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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»

After Remand By U.S. Appeals Court, NLRB Rules Display Of Inflatable Rat Balloon At Secondary Employer Is Permitted Under Labor Laws

Published on Thursday, June 2, 2011 in State-National Labor News
The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that a Union practice of displaying a large inflatable rat balloon at a secondary employer’s premises to protest the Labor Practices of its non-Union contractor is not coercive and so does not violate U.S. labor law. The case, Sheet Metal Workers Local 15 (Brandon Regional Medical Center), was originally more»

Locked-Out Blue Cross Blue Shield Workers Participate In A Solidarity Walk Outside The Health Care Provider’s Downtown Buffalo HQ As OPEIU Local 212 Kicks Off Local Radio Campaign Demanding HealthNow New York Keep Jobs Here In WNY

Published on Thursday, June 2, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
(BUFFALO) – Joined by representatives of nearly a dozen area Unions, locked-out Blue Cross Blue Shield Workers represented by Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 212 (pictured above/WNYLaborToday.com Photo) participated in a Solidarity Walk late Wednesday in front of the Health Care Provider’s Downtown Buffalo more»

New York State Nurses Association-Represented Nathan Littauer Hospital Nurses In Gloversville Hold Public Protest Over Lack Of Progress In Contract Talks

Published on Thursday, June 2, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(GLOVERSVILLE) – Union-Registered Nurses (RNs) at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville want a fair contract that supports their commitment to providing the best care to their patients. Yet, after nearly eight months of negotiations, hospital management at the Fulton County medical facility has refused to make improvements in working conditions that more»

The Buffalo News Opens Contract Talks With The Buffalo Newspaper Guild By Offering A Number Of Harsh Proposals That Union Representatives Say Are Aimed Largely At Its Newsroom Staff

Published on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: The following Labor News Report was made available to WNYLaborToday.com by the Buffalo Newspaper Guild-CWA (Communications Workers of America) Local 31026, which represents about 250 employees at The Buffalo News. Formed in 1934 as the Buffalo Newspaper Guild, the Buffalo Newspaper Guild is affiliated with The Newspaper more»

Sunday (on a Tuesday) Labor Column: A Belated Memorial Day “Thank You” To Those Who Have Died In Service To Our Country & WNYLaborToday.com’s “It’s Cool To Be Union!” T-Shirt Shows Up In New York City’s Times Square

Published on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in Guest Columns
News, Notes & A Bunch Of Observations Made While Covering The Western New York Labor Community Over The Past Several Days: WNYLaborToday.com was out of town for a couple of days and we apologize for the minor lapse in Labor News Coverage on Your Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper. With that said, we’d like to send out our belated Thanks to those men more»

Unions Are There With A Helping Hand To Aid Joplin, Missouri Tornado Victims

Published on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in State-National Labor News
Annie Deken, the AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison with the Springfield, Missouri Central Labor Council, gives WNYLaborToday.com’s Viewers/Readers some insight into the Union Assistance that is being provided to victims of the massive and deadly Joplin tornado via her report that was published on the National AFL-CIO’s News Now Blog website. Here’s more»

Rally In Support Of Locked-Out Union Employees At Blue Cross Blue Shield In Buffalo Set For Today/OPEIU Local 212 Tells WNYLaborToday.com Company Has “Beefed Up” Out-Of-Town Operations & Is Sub-Contracting Out Customer Service Work

Published on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – As sporadic negotiations continue between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York/HealthNow Inc. and the Union representing nearly 400 of its locked-out employees, the company is “beefing up its staff in Albany and Binghamton” and sub-contracting out work to Michigan, Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local more»

Labor Perspective From New York State AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes: New York State Property Tax Caps Will Greatly Reduce New Yorkers’ Quality of Life

Published on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in Guest Columns
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: The following Labor Perspective is from New York State AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes, president of the 2.5-million-member, Statewide Labor Organization. It currently appears on the New York State AFL-CIO’s website, which can be accessed directly at www.nysaflcio.org. From the start, no one has stated how much New more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Republicans Gamble With Medicare And Lose Big, Alliance Educates Retiree Groups On Threats To Social Security & North Carolina Alliance Members Meet with Health & Human Services’ Sebelius

