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Via LaborPress.org: New York State Sues Domino’s Pizza for ‘Rampant’ Wage Theft

Published on Sunday, May 29, 2016 in New York City and LaborPress
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced a lawsuit against Domino’s Pizza and three of its franchisees, charging they cheated Workers at 10 stores out of more than $565,000 in pay. The three franchisees named in the lawsuit are: Anthony Maestri, who currently owns and operates three Domino’s in Manhattan more»

The Fight For Better Wages Continues In South Bend Indiana: Honeywell Locks Its Unionized Workforce In ‘Its Push To Pay Less Than’ $15 An Hour

Published on Sunday, May 29, 2016 in National Labor News
(SOUTH BEND, INDIANA) - In November of 1936, South Bend, Indiana’s Honeywell Aerospace plant, then owned by Bendix, was the site of the first sit-down Strike by the United Automobile Workers (UAW), who were ultimately successful in getting the UAW recognized. The tactic quickly spread across the U.S., inspiring the Workers who led the far more and more»

Filipino Workers Are Seizing The ‘Means Of Communication’ In The Fight Against Verizon - Workers Understand That ‘Without A Strong Global Labor Movement,’ They’re In An ‘Unwinnable Race To The Bottom’

Published on Sunday, May 29, 2016 in Southern Tier Councils
It’s an open secret that Verizon outsources its customer service phone operations, but since the telecom giant’s Wireline Workforce went out on Strike for six weeks before coming to a tentative four-year agreement late last week it also worked to paralyze 13,000 U.S. call center jobs indefinitely, frustrating customers and creating a flood of more»

Labor Perspective From Jon Soltz, Co-Founder of VoteVets.org & An Iraq War Veteran: Prevailing Wage Is A ‘Veterans’ Issue

Published on Sunday, May 29, 2016 in New York State Labor News
Every May, we honor those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in our nation’s armed forces. Across our country, we’ll hear from politicians about the importance of “supporting our troops,” and “leaving no Veteran behind.” These are great soundbites, but 15 years removed from 9/11 - and in the wake of scandals at more»

CWA Leadership In Buffalo On The End Of The Verizon Strike: “Solidarity Was The Reason We Got What We Got” & “We Can’t Wait To Go To Bat For The Working Class” In Other Labor Disputes Here In Western New York

Published on Sunday, May 29, 2016 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – Both Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1122 President James Wagner and Local 1122 Executive Vice President John Mudie tell WNYLaborToday.com they “cannot remember” stronger solidarity than was shown over a six-week-long Strike by nearly 40,000 Union-represented Employees at Verizon. They hope to funnel the more»

Via The Guardian: SEIU Makes Fighting Climate Change A Campaign Priority

Published on Friday, May 27, 2016 in National Labor News
One of the U.S.’s largest Unions has voted to use political pressure to fight climate change, citing events such as Hurricane Sandy, the California drought and the water situation in Flint, Michigan, as examples of how the phenomenon disproportionately affects its Members. Members of the two-million-strong Service Employees International Union (SEIU) more»

Verizon Strike Over, Tentative Four-Year Contract Reached In Principle – IBEW International President Stephenson Tells WNYLaborToday.com U.S. Labor Secretary Perez Played ‘Key Role’ In Bringing About Agreement

Published on Friday, May 27, 2016 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Nearly 40,000 Striking Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represented Workers got an early Memorial Day Weekend gift today (Friday, May 27th) when U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced that an agreement in principle had been reached on a tentative four-year more»

IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson Tells WNYLaborToday.com He's "Optimistic" The Strike By IBEW & CWA Represented Verizon Workers Could Be Coming To An End

Published on Thursday, May 26, 2016 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: You can watch WNYLaborToday.com’s three-minute-long interview with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers International President Lonnie Stephenson on Your On-Line Labor Newspaper’s Social Network Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/wnylt/. (PHILADELPHIA) – International more»

