Published on Thursday, October 31, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – New York City’s Working Theater celebrates its 35th year of producing plays for, about and with Working People - with its deep connections in the Labor Movement, striving for positive representations of Working People on its stages. Some of their most acclaimed works have been La Ruta, which was an immersive theater experience more»
UAW & Ford Reach A Tentative Contract Agreement: New Four-Year Deal With The UAW Includes $6 Billion In Investments & The Creation And Retention Of 8,500 Jobs - Union Recommends Ratification To Its Membership
Published on Thursday, October 31, 2019 in National Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) – A Tentative Contract Agreement has been reached between the United Auto Workers (UAW) and the Ford Motor Company, UAW Officials announced late Wednesday (October 30th), which features $6 billion in investments to the Automaker’s U.S. facilities and the creation and retention of a combined 8,500 jobs. “Our National more»
The WNY Council On Occupational Safety And Health Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary - Honors Several Locals For Their Work In Fighting Toxic Exposures & Illnesses, Including Niagara-Orleans Labor Council President & USW District 4 Rep Jim Briggs
Published on Thursday, October 31, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Western New York Council On Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH) celebrated its 40th Anniversary Wednesday (October 30th) during an event held in Buffalo where it honored several locals for their tireless work in fighting toxic exposures and illnesses to Workers and residents alike - including Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO more»
How Does Union (Represented) Made Pizza Sound? In Portland, Oregon - Workers Want To ‘Serve A Fair Slice’
Published on Thursday, October 31, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(PORTLAND, OREGON) - In September, all 13 Workers at Scottie’s Pizza at 2128 Southeast Division Street in Portland signed a petition announcing their decision to Unionize with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), whose Members are known as Wobblies. Then, in late September, half of them delivered the petition to Owner Scottie Rivera - and found more»
Published on Thursday, October 31, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO/CANADA) - Participants in the first ever Building Trades Women’s Conference - which was held at the Fallsview Hilton Hotel in Niagara Falls in mid-October, Ontario/Canada, say they are “ready to kick open the doors of discrimination in the construction sector.” Some 55 women in the Skilled Construction Trades more»
Hey Union Members, ‘Be Careful What You Post’ On Social Media: Michigan Radio Station Reports That Several UAW-Represented GM Employees Have Been Fired For Posts They Made During Their Just-Ended Strike
Published on Thursday, October 31, 2019 in National Labor News
(FLINT, MICHIGAN) - Sources say several United Auto Workers (UAW) Members at two Flint facilities have been fired because of threatening posts they made on Social Media during the just-ended Strike. Several members of UAW Local 598 were fired when they returned to work after the Strike due to violations of General Motors (GM) policies. GM confirmed more»
“Trump Lied:” UAW Union Leader Slams Republican President's ‘Unkept Promise’ To Bring GM Factory Back To Lordstown, Ohio
Published on Thursday, October 31, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(LORDSTOWN, OHIO) – A local Union Leader in Lordstown, Ohio is slamming Republican President Donald Trump in comments made to CNN earlier this week, saying Trump had "lied" and could not be trusted. Despite a recent deal between Unionized Factory Workers and General Motors (GM), the auto manufacturer has kept its Lordstown plant shuttered, forcing more»
As A Result Of ‘Difficult’ Contract Negotiations, Thousands Of New York City Transit Workers ‘Shut Down’ Street Outside Metropolitan Transportation Authority Headquarters, Some Say They’re ‘Ready To Strike’
Published on Thursday, October 31, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Union that moves New York decided to slow things down a bit on Wednesday (October 30th) as thousands of Members from Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 clogged the streets outside of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) lower Manhattan headquarters for a massive rally that at times almost doubled as a music more»
‘Hard Lessons’ From The Hard Rock Hotel Collapse: In An Industry With ‘Lax’ Enforcement Of Safety Standards & Where Companies In Charge ‘Are Let Off The Hook,’ Worker Deaths ‘Are All Too Common’
Published on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in National Labor News
(NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA) - We still don’t know why New Orleans’s Hard Rock Hotel collapsed. However, we do know that the collapse of the half-completed building killed two people and injured 30, with one more still missing. We also know that in the normal course of events, well-run construction sites don’t suddenly crash to the ground. more»
Always Remembers ‘That It’s Important Who You Vote For:’ Trump’s NLRB ‘Just Quietly Ruled’ To Make Union Pickets ‘Illegal’
Published on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - An all-Republican panel of Republican President Donald Trump’s National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) recently ruled that Janitors in San Francisco violated the law when they picketed in front of their workplace to win higher wages, better working conditions and freedom from sexual harassment in their workplace. The ruling could more»
