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New York State Department of Health Rejects Kaleida Health’s Proposal to Close Buffalo’s Waterfront Health Care Center/1199 SEIU Asks Kaleida To Come Back And Negotiate A New Contract That Would Keep The Lower West Side Nursing Home Open

Published on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
(BUFFALO) - The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has rejected Kaleida Health’s proposed plan of closure for Buffalo’s Waterfront Health Care Center, 1199 SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Healthcare Workers East announced. The rejection comes 10 days after more than 200 Union-Represented Workers, concerned citizens and more»

Wall Street Journal Report: CEO Pay In 2010 Jumped 11%

Published on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 in State-National Labor News
Chief Executives at the biggest U.S. companies saw their pay jump sharply in 2010, as boards rewarded them for strong profit and share-price growth with bigger bonuses and stock grants. The median value of salaries, bonuses and long-term incentive awards for CEOs of 350 major companies surged 11% to $9.3 million, according to a study of proxy more»

Joined By Their International President Michael Goodwin In A Public Action Conducted Outside Buffalo’s Kleinhans Music Hall, Locked-Out OPEIU Local 212 Blue Cross Blue Shield Union Employees Send Message To Company CEO Alphonso O’Neil-White

Published on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Locked-out Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 212 Union Members (pictured above) participated in an informational picket that was held outside Buffalo’s Kleinhans Music Hall late Tuesday to impress upon the community that Blue Cross Blue Shield places more importance on spending money more»

We had another interview on WFRN....

Published on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 in What People Are Saying About WNY Labor Today
WNYLaborToday.com and Editor/Publisher Tom Campbell were once again guests on The Union Edge Talk Radio Show on May 5th, 2011. The Union Edge is a member of the Working Family Radio Network (WFRN) and is broadcast daily in Pittsburgh on WPYT-AM and WFYL-AM in Philadelphia. Click here to listen now.

National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Speaks Out On The April Jobs Report: “Despite Some Good News, Unless Government Acts Soon To Boost Job Creation, America Will Likely Face Several Years Of Unacceptably High Levels Of Unemployment”

Published on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 in State-National Labor News
Statement by National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on April Jobs Report: Building on renewed job growth in the past several months, our economy added a surprising 244,000 new jobs in April - including 268,000 in the Private Sector, even as the unemployment rate rose back to 9%. The monthly job growth is welcome news, but the economic recovery and more»

Teamsters Union Shines Spotlight On National Express's "Culture Of Contradictions:" In The United Kingdom, The School Bus Company Accepts Union Representation For Its Workers, But In The United States It Has A Strong Anti-Union Stance

Published on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 in State-National Labor News
One of America’s leading Unions, the 1.4 million-strong International Brotherhood of Teamsters – which was founded in 1903 and represents 1.4 million hard working men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, has published a dossier accusing National Express of operating “a culture of contradictions.” In the United Kingdom (UK), more»

Labor/Political Roundup: 26th Congressional Candidate Kathy Hochul & Erie County Executive Candidate Mark Poloncarz Meet With Organized Labor/1199 SEIU’s Political Action Director Jennifer Hibit Named Poloncarz’s Campaign Manager

Published on Monday, May 9, 2011 in Labor Endorsements
(BUFFALO) – Just days before Mark Poloncarz officially declared his Democratic candidacy for the office of Erie County Executive, the Erie County Comptroller and Erie County Clerk – 26th Congressional District and Democratic Candidate Kathy Hochul – each addressed a high-profile meeting of an array of Labor Leaders from across Erie County, more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Under 55-Year-Olds Will Need An Extra $182,000 To Pay For Republican Medicare Plan & Its The End Of Paper Social Security Checks As We Know Them

Published on Monday, May 9, 2011 in Union Retirees
Under 55-Year-Olds Will Need An Extra $182,000 To Pay For The Republican Medicare Plan A 54-year-old today will have to save an additional $182,000 in their IRA or 401(k) before he or she retires to pay for the House Republican plan to dismantle Medicare, an analysis released last week by Democratic U.S. Representative George Miller of California found. more»

Bloomberg.com Report: On The Heels Of What Democrats Have Done In Massachusetts, Illinois Democrats Enrage Public-Worker Unions With Drive to Tame Pensions