Nearly 200 Western New York School Bus Drivers & Monitors ‘Go Union’ With The Teamsters - STA Drivers & Monitors In Niagara County City Of Lockport Join Local 449 For Improved Working Conditions

Published on Thursday, May 26, 2016 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
(LOCKPORT, NEW YORK) - School Bus Drivers and Monitors at STA/Ridge Road Express, who transport students for the Lockport City School District and Starpoint Central School District in Niagara County, overcame tough opposition from management to join the Teamsters Union. The nearly 200 School Bus Workers voted decisively in favor of Teamsters Local 449 in more»

1,700 Striking CWA-Represented AT&T Workers In San Diego Return To Their Jobs After A Six-Day Grievance Strike Over How Call Center Employees Are Monitored

Published on Thursday, May 26, 2016 in National Labor News
(SAN DIEGO) - Striking AT&T Union-represented Customer Service Workers in San Diego returned to their jobs Wednesday (May 25th) after a six-day Grievance Strike over how call center employees are monitored. About 1,700 Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 9509 Members walked off the job May 19th after AT&T refused to release monitoring more»

A ‘Union Voice’ in ‘Babeland’ – 25 New York City Adult Toy Store Workers Overwhelmingly Vote To Join The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union

Published on Thursday, May 26, 2016 in New York City and LaborPress
(NEW YORK CITY) – Twenty-Five Employees of Babeland, an Adult Toy Store with three locations in New York City, have voted overwhelmingly to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). The move, the Workers said, would help them address a number of wage and training issues, as well as some concerns related more specifically to the more»

Here’s Why You ‘Need’ To Be Informed ‘Before’ You Cast Your Vote For President: Donald Trump Profited From Investing In The Parent Of A Business He ‘Criticized’ For ‘Causing’ 2,100 Layoffs In Indiana

Published on Thursday, May 26, 2016 in National Labor News
(INDIANAPOLIS) – Here’s why you need to be informed before you cast your vote for president: GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump profited from an investment in the parent company of a business he has slammed for laying off 2,100 Workers in Indiana and moving production to Mexico. Trump earned interest income of $2,501 to $5,000 from an more»

LABOR NEWS UPDATE: IBEW Local 36’s Organizing Effort At Rochester Gas & Electric Is Successful - 31 Non-Union Workers Vote To ‘Go Union’

Published on Thursday, May 26, 2016 in New York State Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) – An organizing effort by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 36 at Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) proved to be a successful one, as 31 Workers employed in the utility company’s Energy Control Division voted on Wednesday (May 25th) to Go Union, Union Officials tell WNYLaborToday.com today more»

IBEW Local 36’s Organizing Effort At Rochester Gas & Electric Comes To A Vote On Wednesday, 31 Workers Will Decide Whether Or Not To ‘Go Union’

Published on Monday, May 23, 2016 in New York State Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) – An organizing effort by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 36 at Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) comes to a vote on Wednesday (May 25th) as 31 Workers employed in the utility company’s Energy Control Division will decide whether or not to Go Union. “I’m ‘pretty more»

Holding Business Owners Accountable: Suburban Chicago Contractor Charged With Underpaying Union Workers By More Than $1.5 Million Between 2008 & 2013

Published on Sunday, May 22, 2016 in National Labor News
(CHICAGO) - The owner of a northwest suburban Chicago construction company has been charged with fraud for allegedly underpaying Union Employees and underfunding their pensions. Joseph Lampignano, 43, of Itasca, is charged with one count of mail fraud, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors said Lampignano, co-owner of more»

Pretty Strong Language From The Pope - Pontiff Calls Those Who Exploit Cheap Labor As “True Leeches (Who) Live Off The Bloodletting Of People Whom They’ve Made To Work As Slaves”

Published on Sunday, May 22, 2016 in New York State Labor News
(VATICAN CITY) - During a Mass held in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae earlier this month, Pope Francis offered up some pretty strong language when it comes to human traffickers and unjust business owners who become wealthy by exploiting others for cheap Labor: "Those who do this are ‘true leeches’ and ‘live off the more»

