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Forty-Five Union Summer Interns Hit Cities Across U.S. To Work On Community & Labor Movement-Building Projects/Program Designed To Give Young Activists On-The-Ground Experience In Organizing, Community Activism & Coalition Building

Published on Thursday, June 23, 2011 in Young Unionists
(WASHINGTON) - Forty-five students from across the United States begin their Union Summer Internships this week in eight cities. The students will be working on Community and Labor Movement-Building Projects in Charlotte, North Carolina, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Twin Cities, Minnesota, Los Angeles, California, New Orleans, Louisiana, more»

National AFL-CIO President Trumka Speaks Out On The National Labor Relations Board’s Election Standards, Says Proposed Changes Represent “Common Sense” Approach To Clean Up Outdated System To Help Workers Decide On Unionization

Published on Thursday, June 23, 2011 in State-National Labor News
Statement by National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Election Standards: Although we’re still reviewing the proposed new changes from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), they appear to represent a Common Sense approach to clean up an outdated system and help ensure that Working Women and Men can make more»

BREAKING LABOR NEWS: The Civil Service Employees Association & The Cuomo Administration Announce A Tentative Deal To Keep Public Employees Working/Union Officials Say Plan “Balances Shared Sacrifice With Fairness And Respect”

Published on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(ALBANY) – The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) - New York's Leading Union – announced today (Wednesday, June 22nd) that it has reached a tentative contract agreement with New York State on a five-year deal to avert impending layoffs of CSEA-Represented State Employees. The agreement was reached after challenging negotiations with the Cuomo more»

Unions Rally In Dunkirk, Send Message To Chautauqua County & New York State Elected Officials: The Attack On Workers’ Rights “Won’t Be Tolerated And If They Don’t Like What We’re Saying, Then ‘They’ Should Leave Office,” Says One Labor Leader

Published on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in Southern Tier Councils
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: As many as 150 Labor Leaders and Union Members from a variety of Chautauqua County and Western New York Labor Unions and Organizations rallied in Dunkirk late Tuesday to protest the nationwide attack on Workers’ Rights and to send a clear and loud message to elected representatives in the Southern Tier and across New more»

The United Steelworkers Urge Congress To Oppose All Three Free Trade Agreements/Union Cites Weak American Economic Recovery & Says It’s The “Wrong Policy Direction For Workers”

Published on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(WASHINGTON) - The United Steelworkers (USW) have released a letter the Union has sent to every member of Congress urging they vigorously oppose Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia because economic facts show the deals will “undermine our economic recovery, further decimate American manufacturing and jobs, and deepen the economic more»

Public Employees Federation Members Rally In Downtown Buffalo As Part Of A Statewide Protest/PEF Says Governor Cuomo Has Shown A Lack Of Respect For Public Employees When It Comes To His Threat To Lay Off Nearly 10,000 State Workers

Published on Monday, June 20, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: More than 100 Public Employees Federation (PEF) Members rallied in Downtown Buffalo today as part of a Statewide PEF Protest over Governor Andrew Cuomo’s threat to eliminate the jobs of nearly 10,000 State Workers if Labor Unions fail to agree to $450 million in concessions. (WNYLaborToday.com Photo) (BUFFALO) – more»

Labor Perspective From Cory McCray, Chairman Of The Baltimore-Based Young Trade Unionists Group: Do Young Workers Really Need The Labor Movement?

Published on Monday, June 20, 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), has been reported on and profiled by WNYLaborToday.com several times in recent months. WNYLaborToday.com has also re-published more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Alliance Executive Director Coyle Stresses Disagreement With AARP Regarding Social Security Benefit Cuts & U.S. Senator Hutchison Introduces Legislation To Cut Social Security COLA

Published on Monday, June 20, 2011 in Union Retirees
Alliance Executive Director Coyle Stresses Disagreement With AARP Regarding Social Security Benefit Cuts A story that appeared in The Wall Street Journal states AARP (American Association of Retired People) supports cutting Social Security Benefits. “AARP does not speak for all Seniors and on this topic probably not for many of their own members,” more»

CWA News From Across The Nation: New Jersey Public Workers Protest Sell-Out By State Legislators, CWA National Call: A Hot Summer Ahead for Bargaining And Political Fights & MSNBC's Ed Schultz Joins Local Activists to Discuss Battles and Strategies