Published on Monday, May 9, 2011 in State-National Labor News
Illinois Democrats are leading a charge to reduce the State’s Pension Costs, provoking a million- dollar opposition ad campaign from their traditional allies, Public-Sector Unions and signaling a new phase in efforts to contain retirement expenses. While the push to control Public Worker Benefits and Wages has been defined this year by clashes over more»

From Salon.com: National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Declares Labor's Independence/The Man Who Shamed Democrats For Anti-Obama Racism Vows To Put AFL-CIO Cash Into Its Own Future, Not The Party's

Published on Sunday, May 8, 2011 in State-National Labor News
One of the shining moments of the 2008 presidential campaign came when National AFL-CIO Leader Richard Trumka confronted the racism that was making some white Union Members, even staunch Democrats, reluctant to vote for Barack Obama. The son and grandson of miners from Nemacolin, Pennsylvania, who went into the mines himself, then went to law school, then more»

Sunday Labor Column: Happy Mom’s Day, Remembering Workers Who’ve Died On The Job, Standing With Locked-Out Union Workers At Blue Cross Blue Shield, Teamsters Local 264’s New Website & The Buffalo News Jumps On The Union-Bashing Bandwagon

Published on Sunday, May 8, 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 would like to wish our best to all the mothers of Union Members out there across Western New York on this Sunday Mother’s Day Celebration. For all you do and continue to do for your family, children, more»

The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Marks Its 20th Annual Workers Memorial Day Observance With A Call For Heightened Awareness & Dedication To Making Sure All Workers Return Home To Their Families Safe & Sound Each Night

Published on Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Labor Council/United Way of Greater Niagara Labor Liaison Bill Jakoki (pictured above) opens Organized Labor’s 20th Annual Workers Memorial Day Observance at the New York State Power Authority's Reservoir Park outside Niagara Falls. A group of 75 area Labor Leaders, Labor Representatives, more»

Five-Hundred Rite Aid Warehouse Workers In Lancaster, California Win Tentative Contract Despite Management’s Intense Union-Busting Campaign

Published on Friday, May 6, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA) - The 500 workers employed at Rite Aid’s Distribution Center in Lancaster, California overcame a relentless five-year Anti-Worker Campaign to eventually gain a tentative contract and Union Recognition, Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 26 Representatives have announced. The new three-year deal, which was reached May more»

WNYLaborToday.com Labor Commentary On The Blue Cross Blue Shield Lock-Out Of Nearly 400 Unionized Workers In Buffalo: Welcome To Wisconsin… Buffalo, New York Style

Published on Friday, May 6, 2011 in Editorial
Welcome to Wisconsin - Buffalo, New York Style. For 11 days now, nearly 400 Union-Represented Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York/HealthNow NY Inc. Workers have been locked out of their jobs as a result of an expired contract. It was a decision made by a company that does as much as 20% of its overall business with Organized Labor and is more»

United Steelworkers News: USW Locals Ratify New Contract At International Paper That Covers 6,000 Workers, Including Some Here In New York State & USW Membership Ratifies Agreement With RG Steel At Several USW-Represented Facilities

Published on Thursday, May 5, 2011 in State-National Labor News
USW Locals Ratify New Contract At International Paper That Impacts 6,000 Workers (PITTSBURGH) – The United Steelworkers (USW) has announced that its members at all 15 Local Unions at International Paper (IP) have ratified a four-year Master Agreement by a 73% vote. An 80-member USW Bargaining Committee had previously recommended ratification of the more»

National AFL-CIO President Trumka On The Make It In America Agenda: “We Need To Invest Trillions To Build A 21st Century Infrastructure And We Must Ensure We Actually Make The Technology And Materials For The Things We’re Building And Installing”

Published on Thursday, May 5, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
Statement By National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Make It In America Agenda: We commend Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer for refocusing attention on job creation by once again introducing the bi-partisan "Make It In America" agenda. It's time for Congress to focus on what Americans want and need most - jobs. We need to create them, retain them and more»

The Public Employees Federation Identifies $300 Million in Savings To New York State, Which Union President Ken Brynien Says Can Be Realized By Reducing Reliance On Costly Consultants

Published on Thursday, May 5, 2011 in Southern Tier Councils
(ALBANY) - The New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF) released new research today that identifies savings of $300 million annually - if the State takes reasonable steps to reduce the excessive use of consultants, Union Officials said. New York spent $2.8 billion on consultant services in SFY 2010-11, with the majority of the billing going to more»

New Economic Policy Institute Report: The North American Free Trade Agreement Has Cost The United States 683,000 Jobs - And Counting

