Saying “There Were Promises Broken,” Nurses ‘Push Back On Closing Of Psychiatric Unit’ At Brooklyn’s Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
Published on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) - The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) is outraged and organizing in response to the recent announcement that the Adult/Geriatric Psychiatric Unit at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center (KJMC) is slated to close next month. The Kingsbrook Jewish Adult/Geriatric Psychiatric Unit was a core part of the One Brooklyn Health project, 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»
IATSE NATIONWIDE STRIKE AVERTED - Union Says It’s The “Strongest Contract We Have Achieved In Our History”
Published on Monday, October 18, 2021 in National Labor News
(HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA) – It appears the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) got much of what it was asking for in a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) that averted a nationwide Strike, including more rest between workdays, a significant investment in the health and pension plans, more»
Published on Monday, October 18, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Evidence is growing of an uptick in Labor Militancy across the United States. Ten thousand United Automobile Workers (UAW) Members at John Deere have begun their first Strike at the company since 1986, and there are several other Private Sector strikes still ongoing, including 2,000 Communications Workers of America (CWA) Nurses at a Catholic Health more»
Pennsylvania Governor Announces Funding For Somerset County Supplier To Train Apprentices For Work On Nuclear Valves For The U.S. Navy’s Aircraft Carriers & Submarines
Published on Monday, October 18, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA) - Governor Tom Wolf has announced more than $20,000 in new funding for Global/SFC Valve Incorporated, through Pennsylvania’s Pre-Apprentice and Apprenticeship Grant Program (Apprenticeship Program), a statewide program that offers assistance to Registered Apprenticeship Programs. “Apprenticeship Program funding more»
Doctors Hospital Of Manteca RNs Vote By 94% To ‘Go Union’ With The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United - ‘Safe Staffing & A Greater Voice In Patient Care Were Key’ Concerns
Published on Monday, October 18, 2021 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(MANTECA, CALIFORNIA) - Registered Nurses (RNs) at Doctors Hospital of Manteca (DHM) are the newest Members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) after voting by a 94% margin for Union Representation. When the ballots were counted, a total of 121 RNs voted to join CNA, with just eight votes for no Union. The mail-in ballot more»
Are Unions Coming To The World Of College Admissions? - In The Wake Of A Hamilton College Vote For Collective Bargaining, Will Other Admissions Offices See Unions Form?
Published on Monday, October 18, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(CLINTON, NEW YORK) – When the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) counted the votes, Student Workers in Hamilton College's Admissions Office voted to Unionize by 25 to 20. It was the first win by undergraduates seeking to Unionize since the NLRB in March revoked a Trump Administration rule that made them ineligible for collective bargaining. It more»
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»
More Than 10,000 John Deere Workers On Strike After Rejecting Contract - Walkout Is The Latest ‘By An Emboldened’ Labor Movement, Affects 14 Plants In Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Colorado & Georgia
Published on Friday, October 15, 2021 in National Labor News
Thousands of John Deere workers walked off the job Thursday (October 14th) after Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) rejected the tractor maker’s contract offer, launching the latest Strike by an emboldened Labor Movement. The company’s offer included raises of 5% to 6%, but Union Officials said the proposed contract didn’t meet more»
Union Leaders Tell VP Harries Its “Corporate Greed” That’s ‘Played A Key Factor’ In The Container Pile-Up At California’s Ports
Published on Friday, October 15, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Vice President Kamala Harris met in a closed-door session this week with corporate execs, Union Leaders and Transport Giants to break the bottleneck at the Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports in California, which combined - handle 40% of all containerized U.S. commerce. While the major media have been reporting on some of the decisions 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»
Published on Friday, October 15, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(YONKERS, NEW YORK) - A state Bill to raise wages for Home Care Workers in New York has hit a regulatory snag as lawmakers push to help a fast-growing industry composed predominantly by Immigrant Women of Color who are among the lowest paid Workers. State Legislators, advocates, Workers and patients from Rockland and Westchester Counties are urging passage more»
Published on Friday, October 15, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - In the worst of the Coronavirus Pandemic, with New York City on lockdown, an army of 65,000 Delivery Workers risked their lives to keep the city fed. But in addition to a global pandemic and hazardous weather, these Workers also faced threats to their lives - and now, one group is fighting to keep them safe. A particularly dangerous more»
“Our Members Deserve To Have Their Basic Needs Addressed, Now” - Tens Of Thousands Of IATSE Union Members Set October 18th Nationwide Strike Date, Potential Walkout ‘Threatens’ Film, TV Shutdown Next Week
Published on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in National Labor News
(HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA) - One of Hollywood’s most powerful Unions has set an October 18th Strike date, threatening a nationwide shutdown of film and TV production in a fight with studios over work conditions and pay. Workers will walk out at 12:01 a.m. (Pacific Coast time) on that date unless a deal is reached, said the International Alliance of more»
