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“At Great Risk To Yourselves, You Showed Up” - Area Unionists ‘Honored’ By Lt. Governor During Buffalo AFL-CIO Labor Council’s Workers’ Memorial Observation For ‘Doing A Very Difficult Job’ During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Published on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President Denise Abbott address those in attendance at the Labor Council’s Annual Workers’ Memorial Observation that was held at Chestnut Ridge Park in Suburban Orchard Park Wednesday evening (May 25th). (WNYLaborToday.com Photos) (ORCHARD PARK, NEW more»

AFSCME’S ‘Never Quit’ Service Award Winner Is Jamestown Worker Who Saved Two From A House Fire In This Southern Tier City

Published on Monday, May 24, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK) - To Joe Pollaro, an Equipment Operator for the City of Jamestown, every day on the job is different. Some days he’s out hauling chips from the brush dump to the landfill. Other days he’s involved in road construction or sidewalk repair. In the Winter, he might be assigned to plow the city’s snowy streets. But in more»

USW/WNY Labor Actions - ATI In Lockport & Unifrax In Tonawanda: ‘It’s A Fight For The Next Generation Of Workers’ As Steelworker Members Walk The Picket Lines To ‘Maintain Their Benefits & Fend Off Management’s Two-Tier Way Scale’

Published on Friday, May 21, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com’s Editor’s Note: Pictured above, United Steelworkers (USW)-represented Employees of ATI Technologies Incorporated in Lockport, New York picket outside the company’s Western New York Plant on Thursday (May 20th), where they have been on Strike since March 30th. (WNYLaborToday.com Photos) (LOCKPORT, NEW YORK) – more»

Hands Off Our Midwives! - CWA Local 1168 Mounts Public Campaign To Save The Jobs Of Five Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Midwives, Charges Kaleida Health With Transferring Union-Represented Positions To Non-Union Staff

Published on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(AMHERST, NEW YORK) – Kim Kornowski and Catherine Stack just can’t figure it out. Why would Kaleida Health want to get rid of five Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Midwives, some with nearly 25 years of experience, and hand over the positions to Non-Union Staff untrained for the critical services of assisting mothers and more»

“Kicking Ass For The Working Class” - Teamsters Local 264 Rep Darrin Ziemba Successfully Runs For Depew Village Trustee, ‘Catches - Then Beats’ COVID, And Is Now Serving His Constituents In This Suburban Buffalo Community

Published on Monday, May 17, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Teamsters Local 264 Recording Secretary and Business Agent Darrin Ziemba stands in front of a sign outside the Village of Depew’s Municipal Building, his name prominently displayed on it. Ziemba won election to the Trustee seat in March, then successfully battled and recovered from COVID-19. Now more»

WNY Area Labor Federation President DeJesus, Buffalo Teachers Federation President Rumore, USW District 4 Director Vitale & UAW Region 9 Director Binz Listed Among City & State’s 2021 New York State Labor Power 100 Ranking

Published on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
City & State’s New York State Labor Power 100 recognizes Labor Leaders and Worker Rights Advocates on the front lines of today’s battles, whether it’s raising wages, protecting Immigrants or seeking safe conditions during the Coronavirus Pandemic. The New York State Labor Power 100 - written and reported in partnership with more»

A Lookback At The 30th Annual NOLC’s Workers’ Memorial Event: Fighting Like Hell For The Living, Council President Briggs Calls For The Creation Of A Statewide Worker Safety Roundtable With Unions Seated At The Table With Elected Officials

Published on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) – During the 30th Annual Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council’s Workers’ Memorial event that was held over the weekend in Niagara Falls, Labor Council President Jim Briggs honored those Hero Workers who have been there during the Coronavirus Pandemic by calling for the creation of a Statewide Worker more»

Rochester Restaurant Becomes First Area Eatery To Unionize – Workers ‘Go Union’ With Workers United

Published on Friday, May 7, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - Union Organizers and Workers at a Rochester restaurant are celebrating its Employees decision to Unionize. The Workers and Organizers at Nani's Kitchen recently came together to mark the decision, which is a first for Rochester. It's the first full-service restaurant to approve Unionization through the vote of its Employees. more»