Published on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 in State-National Labor News
To date, 682,900 jobs in the United States have either been lost or displaced since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) took effect in 1994, a new Economic Policy Institute (EPI) study finds. The main reason for the job loss is a $97.2 billion trade deficit with Mexico. In 1993, one year before NAFTA was implemented, the U.S. had a $1.6 more»

Blue Cross Blue Shield Update: OPEIU Local 212 Says Some Locked-Out Workers Have Not Yet Received Their Paychecks & Pay Stubs And That Management Is “Vague” About Returning To The Bargaining Table/Union Members Hold Daily Picket Outside Company’s HQ

Published on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – Some Union-Represented Workers have not received their last paycheck despite being locked out by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, management has been “vague” about returning to the bargaining table - even though they’ve publicly stated they will, and Unionized Employees are walking a picket line outside the company’s more»

Kaleida Seeks More Than $60 Million In Concessions From Unions Involved In Negotiating New Master Contracts Covering Nearly 8,000 Workers/CWA Local 1168 To Update Its Members Tonight & Address Management’s Increasing Talk Of A Strike

Published on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – Workers at Kaleida Health who are represented by Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168 packed The Hearthstone Manor in Suburban Buffalo tonight as Union Officials provide an update on Master Contract Negotiations that involve three individual Labor Unions that combine to represent 8,000 Kaleida Employees. Local 1168 President more»

Massachusetts House Votes To Restrict Unions/Unbelievably - Push In Massachusetts Was Led By Democrats, Measure Would Curb Bargaining On Health Care

Published on Monday, May 2, 2011 in State-National Labor News
House Lawmakers in Massachusetts have voted overwhelmingly to strip Police Officers, Teachers and other Municipal Employees of most of their rights to bargain over Health Care - saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns. The 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate Collective Bargaining more»

Sunday (On A Monday) Labor Column: Obama Gets Osama, Kudos To The WNY AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation For One Of The Best Labor Events Held In Recent Memory & How Could Any Working Person Vote For Millionaire Jane Corwin For Congress?

Published on Monday, May 2, 2011 in Guest Columns
First off, my apologies to the Viewers/Readers of WNYLaborToday.com for the delay of our regularly-published Sunday Labor Column. Sunday turned out to be a momentous day for this country with the announcement by President Obama that the mastermind of the 9/11 Terror Attack on the United States – Osama bin Laden – had been located and killed. more»

UPDATE: CWA Local 1122 President James Wagner Calls His Union’s Newly-Reached Contract Agreement With The Visiting Nurses Association An “Economically Fair One,” Which Also Positively Addresses Workplace Conditions For The Union’s 410 Members

Published on Monday, May 2, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1122 President James Wagner told WNYLaborToday.com late Sunday Evening that his Union believes the newly-reached, three-year contract with the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) is an “economically fair one” that also positively addresses the area of workplace conditions. “We feel we achieved more»

May Day Labor Observation In Buffalo Features SEIU Picket Aimed At Convincing Kaleida Health To Bargain Fair Contract At The Waterfront Health Care Center On City’s Lower West Side/Local Picketers Supported By Contingent Of May Day Marchers

Published on Sunday, May 1, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Marchers taking part in the annual May Day Labor Observation joined picketing 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Workers (pictured above) outside The Waterfront Health Care Center on Buffalo’s Lower West Side Sunday (May 1st) afternoon. The future of Buffalo’s only Bi-Lingual, 200-bed Health Care Center more»

Did You Hear This One? Republican House Speaker John Boehner Says The Current System Of Collective Bargaining Is Too Tilted In Favor Of Labor Unions & That Unions Have A “Machine Gun” Pointed At “The Heads Of Local Officials”

Published on Sunday, May 1, 2011 in Southern Tier Councils
(WASHINGTON) - House Speaker John Boehner (Republican-Ohio) weighed in today (Sunday, May 1st) on the Labor Protests rocking the Midwest, saying that the current system of Collective Bargaining is too tilted in favor of Labor Unions. "In some of these States, you've got Collective Bargaining Laws that are so weighted in favor of the Public Employees that more»

The Visiting Nurses Association Announces It Has Reached A New, Three-Year Contract With Communications Workers Of America Local 1122/Union Officials Cannot Be Immediately Reached By WNYLaborToday.com For Comment

