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Buffalo AFL-CIO President Mike Hoffert Says “There Isn’t A Better Candidate… Period” Than Labor-Endorsed Erie County Executive Candidate Mark Poloncarz

Published on Monday, July 18, 2011 in Labor Endorsements
(BUFFALO) – Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz, who’s received the endorsement of the Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council in the race for the Erie County Executive’s Office, believes county residents/taxpayers are ready for a change. So much, in fact, that while walking in the July 4th Parade in Orchard Park - which has never been a traditional more»

Operating Engineers Local 17 Pleased With New Four-Year Contract With Area Independent Heavy Highway Contractors/Agreement Calls For Wage Increases & Future Employment Stability For Union’s Western New York Membership

Published on Monday, July 18, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(LAKE VIEW) – Representatives of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17 tell WNYLaborToday.com a new agreement with the Erie County-Headquartered Union’s Independent Heavy Highway Contractors has been ratified. The four-year pact calls for a wage increase and future employment stability for its Western New York Membership. The more»

Sunday Labor Column (On A Monday, Again): Congrats To OPEIU Local 212 & Their Membership, Alphonso’s Son Melts Down, Yet Another Reason Why Workers Need Union Representation & Remembering Old Friend Joe “Big Joe” Zienski

Published on Monday, July 18, 2011 in Guest Columns
News, Notes & A Bunch Of Observations Made While Covering The Western New York Labor Community Over The Past Several Days: First off, WNYLaborToday.com would like to offer our Congratulations to Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 212 on their now successful and nearly three-month-long campaign to get a new contract at more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Cantor Obstructionism Imperils Finding a Debt Ceiling Solution & Alliance Activism Surrounding The Budget Talks

Published on Saturday, July 16, 2011 in Union Retirees
Cantor Obstructionism Imperils Finding A Debt Ceiling Solution With little more than two weeks to go before a possible government default, Congressional Leaders are sounding out their members this weekend over a deal to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling while cutting the overall debt by some $2 trillion over 10 years - or look for an unorthodox more»

The United Steelworkers Express Anger & Disappointment In The Announced Closing of Goodyear Tire’s Union City, Tennessee Plant

Published on Saturday, July 16, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(PITTSBURGH) - The United Steelworkers (USW) Union is voicing its disappointment that Goodyear Tire has issued a WARN (The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act) notice to its Members at Local 878L - informing them that their services will no longer be needed at the Union City, Tennessee facility that is now scheduled for shutdown. The Worker more»

WNYLaborToday.com Young Unionist Update: American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees’ Next Wave Of Young Leaders Energized To Confront Challenges

Published on Saturday, July 16, 2011 in Young Unionists
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: For more information and to view a Labor News Video on the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees’ recently-held Next Wave Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, visit: http://www.afscme.org/blog/afscmes-next-wave-of-young-leaders-energized-to-confront-challenges. (ATLANTA) - More than 600 new and young more»

Didja See This One From Republican U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell?... We Must Rewrite he Constitution Because “Elections Haven’t Worked”

Published on Saturday, July 16, 2011 in State-National Labor News
Speaking on the Senate floor this week, Republican U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky offered what may be the most concise summary of Conservative Constitutionalism ever spoken — America must rewrite the Constitution to force Conservative outcomes because we the people consistently elect lawmakers who disagree with McConnell. “The more»

New Report Questions Effectiveness Of Industrial Development Agencies Across New York, Including Niagara & Wyoming Counties/State Comptroller DiNapoli Recommends Increased Accountability And Transparency

Published on Saturday, July 16, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
(WESTERN NEW YORK) - Members of the Getting Our Money’s Worth Coalition are responding positively to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s annual report on Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Performance, which concluded that despite improvements in reporting - more needs to be done to accurately evaluate the effectiveness of these economic more»

BREAKING LABOR NEWS: The Public Employees Federation Announces It Has Reached A Tentative Contract Agreement With New York State