CWA Publicly ‘Thanks’ Its Members At St. Joe’s Hospital In Suburban Buffalo ‘For All They’ve Done’ During The COVID-19 Pandemic As The Medical Facility Now Makes The Transition Into An Out-Patient & Ambulatory Care Center

Published on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(CHEEKTOWAGA, NEW YORK) – Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Employees at the Sisters of Charity-St. Joseph Campus were publicly thanked by their Union for the stellar job they’ve done while the Suburban Cheektowaga Medical Facility was designated as a COVID-19 Center, but lamented the fact Catholic Health management failed to more»

UnionMadeStickers.com - Canadian Company With A Growing List Of Clients ‘Keeps An Eye On Buffalo’ For A U.S. Location While Serving An Array Of Unions With ‘Eye-Catching Stickers For Everything From Hard Hats To Windows’

Published on Monday, May 3, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WELLANDPORT, ONTARIO/CANADA) - If not for the Coronavirus Pandemic, Phil Miller more than likely would have already opened a U.S. plant in Buffalo, but as he continues to keep an eye on what transpires in regards to the reopening of the U.S.-Canadian Border, Miller is content with his UnionMadeStickers.com operation continuing to be busy cranking out more»

“Pretty Much - Unifrax Doesn’t Care” - USW Local President Says Workers Are “Running The Tonawanda Plant As More Management Leaves” The Company, Which The Union Says Is ‘Stonewalling Its Attempts’ To Negotiate A New Contract

Published on Sunday, May 2, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(TONAWANDA, NEW YORK) – For the second time in recent weeks, United Steelworkers (USW) Local 4-2058 and its Members held an informational picket outside the Unifrax Plant in Tonawanda where Union Officials tell WNYLaborToday.com that several managers have opted for greener fields and leaving, in the process, their workforce to run the plant where the more»

ATI Technologies Contract Acceptance Deadline ‘Passes Without Any Action,’ USW Says Offer Was Latest Company Ploy “To Divide” The Union & Its Members - Lockport USW Rep Tells WNYLaborToday.com ATI Offer “Was Bad - Worse Than Before”

Published on Friday, April 30, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LOCKPORT, NEW YORK) – A contract acceptance deadline set by ATI Technologies Incorporated passed without any action earlier this week, with the United Steelworkers (USW) Union saying it was a company ploy “to divide” the Union and its Members. A USW Representative at the company’s Lockport Plant in Western New York said the more»

Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Labor Council Calls For ‘Major Push To Help’ Building Trades ‘Secure Future’ School Expansion Work - President Briggs Says Organized Labor ‘Ready To Unite For The Next Generation Of Workers’

Published on Monday, April 26, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President Jim Briggs - seated next to Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President Denise Abbott, addresses last week’s monthly Labor Council meeting in Niagara Falls. Also in attendance was new Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation more»

A Labor Message To The Working People Of Western New York From WNYALF Labor Federation President Emeritus Richard Lipsitz: Support Vaccine Acceptance!

Published on Sunday, April 25, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Richard Lipsitz is President Emeritus 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. In March of 2020, the world was confronted more»

Just Five Years After Being Locked Out By The Global Metals Company, It’s ‘Déjà Vu’ For United Steelworkers-Represented ATI Technologies Workers In Lockport, Who Are Back On The Picket Line, This Time For A ULP Strike

Published on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Eric Kinzly (on the left) and Zack Kline have both worked at ATI Technologies Incorporated’s Lockport Plant for the past 10 years. The two Members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 9436-7 are currently walking a picket line outside the company’s Niagara County facility in an Unfair Labor more»

A Labor Perspective From Western New York AFL-CIO Labor Federation President Emeritus Richard Lipsitz: ‘Some Lessons Learned’ From The Amazon Organizing Campaign In Alabama

Published on Sunday, April 18, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Richard Lipsitz is President Emeritus 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. After a colossal effort, the Retail, more»

1199 SEIU Appoints Todd Hobler Executive Vice-President For The Upstate/Western New York Area - VP Grace Bogdanove Takes Over For Hobler To Lead WNY Nursing Homes