Published on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in Union Retirees
Republicans Gamble With Medicare And Lose Big The GOP’s desire to privatize Medicare and turn it into voucher program has not only hit a speed bump, it has completely backfired. Their proposal, authored by Wisconsin Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan passed the House on April 15th, but is becoming increasingly unpopular amongst a wide array of more»

UPDATE/BREAKING LABOR NEWS: Kaleida Health & The Three Unions Currently Negotiating A New Master Contract Announce Tonight That A Contract Extension Has Been Agreed To Through June 17th/Existing Agreement Was Set To Expire On May 31st

Published on Friday, May 27, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – Kaleida Health and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17 and 1199 SEIU (Service Employees International Union) United Healthcare Workers East announced this evening that an agreement has been reached to extend the existing Master Bargaining Agreement until June more»

Young Unionists Labor Column By Next Generation United/Rochester Chapter President Lynn Giglio: How A Former Registered Republican Got Into The Labor Movement And Found A New Family Of Union Brothers & Sisters I Never Had

Published on Friday, May 27, 2011 in Young Unionists
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Lynn Giglio (pictured above) is the new president of the Next Generation United/Rochester Chapter. Giglio, who is a member of United Auto Workers Local 1097 in Rochester, recently submitted the following Young Unionists Labor Column to WNYLaborToday.com and has invited Your Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper to come to more»

WNYLaborToday.com Special Correspondent Andy Reynolds Reports On The “One More Monday With Manny” Event Held Earlier This Week In Buffalo Where Local Labor & Community Leaders Paid Tribute To The Remarkable Life Of The Late Manny Fried

Published on Friday, May 27, 2011 in Southern Tier Councils
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Richard Lipsitz, Jr., Political Action Coordinator for Teamsters Joint Council 46 and the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF), delivers his comments on the many accomplishments of the late Manny Fried during a special event entitled, “One More Monday With Manny,” which was held earlier this week in more»

LA Times Reports Blue Shield CEO Bruce Bodaken Earned $4.6 Million Last Year

Published on Friday, May 27, 2011 in State-National Labor News
For the first time, California's largest Non-Profit Health Insurer has released the salaries of its 10 highest-paid executives in response to a new State Law intended to keep Health Care Insurance costs under control. The top earner at Blue Shield of California was Chief Executive Bruce Bodaken, who made $4.6 million last year - more than four times the more»

Federal Mediator Joins Contract Negotiations Involving 125 Registered Nurses Represented By 1199 SEIU At Lockport’s Eastern Niagara Hospital

Published on Friday, May 27, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
(LOCKPORT) - A Federal Mediator has entered contract negotiations between management and 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East, which represents 125 Registered Nurses (RNs) at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport. The Union Contract covering the Lockport RNs is set to expire on Tuesday, March 31st, after being more»

National Labor News: AFL-CIO President Trumka Blasts Republicans On The Party’s Budget Proposal That Hurts The American Public While Rewarding The Rich & Wisconsin Judge Voids Republican Governor Scott Walker’s Anti-Union Law

Published on Thursday, May 26, 2011 in State-National Labor News
Statement by National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On The Republican Budget Proposal Vote In The U.S. Senate: Forty Senate Republicans have demonstrated their desire to block the road to the future. They have sent a loud and clear message to the American Public that sacrifice is for the weak, while the powerful and well-connected get tax cuts. This more»

National CWA President Larry Cohen Tells WNYLaborToday.com That Labor Leaders Need To Do More Than Just “Show Up” In The Battle Against Those Who Are Taking Aim At Workers’ Rights & Collective Bargaining

Published on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Communications Workers of America (CWA) National President Larry Cohen (pictured in the background) and CWA District 1 Vice President Chris Shelton (pictured in the foreground) pose in front of a poster of memorabilia showcasing the 50th Anniversary of CWA Local 1122 of Buffalo and Local 1117 of Niagara County during a more»