Published on Saturday, July 16, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(ALBANY) - The Public Employees Federation (PEF) has reached a tentative contract agreement with the State, New York’s second-largest State-Employee Union that represents 58,000 Professional, Scientific and Technical Employees announced today (Saturday, July 16th). As a result of the conceptual agreement, Governor Andrew Cuomo has agreed to rescind the more»

BREAKING LABOR NEWS: OPEIU Local 212-Represented Workers Ratify New Three-Year Contract With Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Western New York By A 95% Margin

Published on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York/HealthNow, Inc. Members represented by Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 212 take part in a ratification vote on a new three-year contract with the Western New York Health Insurance Provider today (Wednesday, July 13th) at the Hearthstone Manor in more»

LABOR NEWS UPDATE: Wisconsin Voters Not Fooled In Recall Vote, Vote for “Real” Candidates To Face “Walker Six”

Published on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 in State-National Labor News
Wisconsin voters saw through Republican trickery and voted for the real candidates in six State Senate Democratic primaries on Tuesday (July 12th). The balloting was the first round of elections to recall six Republican State Senators who were instrumental in ramming through Republican Governor Scott Walker’s bill that eliminates the Collective more»

Experts & National Leaders Agree The Jobs Crisis Will Not Be Cured with the Same Policies that Created the Crisis, Instead Job-Creating Solutions Must Be Explored

Published on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(WASHINGTON) - On the heels of two months of dismal job growth, a panel of Workers, Economists and National Leaders detailed solutions on how to deal with the jobs crisis during a National AFL-CIO Forum held in Washington, D.C. yesterday (Monday, July 11th). Titled "The Jobs Crisis - Moving to Action: A Dialogue Between Workers and Policymakers," the more»

Wisconsin Voters Head To Polls Today In Next Step To Recall The “Walker Six”

Published on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 in State-National Labor News
Today (Tuesday, July 12th), Wisconsin Working Family Voters are taking another step to take back their government from Republican Governor Scott Walker’s radical, anti-family, anti-community, pro-Koch Brothers agenda - and they have to defeat a Republican dirty trick to do it! After the State Senate in March rammed through Walker’s bill that eliminates more»

Sunday (On A Monday) Labor Column: Congrats To OPEIU Local 212 At Blue Cross Blue Shield Of WNY, Congrats To IBEW Local 237’s Graduating Apprentices & Don’t Forget The Buffalo AFL-CIO Council’s Upcoming Summer Picnic!

Published on Monday, July 11, 2011 in Guest Columns
News, Notes & A Bunch Of Observations Made While Covering The Western New York Labor Community Over The Past Several Days: My apologies for the lateness of WNYLaborToday.com’s weekly Sunday Labor Column. I was out-of-town over the weekend at a family reunion in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and now find myself scrambling to recover and get on track in more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Debt Ceiling Talks Focus On Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid Cuts, What You Can Do: Contact the White House & “Chained” CPI Targets Middle & Lower-Income Workers

Published on Monday, July 11, 2011 in Union Retirees
Debt Ceiling Talks Focus On Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid Cuts President Obama is pressing Congressional Leaders “to consider a far-reaching debt-reduction plan that would force Democrats to accept major changes to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for Republican support for fresh tax revenue,” The Washington Post reported more»

Labor Perspective From Cory McCray, Chairman Of The Baltimore-Based Young Trade Unionists Group: Four Reasons Why I’ll Be Voting In The 2012 Presidential Election

Published on Monday, July 11, 2011 in Young Unionists
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Cory McCray, who serves as chairman of the Baltimore, Maryland-headquartered Young Trade Unionists Group (pictured above in one of WNYLaborToday.com’s “It’s Cool To Be Union” T-Shirts), is a frequent Young Unionist Contributor to WNYLaborToday.com. This is the latest offering from McCray that WNYLaborToday.com more»

Union-Represented Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Employees In Southern Erie County Charge Springville Medical Facility With Unfair Labor Practice

Published on Monday, July 11, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(SPRINGVILLE) - In separate actions, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and 1199 SEIU (Service Employees International Union) United Healthcare Workers East, which combine to represent 200 Workers who are employed at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home in Southern Erie County, have filed Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) more»

