Published on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in National Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National AFL-CIO, whose 55 affiliated Member Unions combine to represent 12.5 million Working People across the United States, has voted to endorse Joe Biden for President of the United States. Over the past year, Working People have been engaged in a comprehensive process to ensure their voices are heard and that they play a more»
Trump Team ‘Killed Rule Designed To Protect’ Health Care Workers From Pandemics Like COVID-19, A Decision That’s Documented In Federal Records Reviewed By National Public Radio
Published on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - When Republican President Donald Trump took office in 2017, his team stopped work on new Federal Regulations that would have forced the Health Care Industry to prepare for an airborne infectious disease pandemic such as COVID-19. That decision is documented in Federal Records reviewed by National Public Radio (NPR). "If that rule more»
Remembering Nelson Rivera, The Vice President Of New York City’s Largest Transit Union Who Succumbed To Cancer: “He Had Incredible Empathy And Compassion”
Published on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A top official at New York’s largest Transit Worker Union has died of lung cancer after a prolonged battle with the disease. Nelson Rivera, 53, the Administrative Vice President of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100, was known by colleagues for his humanitarian work and long-time leadership. He was diagnosed with stage four more»
Designed To Reach Rochester, NY’s ‘Historically Disadvantaged’ Populations, The Multi-Craft Apprenticeship Preparation Program ‘Offers The Most Comprehensive Introduction To Direct Entry Into’ A Building Trades’ Apprenticeship Program
Published on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - Designed to reach Rochester’s historically disadvantaged populations, The Multi-Craft Apprenticeship Preparation Program (MAPP) offers the most comprehensive introduction to direct entry into a Building Trades’ Apprenticeship Program. MAPP is a unique and critically-important partner in the necessary work of building more»
Organize Your Workplace: Rebuilding Rank-And-File Worker Organizations ‘Must Be’ Labor’s Priority ‘And Central To That Project Will Be Recreating & Strengthening A Core Of Class-Conscious’ Workplace Activists – ‘The Militant Minority’
Published on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
The Coronavirus is causing a major global, social and economic crisis. In the United States, the government’s response to this crisis has been disastrous and employers are showing, as usual, that they have no qualms about putting their own profits above the health and safety of their Workers and of the public. Strikes and other forms of on-the-job more»
Published on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in New York State Labor News
Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians and other Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Workers put their lives on the line for their communities, a fact that’s becoming amply clear during the COVID-19 Pandemic. EMS Professionals working for government agencies and private companies are saving lives and many are dying or getting seriously injured on the more»
Published on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Local 71 Business Manager Paul Crist has received a Safety Matters Award from the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT), the safety arm of the Sheet Metal Workers Union. Crist (pictured above) was recognized for his SMART more»
Published on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Last week, the Laborers Local 60 and the New York State Laborers-Employers Cooperation Education Trust (LECET) recognized Essential Workers helping to keep Westchester County moving by giving them free meals as they worked on job sites in New Rochelle and Yonkers. At the Montesano job site in Yonkers, 35 Union Members - consisting more»
Published on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Uninsured Airport Workers at New York’s major airports may soon get some relief as some of their Elected Officials will be trying to advance the Healthy Terminals Act (HTA) when they head back soon to the Legislature in Albany. The Property Service Workers Union - 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU), held a more»
‘Vote Republican And This Is What You Get:’ Legislators ‘Seek To Ban’ Lawsuits By Workers Who Get COVID-19 On The Job
Published on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in National Labor News
(ACROSS THE UNITED STATES) - Lawmakers at the State and Federal level across the U.S. are trying to keep some Workers from suing their employers if they get COVID-19 on the job - and Congress is considering another Bill that responds to the pandemic, while Senate Republicans insist it gives businesses some type of temporary legal immunity. Senate Majority more»
Published on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Since he took office, Vice President Mike Pence has been working with high-level backers of Republican President Trump to develop a comprehensive strategy to weaken Labor Unions. It revolves around so-called Right-To-Work (for less) Laws that have already been rammed through numerous state legislative bodies. Among the GOP bright more»
Phase One Of Re-Opening Our Economy - A Labor Perspective From Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation President Richard Lipsitz
Published on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Richard Lipsitz is President of the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF), whose Regional Labor Federation’s 140 affiliated Local Unions combine to represent 145,000 Union Workers in the Public and Private Sectors and the Building Trades. Since early March, we’ve engaged in a serious more»
Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in National Labor News
(TAR HEEL, NORTH CAROLINA) - COVID-19 is spreading rapidly though Meat Processing Plants in the State of North Carolina as State Health and Agriculture Officials work to keep production lines running. North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) says 1,675 Workers have tested positive for Coronavirus at 26 plants in 17 counties. more»
Veterans Affairs Union ‘Sues To Stop’ Trump-Appointed Board - Board Is Made Up Of ‘Anti-Union’ Appointees ‘Who Are Trying To Unilaterally Force A Contract On The VA’
Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Union that represents Employees at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department is seeking an injunction to prevent the Trump-appointed Federal Service Impasses Panel from unilaterally imposing a contract onto the Workers at the VA. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the panel’s makeup - saying that the positions on the more»
Labor Perspective From New York Metro Area Postal Union Legislative & Political Director Chuck Zlatkin: The U.S. Mail Is Not For Sale!
Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
On April 24th, Republican President Donald Trump called the Postal Service a “joke,” but what Trump has planned for the millions of Americans who depend on a public Postal Service is no laughing matter. Trump threatened to veto the Stimulus Package if there was direct financial relief for the Postage Service. He would not tolerate anything more»
A ‘Very Important’ Labor Perspective From Chris Erikson, Business Manager of the 30,000-Member IBEW Local 3: The Trump Flag & The Union Logo ‘Don't Mix’
Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in New York City Labor News
I saw a Trump 2020 flag on a house in Massapequa the other day - not unusual, as there are a lot of Republicans on Long Island - but what made me stop was the work truck in the driveway with an IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) decal on it. I couldn’t help wonder how the wall, the attacks on Immigrants, the attacks on Unions, the more»
Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
As the Coronavirus crisis gained momentum at the end of March, Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle made headlines for cutting his annual salary from $954,810 to $10,000. And although the company’s retail stores would temporarily close, Columbia announced that it would continue to pay its Store Workers. The moves landed Boyle on a shortlist of more»
Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ACROSS NEW YORK STATE) - Workers from 36 nursing homes and long-term care facilities across New York State held silent vigils last week, demanding adequate protective gear and staffing, crisis pay and respect for the work they’ve been doing. “Workers ‘want to be recognized for risking their lives,’” 1199 Service Employees more»
Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO) - Not long ago, the main challenge facing Electrician Training Programs sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) was finding candidates to become Apprentices. Now, with the Coronavirus Pandemic restricting how education can be delivered to students from pre-kindergarten through college, Training Providers more»
USW International President Says Michigan Dam Failure Disaster ‘Spotlights Need for Large-Scale Infrastructure Commitment’
Published on Friday, May 22, 2020 in National Labor News
(MIDLAND, MICHIGAN) – Calling the disaster “preventable,” United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway is calling on political leadership Washington, D.C. to come to an agreement on a massive overhaul of the country’s infrastructure after the breaching of the Edenville and Sanford dams in the State of Michigan, which more»
Top Union Leaders, Marshaled By National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Back Vote-By-Mail Efforts Across the U.S.
Published on Friday, May 22, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Top Union Leaders, marshaled by National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, are backing the $3.6 billion in the House Democrats’ Stimulus Bill to pay states to establish Vote-By-Mail Systems - and the measure’s mandate requiring states to do so. But whether the Unionists’ statements, plus wide public support for the more»
Published on Friday, May 22, 2020 in Apprenticeship and Training News
New COVID-19 restrictions are already affecting the Craft Worker pipeline, forcing many Apprenticeship and Training Programs to be shuttered or severely limited. Programs are turning to on-line resources, on-the-job training and socially distanced classes to continue critical workforce development. In the State of Washington, Training Programs are more»
Local 802 AFM Musicians Partner with NYC Health + Hospitals & The Mayor's Office of Media And Entertainment To Launch "Music for the Soul" For Our Medical Heroes & Their Patients
Published on Friday, May 22, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - This week, Local 802 American Federation of Musicians (AFM) launched "Music for the Soul of NYC's Health + Hospitals Heroes" in partnership with The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Health + Hospitals. This new series will support the 43,000 Staff at New York City’s 11 public hospitals and their patients, funded by more»
America’s Largest Media Union Launches Historic Advocacy Campaign To Save News Industry - Effort To Gin Up Political Support To Help Stave Off The Economic Crunch
Published on Friday, May 22, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – The top Media Union in North America is launching a historic Advocacy Campaign in an effort to gin up political support to help stave off the economic crunch on the News Industry. The effort being undertaken by the 30,000-plus Member NewsGuild-CWA will involve a six-figure digital ad campaign, direct lobbying on Capitol Hill, and a more»
Helping Students Through COVID-19’s ‘Challenging Times,’ While Providing Buffalo’s High School Grads With ‘Something To Remember,’ The Buffalo Teachers Federation Sponsors A Televised ‘Virtual Graduation’
Published on Friday, May 22, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Helping Students through COVID-19’s challenging times, while providing Buffalo’s High School Graduates with “something to remember,” the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) has agreed to become a major sponsor of a ‘virtual graduation’ that will be televised during the months of June and July. more»
West Coast App Drivers ‘Take To The Streets To Confront’ Uber & Lyft’s ‘Assault On Worker Protections’
Published on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in National Labor News
(SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA) - Uber and Lyft’s refusal to accept the new California Law intended to define their Drivers as Employees has had one harsh consequence - many who lost income or have been unable to work because of the COVID-19 virus epidemic have also been unable to get Unemployment Benefits. “We ‘can’t apply for’ more»
Published on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Randy Narvaez had worked for a Denver-area King Sooper Store for over 30 years by the time he died from the Coronavirus. In a press release, his Union - the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW), said there are a dozen cases among his Co-Workers. Even if they all survive, they’ll see their pay reduced by the time they recover. King more»
Published on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN) - Across the country, communities are cheering Health Care Workers as Heroes in the war against COVID-19, yet - hospitals are using the crisis to continue to bust Unions and fire Activist Employees. UCOMM previously reported about Nurses in New Jersey being fired for speaking up about their hospital’s refusal to let them wear more»
Published on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA) - Google says most of its Employees will likely be allowed to work remotely through the end of year. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said Employees who needed to work in the office would be allowed to return in June or July with enhanced safety measures in place. The rest would likely continue working from home, a Google spokesperson more»
Published on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA) - Earlier this month, Jack Dorsey sent an email to Twitter Staff, notifying Employees they will be able to continue working from home as long as they see fit. The CEO notes Twitter was an early adopter of a work-from-home model, though - like much of the rest of the world - that push has been accelerated by COVID-19 stay at home more»
‘Even During A Pandemic,’ Union-Busting ‘Doesn’t Stop:’ Right Wing, Out-Of-State Funders Bankroll Anti-Union Campaigns In The State Of Ohio
Published on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in National Labor News
(THE STATE OF OHIO) - The two organizations leading the fight to defund Public Employee Unions in Ohio are being bankrolled by many of the same deep-pocket out-of-state funders tied to big corporations and billionaires, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has found. A CMD investigation found that the two groups, the Buckeye Institute and the Freedom more»
Published on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
A win at United Airlines has Labor Unions seeking similar gains at Delta and JetBlue. Earlier this month and just hours after the International Association of Machinists (IAM) filed a lawsuit, United withdrew a plan that would have moved several thousand Fleet Service Workers and Passenger Service Agents from full-time to part-time and reduced weekly hours more»
Striking New Orleans Sanitation Workers ‘Escalate’ Their Fight - In Its Third Week, Workers ‘Demand Hazard Pay, ‘More’ Personal Protective Equipment & ‘Repairs To Some’ Trucks As Prison Inmates Replace Them On The Job
Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in National Labor News
(NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA) – Striking Sanitation Workers gathered at City Hall on Monday (May 18th) to demand an audience with the head of Metro Services Group, the Garbage Collection Firm that employs them. “We want to talk to Mr. Jimmie Woods, whenever, as soon as possible, because I'm ready to get back to work,” one Hopper - Workers who more»
Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National AFL-CIO has filed a petition for a Writ of Mandamus in the U.S. Court of Appeals to compel the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) protecting U.S. Workers against the Coronavirus. The petition demonstrates that thousands of Workers have been infected on the more»
Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - There seems to be a new story every day about potentially deadly working conditions during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Nearly 5,000 Workers at meatpacking plants in 19 states have tested positive for COVID-19. Amazon Workers in California say the company is skirting new legislation on Paid Sick Leave. Grocers are finding it harder more»
Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE) - Nashville-based Tech Care Company Asurion announced the company is launching Tennessee's first in-house Apprenticeship for Software Engineers, providing the company's Hourly Employees with the opportunity to up-skill into one of the most sought-after professional roles in the Metro Area. The company's Software Engineering more»
Union Representing City University of New York Adjuncts ‘Hits The Streets’ To Protest Mass Layoffs & ‘More Austerity Measures For Students And Staff’
Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Now that they’ve been bailed out, the Corporate Class is wasting no time trying to shove austerity measures down the throats of our “Front-Line Heroes” and “Essential Workers” studying at the City University of New York (CUNY). On Monday (May 18th), CUNY students and faculty fought back against efforts to more»
A Message From Civil Service Employees Association Statewide President Mary E. Sullivan: Connecting The Dots
Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in New York State Labor News
First, I want to offer my own personal thanks and the thanks of our entire Union to all the brave Members who are continuing to work and provide essential public services during this pandemic. As Public Service Workers, you are the everyday Heroes keeping our state and local governments functioning, and your services matter to every resident in our more»