WNYLaborToday.com Labor Commentary: Labor-Supported Hochul Wins Special Election In 26th U.S. Congressional District Race/Organized Labor Plays Huge Role In Helping Elect Democrat In Heavily-Concentrated Republican District

Published on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – With a major league assist from Organized Labor in both Buffalo and Rochester, Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul scored a major upset victory over Republican Jane Corwin to win election to the U.S. Congress in the 26th District – a race that had national implications and now sends a strong message to the GOP that efforts to hurt Working People more»

Southern Tier Labor Leaders Offer Hope To Working People, Vow To Fight Those Who Lead Effort To Eradicate Workers’ Rights And Offer An Apology For Not Doing A Better Job Of Standing Vigilant For Union Members Targeted By Manipulative Forces

Published on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 in Southern Tier Councils
WNYLaborToday.com’s Editor’s Note: A couple of hundred Union Members from across the City of Jamestown and Chautauqua County in the Southern Tier rallied in support of Workers’ Rights and the attack on Collective Bargaining outside Jamestown’s Municipal Building Monday evening. A number or area Labor Leaders took turns addressing those in more»

A Look Back At Labor News From The Past: Oregon Debates The Effectiveness Of A “Rolling Strike”

Published on Monday, May 23, 2011 in State-National Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: WNYLaborToday.com recently found the following Labor News Story that was originally published back in September 1987 by the Associated Press, and carried the headline: Oregon Debates The Rolling Strike’s Effectiveness. WNYLaborToday.com thought it was important to make our Viewers/Readers aware of this report, in light more»

United Steelworkers News: The United Steelworkers Celebrate The 69th Anniversary Of The Founding Of Their Union & European Unions Call On Honeywell CEO To End The Worker Lock-Out At Their Illinois Facility

Published on Monday, May 23, 2011 in State-National Labor News
The United Steelworkers Celebrate The 69th Anniversary Of The Founding Of Their Union (PITTSBURGH) – Sunday, May 22nd marked the 69th anniversary of the founding of the United Steelworkers (USW) Union. On May 22, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio, the forerunner of the USW, the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC), began building of an organization to more»

The Alliance for Retired Americans Endorses Western New York Democrat Kathy Hochul For Congress/Alliance President Says Hochul “Will Be A Strong Voice In Congress To Protect The Health Care And Retirement Security Of Americans Of All Ages”

Published on Monday, May 23, 2011 in Labor Endorsements
The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund, representing nearly four million retirees and community activists - including nearly 20,000 members across New York State’s 26th Congressional District – today announced its endorsement of Kathy Hochul’s candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in tomorrow’s (Tuesday, May 24th) special more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Nevada Activists Say Fund Medicare Fully Rather Than Subsidizing Oil Companies, Medicare Spotlight Shines Again On Newt Gingrich & The Alliance Makes A Difference In The Midwest

Published on Sunday, May 22, 2011 in Union Retirees
Nevada Activists Say Fund Medicare Fully Rather Than Subsidizing Oil Companies Senate Republicans did not help their relationship with Seniors and Working Americans last week when they voted to keep $4 billion per year in subsidies for oil companies while supporting a budget plan that would end Medicare as we know it. Even with polls showing a majority more»

CWA News From Across The Nation: March On Wall Street Puts Spotlight On Income Gap & Harmful Budget Cuts, CWA Charges New Jersey Governor With Refusal To Bargain & Union Election Begins For United-Continental Flight Attendants

Published on Sunday, May 22, 2011 in State-National Labor News
March On Wall Street Puts Spotlight On Income Gap & Harmful Budget Cuts About 20,000 people from a broad coalition of Unions and Community Groups, including scores of red-shirted Communications Workers of America (CWA) Members, marched on Wall Street to decry the vast and growing income inequality that is even worse in New York City than the country as more»