Published on Sunday, May 1, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
(WILLIAMSVILLE) – The Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) – which employs 410 Communications Workers of America-Represented Workers – announced today (Sunday, May 1st) that is has reached a new contract agreement with the Union. However, Union Officials could not be immediately reached by WNYLaborToday.com for comment. The VNA’s announcement that more»

May Day Rallies – Including One Right Here In Buffalo Today - Will Support Workers’ & Immigrant Rights/Working People Declare: “Somos Unos - Respeten Nuestros Derechos” or “We Are One - Respect Our Rights”

Published on Sunday, May 1, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
On this May Day, Working People are rallying across the country to oppose attacks on Workers’ Rights and Immigrant Rights. Just as we did on April 4th, Working People will declare: “Somos Unos - Respeten Nuestros Derechos” or “We Are One - Respect Our Rights.” Workers’ Rights and Immigrant Rights are connected. CEO-backed politicians are more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: In More Than 50 Cities, Activists Say: "Don’t Make Us Work 'Til We Die!," Alliance Radio Ads Protest Republican Cuts To Medicare & Social Security & As If Privatizing Wasn’t Enough…

Published on Sunday, May 1, 2011 in Union Retirees
In More Than 50 Cities, Activists Say: "Don’t Make Us Work 'Til We Die!" This week, the Alliance For Retired Americans, in coordination with the Strengthen Social Security Campaign and other groups, held events in more than 50 cities to counter Representative Paul Ryan’s Republican Budget, which passed in the House two weeks ago. The budget included more»

National CWA News: New Hampshire Editorial A Textbook Condemnation Of “Right To Work,” Union Election Begins May 17th For United-Continental Flight Attendants & Thousands Of Allies Expected To Rally At Ohio Statehouse On May 5th

Published on Sunday, May 1, 2011 in State-National Labor News
New Hampshire Editorial A Textbook Condemnation Of “Right To Work” An editorial on a website for a half-dozen New Hampshire newspapers powerfully condemns so-called "Right to Work" Legislation recently passed by State Lawmakers, boldly saying the bill's proponents are lying about their motivations. The Legislation "has nothing to do with Workers' more»

Republican Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Signs Bill To End Collective Bargaining

Published on Saturday, April 30, 2011 in State-National Labor News
(OKLAHOMA CITY) - Republican Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill to eliminate Collective Bargaining Rights for City Workers in the State's Largest Municipalities. Fallin signed the bill on Friday despite objections from opponents who complain the measure will leave City Workers without a voice and result in lower wages. Currently, cities with more than more»

Big Union Crowd Attends The Annual Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation’s Awards Dinner/Five Area Labor Leaders Honored During Evening Festivities Amid An Atmosphere of Positivity & Resolve To Fight For Workers’ Rights

Published on Friday, April 29, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – A well-represented crowd of Labor Leaders, Union Representatives, Elected Officials and Friends of Labor (pictured above) packed the Hearthstone Manor in suburban Buffalo Thursday evening as the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) honored five individuals for their commitment to Organized Labor and Working People amid a more»

Memphis Sanitation Workers To Join U.S. “Labor Hall of Fame”

Published on Friday, April 29, 2011 in State-National Labor News
The U.S. Department of Labor this Friday will hold a ‘Labor Hall of Fame’ ceremony for 1,300 Memphis, Tennessee Sanitation Workers – members of AFSCME (American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees) Local 1733 – who participated in the famous 1968 strike for Workplace Rights, a living wage, dignity and respect. The ceremony begins more»

UPDATE: Locked-Out Union Employees At Blue Cross Blue Shield In Buffalo Overwhelmingly Vote Down Health Care Company’s “Final Offer” By 96% Margin, Union Urges Company To Return To Bargaining Table To Continue Contract Talks

Published on Thursday, April 28, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) - Locked-out Union Employees of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York today overwhelmingly voted down the Health Care Company’s “final offer” by a 96% margin, Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 212 Business Representative Deana Fox informed WNYLaborToday.com this afternoon. “We have communicated more»

Strikes Are A Potential Option That CWA Local 1122 Is Considering If Fair & Equitable Contracts Cannot Be Reached With Management At The American Red Cross & The Visiting Nurses Association In The Coming Months

Published on Thursday, April 28, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – This is becoming an extremely busy year of negotiations for Buffalo’s Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1122, which is or will be seeking to bargain new contracts with the American Red Cross, The Visiting Nurses Association, Verizon Communications, the Northwest Buffalo Community Center and Jewish Family Services. And with the more»