Published on Monday, June 20, 2011 in State-National Labor News
New Jersey Public Workers Protest Sell-Out By State Legislators About 10,000 Communications Workers of America (CWA) Members and Union Activists from New Jersey filled the streets late last week outside the State Capitol in Trenton to protest a deal between Republican Governor Chris Christie and some Legislators that would take away the right of Public more»

Sunday Labor Column: Happy Fathers Day!, Workers Set To Rally In Dunkirk Tuesday, Painters Union To Follow BTF’s Lead In Blue Cross Blue Shield Workers’ Lock-Out & Labor - Unfortunately - Fails In Bid To Organize A Target Retail Store On Long Island

Published on Sunday, June 19, 2011 in Southern Tier Councils
News, Notes & A Bunch Of Observations Made While Covering The Western New York Labor Community Over The Past Several Days: WNYLaborToday.com would like to wish each and every Father across Western New York a tremendous Fathers’ Day. To all those Dads who are working hard to positively shape the lives of their children, as well as those Fathers who more»

Despite An Agreed-To Contract Extension Through June 27th, The Three Unions Negotiating A New Master Contract At Kaleida Health In Buffalo Say If An Agreement Isn’t Reached, They Will Move Ahead With A Strike Authorization Vote

Published on Sunday, June 19, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) - Despite agreeing on a contract extension through June 27th, the three Unions that are negotiating a new Master Contract at Kaleida Health say if an agreement is not reached that protects patients and the profession in the years ahead, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168, 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare more»

From The National AFL-CIO News Now Blog: More Than 700,000 Ohioans Sign S.B. 5 Repeal Petitions, Illinois Becomes The Latest State To Attack Collective Bargaining & New Jersey Union Members Arrested During Collective Bargaining Protest

Published on Friday, June 17, 2011 in State-National Labor News
More Than 700,000 Ohioans Sign S.B. 5 Repeal Petitions How’s this for some fast work? In just two months, Workers, Activists and other volunteers in Ohio have collected 714,137 signatures of Buckeye State voters to place on the November ballot the repeal of Republican Governor John Kasich’s bill that eliminates the Collective Bargaining Rights of more more»

The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Awards Its 28th Annual Harry S. Jordan Scholarships/Two Graduating Niagara County High School Seniors & Buffalo College Student Honored During Niagara Falls-Held Event

Published on Friday, June 17, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Representatives of the Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council (pictured above) gather behind the 2011 Harry S. Jordan Scholarship Winners during the Council’s Annual Dinner Celebration that was held in Niagara Falls Wednesday evening. The award winners - seated from left to right, are: Aidan McDonough, Erin more»

In Support Of Nearly 400 Locked-Out Workers At Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Western New York, Buffalo Teachers President Phil Rumore Says The BTF Won’t Agree To Have Blue Cross Blue Shield As Its Health Insurer In New Contract With School District

Published on Friday, June 17, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Buffalo Common Councilman, the Reverend Darius Pridgen, addresses Locked-Out, Union-Represented Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York Workers outside the Buffalo Health Insurer’s Downtown Headquarters during a prayer vigil attended by a number of Labor, Community and Faith-based Representatives on Thursday (June more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Absolut Care Nursing Home Employees Across Western New York Ratify New Three-Year Contract, While Union-Represented Gowanda Nursing Home Workers Get Ready To Hold An Informational Picket On Saturday

Published on Thursday, June 16, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – Union-Represented Workers at Absolut Care have overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement in votes held across Western New York, 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East Officials have announced. The new Labor Deal covers as many as 1,000 Certified Nursing Assistants more»

Public Employees Federation President Ken Brynien Provides New York State Lawmakers With Insight On Safety Risks & Provide Solutions For Residential Facilities Operated By The Office For People With Developmental Disabilities

Published on Thursday, June 16, 2011 in Southern Tier Councils
(ALBANY) – Ken Brynien, the president of the New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF), provided New York State Legislators with a number of ways to prevent and reduce abuse and neglect at facilities operated by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) earlier this week at a Legislative hearing held on Safety and Quality of more»

New Report Proposes To Transform New York’s Economic Development Efforts/Advocates - Including Buffalo’s Coalition For Economic Justice - Present A Vision & Recommendations For Regional Economic Development Councils