It’s Cool To Be Union! Is Catching On… Baltimore’s Young Unionist Leader Cory McCray Shows Off WNYLaborToday.com’s New Pro-Union T-Shirt During A YouTube Commentary That He’s Posted On-Line

Published on Sunday, May 22, 2011 in Young Unionists
WNYLaborToday.com got a call last week from Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council/United Way of Greater Niagara Labor Liaison Bill Jakobi, who asked: “Have you seen the latest video commentary from Cory McCray?” McCray heads the Young Unionists Group in Baltimore, Maryland and is a frequent contributor to WNYLaborToday.com’s Young Unionist more»

Sunday Labor Column: Remember To Vote In Tuesday’s 26th Congressional Special Election, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi Isn’t Happy About Monday’s Major Labor Rally In His Southern Tier City And Congrats To CWA Locals 1122 & 1117!

Published on Sunday, May 22, 2011 in Guest Columns
News, Notes & A Bunch Of Observations Made While Covering The Western New York Labor Community Over The Past Several Days: Every Working Person – Union and non-represented – who lives in the 26th U.S. Congressional District has an extremely important responsibility on Tuesday. If you care about the direction this country will go in, then you must more»

Blue Cross Blue Shield/Update: Company Isn’t Budging On Issue Of Out-Sourcing Jobs At “Any Time” As The Union Representing Nearly 400 Of Its Locked-Out Employees Heads Back To The Bargaining Table For Sessions On Monday & Tuesday

Published on Sunday, May 22, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – Negotiations are scheduled to resume tomorrow (Monday, May 23rd) between the Union representing nearly 400 locked-out Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York/Health Now NY, Inc. Employees and management. An Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 212 Official, meanwhile, has informed local Labor Leaders the more»

From TeamsterNation.Blogspot.com: Notre Dame Says “No” To China/Refuses To Buy "Fighting Irish" Swag From China

Published on Friday, May 20, 2011 in State-National Labor News
Mark Drajem at Bloomberg has this great story about Notre Dame refusing to buy "Fighting Irish" swag from China. The University of Notre Dame's campus bookstore sells "Fighting Irish" lettermen jackets, "ND" license plate frames and stadium cups picturing the school's Leprechaun mascot. Not for sale: anything made in China. Ten years after adopting the more»

CSEA Western Region 6 Union Member Mike Lagoda Wins Area Bus Mechanic “Road-Eo” Competition/West Seneca School District Mechanic Moves On To Statewide Competition With Chance To Showcase The Skills He Uses To Keep Children Safe

Published on Friday, May 20, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Mike Lagoda, a Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Western Region 6 Union Member and a mechanic with the West Seneca Central School District (pictured above), recently won a regional Bus Mechanic “Road-Eo” and now moves on to compete in a statewide competition this summer in Albany. Lagoda says he takes “a more»

Labor News Report From HuffingtonPost.com: National AFL-CIO President Trumka Threatens To Abandon Democrats In 2012 Unless They Fight Harder For Labor

Published on Friday, May 20, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(WASHINGTON) - National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka plans to issue yet another warning to Democrats today (Friday, May 20th), proclaiming that if lawmakers don't push hard enough to stem attacks on Labor's interests, Workers will abandon the party in the 2012 election. The Union Leader, whose perch atop the 11-million-member Federation makes him more»

Labor News Report: Upper Big Branch Miners Died Because of Corporate Risk-Taking

Published on Friday, May 20, 2011 in Southern Tier Councils
Massey Energy Company’s Upper Big Branch Coal Mine in West Virginia exploded on April 5th, 2010 because the company operated the mine in a “profoundly reckless manner, which resulted in the deaths of 29 coal miners, who paid with their lives for the corporate risk-taking,” according to an independent report on the disaster commissioned by former West more»

From truthout.org: Democrats Attack Unions Nationwide

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2011 in State-National Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: WNYLaborToday.com ran across the following article on the Internet, which appeared on the website: truthout.org. WNYLaborToday.com thought it provided some interesting insight into the dilemma facing Labor Unions and their Leadership when it comes to the recent turn-of-events concerning the stance taken by some within the more»