President Obama Backs Workers, Slams Attacks on Workers' Rights

Published on Thursday, April 28, 2011 in State-National Labor News
President Obama “strongly disapproves” of the assaults on Workers’ Rights across the United States, including Ohio and Wisconsin. In an interview with Cleveland’s WKYC-TV this week, Obama said State Lawmakers should not use their States’ financial difficulties to undermine Workers’ Rights. “Let’s make sure we’ve got shared sacrifice and more»

Young Unionist Column From 27-Year-Old Marvin Bing, Jr. Of Washington, D.C.: Unions Must Begin To Build Young Workers’ Issues In Their Campaign Plans & Support, Mentor And Provide Opportunities For Young Union Workers To Lead

Published on Thursday, April 28, 2011 in Young Unionists
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: WNYLaborToday.com was first introduced to Marvin Bing, Jr. (pictured above) on the Social Network Facebook. Your Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper became friends with him and then actually spoke via telephone with Marvin - a 27-year-old Union Member with the Amalgamated Transit Union International who currently lives in more»

With An Average Of 12 Workers Killed Per Day In 2009, The National AFL-CIO’s Death On The Job Report Says Now Is Not The Time To Roll Back Safety Protection & Funding

Published on Thursday, April 28, 2011 in Southern Tier Councils
(WASHINGTON) - Workplace safety may have improved in the 40 years since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed, but many workers remain at risk, according to the National AFL-CIO's annual “Death on the Job” Report that was released this week. Today, on April 28th, in over a hundred vigils, rallies, and memorials in 25 States, America's more»

The Service Employees International Union: Ninety Years Ago This Month A Union Of Janitors Is Born

Published on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in State-National Labor News
Ninety years ago this month, members of seven small Flat Janitors’ Union dared to dream they could build their strength by forming a single organization: The Building Service Employees International Union (BSEIU). A Union of mostly immigrant workers, BSEIU was primarily organized of Janitors and Window Washers in its early years - workers who more»

SEIU-Represented Workers At Brooks Memorial Hospital In Dunkirk Approve New Three-Year Contract/Union Representatives Say Agreement Includes Wage Increases & Increased Company Contribution To Unionized Employees’ Pension Fund

Published on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 in Southern Tier Councils
(DUNKIRK) – Unionized Employees at Brooks Memorial Hospital have overwhelmingly approved a new Labor Contract that covers 215 Staff Member at the Dunkirk Medical Facility in Northern Chautauqua County, 1199 SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Healthcare Workers East Representatives announced today. The three-year contract, which takes effect more»

BREAKING NEWS: BlueCross BlueShield Informs Its 400 Union-Represented Employees In Downtown Buffalo They Are Being Locked Out After Failing To Reach Agreement On A New Contract With OPEIU Local 212 Before Tonight’s Midnight Deadline

Published on Monday, April 25, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – Notifying each individual employee via telephone this evening, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York will not allow its 400 Unionized Employees to report to work Tuesday morning after the Health Care Company and Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 212 failed to reach an agreement on a new contract prior to a more»

From The Desk Of New York State United Teachers President Richard Iannuzzi: Collective Action Ignites A Movement

Published on Monday, April 25, 2011 in State-National Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Richard Iannuzzi (pictured above), who has headed the Statewide Union since April 2005 and was re-elected to his third term in early April, 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 more»

United Steelworker-Represented Employees At Niagara Falls Durez Corporation Plant Ratify New Contract/Agreement Calls For Wage Increases In Each Year Of Five-Year Deal, As Well As Security Protections & Improvements In Workers’ Retirement Plan

Published on Monday, April 25, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
(NIAGARA FALLS) – Fifty United Steelworkers (USW)-Represented Workers at the Durez Corporation resin-manufacturing plant in Niagara Falls have ratified a new five-year contract that features security protections and improvements in their retirement plan, USW District 4 Staff Representative James Briggs tells WNYLaborToday.com this afternoon. The more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Alliance Tells Congress: "Don't Make Us Work 'Til We Die!," From The Washington Post: The Budget, America’s Preferences And The Senior Vote & Senate “Gang of Six” Attacks Social Security

Published on Monday, April 25, 2011 in Union Retirees
Alliance Members Tell Congress: "Don't Make Us Work 'Til We Die!" Last week, the U.S. House approved a draconian 2012 budget that ends Medicare as we know it, provides a roadmap for eliminating Social Security and cuts $1.4 trillion from Medicaid over 10 years. Meanwhile, in the U.S. Senate, there’s a major bi-partisan initiative to raise the retirement more»

BlueCross BlueShield Contract Negotiations Update: OPEIU Local 212 Representative Deana Fox Says Company Now Informs Union That “If Contract Expires Without New Agreement In Place, BlueCross BlueShield Reserves Right To Lock Out Employees.”