Labor Perspective From Former AFT Organizing Director Shaun Richman Via In These Times: The Verizon Strike Is Now In Its Second Month & The Stakes Are Higher Than Ever

Published on Sunday, May 22, 2016 in Guest Columns
As the massive Strike at Verizon enters its second month with no end in sight, the stakes - for the Workers, the company, and the broader Labor Movement - are rising. Even mainstream media outlets like The New York Times have taken note, casting it as something of an epochal battle over whether the economy can tolerate good jobs that actually deliver more»

Moms & Dads, Kids & Dogs – Weekend ‘Family Day’ On The Picket Line In The Verizon Strike: Says CWA Local 1122’s John Mudie: “This Is The Generation We’re Fighting For”

Published on Sunday, May 22, 2016 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Teamsters Local 264 Representatives Tony Vaccaro (holding the flag on the left) and Darrin Ziemba (with his dog on right) join Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1122 President James Wagner (behind the Verigreedy Sign) on the picket line outside a Verizon Wireless store on Saturday (May 21st) in the Buffalo more»

“We’re Back At It” - Just 10 Months After Ratifying Retroactive Two-Year Contract, Guild Reps Head Back To The Bargaining Table With The Buffalo News

Published on Sunday, May 22, 2016 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – Just 10 months after its Membership approved a new and retroactive contract, the Buffalo Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 31026 - which represents a shade more than 200 Workers at The Buffalo News - “is back at it,” according to Guild President Henry Davis, as new talks kicked off earlier this more»

Via The Chicago Tribune: Laid Off Union-Represented Oreo Bakery Workers Question Mondelez CEO On Job Cuts At Company’s Annual Meeting – Ask It Reverse Its Decision To Move American Jobs To Mexico

Published on Friday, May 20, 2016 in National Labor News
(CHICAGO) - For the first time since the announcement last summer of 600 job cuts at the Nabisco plant on Chicago's Southwest Side, Mondelez International CEO Irene Rosenfeld fielded questions directly from some of those affected by the layoffs at the company's annual meeting in suburban Lincolnshire Wednesday (May 18th). Deerfield-based Mondelez, a $30 more»

Just In Case You Didn’t Know: UAW President Dennis Williams On GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump – “We Ruled Him Out Real Quick” For Union’s Endorsement

Published on Friday, May 20, 2016 in National Labor News
(DETROIT) - The United Auto Workers (UAW) has not formally endorsed a candidate for president of the United States, but one thing is certain: It will not back Donald Trump. UAW President Dennis Williams told reporters at a media roundtable Thursday morning (May 19th) that the UAW took issue with some of Trump's comments on moving automotive jobs from more»

How About This One? The NBA Milwaukee Bucks Commit To Living Wage Deal For Area Residents Hired At New Arena

Published on Friday, May 20, 2016 in National Labor News
(MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN) - The owners of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Milwaukee Bucks owners have agreed to pay Workers at the new downtown arena that is being built at least $12 per hour by next year - and at least $15 per hour by 2023. Scheduled to open in fall of 2018, the 714,000-square-foot arena will be home to Bucks basketball as more»

AFSCME President Lee Saunders on Final Obama Administration Overtime Rule: “Americans Are Now Much Closer To Getting The Hard-Earned Raise They Deserve.”

Published on Friday, May 20, 2016 in National Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee Saunders - whose Public Employees Union represents 1.6 million Members across the United States - says the Obama Administration’s final Overtime Rule, which will raise the overtime salary threshold for millions of Americans to $47,476, is more»

Via LaborPress.org: A 'Grim' Reminder Of Non-Union Construction Deaths In New York City

Published on Friday, May 20, 2016 in New York City and LaborPress
(NEW YORK CITY) - Hundreds of Unionized Building Tradespeople pounded on mock coffins and chanted “How many more must die?” outside a Gilbane, Incorporated development on Fulton Street in New York City on Thursday afternoon (May 19th), in a mass protest aimed at both convincing the developer to stop using irresponsible contractors - and honoring more»

