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It’s Official: Suburban Buffalo Starbucks Coffee Shop Becomes The Company’s Second Unionized Retail Store In The United States

Published on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Starbucks Partners in Buffalo have won another major victory as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled the attempt by Starbucks to pack the voting list with Partners from another store has failed. As a result, the NLRB has further ruled that Partners employed at the company’s Genesee Street store, located across more»

“Labor’s Made Up Of ‘Real’ People ‘Who Care About Their Neighbors” - The Salvation Army Presents The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Labor Council With Its ‘Good Neighbor Award’ For Its Participation In ‘Coming To The Aid’ Of 25 Families This Christmas

Published on Monday, January 10, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, from left to right: Salvation Army of Niagara Falls’ Majors Steve and Delia Carroll; United Way of Greater Niagara Labor Liaison Bill Jakobi; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 237 Representative Mark Hewitt; Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President Jim more»

“We Do Not Feel Safe In Our Store” - Unionized Starbucks Partners In Buffalo ‘Walk Off The Job’ Due To “Unsafe Working Conditions”

Published on Thursday, January 6, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Starbucks Workers in Buffalo - who are employed at the company’s first Unionized store in the United States, walked off their jobs on Wednesday (January 5th) to protest what they described as unsafe working conditions in the wake of surging COVID-19 cases. Starbucks Partners employed at the company’s Elmwood Avenue more»

Here’s ‘How To Make’ Union Meetings ‘More Interesting And Useful’

Published on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
LaborNotes.org Editor’s Note: Mike Parker and Martha Gruelle are the co-authors of Democracy Is Power: Rebuilding Unions from the Bottom Up. Got tips on running a meeting? Email them to dan@labornotes.org. This article is an excerpt from the book Democracy Is Power: Rebuilding Unions from the Bottom Up, available for $10. Union Membership more»

‘Why 2021 Was The Biggest Year For The Labor Movement In Games’ - Working Conditions At Top Studios ‘Have Been Criticized Before, But This Year Saw A Significant Increase In Protests And Organizing By Employees’

Published on Sunday, January 2, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Marked by walkouts, strikes, petitions and open letters, 2021 was the biggest year yet for Workers in the U.S. video game industry taking a stand against labor conditions. A vocal contingent of Video Game Workers has warned employers they won’t tolerate subpar labor conditions just to fulfill their childhood dream of making video games. “In my more»

Know Your Rights: New York States Adopts Rules ‘Clarifying’ Sick Leave Law

Published on Friday, December 31, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - On December 22nd, 2021, the New York Department of Labor (NYSDOL) adopted rules implementing the State’s Sick Leave Law (NY Labor Law §196-b, or the Sick Leave Law), providing long-awaited clarification, which went into effect over a year ago on September 30th, 2020. The rules were proposed on December 9th, 2020 and adopted more»

‘Despite Its Pending Sale’ To Elderwood, Weinberg Campus Nursing Home Workers ‘Overwhelmingly Ratify’ New, Two-Year Contract - Caregivers Now The ‘Highest Paid’ Nursing Home Workers In WNY Pending Elderwood’s Approval Of Contract

Published on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(GETZVILLE, NEW YORK) – Instead of picketing, more than 200 Nursing Home Workers represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East who are employed at the Weinberg Campus in the Buffalo Suburb of Getzville, are celebrating a big victory this Holiday Season. Workers reached a new, two-year agreement with more»

‘On Board To Keep Them Afloat,’ IUPAT District 4 ‘Stepped Up To Help’ The Buffalo Naval Park ‘That’s Been Devastated’ By The COVID Pandemic, Apprentices Donate Labor To Paint Destroyer & Help Improve Hangar Facility

Published on Sunday, December 26, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Many non-profits across the country have been devastated by the negative impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic over the past 24 months - including the Buffalo Naval Park, which serves as home for a number of military artifacts, most notably the decommissioned USS Sullivans Destroyer. The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & more»

Buffalo’s City Mission Receives A $5,000 ‘Combined Donation’ Made By The Brotherhood Of Locomotive Engineers And Trainmen & A Local Safety Equipment Distributor, Who Was Asked By A Member Of The Union ‘If They Would Like To Get Involved’