A New Book About The Labor Movement ‘Focuses A Spotlight On The Role AFSCME Played In Several Key Fights That Ultimately Shaped’ Organized Labor
Published on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Former New York Times Labor Reporter Steven Greenhouse’s new book, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor, is an account of Labor Unions and Worker Power in our country. While it is not a comprehensive history of Organized Labor in America, it features key episodes that helped shape the more»
Published on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ACROSS NEW YORK STATE) - Continuing a trend that has been building for years, 53 candidates who came through the New York State United Teachers’ (NYSUT) Pipeline Training Program are currently running for local offices in the November 5th elections across the State. The Pipeline Program provides extensive training and support for Working People who more»
Published on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Once again this year, the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) has handed out tens of thousands of orange bookmarks in public school classrooms across the City this week in an effort to make sure schoolchildren have a happy and safe Halloween as they travel through city neighborhoods trick or treating Thursday night. more»
Published on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
Although the price of college is soaring and a four-year degree isn’t the guarantee of financial security that it once was, 70% of parents surveyed by the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) said they wouldn’t advise their child to embark on a career in construction. But now, they may want to rethink that. Not more»
Adjunct Professors ‘Go Union’ At St. Petersburg College - Become The Seventh Group In The State Of Florida To Join SEIU In Recent Years
Published on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA) - Adjunct Faculty at St. Petersburg College have voted to Unionize, joining thousands of Educators across the State of Florida in the fight for better pay and working conditions. About half of the school’s 865 Adjuncts voted, with 269 in favor and 187 opposed, according to the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). more»
A WNYLaborToday.com Halloween Tradition: Did You Know That ‘Long Hours & Dangerous Conditions’ On The Frankenstein Sets Led Legendary Actor Boris Karloff To Get Behind The Movement To Unionize Screen Actors?
Published on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Your On-Line Labor Newspaper is republishing this Labor News Story that it originally published back on October 29th, 2015. In celebrating Halloween 2019, WNYLaborToday.com thought it was important to underscore and recognize - once again - what Actors Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi did to organize their fellow Actors more»
SEIU-Represented Chicago Public Schools’ Support Workers Reach Tentative Deal To End Strike, But Won’t Cross Chicago Teachers’ Picket Lines
Published on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 in National Labor News
(CHICAGO, ILLINOIS) - Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Union representing 7,500 striking School Support Staff have reached a Tentative Agreement on a new labor contract, but the Workers won’t be going back to schools just yet. The deal with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 was announced Sunday night (October 27th), but a more»
Are You A Working Person Who Voted For Trump? Then Read This: Here’s How Trump’s ‘Waged His War On Workers’
Published on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
When it comes to wowing Workers, Donald Trump is an absolute magician. Through some mysterious sorcery, he has convinced millions of American Workers that he is their true friend, fighting hard for them, even though he and his appointees have taken one Anti-Worker action after another- in fact, dozens of them. Yes, it is perplexing to many of us that so more»
Working People’s History: Looking Back At The Birth Of What Would Become The Civil Service Employees Association Here In New York State
Published on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK STATE) - During the early 20th Century, the New York State Civil Service System was full of corruption and favoritism, and many State Agencies also operated without a strong central authority. This era was also marked by people not only fighting to end such corruption by establishing regulatory reforms, but fighting for improvements to living and more»
The ‘Secret’ Memo: How The Trump Administration - Which Sees Unions ‘As Enemies To Be Wiped Out’ - ‘Plans To End’ Collective Bargaining In Government
Published on Monday, October 28, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Unions are a cornerstone of our Democracy and Middle Class. As a Government Employee Union, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) works hard to make sure Federal Workers are treated fairly so that they can focus on serving the American people. Happy Employees are good for business, the government and the American more»
Published on Monday, October 28, 2019 in National Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - It's official: The Ford Motor Company is next. Having just confirmed contract ratification with General Motors after a bitter Strike that lasted nearly six weeks, the United Auto Workers (UAW) have announced the Union will focus its attention next on crafting a four-year Labor Contract with Ford. "Now that the General Motors Strike more»