10,000 Rally In Illinois, Demand Republican Governor Rauner Stop Hurting Working Families With His Anti-Worker Agenda

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in National Labor News
(SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS) – In an amazing show of Union Power, an estimated 10,000 turned out for a major rally at the capitol in Springfield, Illinois Wednesday (May 18th) against the Anti-Worker agenda of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner - with representatives of 38 individual Unions joined by more than 20 community organizations in making a public more»

Via The New York Daily News: 60 Con Edison Contractors Vote To Authorize Strike Over Wages, Lack Of Proper Safety Training

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in New York City and LaborPress
(NEW YORK CITY) – Unionized Verizon Workers who are currently out on Strike may soon get some company in New York City. Workers at Allstate Power Vac - a Con Edison contractor – have voted unanimously to authorize a Strike. The 60 Staffers have been trying to negotiate a new contract for the past seven months, to no avail. The front line more»

The New York State United Teachers Union Says SUNY's ‘Top-Down’ TeachNY Report “Fails To Address The Real Issues” With Teacher Education

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) President Karen Magee says a report released this week by the State University at New York’s (SUNY) TeachNY Advisory Council fails to adequately acknowledge the serious problems with Teacher Certification in New York State - and is a “distraction from the significant work more»

USW Applauds OSHA’s Rule Improving The Tracking Of Workplace Illnesses & Injuries

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in National Labor News
(PITTSBURGH) - The United Steelworkers (USW) are praising the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) announcement of a final rule revising the current regulation on its injury and illness record-keeping requirements. Under the revised rule, all Employers must submit illness and injury reports electronically, with a frequency more»

CSEA Western Region Six Officials Help Broker Residential Parking Remedy For Union-Represented Workers In Buffalo’s Growing Downtown Medical Corridor

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) - Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Western Region Six Leadership recently helped broker an agreement with a number of community partners on a Residential Parking Permit System in Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood, where Workers employed in the city’s growing Downtown Medical Corridor park their cars due to high parking ramp more»

Via socialistworker.org: CWA Local 1105 Steward Dominic Renda Report On An Injunction Issued Against Verizon Workers: Hotel Pickets Worked, So They Were Banned

Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in National Labor News
One Month into the Strike by 39,000 Workers against Telecommunications Giant Verizon, the Union Tactic of protesting hotels where scabs are being housed has emerged as one of the most successful ways to disrupt the operations of the powerful corporation. More than a dozen New York City hotels, eager to get rid of the disruptions of angry chanting Workers, more»

Via LaborPress.org: The ‘Real Reason’ CUNY Hasn't Settled A Contract

Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in New York City and LaborPress
(NEW YORK CITY) - After six years without a raise, members of the Union representing Faculty and Staff at the City University of New York (CUNY) have overwhelming voted to authorize a Strike - something they haven’t done since 1973. But why haven’t state legislators and CUNY administrators been able to come up with the money to give more»

Via In These Times: “We’re Not Paid Enough” - Cafeteria Workers at Walt Disney World Want A Union

Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in National Labor News
(ORLANDO, FLORIDA) - Cafeteria Workers at the Most Magical Place on Earth are trying to organize a Union, as three-quarters of the Workers at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida have signed cards indicating they want UNITE HERE to represent them. Disney World, the largest single-site employer in the United States, has more than 74,000 Workers, the more»

Troy's Kate Mullany, An Irish Immigrant Who Organized The First Women's Union, Is Inducted To Labor Hall Of Fame

Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in New York State Labor News
(TROY, NEW YORK) - The hope is that someday, school field trips to the Kate Mullany House in Troy will be as common as tours of the Capitol. Mullany, an Irish Immigrant, was a laundress in Troy who, in 1864, organized 300 other women to form the country's first all female Labor Union. She went on to become the first woman to be elected an officer in the more»

CWA & IBEW Leadership And Verizon Management Agree To Involving Mediator As Contract Talks Resume

Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in National Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - After meeting in Washington with U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Verizon management and leadership from the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have agreed to involve a mediator as their contract talks resumed this week. Philly.com reports that all involved agreed to accept more»

Labor Perspective From CSEA Western Region President Flo Tripi: Public Service And Private Sector Workers ‘Never Quit’

Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in Guest Columns
It’s important for our communities to know that Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Public Service and Private Sector Workers never quit. The potholes on our streets need to be filled, our drinking water needs to be purified, garbage needs to be picked up, our kids need to be cared for by accredited day care centers and educated at our dynamic more»

Via The Union Strong Blog: Five Key Reasons To Back The Working People At Verizon

Published on Monday, May 16, 2016 in National Labor News
Most of you know what led to the Verizon Strike. Contract talks between Verizon and Members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) began in June of 2015. The Workers’ last contract expired on August 1st, 2015 and on April 13th (2016) the Strike began. CWA and IBEW Union more»

Labor Perspective From Certified Medical Assistant Jean Coriolan Via The New Haven Register Forum: Union Membership Protects A Great Job

Published on Monday, May 16, 2016 in Guest Columns
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: This Labor Perspective - Union Membership Protects A Great Job - is authored by Jean Coriolan, who is employed as a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) at the Smilow Cancer Center in Torrington, Connecticut. It appears in The New Haven Register Form and can be directly accessed at: more»

Labor Perspective By Ben Casselman at fivethirtyeight.com: Americans Don’t Miss Manufacturing - They Miss Unions

Published on Monday, May 16, 2016 in Guest Columns
U.S. manufacturing jobs, I argued a few weeks ago, are never coming back. But that doesn’t stop politicians from talking about them. Donald Trump scored his knockout blow in Indiana in part by railing against the decision by Carrier, a local air-conditioning manufacturer, to shift production to Mexico. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have more»

Via ThinkProgress: Thinking About Spending Your Money At A National Restaurant Chain? Then Read This First: How A Giant Restaurant Conglomerate Teamed Up With Banks To Stiff Its Workers

Published on Monday, May 16, 2016 in National Labor News
The struggling corporate giant behind The Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and other national restaurant chains is forcing tens of thousands of Workers to effectively pay rent on their own money. Workers at Darden Restaurants chains are routinely told they must accept prepaid debit cards instead of paychecks, according to a new report from the Worker more»

Verizon Strike Update: As Striking CWA & IBEW Workers Deal With Their Health Benefits Cut, U.S. Secretary Of Labor Perez Gets Involved – Meets With Both Sides In Washington In Order To Help Resolve Labor Dispute

Published on Sunday, May 15, 2016 in National Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Secretary Of Labor Thomas Perez gets involved in the Communications Workers of America (CWA)/International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) ongoing Strike against Verizon, meets with representatives from both sides in Washington, D.C. in an attempt to help resolve the Labor dispute. Several days ago, Secretary of more»

More Workers Hitting The Picket Line In The U.S.: 400 International Association Of Machinists Go Out On Strike at Triumph Composite Systems in Spokane, Washington After The Company Failed To Bargain Fairly

Published on Sunday, May 15, 2016 in National Labor News
(SPOKANE, WASHINGTON) – After Union Leaders say the company “failed to bargain fairly,” 400 Workers represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) in Spokane, Washington have gone out on Strike against Triumph Composite Systems. A picket line went up one minute after midnight on Wednesday (May 11th) morning outside more»

Teamsters’ Unfair Labor Practice Strike Against US Foods In Maryland Stretches Across The United States, Including Here In Western New York

Published on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BALTIMORE, MARYLAND) - Teamsters Local 355 and 570 in the Baltimore, Maryland area are engaged in an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Strike against US Foods, which stems from US Foods’ demand the Union accept $5-an-hour in wage concessions and a cessation of pension contributions under the threat of moving the work to a near-by Non-Union facility. And more»