Published on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, from left to right: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) National Vice President Jim Louis; DiVal Safety Equipment, Incorporated Representative Kyle Staub; Bill Nasca, BLET Division 421 Local Chairman; BLET Division 421 Secretary-Treasurer Chris Eleczko;; and a representative of more»

For The ‘Third Straight Year,’ NALC Branch 3’s Buffalo Members Are Honored As ‘NALC Heroes’ - Receive A Unit Citation From Their National Union For Their Efforts That Helped A Veteran Through Summertime Heat

Published on Monday, December 20, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – For the third straight year, Members of National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Branch 3 in Buffalo have been honored as NALC Heroes, this time receiving a Unit Citation for their efforts that helped a local Veteran through Summertime heat. Kevin Bystrak and the late Jody Kotowski - who was Western New York's first more»

“We Hope Starbucks Takes This Opportunity To Respect Their Partners' Right To Organize And Sit Down At The Bargaining Table” - Partners Ask Starbucks ‘To Turn A New Leaf’ As Their Union Is Legally Certified By The NLRB

Published on Sunday, December 19, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) confirmed last week that Workers United will be certified as the Collective Bargaining Representative for partners at the Starbucks Elmwood location in Buffalo, New York. Partners just made history when they won an election to form a Union, the first of its kind among Starbucks corporate more»

As The Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent ‘Pushes For Raises Of As Much As 40% For Administrators & Non-Union’ Employees, IUOE Local 17 Instead ‘Turns The Focus To The Schools’ “Suffering And Extremely Low Paid/Essential” Custodians

Published on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, on the right, West Hertel Academy Custodian Bob Harrell, who has not had a raise in nearly 12 years and makes just $12.17 an hour, less than the present $12.50 New York State Minimum Wage. Standing next to him is International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17 Business Manager Gary Swain. more»

Merry Christmas From DuPont! - Tonawanda Plant Management Plays ‘Grinch,’ Wants Their ‘Essential Employees’ To ‘Take A Major Pay Cut That Could See’ Yearly Salaries For USW-Represented Workers ‘Decline By As Much As $15,000’

Published on Monday, December 13, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, (on the left) Mike Werner, a Sergeant-of-Arms with United Steelworkers (USW) Local 6992 who’s worked at DuPont’s Tonawanda Plant for six years as a Process Specialist, stands next to Leo Sperduti, a Maintenance Mechanic at the DuPont Plant who also serves as Financial Secretary for USW Local more»

Is Your AT&T Store ‘Naughty Or Nice? - ‘Not All Stores Are Alike,’ Say CWA Reps, Who Hold Weekend Protest Outside AT&T Retail Stores ‘That Were Once Union-Represented, But Are Now Operated By Large, Third Party Dealers’

Published on Sunday, December 12, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, CWA Representatives Colleen Brennan (on the left) and Pat Carcaci hold up one of the CWA’s Is Your AT&T Store Naughty Or Nice? filers outside a company retail store in the Niagara County City of Lockport on Saturday (December 11th). The Union held actions across CWA District One over the more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Nursing Home Workers Employed At The Schofield Residence In Suburban Buffalo Win A New Two-Year Contract That Includes 18% Wage Increases

Published on Friday, December 10, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(KENMORE, NEW YORK) - More than 80 Health Care Workers represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East at the Schofield Residence in the Buffalo Suburb of Kenmore are celebrating a big contract victory this Holiday Season. Schofield Residence is a 120-bed Skilled Nursing Facility that’s been providing more»

Today’s The Day - Baristas In Buffalo ‘Are Poised To Unionize’ At Starbucks

Published on Thursday, December 9, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Baristas with Starbucks Workers United’s Organizing Committee are cautiously optimistic one or more stores will soon become the first of the corporation’s locations to Unionize in the United States. Results are expected today (Thursday, December 9th) for three of six Starbucks stores in the Buffalo area that had filed for more»

Western New York Labor ‘Welcomes One Of Their Own,’ U.S. Secretary Walsh Comes To Buffalo - Former Union Laborer & Boston Building Trades President ‘Touts Benefits Of What Will Come’ With New National Infrastructure Initiative