Published on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Following the retirement of 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Executive Vice-President Ruth Heller on April 1st, Union President George Gresham has appointed Todd Hobler - 1199 SEIU’s Area Director for Western New York Nursing Homes, as Executive Vice-President (EVP) for the Upstate/Western New York Division. more»

“It Takes ‘All Of Us To Make Sure Nobody Falls Through The Cracks’” - WNY AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation-Led ‘WNY Labor Cares!’ Campaign Raises $38,800 To Benefit Non-Profit FeedMore Western New York

Published on Monday, April 12, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The WNY Labor Cares! Campaign raised $38,800 to benefit the non-profit FeedMore Western New York - formed by the merger of the Food Bank of WNY and Meals on Wheels of WNY, newly-elected Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) President Peter DeJesus, Jr. announced today (Monday, April 12th). The WNY Labor Cares! more»

A Reminder - Workers Memorial Day Is April 28th – A Message From Civil Service Employees Association Western Region President Steve Healy

Published on Friday, April 9, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
CSEA Editor’s Note: Steve Healy serves as President of Civil Service Employees Association’s (CSEA) Western Region, which covers 14 Western New York Counties and supports 46,000 Public Workers who are Members in more than 80 Locals and 220 Units, and who work in state government, local government, school districts, library systems, public more»

Meet CWA Local 1133’s New President, Jackie Ettipio: “Strength, Honor, Loyalty, Compassion, A Very Special Person, A Spitfire” - 30-Year Registered Nurse Who Recently Recovered From COVID Leads Union Local Into 2021 & Beyond

Published on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Jackie Ettipio stands next to Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1133’s street sign located outside the Nurses Union Local’s Buffalo Headquarters. Ettipio, a 30-year Registered Nurse, recently won an election to head the 2,400-Member CWA Local. (WNYLaborToday.com Photo) more»

New State Marijuana Law In New York ‘Encourages Union’ Pot Shops

Published on Friday, April 2, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - New York State’s new law legalizing the cultivation and sale of marijuana to adults contains some of the Nation’s strongest protections for Organized Labor in the industry, including a preference that larger businesses be Union Shops. The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), passed earlier this week by the State more»

The ‘Advantages’ Of Labor Unions For An Organization

Published on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
A popular bumper sticker reads: "Unions - The Folks That Brought You The Weekend." The advantages of a Labor Union to Workers are reasonably self-evident in terms of shorter work-weeks, greater job security, improved working conditions and better salaries. However, Unions have some surprising benefits for employers as well. They revolve around more»

Steelworkers Ready To Strike ATI On Tuesday Over Unfair Labor Practices, Action Includes Workers Employed At ATI’s Western New York Facility In Lockport

Published on Monday, March 29, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: “Our Members are fed up,” USW Local 9436-7 President Michael Swan, who is part of the USW-ATI Bargaining Team, told WNYLaborToday.com after his Members (Pictured Above/Photo Courtesy of Michael Swan) conducted an informational picket outside the Lockport Plant earlier this month. (LOCKPORT, NEW YORK) - more»

A ‘Farewell Message’ From Outgoing Western New York AFL-CIO Labor Federation President Richard Lipsitz: “To Say I’m Grateful And Honored To Be A Part Of All Of This Would Be A Massive Understatement”

Published on Sunday, March 28, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Richard Lipsitz has decided to step down as 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. WNYLaborToday.com detailed the more»

“‘You Can’t Give Any Work To Someone Else - For Less’”- CWA Local 1168 ‘Lauds Landmark Decision’ Rendered Against Buffalo’s Kaleida Health

Published on Friday, March 26, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – In November 2019, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168 objected to a move by Kaleida Health to transition as many as 140 Certified Medical Assistants (CMA) into lesser paid Patient Care Assistant (PCA) positions. Now, some 17 months later, the Union has secured a landmark decision, stopping Kaleida from doing so. more»

Western New York USW Member Testifies Before The U.S. Senate Finance Committee - USW Local 135L’s Joe Wrona ‘Calls for End to Forced Labor’ In China

Published on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(TONAWANDA, NEW YORK) – A United Steelworker (USW) Member from Western New York testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, calling on Federal Lawmakers to push for the removal of forced labor from U.S. Industrial Supply Chains, both to protect human rights and to preserve good-paying American jobs. “Connecting my life in Buffalo to more»

‘Don’t Be Fooled By Union-Busting’ Bosses - ‘The Only Way To Change Things At Work Is With A Legally Binding Union Agreement!’