Published on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(ACROSS THE UNITED STATES) - Workers in various industries nationwide are threatening to go on Strike in a sweeping effort to secure higher pay and better working conditions. More than 100,000 Unionized Employees - between Hollywood Production Crew Members, John Deere Factory Workers and Kaiser Permanente Nurses - have overwhelmingly voted to authorize more»
High School Age Apprentices Receive Hands-On Training As Part Of A New Medical University Of South Carolina Program
Published on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA) - Nine of the newest Staff Members learning the ropes at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Health are either still in high school or have just graduated. They’re part of a Youth Apprenticeship Program facilitated by Trident Technical College that combines academics with paid hands-on learning, and Director of more»
“We Are Coming Together To Improve Working Conditions And Secure Better Wages” - City Of Lawrence, Kansas Workers File Petition To ‘Go Union’ With The Teamsters
Published on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(LAWRENCE, KANSAS) – Teamsters Local 696 in Topeka announced that the Union has filed a petition with the City of Lawrence, asking that they conduct a Union Election for Workers employed by the City of Lawrence Municipal Services and Operations Department. “We are coming together to improve working conditions and secure better wages. We know more»
Published on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer this week told a rally of 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Homecare Workers and consumers that the Better Care Better Jobs Act will bring them higher wages and the respect they deserve as “Healthcare Heroes.” “Investing in home-and-community based services, 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»
96% Of 18,209 Participating Union-Represented Members Who Work At Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California Hospitals & Clinics Vote To Authorize Strike
Published on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 in National Labor News
(SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) - Unions representing thousands of Kaiser Permanente Health Care Workers in Southern California say their Members have voted to authorize a Strike, which Union Officials say would likely “cripple” the Health Care Giant’s operations. The United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals more»
Dollar General Workers ‘Stare Down Historic’ Union Vote, Vowing "We're Gonna Fight" - With ‘Little’ National Attention, A Connecticut Dollar General Store ‘Could Soon Help Unions Crack A Vital Low-Wage Industry’
Published on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(BARKHAMSTED, CONNECTICUT) - In less than two weeks, a tiny group of a half dozen Workers in Barkhamsted will vote on whether to become the only Unionized Dollar General Store Employees in America. These six people in a small town about 20 miles northwest of Hartford now find themselves positioned to gain a historic toehold for Organized Labor inside a more»
Published on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York State’s $2.1 billion relief fund for undocumented Workers affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic is nearly tapped out. The Excluded Workers Fund, which provides help for people not eligible for other programs like unemployment or pandemic relief because of their immigration status, stopped taking new applications late last more»
Published on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - The vaccination rate among Home Health Workers in New York as a deadline arrived late last week for them to get COVID-19 shots was about 86%, exceeding the expectations of some Union and industry leaders, and suggesting thousands may have made a last-minute decision to be inoculated, according to preliminary state data. But the more»
Published on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 in National Labor News
The U.S. economy created the fewest jobs in nine months in September amid a drop in hiring at schools and Worker shortages, but ebbing COVID-19 cases and the end of generous Unemployment Benefits could boost employment gains in the months ahead. The Labor Department’s closely watched employment report showed the unemployment rate dropping to an more»
Published on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS) - Labor Secretary Marty Walsh joined the Massachusetts Building Trades Council (MBTC) to launch a new initiative to address drug and alcohol addiction among its members and their dependents. The MBTC represents more than 75,000 Construction Workers and other Building Trade Union Members in the state. The Massachusetts Building more»
Published on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Brookings Institution has voluntarily recognized their Staff’s Union - Brookings United, and their selection of the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU) Local 70 to be their Collective Bargaining Representative. The following statement was released: We are extremely excited to begin this new chapter in more»
Published on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) - June Robles did not see a future as an early educator when she started as an Assistant Teacher at a Fort Worth Child Care Center just over a year ago. She had just left the retail industry and had plans to go to Culinary School to become a Baker. But shortly after starting, she joined the Camp Fire First Texas Early Educator more»
CSEA-Represented Food Inspectors ‘Are Key’ To Public Health, ‘Working To Conduct These Essential Services That Help Keep The Public Safe’
Published on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK) - Does this establishment appear to be clean? Check. Is the dishwasher hot enough to sanitize dishes? Check. Is food being stored at the proper temperature? Check. Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Member Danielle Mahoney, who serves as Area Supervisor and Deputy Director of the Nassau County Office of Food Protection, more»
LABOR NEWS UPDATE: IATSE Local 22 Ratifies Deal To Avert Threatened Strike At The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center In Washington, D.C.