Published on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured Above, U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh addresses Western New York Union Leaders during a mid-day luncheon that was held during his visit to Buffalo on Monday (December 6th). (WNYLaborToday.com Photos) (BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – New England Patriots fan and U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh headed into more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Caregivers Employed At The Weinberg Campus In Suburban Buffalo Are ‘Fed Up’ Working Short Staffed, Issue Picket Notice To Management

Published on Monday, December 6, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(GETZVILLE, NEW YORK) - Dozens of 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East-represented Nursing Home Workers who are employed at the Weinberg Campus in the Buffalo Suburb of Getzville recently held a “march on the boss” (Pictured Above/1199 SEIU Photo) to notify their employer that they will picket the facility on more»

CSEA’s ‘Efforts Helped Lead' Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown To Victory

Published on Friday, December 3, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
CSEA Editor’s Note: Pictured above from left to right: Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Erie County Local 1st Vice President Steve Szymura; CSEA Western Region President Steve Healy; Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown; CSEA Erie County Local President Denise Szymura; and SUNY at Buffalo Local Treasurer Mona Columbo. (BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – more»

“We’re Going To Keep On Helping Families Who Need Help” - The Niagara-Orleans Labor Council Adopts 20 Families For The Holidays, Underwritten By Its Affiliated Member Unions That Combine To Donate $2,500 For Array Of Clothing & Toys

Published on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) – It is said the generosity of Organized Labor knows no bounds and that is certainly true up in Niagara County where the Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council’s affiliated Member Unions came together to donate $2,500 to help make the Christmas Holidays a bit merrier for 20 needy area families. In fact, in each more»

A Labor Perspective From Labor Notes Editor Alexandra Bradbury: This Year ‘I’m Thankful for the Revolt Against’ Two-Tier Hiring Practices

Published on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
It’s inspiring to see Union Members in revolt against two-tier at the Farm Equipment Maker John Deere, the Hospital Chain Kaiser Permanente, the Cereal Maker Kellogg’s, and the Parcel Giant UPS. Two-tier isn’t just an unfair idea - it’s also a Union-killer. In case your employer hasn’t acquainted you with this repugnant more»

After A Major Strike At Catholic Health & New Contract Negotiations Approaching, The Kaleida Health System Announces ‘A New Policy On The Size Of & Wearing Of Union Pins’ As Its Workforces Struggles To Provide Care

Published on Friday, November 26, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Just a couple of days before Thanksgiving, the Kaleida Health System Administration and the Unions representing its workforce - Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168, International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17 and 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU), met for their bi-weekly oversight more»

Starbucks ‘Launches Aggressive Anti-Union Effort’ As Upstate New York Stores Organize - Management ‘Urges’ Baristas ‘To Reject The Union At Mandatory Listening Sessions & Shuts Stores Holding Drives’

Published on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Will Westlake, a Starbucks Barista in Hamburg, New York – just outside Buffalo, whose store recently filed for a Union Election, was told by a manager he could attend an earlier mandatory Anti-Union meeting in early November because he was scheduled to work early the next day. The meeting was in a nearby hotel and when Westlake more»

Unions ‘Giving Back’ To Their Communities: For The 25th Consecutive Year, The Buffalo Teachers Federation Donates Thanksgiving Day Meals To More Than 200 Local Families

Published on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Thousands of dollars in food and gift certificates that have been donated by Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) Members will be distributed today (Tuesday, November 23rd) to more than 200 needy families throughout the Buffalo area through several charitable and non-profit groups in an effort to “make sure those families enjoy a more»

The Buffalo Teachers Federation Reports ‘Dangerous Increase’ Of COVID-19 Cases In Buffalo’s Public Schools

Published on Friday, November 19, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is warning of “dangerous increases” in COVID-19 cases within the City of Buffalo’s Public School System. The BTF has sent correspondence to the Superintendent, Board of Education and Erie County Department of Health showing that in the Buffalo Public Schools: From September 3rd, more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Nursing Home Caregivers In Buffalo & Rochester - Who’ve Been ‘Hit Hard’ By COVID‐19, Hold Informational Pickets To ‘Demand Safe’ Staffing Levels, ‘Better’ Wages & Healthcare Benefits