Nearly 600 SEIU-Represented Workers At Three Nursing Homes In The Buffalo Area Ratify New Contracts/Agreements Now In Place At St. Francis Of Williamsville, The Mcauley Residence In Kenmore And At The Weinberg Campus In Getzville

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – Nearly 600 workers represented by 1199 SEIU (Service Employees International Union) United Healthcare Workers East have ratified new contracts with two Buffalo-area Catholic Health System Nursing Homes – St. Francis of Williamsville and the Mcauley Residence in Kenmore, and at the Weinberg Campus in Getzville, Union Officials announced this more»

From the Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council: Dunkin Donuts Franchisees Fined $7,700 For Multiple Child Labor Violations

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(BOSTON) – Two Dunkin Donuts franchise owners in have been cited and fined for violating Massachusetts Child Labor Laws, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Office of the Attorney General announced. James Carafotes, age 54, of Sutton, his business partner, Dinart Serpa, age 52, of Beverly, and their five franchise locations, have been fined a total of more»

The Buffalo AFL-CIO Council Endorses Mark Poloncarz For Erie County Executive/Council President Hoffert Says The County Needs An Executive Who Works “With” Organized Labor To Help Create Sorely-Needed & Good-Paying Jobs

Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in Labor Endorsements
(BUFFALO) – Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz has received the endorsement of the Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, whose affiliated Labor Unions combine to represent more than 80,000 Union Members, in his campaign for the office of Erie County Executive. Poloncarz, a Democrat, whose father was a Steelworker, responded by saying he is more»

Huffington Post Report: President Obama To The GOP, There Will Be No Trade Deals Without Aid To U.S. Workers

Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(WASHINGTON) - President Barack Obama is drawing a line in the sand with Republicans over pending Trade Deals, one of few areas with the potential for bi-partisan action on Capitol Hill. Senior Administration Officials said Monday the White House will not act on any of the pending Trade Pacts with Colombia, Panama and South Korea - all of which are more»

Child Care Workers Find A “Union Voice” through CSEA

Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in Southern Tier Councils
(ALBANY) - As Unions around the country are increasingly under attack, more than 250 Independent Child Care Business Owners who belong to VOICE/CSEA Local 100A have a very different perspective on the importance of organizing a Union. They became part of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) to ensure a decent standard in their field while working more»

Blue Cross Blue Shield/Lock-Out Update: Health Care Provider & OPEIU To Hold Another Contract Negotiating Session On Wednesday, Union Officials Say “Not Much Is Happening” & Questions Whether The Company Really Wants To Bargain A New Deal

Published on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – Another negotiating session has been scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, May 18th) between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York/HealthNow NY, Inc. and OPEIU (Office and Professional Employees International Union) Local 212 as the company’s lock-out of nearly 400 of its Unionized Employees in Downtown Buffalo stretches into a third more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Medicaid Increasingly Targeted By Republicans, Grassroots Pressure Influences The Medicare Debate & Social Security, Medicare Trust Fund Reports Released

Published on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in Union Retirees
Medicaid Increasingly Targeted By Republicans According to The New York Times: “The changes to Medicaid proposed by (Republican U.S. Congressman Paul) Ryan, the House Budget Chairman, could actually have a more direct impact on older Americans than the Medicare part of his plan.” The House Plan would turn Medicaid, which provides Health Coverage for more»

North Tonawanda Tries To Head Off A May 25th Court Date By Making CSEA Unit 7692 A Second Settlement Offer After Arbitrator Finds City Officials Illegally Imposed A Three-Tier, Drug Co-Pay Of $7, $15 & $35 Without The Consent Of The Union

Published on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
(NORTH TONAWANDA) – After the City of Tonawanda imposed a three-tier, drug co-pay of $7, $15 and $35 without the consent of the Union, CSEA (Civil Service Employees Association) Unit 7692 – which represents nearly 100 Public Employees in the Niagara County City – stopped the practice through a favorable arbitration ruling. Now the City is making a more»