CWA Uncovers Massive Verizon Offshoring Operation In Philippines

Published on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in National Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Over the course of a four-day visit to the Philippines this week, four representatives of Communications Workers of America (CWA) who are on Strike discovered that the extent to which Verizon is offshoring work is far beyond what has previously been reported and what the company publicly has claimed. Verizon is offshoring customer service more»

Tony Speelman Unanimously Elected President of New York’s Largest Grocery Workers Union - United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1500, Which Represents More Than 20,000 Members

Published on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in New York City and LaborPress
(NEW YORK CITY) - Tony Speelman, a committed Labor Leader who’s dedicated nearly four decades of fighting for hard-working men and women, has been unanimously elected President of the over 20,000 member United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 (UFCW). Robert Newell, who began his career in 1990 pushing shopping carts at Pathmark, was unanimously more»

More Good Organizing News: Ohio Autoworkers ‘Go Union’ At Ford Supplier & Teachers At Pennsylvania Charter School Vote Overwhelmingly For Union Representation

Published on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in National Labor News
(AVON, OHIO) - Workers who’d planned to walk off their jobs at an Ohio auto parts plant called off the Strike after their employer, Detroit Chassis, agreed to their demand to join the United Auto Workers (UAW). The Workers, who were fed up with low pay, lack of benefits, and permanent temp status, had recently voted unanimously to strike. The vote more»

After Calling Police On Union Members, Kroger Now Faces Charges For Violating Federal Law

Published on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in National Labor News
(ROANOKE, VIRGINIA) – Earlier this week, Kroger Employees and United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400 staff talked to customers at several stores in the Roanoke, Virginia Region about the company’s awful proposal to offer only slight raises over the next four years, provide no paid sick days, and cut off health care for retired more»

President Obama Meets with AFSCME Member In Flint, Michigan - AFSCME Local 1603’s Tyrone Wooten Tells Obama: ‘My Union Serves The People Of Flint And We Want To Get Busy Fixing This Problem, But We Need The Resources.”

Published on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in National Labor News
(FLINT, MICHIGAN) – For Tyrone Wooten, a Member of AFSCME Local 1603 (Council 25), May 4th was a big day for him and his hometown. He personally met with President Obama to discuss the water crisis before the president addressed city residents, reassuring them that “I’ve got your back” and “You’ve got more»

Good News For Working People Via The Washington Post: Democrats Hand Obama ‘Stinging Defeat’ On Trade Deal - President’s ‘Fast-Track’ Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Bill Derailed By Senate Vote

Published on Thursday, May 12, 2016 in National Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Could this be the populist moment? A seemingly unstoppable coalition of the powerful assembled to advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Bill: A Democratic president aligned with the Republican majority in both chambers of Congress and the full lobbying might of Corporate America. But on Tuesday (May 10th) afternoon, the Senate more»

Remembering The Late Joe Sweeny: NYSUT Board Member, Former Dunkirk Teachers Association President, Southern Tier Union Activist & 38-Year Social Studies Teachers ‘Always Kept His Members Foremost On His Mind’

Published on Thursday, May 12, 2016 in Southern Tier Councils
(DUNKIRK, NEW YORK) - From a gurney in the emergency room at Buffalo General Hospital on May 6th, Joe Sweeny (pictured below/Photo Courtesy of NYSUT) wanted to make sure his longtime companion Mary Ellen Decker did not forget … the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) tickets to a May 9th fundraiser for Southern Tier U.S. Congressional Candidate more»

Yet Another Reason Why Workers ‘Need’ Unions: “I Had To Wear Pampers” Says A U.S. Poultry Worker Detailing 'Brutal' Conditions In Damning Report

Published on Thursday, May 12, 2016 in National Labor News
According to an explosive new report on working conditions in the chicken processing industry, Workers at one Arkansas poultry plant said they were denied restroom breaks - to the point some "had to wear Pampers." That’s what one Worker who was only identified as Dolores stated in a report: No Relief, which was released Wednesday (May 11th) by the more»