Published on Thursday, November 18, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WESTERN NEW YORK) – More than 100 Nursing Home Workers who’ve been hit hard during the COVID-19 Pandemic are fighting for fair wages, safe staffing and a Union Contract at two Western New York and Rochester area facilities that are owned or operated by The Grand Healthcare System and its CEO, Jeremy B. Strauss. Nursing Home Workers employed at more»

“They Are Courageously Standing Up To A Multi-Billion-Dollar Company To Demand Better Pay And Protections” - Attorney General James Releases Statement In Support Of Buffalo Starbucks Employees’ Efforts To Unionize

Published on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – New York Attorney General Letitia James has released the following statement in support of Starbucks Employees in Buffalo and their efforts to Unionize: “I fully support Starbucks Employees in Buffalo for bravely exercising their fundamental right to Unionize. They are courageously standing up to a multi-billion-dollar more»

“It Is Very Impressive” - New NYS Department Of Labor Apprenticeship Training Director Makes A Couple Of Stops In WNY, Visits IUOE Local 17’s Training Center As National Apprenticeship Week Gets Underway

Published on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LAKEVIEW, NEW YORK) – Saying he was “impressed” with what he was seeing, Chris Pinheiro - the New York State Department of Labor’s (DOL) new Apprenticeship Training Director, led a number of State DOL Representatives on a guided tour of International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17’s sprawling 400-acre Training more»

“A Union Gives Voice To Those Who Don’t Have One” - Meet New York State Nurses Association Western Regional Director Steve Bailey, A 30-Year Registered Nurse Who Advocates For NYSNA Members Across WNY

Published on Monday, November 15, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Steve Bailey (pictured above) is the New York State Nurses Association’s new Western New York Regional Director. Bailey, who has 30 years of experience working as a Registered Nurse (RN), is currently employed at the Erie County Medical Center’s (ECMC) Terrace View Nursing Home in Buffalo. (Photos Taken more»

Having Won A ‘Groundbreaking’ Contract That Increases Staffing Ratios, CWA Leadership ‘Thanks Many’ After Striking Mercy Hospital Caregivers Return To Work - Next Step, ‘Working With’ Catholic Health ‘To Attract New Hires To Fill 400’ Positions

Published on Thursday, November 11, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – After a 35-day Strike at Catholic Health Systems’ Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo, Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Caregivers walked back through the front doors of the hospital this week, armed with a groundbreaking contract that dramatically increases Staffing Ratios and a commitment to work with more»

From The ‘Union Storyteller™:’ 80-Year Union Member Honored By NALC Branch 3 - 95-Year-Old Retired Niagara Falls Letter Carrier ‘Praised For A Life-Long Commitment To His Union, The People He Delivered Mail To & The Local Community’

Published on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, 80-year National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Member Stephen La Barber was honored and recognized this past weekend in Niagara Falls for his many years of being a NALC Union Member. From left to right: NALC Region 11 Business Agent Mark Camilli; Kent Hankin, Branch 3 Director of Retirees; La more»

BREAKING LABOR NEWS: CWA-Represented Caregivers At Mercy Hospital In Buffalo ‘Overwhelmingly Ratify’ New Contract With The Catholic Health System, Bringing A Five-Week Strike To A Formal End

Published on Monday, November 8, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Following a historic five-week Strike, Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Nurses, Technical, Service and Clerical Staff employed at the Catholic Health System ratified a total of six contracts today (Monday, November 8th) that cover more than 2,500 Workers across Mercy Hospital of South Buffalo, Kenmore Mercy more»

The Buffalo & Niagara Building And Construction Trades Council Announces An Early Endorsement For Kathy Hochul In The New York State Governor’s Race

Published on Sunday, November 7, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Buffalo & Niagara Building and Construction Trades Council, which combines to represent more than 12,000 Unionized Construction Workers across Erie and Niagara Counties, has announced an early endorsement - backing Democrat Kathy Hochul for New York State Governor. Hochul, the former Lieutenant Governor who became the more»