National AFL-CIO President Trumka Reacts To June Employment Figures, Says “Too Many Politicians Are Blocking Desperately Needed Measures To Create New Jobs And Their Actions Are Now Pro-Longing The Recession”

Published on Monday, July 11, 2011 in State-National Labor News
National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on June’s Employment Figures: The news that our economic recovery is stalled is a warning bell for leaders in Washington. Too many politicians are blocking desperately needed measures to create new jobs and their actions are now pro-longing the recession and putting us at risk of a double dip. Working People more»

USW International President Leo Gerard: The USW Strongly Opposes Any Cuts To Social Security, Medicare Or Medicaid Benefits

Published on Monday, July 11, 2011 in Southern Tier Councils
USW International President Leo Gerard: The USW Strongly Opposes Any Cuts To Social Security, Medicare Or Medicaid Benefits (PITTSBURGH) - United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo Gerard has released the following statement regarding his Union’s stance on proposed cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid Benefits: “Quite simply, more»

UPDATE: Tentative Contract Agreement Reached Between OPEIU Local 212 & Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Western New York/Union Says 390 Employees Locked Out For 11 Weeks To Return To Work Now That Sub-Contracting Issue Has Been Resolved

Published on Friday, July 8, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) - Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 212 and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York/HealthNow, Inc. have reached a tentative three-year agreement, Union Officials announced today (Friday, July 8th). The agreement, which must be ratified by Union Membership, also ends an 11-week lock-out of nearly 400 Workers. more»

Update On Contract Negotiations Involving The Public Employees Federation & New York State: Talks To Resume Next Week, PEF Says It Will Not Be Bullied Into Making Unnecessary Concessions

Published on Friday, July 8, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
(ALBANY) – The Public Employees Federation, which is New York State’s second-largest State-Employee Union, representing 58,000 Professional, Scientific and Technical Employees, has posted the following updates on its website regarding contract negotiations with the State: Thursday, July 7th: PEF’s Contract Team is reviewing a counter proposal from more»

Breaking Labor News: Settlement Reportedly Reached In Blue Cross Blue Shield Lock-Out

Published on Friday, July 8, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
BREAKING LABOR NEWS REPORT: An agreement between OPEIU Local 212 and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York/HealthNow, Inc. on a new contract has reportedly been reached. The news comes as nearly 400 Union-Represented Workers at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Buffalo ended their 11th week of being locked out of their jobs by the company. WNYLaborToday.com more»

From The Huffington Post: Utah Republican U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch Says The Poor Should Do More To Shrink Debt, Not The Rich

Published on Friday, July 8, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican-Utah) voted against beginning debate on a measure that would have the Senate declare the rich should share the pain of debt reduction, a day after arguing that it's the poor and Middle Class who need to do more. "I hear how they're so caring for the poor and so forth," Hatch said in remarks on the more»

Union Workers Are Being Replaced With Prison Labor Under Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s New Collective Bargaining Law

Published on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 in State-National Labor News
While Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s law dismantling Collective Bargaining Rights has harmed Teachers, Nurses and other Civil Servants, it’s helping a different group in Wisconsinites - inmates. That’s right, prisoners - yes, prisoners - are now taking up jobs that used to be held by Unionized Workers in some parts of the State. As more»

WNYLaborToday.com Feature Story On Ron Hoyle: Union Ironworker-Turned-Artist’s Black-And-White Graphite Pencil Drawings Focus On The “Men Who Build America”

Published on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: WNYLaborToday.com “met” Union Ironworker Ron Hoyle on the Social Network Facebook, where Your Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper was intrigued by a life-like, black-and-white pencil drawing of an Ironworker walking along a steel beam that was featured on his Profile Page. After “friending” Ron and then more»

Negotiations Are Underway On New Verizon & Communications Workers Of America Contract/Initial Word Is Verizon Proposals Look To Gut CWA Agreements, Union Leadership Charge Telecommunications Giant Has “Turned Its Back” On Its Workers