Published on Thursday, June 16, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Micaela Shapiro-Shellaby (pictured on the left), a representative of Buffalo’s Coalition for Economic Justice, joins Austin Guest of the Alliance for a Greater New York, who plays a “super-sleuth” searching for a “good jobs plan.” The skit was used to underscore the need for better solutions to the jobs’ more»

In Solidarity With The International Longshoremen’s Association At The Port Of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Central Labor Council's Issues A Resolution In Support Of The Boycott Of Del Monte Products

Published on Thursday, June 16, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(PHILADELPHIA) - In solidarity with the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) at the Port of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Central Labor Council has issued a resolution in support of the boycott of Del Monte Products: WHEREAS, after a 22-year working relationship with the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) at the Port of more»

Unions Warn Britain Is Facing The Biggest Wave Of Public Sector Strikes In A Generation As A Bitter Industrial Dispute Over The Government’s Controversial Pension Reforms Escalates

Published on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 in State-National Labor News
More than a million Public-Sector Workers will take strike action in the Fall unless Ministers pull back from its proposed pension changes, it was claimed. The leader of the country’s largest Public-Sector Union said 1.2 million local Authority and Health Service Workers were “on the road to industrial action.” It could lead to months of industrial more»

While Bargaining Continues On A New Master Contract That Impacts 7,800 Union-Represented Kaleida Health Workers In Buffalo, The CWA, SEIU And Operating Engineers Announce They Will Hold A Strike Authorization Vote On June 28th

Published on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – Representatives of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168, International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17 and 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East announced today the three Unions will hold a Strike Authorization Vote that impacts nearly 8,000 Workers at Kaleida Health in Buffalo as more»

Union-Represented Workers At The TLC Lakeshore Nursing Home In Chautauqua County Unanimously Ratify New Contract Agreement

Published on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 in Southern Tier Councils
(IRVING) – Union-Represented Workers at TLC Lakeshore Nursing Home have unanimously ratified a new contract, 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East Officials announced. The new contract covers the 48 employees who work as Certified Nurses’ Aides (CNAs), Support Service Aides, Activity Leaders and Rehab Aides. The more»

National AFL-CIO Threatens To Support Progressive Challenger To Key Democrat Over Stance On CEO Pay

Published on Monday, June 13, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(WASHINGTON) - The Nation's largest Labor Union is threatening to challenge the powerful chairman of the Senate Banking Committee in the 2014 elections, if he allows a key set of new executive pay regulations be weakened. The surprising remark occurred during a panel discussion moderated by The Huffington Post at the Social Investment Forum Conference on more»

News From The New York State AFL-CIO: New York State’s Tier VI Pension Proposal Deflects Attention From The Real Issue – Creating Jobs & The State AFL-CIO Urges Passage Of The Safe Patient Handling Act

Published on Monday, June 13, 2011 in State-National Labor News
The following statement was issued by Denis Hughes, president of the 2.5-million member New York State AFL-CIO, regarding New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Tier VI Pension Proposal: “Unfortunately, the Tier Six Legislation proposed represents another ‘step backward’ for all Working Men and Women in New York State. Even worse, it serves as a more»

CWA National News: CWA’s Verizon Bargainers Focus on Health Care as Talks Near, Workers’ Champion Ed Schultz To Participate In CWA Virtual Town Hall On Thursday & CWA Condemns New Jersey Politicians’ Attack On Middle-Class Families

Published on Sunday, June 12, 2011 in State-National Labor News
CWA’s Verizon Bargainers Focus on Health Care as Talks Near/District 1-New York, 2 & 13 Members Can Offer Input Through On-Line Surveys Communications Workers of America (CWA) Members of the Verizon Bargaining Committee from New York-New England (District 1) and the mid-Atlantic (Districts 2 and 13) met Friday for a day-long discussion on more»

United Steelworkers Respond To National Mediation Board Case Involving Members at Colgan Air, Vow To Fight To Defend The Rights Of Flight Attendants To Remain USW Members And To Enjoy The Protections Of Their Collective Bargaining Agreement

Published on Sunday, June 12, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(PITTSBURGH) – The United Steelworkers (USW) have announced the Union is prepared to respond to an application filed last week with the National Mediation Board (NMB) which, if granted, would interfere with its status as the bargaining representative of approximately 400 Flight Attendants employed by Colgan Air. The USW is vowing to fight to defend the more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: It’s Back… Social Security Privatization Bill Introduced On Capitol Hill, Senators: Keep Medicare Out of Budget Talks & The New York Times Spotlights Pivotal 2012 Senior Vote