Striking CWA-Represented Caregivers At Mercy Hospital Reach “Groundbreaking” Tentative Contract Agreement With Catholic Health - Union Says New Four-Year Deal, If Ratified By Membership, Will Improve Hospitals “By Leaps And Bounds”

Published on Friday, November 5, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - A tentative, four-year contract has been reached between the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the Catholic Health System in Buffalo that is being described as “groundbreaking” and could, if ratified by Membership, bring to an end to a 35-day Strike that impacted nearly 2,000 Caregivers. The Strike started on more»

The Legacy Of IUOE Local 17’s Joe Palmeri ‘Continues To Grow’ - WNY Union Members’ ‘Donate Blood & Save Lives In The Name Of The Late’ Operating Engineer Business Agent

Published on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Members of International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17 rolled up their sleeves in order to donate blood Wednesday (November 3rd) in the name of the late Joe Palmeri, a 40-year Local 17 Business Agent who unexpectedly passed at the age of 58 on September 4th, 2019 after complications more»

Update On The CWA Staffing Strike At Mercy Hospital: Contract Negotiations ‘Get Close To Completion,’ But Catholic Health ‘Still Will Not Agree To Committing To Serious’ Staffing Ratios, CWA Official Tells WNYLaborToday.com

Published on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Today (Tuesday, November 2nd) is Day 33 in the Communications Workers of America’s Strike at Catholic Health System’s Mercy Hospital and while CWA Bargaining Members thought they were close to a deal at the negotiating table over the weekend, it was stopped short by Catholic Health’s stance on not committing to more»

1199 SEIU & SEIU Local 200United Unionized Service Workers Reach Tentative, Two-Year Contract Agreement With Strong Memorial Hospital & The University Of Rochester

Published on Monday, November 1, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - One week following the expiration of their three-year contract, 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and SEIU Local 200United have reached a tentative, two-year contract agreement covering 1,800 Service Workers employed at Strong Memorial Hospital and at the University of Rochester. Union Members are currently 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 Thursday, October 28, 2021 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 2021 during this continuing Coronavirus Pandemic, WNYLaborToday.com thought it was important to underscore and recognize - once again - what Actors Boris Karloff and Bela more»

“I Felt Like ‘The Lowest Of The Low.’ ‘It Was Overwhelming.’ ‘(Now) I Just (Feel) Like Somebody Sees Me.’ ‘I’m Not Invisible.’” - Striking Mercy Hospital Caregiver ‘Overwhelmed’ By Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Public Recognition

Published on Monday, October 25, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) of New York City visited striking Mercy Hospital Workers in South Buffalo over the weekend to publicly support the Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Caregivers’ fight for safe staffing ratios, improved patient care and a fair more»

Union Contracts Covering 1,800 Service Workers At The University Of Rochester & Strong Memorial Hospital Expire - 1199 SEIU & SEIU Local 200 United Healthcare Workers Issue 10-Day Picket Notice

Published on Friday, October 22, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) – Today (Friday, October 22th), the Union contracts covering 1,800 Service Workers employed at Strong Memorial Hospital and University of Rochester Campus since 2018 expired following a short extension, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Officials said. On Thursday (October 21st), in a nearly unanimous vote, Hospital more»

Starbucks Is Being Accused Of Union-Busting Leading Up To Unionization Vote In Buffalo - Reportedly Has ‘Directly Asked’ Its Employees To Vote ‘No’ On ‘Going Union’

Published on Thursday, October 21, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - As Buffalo and Hamburg, New York-area Starbucks Employees edge closer to voting on what would be the company's first Union in the United States, the coffee chain is being accused of Union-Busting by the Union Organization Group, SBWorkers United. SBWorkers United has tweeted out a letter that was originally sent to Starbucks Employees more»

Day 19 Of The CWA-Mercy Hospital Strike: “You Are Not Alone,” New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento Tells Buffalo Caregivers, Says “Their Fight Is The Fight” Of the Labor Federation’s Statewide 2.5-Million Members