Published on Sunday, April 24, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
BlueCross BlueShield Contract Negotiations Update: OPEIU Local 212 Representative Deana Fox Says Company Now Informs Union That “If Contract Expires Without New Agreement In Place, BlueCross BlueShield Reserves Right To Lock Out Employees.” Late this evening (Sunday, April 24th), WNYLaborToday.com received the following announcement from Office and more»

Sunday Labor Column: WNYLaborToday.com Celebrates The Beginning Of Our Fourth Year Of Covering The Western New York Labor Community & Remember This Thursday’s Annual Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation’s Awards Dinner

Published on Sunday, April 24, 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 hopes our Viewers/Readers and their families had a wonderful Easter Sunday and that the Easter Bunny was good to all the kids. Other than the Buffalo Sabres laying an Easter egg of their own this more»

National Communications Workers Of America News: Associated Press Threatens Mass Layoffs Unless Guild Accepts Pension Freeze, TOPGUN Aircraft Maintenance Workers Join IUE-CWA & Oklahoma Repeals Collective Bargaining Law For City Workers

Published on Sunday, April 24, 2011 in State-National Labor News
The Associated Press Threatens Mass Layoffs Unless Guild Accepts Pension Freeze Associated Press Workers and Retirees protested at offices across the country last week, as the Wire Service added the threat of mass layoffs to a fierce attack on retirement security. AP managers made the threats directly to workers, circumventing ongoing talks with the News more»

Young Unionist Column From 27-Year-Old Marvin Bing, Jr. Of The Amalgamated Transit Union In Washington, D.C.: New & Social Media Has Its Place, But Its Time For The Labor Movement To Take Our Message Back To The People In Their Neighborhoods

Published on Sunday, April 24, 2011 in Young Unionists
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: WNYLaborToday.com was first introduced to Marvin Bing, Jr. on the Social Network Facebook. Your Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper became friends with him and then actually spoke via telephone with Marvin - a 27-year-old Union Member with the Amalgamated Transit Union International who currently lives in Washington, D.C. more»

BREAKING NEWS: State Supreme Court Judge Orders Kaleida Health To Keep The Slated-For-Closure Mattina Community Health Care Center On Buffalo’s Lower West Side Open Until Grievance Filed On Behalf Of Patients & Workers Is Heard

Published on Friday, April 22, 2011 in Buffalo AFL-CIO CLC
(BUFFALO) – Kaleida Health will be served with a court order today directing the hospital to stop the process of closing or transferring operation of the Judge Joseph S. Mattina Community Health Care Center on Buffalo’s Lower West Side, according to the Communications Workers of America (CWA). State Supreme Court Justice Timothy Drury's order states more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Caregivers At Buffalo’s Waterfront Health Care Center Overwhelmingly Reject Contract Proposal from New Ownership Group

Published on Friday, April 22, 2011 in Niagara-Orleans CLC
(BUFFALO) - The 200 employees of the Waterfront Health Care Center in Buffalo have voted overwhelmingly to reject massive across-the-board wage and benefit cuts proposed by Specialty Care Group, a for-profit nursing home operator headquartered in the Bronx, 1199 SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Representatives announced. Kaleida Health is set more»

National Labor News From The AFL-CIO News Now Blog: After 10 Years, Consolidated Biscuit Workers Will Vote On Union, Nearly 85% Of TSOs Vote For Union, Fifth Wisconsin Recall Petition Ready For Filing & Tell Lawmakers, ‘Don’t Make Us Work ‘Til We Die

Published on Thursday, April 21, 2011 in State-National Labor News
After 10 Years, Consolidated Biscuit Workers Will Vote On Union By National AFL-CIO News Now Blog Reporter James Parks After a decade of struggle, workers at cookie maker Consolidated Biscuit Company (CBC), now Hearthside Food Solutions (HFS), in McComb, Ohio, are a big step closer to joining a Union. The National Labor Relations Board more»