Published on Sunday, June 12, 2011 in Union Retirees
It’s Back… Social Security Privatization Bill Introduced On Capitol Hill It’s a bad idea that just won’t go away, Social Security Privatization is once again back in the public debate with the recent introduction of a bill in Congress to create Private Savings Plans in lieu of Social Security. The legislation, H.R. 2109, was introduced by Texas more»

Labor Spotlight On “Walkerville:” Young Unionist Tells WNYLaborToday.com Why He’s Camping Out In A Tent City Outside The State Capital In Wisconsin In Protest Of Republican Governor Walker’s Attack On Workers’ Rights & Collective Bargaining

Published on Sunday, June 12, 2011 in Young Unionists
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Peter Rickman (pictured above) is a 29-year-old Union-Represented Teaching Assistant with the Teaching Assistants’ Association at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which represents 3,000 Members. Rickman, who grew up in a Union Family in Neenah, Wisconsin – “where manhole covers and Kleenex tissues more»

Calling All Young Unionists! The National AFL-CIO Announces Its Second Annual “Next Up” Young Workers Summit, Which Will Be Held September 29th Through October 2nd in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Published on Sunday, June 12, 2011 in Young Unionists
(WASHINGTON) – National Secretary-Treasurer AFL-CIO Liz Shuler has announced the 2nd Annual Young Workers Summit will be held at the end of September in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Last year more than 400 Young Activists and Union Workers met in Washington for the first National Young Workers Summit and launched a long-term outreach program to Working People more»

Sunday Labor Column: Kaleida Union Rally Was Labor History Here In Western New York, NYS AFL-CIO President Hughes Gets Involved In The Blue Cross Blue Shield Negotiations & Hey! Where Were The Minorities At The Santorum Prez Announcement?

Published on Sunday, June 12, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
News, Notes & A Bunch Of Observations Made While Covering The Western New York Labor Community Over The Past Several Days: Anyone who participated in (pictured above/WNYLaborToday.com Photo) or watched last week’s Informational Picket held by Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168, 1199 SEIU (Service Employees International Union) more»

Rochester Labor Flexing Political Muscle; Confirms Support For Marriage Equality

Published on Friday, June 10, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
(ROCHESTER) - With just days to go in the State Senate Legislative Calendar before the June 20th scheduled adjournment, leading New York Marriage Advocates and Governor Andrew Cuomo are still pushing forward with what everyone involved insists is an unprecedentedly unified front - one they say has held firm since the earliest days of the new governor’s more»

Washington Post Report: Why Does Wal-Mart Work With Unions Overseas, But Not Here In The United States?

Published on Friday, June 10, 2011 in State-National Labor News
Retailing Giant Wal-Mart faced an unusual request when it sought government approval recently to buy a chain of stores in South Africa. Labor Groups there first asked for traditional protections, such as job security and a commitment from the new managers to buy merchandise from local suppliers. Then they called on Wal-Mart to end its long-running battle more»

In New York City: Hundreds Rally With Macy’s Workers In Their Battle For A Fair Contract With The Retailing Giant, While Union Members Rally In Times Square To Call On The Hershey Company To Stop Using Child Labor-Produced Chocolate

Published on Thursday, June 9, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Hundreds of Union Members gathered in front of the famous Macy’s Store in Herald Square yesterday to call on the retail chain’s management to bargain in good faith with Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union (RWDSU) Local 1-S and negotiate a fair contract for the 4,000 Union Workers employed there. The hot sun was no match for more»

UPDATE: While PEF Offers Concessions To Achieve Savings For New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo Opts For Layoffs/CSEA President Danny Donohue Also Responds, Says Layoff Memo Leak Is “Another Bad Cuomo Administration Choice”

Published on Thursday, June 9, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(ALBANY) - The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) was appalled to learn today of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to move forward with thousands of Public Employee layoffs while PEF’s Contract Negotiating Team continues to wait for a response from State Negotiators in the Union’s attempt to reach an agreement. “We have a concrete offer more»

NYS LABOR NEWS UPDATE: The New York State United Teachers Join CSEA & PEF In Blasting Governor Cuomo’s Proposed Tier VI As An “Attack On Middle-Class Workers”