Published on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento addressed striking Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Caregivers outside the Catholic Health System’s Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo Thursday (October 19th) as the strike over chronic understaffing, poor working conditions and low more»

Farmers Say Overtime Mandate ‘Would Weaken’ New York Agriculture

Published on Monday, October 18, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(APPLETON & ALBANY, NEW YORK) - As the 2021 picking season draws to a close for Niagara County Fruit Grower Jim Bittner, he’s worried his payroll costs could soar if a little known state panel decides to mandate that Farmers pay their Workers overtime for all time worked in a week in excess of 40 hours The current weekly overtime threshold for more»

‘Wake Up And Smell The Union-Busting!’ - Starbucks Temporarily Closes Two Stores In Buffalo Where Their Employees Are Trying to Unionize

Published on Friday, October 15, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Starbucks has temporarily closed two stores involved in a Union Drive in Buffalo that are leading what could soon become the first campaign to successfully Unionize the Coffee Shop Giant. The company said that the two temporary store closures in Buffalo have nothing to do with the Union Drive - one is for a remodel and the other is more»

“This Has Changed Us” - A Labor Perspective From CWA-Represented RN Heather Lawrence, ‘Who’s Surviving’ The Coronavirus Pandemic ‘While Continuing To Treat Patients’ At Catholic Health System’s Suburban Buffalo St. Joseph’s Campus

Published on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
A Note From WNYLaborToday.com Editor Tom Campbell: I met Heather Lawrence (Pictured Above/WNYlaborToday.com Photo), a Registered Nurse (RN) represented by Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168 and employed at the Catholic Health System’s St. Joseph’s Campus in Suburban Buffalo, over the weekend - where she was one of several more»

“We Didn’t Know If We Were Going To Die Or Not, But We Worked Through It, We Went To Work, Every Day” - CWA-Represented Catholic Health Caregivers Unveil ‘COVID Heroes Wall’ As Strike Continues At Mercy Hospital In South Buffalo

Published on Monday, October 11, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The many photos taken of Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Mercy Hospital Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic that combined to create a COVID Wall of Heroes set the stage for an emotional Sunday afternoon (October 10th) of personal stories told by those who now walk a picket line outside the South Buffalo more»

Spotlight On Local Union Members Running For Public Office: The CSEA’s Ed Hughes Decides At The Age Of 58 ‘To Make A First Time Run,’ Seeks To Become The Town Of Hamburg’s Next Highway Department Superintendent

Published on Friday, October 8, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(HAMBURG, NEW YORK) - At the age of 58, Ed Hughes decided it was a good time to run for public office - becoming yet another local Union Member who’s made a decision to make a difference, running for Superintendent of the Town of Hamburg’s Highway Department. Making his first run for any publicly-elected position, Hughes is a 27-year Member of more»

President Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ Agenda - In Buffalo, New York Senator Gillibrand ‘Calls For Historic Investment In Long-Term Care And Caregiver Economy’

Published on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - As Congress crafts the historic Build Back Better agenda that President Joe Biden supports, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at the 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) building in Buffalo to call for historic investments in long-term care and the Caregiver economy, building on the $12.7 billion short-term Medicaid more»

As Striking CWA-Represented Nurses Continue To Walk The Picket Line Outside South Buffalo’s Mercy Hospital In A Battle Over Patient Care, How Can Catholic Health ‘Not Pay Them - But Bring In Nearly 200 Out-Of-Town Caregivers At $150 An Hour?’

Published on Monday, October 4, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168 Director of Mobilizing and Organizing Mary Nowocien is standing with her striking CWA Local 1133 Brothers and Sisters who are walking the picket line outside South Buffalo’s Mercy Hospital. Nowocien, who’s worked as a Licensed Practical more»

ON STRIKE: Nearly 2,000 Workers At Catholic Health’s Mercy Hospital In South Buffalo Walked Out This Morning Over Staffing Crisis, Deteriorating Patient Care & Safety

Published on Friday, October 1, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Nurses, Technologists, Clerical Staff, Aides, Dietary and other Service Workers employed at Catholic Health System’s Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo went out on Strike at 6 a.m. today (Friday, October 1st) after management refused to agree to a fair contract that would more»