In a first of its kind move, New York law makers have made union dues fully tax deductible. The new measure was signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The provision will benefit union employees — such as railroad and construction workers, police officers, firefighters and teachers who itemize deductions on their state tax returns.
Mario Cilento, President of the New York state AFL-CIO, said the tax deduction was a much-needed break for middle-class workers.
“We welcome this … particularly at a time when the right of working people to join a union is increasingly under attack,” he said.
“This new benefit will help us in our fight to continue to grow the middle class,” he added.
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