Published on Monday, July 4, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
(BUFFALO) - Western New York Communications Workers of America (CWA) Union Leaders are telling WNYLaborToday.com their Members “are ready to go” in a major mobilization effort should Verizon Communications and their Unions not reach a fair and equitable contract. However, negotiations that are now underway have Union Leaders saying the company is more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Top Democrats Reject Coburn-Lieberman Plan To Cut Medicare, Chief Actuary Sheds Light On Privatization Debate & Appeals Court Upholds Key Affordable Care Act Provision

Published on Monday, July 4, 2011 in Union Retirees
Top Democrats Reject Coburn-Lieberman Plan To Cut Medicare According to The Washington Post, leading Congressional Democrats “immediately recoiled” last week from a new proposal to cut $600 billion in Medicare spending over the next decade - in part by raising the eligibility age. U.S. Senators Joseph Lieberman (Independent-Connecticut) and Tom Coburn more»

Sunday Labor Column: Happy July 4th From WNYLaborToday.com, Why Union Members Need To Get Involved, Why Not Celebrate With A Union-Made Brew? & Union Members Are “Proud To Be Union” On The Social Network Facebook

Published on Monday, July 4, 2011 in Guest Columns
News, Notes & A Bunch Of Observations Made While Covering The Western New York Labor Community Over The Past Several Days: First off, WNYLaborToday.com would like to wish our Viewers/Readers a tremendous July 4th Weekend. Hopefully everything’s gone well and is continuing to go well with you and yours this weekend. The weather has been glorious more»

Unionized Workers At Bertrand Chaffee Hospital & The Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home In The Erie County Town Of Springville Get Set To Hold Informational Picket On Wednesday, July 6th/Public Action Being Held To Protest Stalled Contract Negotiations

Published on Monday, July 4, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(SPRINGVILLE) - After years of financial difficulties, the administration of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home in the Erie County Town of Springville are attempting to balance their budget by demanding $500,000 in cuts to wages and benefits of Unionized Employees, representatives of the New York State Nurses more»

Massachusetts House Votes To End Workers’ Health Care Bargaining Rights

Published on Monday, July 4, 2011 in State-National Labor News
The battle against Public Service Workers such as Teachers, Firefighters, Police Officers and others has erupted on an unexpected front - in Massachusetts, a State that has been known for decades for its progressive Labor Laws. The Massachusetts State House has voted to eliminate the right of Public Employees in cities and towns to bargain over Health more»

Locked-Out Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Western New York Workers Take Their Protest To The Southern Tier/OPEIU Local 212-Represented Workers Hold Informational Picket Outside Company Operation In The Cattaraugus County City Of Olean Today

Published on Friday, July 1, 2011 in Southern Tier Councils
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 212 has taken their message mobile in the lock-out of nearly 400 Union-Represented Employees at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York/HealthNow, Inc. The Union is stepping up its public campaign in order to put additional pressure on the company more»

Public Employees Federation Reacts To Governor Cuomo’s Announcement New York State Is Closing Seven State Prisons/President Brynien Says Closings Come At A Time When Staff Reductions & Crowded Conditions Have Result In Increased Violence

Published on Friday, July 1, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
(ALBANY) – Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that New York State is closing seven State Prisons comes at a time when staff reductions and crowded conditions have resulted in an increase in violence at these facilities, said Public Employee Federation (PEF) President Ken Brynien, who also warns the closings will force “double bunking,” which puts more»

Unions Stage 24-Hour Strike In Britain In Protest Over That Government's Plans To Increase Their Pension Contributions And Raise The Retirement Age

Published on Friday, July 1, 2011 in State-National Labor News
Union Leaders and ministers in Britain are clashing over the impact of a strike by Public Sector Workers who mounted picket lines outside schools, government buildings, job centers and courts. The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union claimed it was the "best-supported strike" they have ever had, but the government questioned the numbers taking part. more»

From The Desk Of New York State United Teachers President Richard Iannuzzi: In Albany, The Work Of Educating Is Being Thwarted By Those Who Govern

Published on Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Guest Columns
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Richard Iannuzzi (pictured above), who has headed the Statewide Union since April 2005, is president of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) – which represents more than 600,000 members who work in, or are retired from, New York's Schools, Colleges and Health Care Facilities. NYSUT’s Members include Classroom more»