Published on Thursday, June 9, 2011 in Southern Tier Councils
(ALBANY) - The 600,000-Member New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union is blasting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s newly-proposed Tier VI Pension, which NYSUT says would produce no short-term savings for school districts and taxpayers. Furthermore, NYSUT Officials are calling the governor’s pension proposal "an assault on Middle-Class Workers and a more»

NYS AFL-CIO President Hughes Blasts Blue Cross Blue Shield At The Bargaining Table, Expresses Outrage That A Company, Which Built Its Business In “Cooperation With Labor,” Would Jeopardize It By Locking Out Nearly 400 Union-Represented Workers

Published on Thursday, June 9, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – New York State AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes, whose Labor Federation represents 2.5 million Union Members, blasted Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York/HealthNow Inc. at the bargaining table yesterday (Wednesday, June 8th), expressing his outrage that a company, which built its business in cooperation with Organized Labor, would more»

Labor Perspective From IUE-CWA Local 81495 Financial Secretary Tom Coppini: Now Is The Time For Labor To Take Real And Dramatic Action/Organized Labor Should Run Their Own Candidates In Primaries Where There Are No Pro-Labor Candidates Running

Published on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Tom Coppini serves as Financial Secretary of IUE (International Union of Electricians)-CWA (Communications Workers of America) Local 81495, which represents nearly 200 Members who are employed at three Rochester-area companies and is a member of the Rochester and Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation. A frustrated and more»

National AFL-CIO President Trumka Amplifies Warning To Democrats: “For Too Long, We’ve Been Left After Election Day Holding A Canceled Check Waving It - ‘Remember Us?’ - I Don’t Know About You, But I’ve Had A Snoot-Full Of That S--T”

Published on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 in State-National Labor News
National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka amplified his call for a politically-independent Labor Movement Tuesday and said Unions too often are holding "a canceled check" after Election Day. Trumka rallied hundreds of Nurses at a conference hosted by the National Nurses United. The Nurses are in Washington this week to lobby lawmakers for a financial more»

Newly-Elected Congresswoman Kathy Hochul “Thanks” Labor For Its Efforts During WNY AFL-CIO Labor Federation Meeting/Says Hochul: “You Had My Back From The Beginning” & Praises Labor’s Amazing “Boots On The Ground” Effort

Published on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 in Labor Endorsements
(AMHERST) – Newly-elected 26th District Congresswoman Kathy Hochul personally thanked nearly two dozen Labor Leaders today for Organized Labor’s efforts here in Western New York during her successful campaign, saying: “You had my back early and it was your boots on the ground effort, one that I have never seen before,” that worked to put a Democrat more»

United Steelworkers President Gerard Applauds Obama Administration’s Success In Ending China Subsidies In Wind Energy Sector Following Section 301 Petition

Published on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(PITTSBURGH) - United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo Gerard issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement made by U.S. Ambassador Ron Kirk on the outcome of consultations with China on Wind Energy Subsidies following a Union-filed Section 301 petition last September on Clean Tech Energy Issues: "The Steelworkers Union more»

In What Was One Of The Largest Local Picketing Efforts In Recent Memory, Thousands Of Union Members Participate In Informational Actions Outside Buffalo General Hospital To Send Kaleida A Strong Message: “Cutbacks Threaten Patients And Workers’ Lives

Published on Monday, June 6, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: More than 3,000 Union Members (some of which are pictured above/WNYLaborToday.com Photo) took part in two individual and massive informational pickets held today outside Buffalo General Hospital in the City’s growing Medical Corridor. The informational actions were taken to focus public attention on Kaleida Health’s more»

OPEIU International President Michael Goodwin & New York State AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes To Join OPEIU Local 212 Bargaining Committee In Contract Negotiations With HealthNow/Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York

Published on Monday, June 6, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) International President Michael Goodwin and New York State AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes will join OPEIU Local 212’s Bargaining Committee when negotiations on a new contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York/HealthNow New York, Inc. resume on Wednesday. The more»

President’s Message From New York State AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes: Organized Labor Urges State Lawmakers To Make Recommended Changes To Proposed Law That Would Finance Various Transportation-Related Capital Projects Across New York

Published on Monday, June 6, 2011 in Guest Columns
President’s Message From New York State AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes regarding recommended changes to a proposed State Law that would finance various Transportation-Related Capital Projects across New York: The P3 Bill (S. 5445 Fuschillo, et al) would authorize the New York State Department of Transportation, the Thruway Authority and the more»

Sunday Labor Column: This Is Turning Out To Be The “Summer Of Labor Disputes” In Western New York, Remember The Niagara-Orleans CLC’s Labor Night At The Races This Friday & Hey! Where Were The Minorities At The Romney Prez Announcement?