Civil Service Employees Association President Danny Donohue Responds To Reports Of Governor Cuomo’s Proposed New York State Pension Changes: “It’s Clear The Governor Does Not Care About The Impact Of His Policies On Working People”

Published on Monday, May 16, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(ALBANY) – Danny Donohue, president of the 300,000-Member Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), responded quickly to word today that Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing changes in New York’s Tier VI pension plan that would reportedly create a new, but less generous, pension system for future State, Local and School Employees. Donohue said: more»

Sunday (On A Monday) Labor Column: WNYLaborToday.com Must Be Growing, We’re Getting Some Nasty Comments From Viewers/Readers, A Los Angeles, California Unionist Subscribes To WNYLaborToday.com & You Know What? “It Is Cool To Be Union!”

Published on Monday, May 16, 2011 in Guest Columns
News, Notes & A Bunch Of Observations Made While Covering The Western New York Labor Community Over The Past Several Days: It’s a sure sign of our growth and reaching outside the Western New York Labor Community when WNYLaborToday.com starts receiving nasty responses from some Viewers/Readers. That was the case recently as two individuals – who more»

WNYLaborToday.com Labor Commentary: C’mon … Buffalo – For Real? … Rash Of Anti-Worker Developments Coincide With Release Of New Marketing Video That Unfortunately Give Working People Even More Of A Reason To Leave Than Stay

Published on Monday, May 16, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
There was much fanfare made last week over the unveiling of a new video entitled: Buffalo: For Real, which area marketing and tourism gurus were absolutely giddy about using as their latest hook to help attract, interest and get people to come to Buffalo to find out what our region offers. But if you’re a Working Person, like so many across this country more»

Yet Another Wisconsin Faculty Group Votes For Union Representation With The American Federation of Teachers

Published on Saturday, May 14, 2011 in State-National Labor News
Faculty at another University of Wisconsin campus have voted to be represented by American Federation of Teachers (AFT)-Wisconsin, becoming the fifth group to do so since Republican Governor Scott Walker began his attacks on Public Employee Collective Bargaining Rights in February. Yesterday, on May 13th, Faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay more»

Labor Perspective From Office & Professional Employees International Union President Michael Goodwin: The Governor You Want – The Governor You Don’t Want

Published on Saturday, May 14, 2011 in Guest Columns
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Michael Goodwin (pictured above) is president of the Office & Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), which represents 125,000 members across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. OPEIU represents employees and independent contractors in Credit Unions, Hospitals and Medical Clinics, Insurance, Higher more»

Remember – Today/Saturday Is The 19th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Across Western New York, Put Out Your Canned and Non-Perishable Foods So National Association Of Letter Carriers/Branch 3 Unionized Letter Carriers Can Pick Them Up

Published on Friday, May 13, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(WESTERN NEW YORK) - Spearheaded by the Buffalo-headquartered National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)/Branch 3, Unionized Letter Carriers will be picking up donated canned and non-perishable foods today (Saturday, May 14th) during the 19th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive across the Western New York Region. Despite lingering effects of more»

From thinkprogress.org: Need A Job? Walmart’s Looking For A Spanish-Speaking Union-Buster To Maintain A “Union-Free Workplace”

Published on Friday, May 13, 2011 in State-National Labor News
As of April 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the seasonally-adjusted Unemployment Rate stands at around 9 percent, as millions of Americans are seeking work in any position they can find. One company that’s hiring is Walmart, “one of the largest private employers in the U.S.” The company recently posted a job listing on-line for a more»

Federal Mediator To Join Contract Negotiations At Bertrand Chaffee Hospital & The Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home In Springville/Talks Had Stalled Over Economic Issues

Published on Thursday, May 12, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(SPRINGVILLE) - The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) is stepping into contract negotiations between Bertrand Chaffee Hospital (BCH) and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home (JBRNH), where approximately 200 workers are represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East and the New York State Nurses more»