Published on Monday, March 22, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Most employers don’t want their Employees to be in a Union. Think about it: employers go from having total control to having to share power with Workers who stand together. Would you want someone to come to your house and tell you how to treat your dog? Or how to set up your bedroom? From their perspective, Workers with a Union cost more money more»

Buffalo’s Common Council ‘Reforms’ The City’s Apprentice Law - Leadership ‘Acts To Bolster’ Construction Opportunities For Young Workers

Published on Thursday, March 18, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The New York Foundation for Fair Contracting (NYFFC) is publicly thanking the City of Buffalo and its Common Council, which voted unanimously earlier this week to strengthen the City’s Apprentice Law. The NYFFC praised City Officials for continuing to be statewide leaders on providing Apprentice opportunities. The leadership more»

USW-Represented ATI Workers Hold Informational Picket Outside Company’s Lockport Plant After 95% Of ATI’s Country-Wide, 1,300-Member Workforce ‘Authorizes Possible Strike’ ‘Following More Than A Year Of Stalled’ Contract Negotiations

Published on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LOCKPORT, NEW YORK) - United Steelworkers (USW)-represented Allegheny Technologies Incorporated Employees held an informational picket outside the company’s Lockport Plant in Niagara County on Tuesday (March 16th), just days after 95% of the company’s 1,300 Unionized Workers across the country agreed to authorize a possible Strike after more more»

New Leadership At The Western New York AFL-CIO Labor Federation: ‘Lunch Pail Guy,’ 1199 SEIU’s Peter DeJesus, Jr., To Head Regional Labor Organization Whose 140 Affiliates Combine To Represent 145,000 Public & Private Sector Workers

Published on Monday, March 15, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Peter DeJesus, Jr. (on the right) will succeed Richard Lipsitz (on the left) as the next Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation’s (WNYALF) President when the Regional Labor Organization holds its yearly meeting at the end of March. The 42-year-old DeJesus, currently an Organizer and more»

Labor Perspective From The Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation: The American Rescue Act ‘Is A Very Important Development’

Published on Sunday, March 14, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
On Saturday March 6th, the Senate of the United States passed the American Rescue Act by one vote - 50-to-49 (without a single Republican vote). In doing so, the Bill moved to the House of Representatives for a final vote and then on to President Joe Biden, who has signed the Act into law. Its passage represents a serious victory for the Working People of more»

NYSNA-Represented Nurses ‘Blow The Whistle’ Over ‘Under-Staffing’ At Olean General Hospital: File 753 Complaints Signed By 2,820 Nurses At The Southern Tier Hospital, Say It ‘Underscores The Need To Pass The Safe Staffing For Quality Care Act’

Published on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(OLEAN, NEW YORK) - The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) says 753 complaints were filed by Nurses to hospital management involving understaffing at Olean General Hospital in 2019 and 2020 - including a total of 2,820 Nurse signatures that appear on the complaints because multiple signatures are allowed on each complaint. These numbers are included more»

Labor Perspective From WNYLaborToday.Com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell: “Let Me Educate You, We’re A Union Media Outlet. We Don’t Ask Management For Their Comment Or Their Side Of The Story.”