Published on Monday, October 28, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(LOS GATOS, CALIFORNIA) - Netflix has agreed to negotiate a first company-wide contract with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the Union representing the industry’s below-the-line Workers. Up until now, the giant streaming service has dealt only with the Union through third-party companies that have signed more»
Did You Happen To See This Show Of Union Support? Chance The Rapper Advocates For Striking Chicago Teachers While Hosting 'Saturday Night Live'
Published on Monday, October 28, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Chance the Rapper donned a red Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) sweatshirt while hosting Saturday Night Live in a show of support to the Teachers who are out on Strike. Chicago Teachers have been on Strike since October 17th, demanding more Support Staff, higher raises and limits to class size. Chicago Public Schools is the third biggest more»
Published on Sunday, October 27, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA) - Jason Schwingle has been in Building Trades in the Minnesota for more than a decade and he’s seen a lot of changes in Rochester - and, he’s been a part of many of them. Schwingle worked on the U.S. Highway 52 project in Rochester - specifically the 300,000-yard rock cut. And he worked on expansion of the Dan more»
Published on Sunday, October 27, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(PORTLAND, OREGON) - About 830 Physicians are going to Unionize at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland. In mid-October, Oregon American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) turned in Union Authorization Cards signed by a majority of the group. The union will become official after the Oregon Employment more»
CWA Board Votes To Make Passing The PRO Act To Build Worker Power ‘A Litmus Test’ For 2020 Candidate Endorsements
Published on Sunday, October 27, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Citing the importance and urgency of building Worker Power, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Executive Board has voted unanimously to make supporting the Protecting the Right to Organizing (PRO) Act a litmus test for 2020 incumbent political candidates to receive a CWA endorsement. "If a sitting Member of Congress or a more»
Published on Sunday, October 27, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ITHACA, NEW YORK) - After several years of attempting to Unionize, Ithaca Coffee Company (ICC) Workers' efforts took a big step forward with a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision earlier this year, which has now inspired those Workers to call on area residents to boycott the popular local coffee brewery. Three Employees from Ithaca Coffee more»
A Labor Perspective From New River Investments Portfolio Manager Conor Sen: The ‘Rationale For Joining’ A Union ‘Hasn't Looked This Good In A Very Long Time’
Published on Sunday, October 27, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Bloomberg Editor’s Note: Conor Sen, a Bloomberg Opinion Columnist, is a Portfolio Manager for New River Investments in Atlanta and has been a contributor to The Atlantic and Business Insider. The tight Labor Market in the U.S. is leading to a shift in the balance of power between Labor and capital, giving more leverage to Workers. This manifests more»
Published on Sunday, October 27, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Last week, hundreds of Fast Food Workers and their allies in Organized Labor took to the streets of Manhattan in a rising tide of militancy that could, before it’s over, force McDonald’s, Dominos, Chipotle, et al to finally accept a Unionized Workforce. New York City has already gone ahead and codified Fair Workweek Rules in more»
40-Day UAW-GM Strike Is Over, Ending the Longest Automotive Strike In 50 Years: Ratification Vote Of 48,000 Members Approves New Four-Year Contract With GM - UAW Announces It Will Begin Bargaining With Ford Next
Published on Saturday, October 26, 2019 in National Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - The United Auto Workers (UAW) gave final approval Friday (October 25th) for a new four-year Labor Contract with General Motors. The ratification brings to an end the Union’s 40-day Strike – ending the longest automotive Strike in 50 years, which cost the automaker well over $2 billion. Some of the UAW’s 48,000 more»
Published on Friday, October 25, 2019 in National Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - The United Auto Workers (UAW) Mack Truck Council has announced the Union has reached a Tentative Contract Agreement with the company and is suspending a nearly two-week-old Strike. While the agreement still needs to be ratified by Mack Trucks’ UAW-represented Workers, it was announced the tentative four-year contract would cover more»
“It’s A Solution In Search Of A Problem:” AFGE Criticizes GOP Senators Introduction Of A Bill To Relocate Major Federal Agencies Outside Of D.C. – 90% Of Positions In 10 Departments Would Be Moved To Economically Distressed Areas
Published on Friday, October 25, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Two Republican U.S. Senators introduced legislation this week that would require many large Federal Agencies to relocate from Washington, D.C., to areas throughout the country with struggling economies. Senators Josh Hawley (Republican-Missouri) and Marsha Blackburn (Republican-Tennessee) introduced the Helping Infrastructure more»
How About This?: Adjunct City University of New York Professors To See Pay 71% Increase Under Tentative Contract, That’s Right – 71%!