Laborers Local 210 Pension Fund Hit Hard By The Madoff Scandal Rebounds/Business Manager Sam Capitano Tells WNYLaborToday.com Local 210 Fund Has Increased By $22 Million, Averaging Recent Yearly Improvements Of $11 Million

Published on Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(CHEEKTOWAGA) – A number of Labor Union Pension Funds were devastated in the wake of the Ponzi Scam run by investor Bernard Madoff, who is now serving prison time after being convicted of running a $65 billion fraud scheme, including several here in Upstate New York. But one of them, Laborers Local 210 in Buffalo, has made remarkable strides in coming more»

A Federal Investigation Finds Two Sets Of Books Hid Upper Big Branch Safety Problems Where 29 Miners Were Killed In An April 5th, 2010 Explosion

Published on Thursday, June 30, 2011 in State-National Labor News
Massey Energy Managers hid serious safety problems at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia - where on April 5th of 2010 an explosion killed 29 miners - from Federal Mine Safety Officials by keeping two individual sets of records, an investigation by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) revealed. The mine’s production log noted issues more»

1199 Service Employees International Union-Represented Workers At The Gowanda Rehabilitation Nursing Center In Cattaraugus County Unanimously Vote To Authorize A Strike/Workers Make A Stand Over Outrageous Increases In Health Insurance Costs

Published on Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Southern Tier Councils
(GOWANDA) - 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East-Represented Workers at the Gowanda Rehabilitation Nursing Center in Cattaraugus County have unanimously voted to authorize its bargaining committee to issue a Strike Notice. The vote comes after more than 100 workers held an informational picket and rally on June 18th. more»

Registered Nurses At Eastern Niagara Hospital’s Lockport Facility Approve Informational Picket As A Result Of Frustration Over Months Of Negotiations On A New Contract

Published on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
(LOCKPORT) - Registered Nurses (RNs) at Eastern Niagara Hospital’s Lockport Facility have overwhelmingly authorized their Union Leadership to set up an informational picket, 1199 SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Healthcare Workers East Representatives announced this afternoon. The RNs have been working without a new contract since April more»

After Taking A $10 Billion Taxpayer Bailout – Goldman Sachs Announces It Will Outsource 1,000 Jobs To Singapore

Published on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in State-National Labor News
Less than three years after receiving $10 billion in bailout money from American Taxpayers, Goldman Sachs has informed its employees it will fire 1,000 workers in the United States and elsewhere, and shift their jobs to the cheaper Singaporean Labor Market. According to Fox Business, Goldman Sachs has quietly informed workers and lawmakers of its plan to more»

More Than 400 1199 Service Employees International Union-Represented Nursing Home Workers In Western New York Ratify New Three-Year Labor Agreements

Published on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – More than 400 1199 SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Healthcare Workers East-Represented Members who are employed at the Oakwood Nursing Home in Buffalo, the Newfane Rehabilitation Health Center and Absolut at Gasport – which are both located in Niagara County - have ratified new three-year Collective Bargaining Agreements, Union more»

The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Gears Up To Host Its 2011 Young Unionist/Next Wave Conference In Atlanta In Early July

Published on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 in Young Unionists
Across the U.S., American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Members and Working Families are under attack. We have come together, as a Union and a Nation, to stand up for Workers’ Rights and Public Services. In Wisconsin, Young People are playing a pivotal role in the fight to preserve Collective Bargaining. As we move more»

Republican Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann Says She Would Eliminate Minimum Wage To Spur Economic Growth In The United States

Published on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 in State-National Labor News
U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican who plans to seek the GOP’s Presidential Nomination, said she would stoke U.S. Economic Growth by cutting taxes on Corporate Income and Capital Gains and considering elimination of the Minimum Wage. Corporate Tax Rates should be significantly reduced from a maximum 35% and Capital Gains more»

AFSCME Region 6 Leads “SOS”/Save Our Salamanca Coalition Effort/Dispute Between Seneca Nation & New York State Holding Up Indian Gaming Revenue Used To Provide Critical Services For Citizens Could Mean Bankruptcy For The Southern Tier City