Published on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
It’s been awhile since I’ve penned a Labor Perspective, but I thought it would be appropriate after a recent call I fielded from a representative at Tonawanda’s Unifrax Plant, who was upset with WNYLaborToday.com over a story we’d published in early February that concerned their United Steelworkers (USW)-represented Workers, who more»

An IUOE Legacy: Remembering Local 17’s Joe Palmeri - IUOE Union Locals, Leaders & Members ‘Donate An Amazing’ $43,600 In His Name To A Foundation That Has Granted The ‘Final Wishes’ Of As Many As 11 Terminally Ill Children

Published on Monday, March 8, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LAKE VIEW, NEW YORK) – Joe Palmeri loved the outdoors - so much so that he and his wife, Nina, bought 110 acres of wooded land in the Southern Tier of New York State where Joe would welcome family and friends to their property to go camping, and, of course, hunt. So when Joe unexpectedly passed at the age of 58 on September 4th, 2019 after more»

CSEA’s Bess Watts ‘Finds Inspiration’ In Labor History

Published on Friday, March 5, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) – Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Rochester Retirees Local Activist Bess Watts has earned distinction among her contemporaries for her commitment and advocacy advancing Women’s Rights Policy and fighting for Labor Rights and LGBTQ equality. No one would refute that her body of work borders legendary status. For more»

The WNY Labor Movement ‘Donates More Than’ $33,000 To The 2021 Variety Club Kids Telethon - Variety Chairman/Teamsters Rep Tony Vaccaro Says He “Couldn’t Be Happier Or More Proud To Be Associated” With Organized Labor

Published on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The 2021 Variety Club Kids Telethon raised nearly $800,000 over the weekend, including more than $33,000 that came from donations made by Labor Unions and their Members, which prompted Telethon Chairman and Teamsters Local 264 Representative Tony Vaccaro to say he “couldn’t be happier or more proud to be associated more»

‘Running To Make A Difference For Working People’ - Three Buffalo Area Union Representatives Announce Their First-Time Candidacy For Various Public Offices

Published on Monday, March 1, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - You hear it every year: If Working People are going to turn things around, then we’ve got to get more Working People, Union People, running for public office. Well this year, there are three new faces from Organized Labor here in Western New York who’ve made the decision to run in order to make things better for Working more»

Nurses Rally At The Erie County Medical Center In Buffalo, Call for Safe Staffing Legislation Passage In New York State

Published on Thursday, February 25, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Nurses at Erie County Medical Center held a rally on Wednesday (February 24th) to call for the passage of the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act to ensure that all patients across the state get the care they need and deserve. The Bill is gaining more co-sponsors and momentum in Albany as the COVID-19 Pandemic underscores that more»

The 59th Annual Variety Kids Telethon: WNY Labor ‘Gears Up To Make A Difference’ With Teamster Telethon Chairman Tony Vaccaro & Celebrity Child Evan Liddick, The Grandson Of A Teamster Member ‘Who Has A Very Important Story To Tell’

Published on Monday, February 22, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – In this Age of COVID, the 59th Annual Variety Club Kids Telethon will be very different in 2021 than in years past, but one constant will remain the same: the Western New York Labor Movement will play a key role in helping raise donations to benefit Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. Teamsters Local 264 Business Agent more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Highland Park Nursing Home Workers In Wellsville Ratify Their First Union Contract That Includes A 6.75% Wage Increase

Published on Friday, February 19, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WELLSVILLE, NEW YORK) - Following a three-day Strike last year, Wellsville Caregivers won a three-year contract that included 6.75% wage increase. This week, the more than 55 Nursing Home Workers who are employed at Highland Park in Wellsville - and who are also represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers more»

‘Strong Unions Build Strong Communities’ - Laborers Local 210 Distributes Hundreds of Pencil Kits To Buffalo Schoolchildren, ‘Part Of A Much Larger’ LIUNA Community Initiative Across NYS That Also Subsidized Kids’ Back-To-School Haircuts

Published on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Laborers Local 210 Business Manager Peter Capitano displays a number of individual pencil kits that his Building Trades Union is handing out to Buffalo Schoolchildren as part of the Laborers International Union of North America’s (LIUNA) Feel the Care Initiative. Housed inside each of these more»

The USW ‘Praises’ $122 Million Investment In Sumitomo Rubber USA’s Tire-Making Plant Outside Buffalo - As A Result, Local 135L Leadership Says Company Will Be ‘Adding More Workers’ In The Months To Come

Published on Monday, February 15, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The United Steelworkers (USW) are praising the announcement by Sumitomo Rubber USA that it will invest $122 million into its Buffalo-area tire-making plant and are welcoming what the Union believes will be a multitude of new hires that will offer the opportunity to work through retirement based on the level of commitment more»