Amazon To End $2-An-Hour ‘Hazard Pay’ For Its ‘Worker Heroes’ As CEO Jeff Bezos - The Richest Person On Earth - Rings Up $30 Billion During Coronavirus Pandemic
Published on Monday, May 18, 2020 in National Labor News
Amazon says it will end $2-per-hour hazard pay for Workers at the end of May. The rollback comes after an Amazon Employee recently told CBS more than 600 Amazon Workers have tested positive for COVID-19, with six dying of the disease. An analysis by the Institute for Policy Studies estimates Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos - the richest person on Earth - has seen more»
National COSH Releases Guidelines For “A Safe And Just Return To Work” - Workers Must Be Included In Safety Plans, Say Health Experts, As Wave Of Walkouts Leads To New Protections
Published on Monday, May 18, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
“My Co-Workers are getting sick and ‘we know this disease can be fatal,’ says Sofia, a pseudonym for a Worker at an undisclosed Case Farms Poultry Plant on the East Coast. “We ‘want to do our jobs and help feed people during this crisis, but we need to know our employer is listening to us and doing everything possible to make more»
Published on Monday, May 18, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee Saunders and other Labor Leaders joined U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (Democrat-Minnesota) to discuss the challenges to protecting voting rights during the COVID-19 Pandemic and solutions to ensure elections withstand national emergencies. Joining Saunders and the former more»
Published on Monday, May 18, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Leaders of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are calling for universal access to broadband in future legislation that addresses the Coronavirus Pandemic. In a recent letter, CWA President Chris Shelton, AFT President Randi more»
Published on Monday, May 18, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(TOWN OF WALLKILL, NEW YORK) – The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS) and the Union representing its Employees at the Orange Regional Medical Center, the Catskill Regional Medical Center, the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health and associated medical groups have reached an agreement on Hazard Pay for Staff for their work during the local peak more»
Union Leaders Say California’s Governor Proposes 10% Pay Cut For State Workers To Help With $54 Billion Deficit
Published on Sunday, May 17, 2020 in National Labor News
(SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA) - Governor Gavin Newsom is propose a 10% pay cut for State Workers, according to two Labor Union Leaders, part of his plan to fill a projected $54.3 billion budget deficit caused by the Coronavirus-induced economic downturn. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker said in a Facebook video more»
Published on Sunday, May 17, 2020 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The House voted last week on another Coronavirus Relief Stimulus Package that includes $200 billion in Hazard Pay for Essential Workers. Now, the question now is will this money get to the Essential Workers who actually work on the frontlines or will they be overlooked? Before now, neither political party had put forward a stimulus more»
Published on Sunday, May 17, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NORWALK, CONNECTICUT) – Frontier Communications - whose Workers are represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in New York State, has announced it plans to postpone its U.S. Pension Contributions totaling $153 million under the provisions of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act. The Norwalk, more»
Published on Sunday, May 17, 2020 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI) – Dollar General failed to show an Employee said to have threatened fellow Co-Workers leading up to a Union Ratification Vote was acting as an agent of the Union, the Eighth Circuit ruled. The decision means the discount store chain must recognize United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 655 as the Collective more»
New York City Sheet Metal Apprentice ‘Stays On The Job During Pandemic In Order To Help Strengthen’ Area Hospitals
Published on Sunday, May 17, 2020 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Amanda Filpo is on the verge of completing her five-year Apprenticeship as a Local 28 Sheet Metal Worker - and she’s earned it. Filpo graduated from the Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) Building Trades program nearly seven years ago and will become a Mechanic in August. While she continues working 10-to-12-hour shifts more»
Non-Profit Workers ‘Turn To Unions’ During Pandemic Uncertainty - Labor Groups Have ‘Increased Their Efforts’ To Organize Non-Profits, One Union ‘Has Announced Seven New Bargaining Units Over Just A 16-Day Period’
Published on Sunday, May 17, 2020 in New York City Labor News
Uncertainty fueled by the Coronavirus Pandemic has sped up a growing number of Non-Profit Workers joining Unions. From Environmental Justice Organizations to Political Advocacy Groups, Non-Profit Employees are turning to Organized Labor to achieve a greater say in how their organizations are run. And Unions - in turn, are capitalizing on the newfound more»
Published on Friday, May 15, 2020 in National Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Even as Republican President Donald Trump urges getting people back to work and reopening the economy, an Associated Press (AP) analysis shows thousands of people are getting sick from COVID-19 on the job. Recent figures show a surge of infections in meatpacking and poultry processing plants. There’s been a spike of new cases more»