fought to crack down on employers who cheat hardworking New Yorkers our of their wages. And while we will continue to do everything we can to enforce current laws, we must also move toward enacting new laws to remedy the pervasive income inequality that is plaguing our nation.”

Since 2011, Attorney General Schneiderman has successfully returned more than $17 million in restitution to almost 14,000 workers across New York, and recovered more than $2 million in restitution and penalties for the state. Some of the Attorney General’s actions, which were detailed in this report, including:

Protecting the rights of fast food and car wash workers;
Enforcing the prevailing wage laws, which require a higher rate of pay for construction and maintenance of governmental buildings;
Combating unlawful employer retaliation against employees who have stood up for their rights;
Criminally prosecuting employers who commit egregious violations, showing extreme disregard for workers’ basic rights and the rule of law;
Innovating to protect workers who are not covered by traditional labor laws; and
Protecting workers in a digital world.
Attorney General Schneiderman encourages every worker who feels that his/her rights have been violated to contact the Office of the Attorney General’s Labor Bureau by calling (212) 416-8700 or visiting the Office of the Attorney General's website at www.ag.ny.gov.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 26, 2014

New York City Press Office / 212-416-8060
Albany Press Office / 518-473-5525
nyag.pressoffice@ag.ny.gov
Twitter: @AGSchneiderman

STATEMENT OF A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN HAILING U.S. EPA’S PROPOSAL TO STRENGTHEN AIR POLLUTION STANDARDS FOR HARMFUL OZONE

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today issued the following statement applauding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal of new, more health-protective national air standards for ozone pollution:

“The EPA’s proposal today of protective, science-based standards for ozone smog is truly a breath of fresh air. These standards will literally save lives and will also help ensure that New York’s efforts to combat ozone pollution are not undercut by pollution generated by upwind states. I applaud the EPA for taking this critical action to protect public health, and look forward to working to ensure these standards are put in place as soon as possible.”

Yesterday, Attorney General Schneiderman lead a coalition of states, including Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Rhode Island, in a letter urging the federal Office of Management and Budget to support EPA’s proposal of strengthened national ambient air quality standards for ozone. The letter cited EPA’s independent Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee’s support of a national primary standard in the range of 60 to 70 parts per billion to better protect public health and a stronger secondary standard to adequately protect forests and crops.

Elevated ozone smog levels can cause a range of harmful health impacts, including chronic respiratory illness, decreased lung function, cardiovascular disease, asthma and even premature death. According the American Lung Association’s 2014 “State of the Air” report, more than 4 in 10 people in the United States (44.8%) live in areas with unhealthful levels of ozone. The Association ranks the New York City metropolitan area as the 12th most ozone-polluted city in the nation.

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