Published on Monday, June 27, 2011 in Southern Tier Councils
(SALAMANCA) – The on-going dispute between the Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State over the collection of taxes on cigarettes sold on Indian Land is holding up millions of dollars in Indian Gaming Revenue that Salamanca was to receive, which has not only placed the delivery of critical Public Services for its citizens in jeopardy, but the future more»

LABOR NEWS UPDATE: Tentative Agreement Is Reached On A New, Two-Year Master Agreement At Kaleida/Averts Strike Authorization Vote That Was Scheduled By Three Unions That Combine To Represent 7,800 Kaleida Workers In Buffalo

Published on Monday, June 27, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – A tentative agreement on a new Master Contract impacting nearly 8,000 Union-Represented Kaleida Health Workers in Buffalo was reached at 2:30 a.m. today (Tuesday, June 28th), Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168 President John Klein tells WNYLaborToday.com this morning. With time running out on a contract that had been extended more»

From Participating In A Charity Motorcycle Ride To Cleaning Up Military Road To Wiring The Holiday Lights In Hyde Park, Niagara Falls-Headquartered IBEW Local 237 Sets The Standard For Union Member Involvement In Niagara County

Published on Sunday, June 26, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Several Members of IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 237 pose for a photo after participating in a “Clean Sweep” action in Niagara Falls on Military Road earlier this year. This is one of many charitable and community efforts the Niagara County Union and its Members involve themselves in more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: GOP Goal Is To Cut Social Security, Report Says Social Security Beneficiaries Would Suffer From Readjusted CPI & You Have A Good Chance Appealing Your Insurance Company’s Ruling

Published on Sunday, June 26, 2011 in Union Retirees
Following AARP Story, GOP Has New Ammunition In Its Goal Of Cutting Social Security According to Politico (http://politi.co/kxt85x), the Seniors’ Lobby AARP (American Association of Retired People) is in “damage-control mode” following a news report in The Wall Street Journal that the group is open to cuts to Social Security benefits. A nationwide more»

Sunday Labor Column: Introducing The Unionized Electrical Trades To B-Ballers At the Gus Macker Tournament, Rubbing Elbows With Young Unionists In Rochester & Organized Labor Gets Tough On Elected Officials During A Major Dunkirk Rally

Published on Sunday, June 26, 2011 in Guest Columns
News, Notes & A Bunch Of Observations Made While Covering The Western New York Labor Community Over The Past Several Days: If you strolled Downtown Buffalo over the past couple of days to watch some of the great three-on-three Gus Macker basketball that took place, maybe you also noticed an informational booth that had been set up by Orchard Park’s more»

New York State Nurses Association-Represented Benedictine Hospital RNs In Kingston Say “Yes” To NYSNA/Focus Shifts Now On Bargaining First Contract

Published on Sunday, June 26, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(KINGSTON) - Benedictine Hospital Registered Nurses (RNs) in Kingston took another step toward winning a first contract when they voted resoundingly to keep their Professional Nurses Union - the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA). Originally voting for representation in 2008, this election reaffirmed the Nurses' commitment to their profession, their more»

New “Seizing The Moment” Report Proposes Transforming New York’s Many Economic Development Efforts/Advocates In Buffalo Present Vision & Recommendations For Making Regional Economic Development Councils Work Better For Taxpayers

Published on Thursday, June 23, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) - Community, Faith and Labor Leaders from the Statewide Getting Our Money’s Worth Coalition gathered in Downtown Buffalo earlier this week to call on New York’s Elected Leaders to implement better solutions to the jobs crisis, as the array of representatives came together to release their own recommendations in the form of a new report that more»

Transportation Security Administration Employees Across The United States Elect The American Federation Of Government Employees As Their Exclusive Union Representative

Published on Thursday, June 23, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
(WASHINGTON) - Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Employees across the country have elected the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) as their exclusive Union Representative by an 8,903-to-8,447 vote over the National Treasury Employees Union, AFGE Officials announced today. After the election, AFGE National President John Gage more»