Published on Friday, October 25, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK) - The salaries for Adjunct Professors at City University of New York (CUNY) Colleges will increase at least 71% under an announced five-year Tentative Contract Agreement that has been reached between the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) Union and CUNY for the nearly 30,000 Full- and Part-Time Faculty and Professional Staff more»
Published on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in National Labor News
(SPRING HILL, TENNESSEE) - A 55-year-old United Auto Workers (UAW) Picketer at General Motors' (GM) Spring Hill Assembly in Tennessee died earlier this week after being struck by a passing vehicle. In a statement, the UAW said: Roy A. McCombs, 55, tragically lost his life on a picket line standing up for a better life for himself and his Co-Workers. On more»
Alton, Illinois Painters Local 471 President Candice Rejmenczak ‘Becomes The First Woman’ To Receive IUPAT Job Corps Instructor of the Year Award
Published on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(ALTON, ILLINOIS) - Candice Rejmenczak, the President of Painters Local 471 in Alton, Illinois, is the first woman to win the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) Job Corps Instructor of the Year Award. Rejmenczak (pictured below), who was honored with the award at the 32nd Annual IUPAT Convention in Las Vegas, also received an award more»
Michigan Air National Guard Employees Vote to Join The AFGE - Union Election Win ‘Doubles Size’ Of Bargaining Unit To More Than 600
Published on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Employees in the Michigan Air National Guard have voted for the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) become their Labor Representative. The election solidifies AFGE as the exclusive representative for all Title 5 and Title 32 Bargaining Unit Employees in the Michigan Air National Guard. The Association of Civilian more»
Union Nurses Rally In New York City For Legislation To Increase Staffing Levels – Buffalo CWA Leader Deb Hayes Testifies: “Feeling Of Sadness Overcomes (Health Care Workers) When They Can’t Do The Job They Were Hired To Do.”
Published on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Nurses rallied in Manhattan on Tuesday (October 22nd) for the New York State Health Care System to establish higher Patient-To-Staff Ratios. The Nurses and Health Care Workers pointed out that studies show adequate staffing decreases patient complications and death - and they want a legislative or regulatory solution. “Not just for more»
Organized Labor Lauds Governor Cuomo’s Announcement Involving Finalized Contracts for Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind Offshore Wind Projects That Will Deliver Nearly 1,700 Megawatts Of Clean & Affordable Renewable Energy to New Yorkers
Published on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – Organizing Labor is lauding Governor Andrew Cuomo announcement that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has finalized contracts with Equinor Wind US LLC for its 816 megawatt Empire Wind Project and Sunrise Wind LLC for its 880 megawatt Sunrise Wind Project to deliver clean, affordable renewable more»
Published on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Workers employed at the Uovo Art-Moving and Storage Company joined about 50 supporters for a rally outside its Long Island City warehouse Wednesday (October 23rd), two days before they will vote on whether to join Teamsters Local 814. “We’re ‘helping pioneer this for others,’” Ricardo Santiago of the Bronx more»
Published on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
The number of striking Workers ballooned to nearly 500,000 in 2018, up from about 25,000 in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) - which is the largest number of people who have walked out on work since the mid-1980s. As employment numbers have rapidly risen over the 10-year expansion, wages have struggled to keep up - and as the Labor more»
Canadian Woman Becomes First Female To Achieve Kenworth Master Technician Status - Achievement Spans All Of Canada & The United States
Published on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(EDMONTON, ALBERTA/CANADA) – Edmonton’s Jennifer Lesnik is the first woman to earn Kenworth’s Certified Master Technician Status. Now in her 12th year as a Service Technician and having worked for Edmonton Kenworth Group since 2007, Lesnik’s achievement spans all of Canada and the U.S. “Jennifer is a great Technician and we more»