The Buffalo Teachers Federation Supports District-Wide COVID-19 Testing & Notification Procedures - Following A Negative Court Ruling, Union Also Raises Concerns Relating To Student & Staff Infection

Published on Friday, February 12, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - While supporting the Buffalo School District’s decision to test students and Staff for COVID-19, the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is raising concerns relating to the number of students and Staff who were infected between February 3rd, 2021 to February 10th, 2021 - as well as alerting the District to additional safety more»

“Why Are We Being Treated So Unfairly?” - ‘Frustrated & Angry’ USW-Represented Essential Workers Employed At Tonawanda’s Unifrax Plant Have Been ‘Toiling Under A COVID Cloud Without A New Contract’ Since November

Published on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, a number of Members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 4-2058 and their young children gathered at a USW Hall in Niagara Falls earlier this week to create a series of signs that take their employer - Tonawanda-based Unifrax, to task for their lack of interest in negotiating a fair contract with their more»

Unionized Tops Markets To Merge With Non-Union Price Chopper/Market 32 Grocery Store Chain - UFCW Says It Will Use “Every Legal Measure To Make Sure” Its Members ‘Are Treated Fairly’ & ‘Looks Forward To Working With’ New Management

Published on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Northeastern Grocers Price Chopper/Market 32 and Buffalo-headquartered Tops Markets plan to merge, creating a supermarket retailer with nearly 300 stores in six states. The merger combines a “totally Union operator” in Tops Markets with a “totally Non-Union” operator in Price Chopper/Market 32 parent more»

NY Hero Act ‘Provides Real Protection’ For Workers ‘During COVID & Beyond’

Published on Monday, February 8, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic, Workers have had limited information and guidance as it relates to workplace safety and health. Workplaces have changed dramatically and we’ve seen responsibility for workplace safety shift from employers to Workers. There has been debate about masking, shielding, barriers and workplace more»

In Olean, United Steelworker-Represented Workers Employed At Soon-To-Be Shutdown Siemens Energy Facility Are ‘Beyond Shock,’ Say Closing Is ‘Disrespectful To Generations Of Workers & To The Community That Supported It’

Published on Sunday, February 7, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(OLEAN, NEW YORK) – United Steelworkers (USW) Officials from the local to national level are reeling from plans to close down production at the Siemens Energy Facility in North Olean, The Olean Times Herald reports. Tom Stimlinger, who serves as President of USW Local 4601 - which represents 350 of the 530 Workers to be laid off as Blue-Collar more»

From The New York Foundation For Fair Contracting: The Erie County Legislature ‘Reforms’ Its Responsible Bidder Law, In The Process County Leaders ‘Strengthened Contracting Integrity & Accountability’

Published on Friday, February 5, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - On Thursday (February 4th), the Erie County Legislature passed a Bill to update the 2009 Lowest Responsible Bidder Law, reaffirming the County’s standing as a leader in responsible contracting. The Law provides tools to ensure contractors bidding on County-owned construction projects have the capability, performance record and more»

The USW & The New York State AFL-CIO ‘Condemns’ Siemens Plan To Lay Off Hundreds Of Workers At Dresser-Rand’s Southern Tier Facility In Olean

Published on Thursday, February 4, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(OLEAN, NEW YORK) – The United Steelworkers (USW) and the New York State AFL-CIO are condemning Siemens Energy's announced plan to stop production at the Dresser-Rand site in North Olean and lay off hundreds of Workers, including more than 350 Members of USW Local 4601. USW District 4 Director Del Vitale called Siemens decision disrespectful to more»

‘Desperate Times Call For Unique’ Fundraising Efforts: WNY Labor Looks To Help The United Way Of Buffalo And Erie County By Raising Funds With A Virtual Meat Raffle

Published on Monday, February 1, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – In the age of COVID, desperate times call for the creation of unique fundraising efforts. Case in point, this Thursday’s (February 4th at 6 p.m.) virtual meat raffle - which will be held on-line by the Western New York Labor Movement to help raise donations for the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, which has been more»