Published on Sunday, June 5, 2011 in Guest Columns
News, Notes & A Bunch Of Observations Made While Covering The Western New York Labor Community Over The Past Several Days: Unfortunately, this is turning out to be the “Summer of Labor Disputes” here in Western New York with the lock-out of nearly 400 Union-Represented Workers at Blue Cross Blue Shield in Buffalo, the extended Master Contract more»

CWA National News: Two Missouri CWA Members Dead In Catastrophic Joplin Tornado, National Mediation Board Orders Investigation Of Delta Misconduct In Election & Thousands Of New Jersey CWAers Rally Statewide for Rights And Budget Fairness

Published on Sunday, June 5, 2011 in State-National Labor News
Two Missouri CWA Members Dead In Catastrophic Joplin Tornado/AT&T Mobility Store Demolished As Workers Try To Huddle In Bathroom Two Communications Workers of America (CWA) members were killed in the May 22nd tornado that tore Joplin, Missouri in half, leaving nothing but a broad swath of rubble where homes, businesses, big box retailers, a more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: The 2010 Alliance Voting Record Is Now Available, Voter ID Laws Target Those More Likely To Vote Democratic & New Alliance State President Named Here In New York State

Published on Sunday, June 5, 2011 in Union Retirees
2010 Alliance Voting Record, Compiling Key Congressional Votes, Is Now Available Last week, the Alliance For Retired Americans released its 2010 Congressional Voting Record, which details the votes of every U.S. Senator and Representative on key issues affecting current and future retirees. The document is available at http://bit.ly/kpet7N. “At a more»

National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Reacts To May Employment Figures: “The Gain Of A Meager 54,000 Jobs In May Is A Sign Of ‘Real Danger’ For Working Families And For The Recovery”

Published on Sunday, June 5, 2011 in State-National Labor News
National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka comments on the May Employment Figures: The gain of a meager 54,000 jobs in May is a sign of real danger for Working Families and for the recovery. The Private Sector added only 83,000 jobs, which is less than a third of the average of recent months and far too few to absorb new entrants into the Labor Force, more»

Buffalo/Western New York Places Fourth Nationally In The National Association Of Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive/With Hunger Rising & School Food Programs Ending, Successful Effort Will Once Again Help Feed Hungry And Needy Families In All 50 Stat

Published on Sunday, June 5, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(WASHINGTON) – In what was yet another successful Nationwide Food Drive spearheaded by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), an amazing 70.2 million pounds of food was collected on Saturday, May 14th at a time when hunger across the United States is a growing problem. And, in figures just released, NALC Branch 3 in Buffalo/Western New more»

Labor Perspective From Cory McCray, Chairman Of The Baltimore-Based Young Trade Unionists Group: Why Do The Poor Continue To Defend Tax Breaks For The Rich?

Published on Sunday, June 5, 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), has been reported on and profiled by WNYLaborToday.com several times in recent months. WNYLaborToday.com has also republished more»

From teamsters264.org: The Teamsters Union Overwhelmingly Approves First-Ever National Agreement With First Student - The Largest Private Provider Of School Bus Transportation In North America

Published on Friday, June 3, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters have overwhelmingly approved a first-ever National Agreement with the largest private provider of school bus transportation in North America - First Student Inc., the Union announced today. This historic contract, which was ratified by a 91% margin, improves working conditions and job protections for more than 20,000 more»

From The National AFL-CIO News Now Blog: National Football League Owners’ Lock-Out Hits Workers, Players & Communities – Including Right Here In Western New York

Published on Friday, June 3, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
In Orchard Park, New York, just about 600 yards from the Buffalo Bills’ Ralph Wilson Stadium where as many as 73,000 football fans gather on Fall Sundays, sits the Big Tree Inn. Owner Dan DeMarco tells ESPN.com those Sundays account for 30% of his annual revenue. But with the National Football League (NFL) season in jeopardy because of the owners’ more»