Published on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO) - University of New Mexico Faculty have voted to Unionize, which means Labor Relations in the future will be negotiated through two separate Collective Bargaining Units. The win for the United Academics of UNM (UA-UNM) comes after years of organizing by Faculty who say they want fair compensation and better working conditions. more»
Get Educated: From The American Federation Of Government Employees, The ‘Secret’ White House Memo - ‘Inside ‘Trump’s Plan To ‘Destroy’ Unions
Published on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A leaked White House memo, as first reported by The New York Times and then obtained by POLITICO, outlines Republican President Donald Trump’s plans to destroy Public and Private Sector Unions, get rid of Worker Protections, cripple Workers’ ability to organize, and increase profits for Corporate Special Interests. This more»
Published on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in National Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - No one is breathing easy - yet, because more United Auto Worker (UAW) strikes remain in the realm of possibility in coming weeks. As General Motors (GM) waits to see whether 46,000 Factory Workers will vote in these next few days to approve a Tentative Contract Agreement with the UAW and end a Strike entering its sixth week, Labor more»
Buffalo Building Trades Support Major Offshore Wind Energy Initiative, Slated To Meet With Diamond Generating Corporation In December - Company’s Taking ‘First Steps’ Towards Building Up To Three Wind Farms Out On Lake Erie
Published on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Buffalo Building & Construction Trades Council is supporting a Los Angeles-based company’s Offshore Wind Energy Initiative and plans to meet with the organization’s representatives here in Buffalo in December as the project looks to gain momentum, a representative of the Building Trades told WNYLaborToday.com more»
Did You Hear About This? Google’s Attempt To ‘Shut Down’ A Unionization Meeting In Switzerland ‘Riled Up’ Its Employees, Who Walked Off The Job
Published on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ZURICH, SWITZERLAND) - A group of dozens of full-time Google Employees at the company’s largest mainland European office, which is located in Zurich, Switzerland, met to discuss Unionization in defiance of their employer’s attempt to cancel the meeting. The tensions surrounding this meeting reflect Google’s growing struggles with more»
Published on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Workers for Airline Contractor Eulen at John F. Kennedy International Airport went out on Strike for 24 hours on Monday (October 21st), demanding the company stop interfering with their efforts to organize a Union. “This ‘really is about dignity,’” 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Kyle more»
In Michigan Steel Towns, Trump Tariffs Aimed At Reviving The Industry Ends Up Costing Jobs - U.S. Steel Lays Off Workers Amid Sagging Demand From Automakers Reeling From Higher Steel Prices
Published on Monday, October 21, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(ECORSE/RIVER ROUGE, MICHIGAN) - Some Steelworkers who cheered Republican President Donald Trump’s tariffs on foreign steel last year are now being laid off, an unintended consequence of his America First policy as United States Steel Corporation reacts to sagging demand from automakers reeling from higher steel prices. Steel prices rallied following more»
The UAW Reaches Another Tentative Contract Agreement, This One Involving Striking Janitors At Five Company Sites
Published on Monday, October 21, 2019 in National Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - Janitors who have been on Strike alongside United Auto Workers (UAW)-represented Workers at General Motors (GM) sites have reached a Tentative Agreement with Aramark, according to a source. Details were not immediately available. Aramark employs the Maintenance Workers and contracts for work at the GM locations. The 850 Janitors had more»
'Go Back To Work: Outcry Over Deaths On Amazon's Warehouse Floor’ - Billy Foister Died Last Month After A Heart Attack At Work. The Incident Was Just One In A Series Of Recent Accidents & Fatalities.
Published on Monday, October 21, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ETNA, OHIO) - In September, Billy Foister, a 48-year-old Amazon Warehouse Worker, died after a heart attack at work. According to his brother, an Amazon human resources representative informed him at the hospital that Billy had lain on the floor for 20 minutes before receiving treatment from Amazon’s internal safety responders. “How can you more»