Published on Monday, October 11, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Following round-the-clock negotiations and an approved strike vote, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 22 has reached an agreement for a new three-year contract with management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The agreement has been ratified by the more»
'Reject This Piece Of Trash’ & ‘You Deserve Better’ - With Current Contract Set To Expire, UAW Members Reject New Agreement With John Deere
Published on Monday, October 11, 2021 in National Labor News
Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) have overwhelmingly rejected a new six-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with Deere & Company on Sunday (October 10th). UAW Vice President Chuck Browning, who has led negotiations with the company, said in a statement that 90% of the Union’s Members voted against a contract that the two sides proposed. more»
Published on Monday, October 11, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Stagehands who work behind the scenes at the Kennedy Center have authorized a Strike, more than a year after their contract expired, saying that ongoing talks seem unlikely to result in a new deal. The two sides remain at odds over several key issues, including staffing levels, wages and overtime pay, according to the Union. The 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»
Tesla Ordered To Pay Nearly $137 Million To Former Black Employee Who Worked At Company’s Fremont Plant In California In 2015 & 2016 Before Quitting After Claiming Racial Abuse
Published on Sunday, October 10, 2021 in National Labor News
(SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA) - Tesla Incorporated must pay nearly $137 million to a former Black Worker who said he suffered racial abuse at the electric carmaker’s San Francisco Bay Area factory. The jury in San Francisco agreed Owen Diaz was subjected to racial harassment and a hostile work environment. Diaz alleged in a lawsuit that he was more»
Published on Sunday, October 10, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
As businesses and lawmakers increasingly require Workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine, thousands of holdouts are losing their jobs - and likely can’t collect Unemployment Benefits. However, there may be exceptions, depending on a Worker’s situation, according to employment experts. Some State Legislatures are trying to change their rules more»
Published on Sunday, October 10, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Annabel Palma Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Palma will now lead enforcement of New York City’s Human Rights Law - considered one of the most comprehensive Civil Rights Laws in the Nation. “From fighting inequities laid bare by COVID-19 to her work more»
Published on Sunday, October 10, 2021 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(ASHTABULA, OHIO) – More than140 workers at two INEOS Pigments plants in Ashtabula, Ohio, joined the International Chemical Workers Union Council (ICWUC)-United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) and International Brotherhood of Teamsters. INEOS is a global chemical company, and INEOS Pigments is one of the largest producers of titanium dioxide in more»
As A Way To ‘Recognize’ Manufacturing Month In Wisconsin, Department Of Workforce Development Secretary-Designee Amy Pechacek ‘Highlights Apprenticeships ‘During Visit To Training Center In Madison
Published on Sunday, October 10, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(MADISON, WISCONSIN) - As a way to recognize Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin, Department of Workforce Development Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek visited Ironworkers 383 Training Center in Madison, where - during her tour of the Union’s Training Facility, she highlighted the importance and opportunities associated with Apprenticeships. "The more»
Published on Sunday, October 10, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(SYRACUSE, NEW YORK) - Melinda Bowens, a Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)-represented Mental Health Therapy Aide at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse who was hired in March 2021, has already started making a difference at her workplace - recently saving a patient’s life. While she is a new Employee at Hutchings, Bowens is an more»
Published on Friday, October 8, 2021 in National Labor News
The United Auto Workers (UAW) and Deere & Company have reached a new, tentative six-year-Collective Bargaining Agreement. The UAW, which represents thousands of Workers in Deere's Iowa facilities, offered no details about the agreement in a news release, saying only that the deal includes "significant economic gains." The UAW and Deere began more»
Published on Friday, October 8, 2021 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN) - Techs at UP Health System-Marquette (UPHS) have voted to form a Union with the Michigan Nurses Association, (MNA) the organization announced. The Techs won their Union with 92% voting yes in a final 159-to-13 count. “By voting to form a Union, we have won a voice and we want to use that voice to advocate for our 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»
Published on Friday, October 8, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON) - The number of Washingtonians enrolled in Apprenticeship Programs increased last year to the highest number in the last decade. From September 2020 to August 2021, there were 21,710 active Apprentices in the state, up from 19,808 over the previous year and higher than in 2019. This includes both Construction and non-Construction more»
Published on Friday, October 8, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
The COVID-19 vaccine is a modern medical miracle, the result of a decade of American-led research into mRNA vaccines and a half decade of research into SARS and Coronaviruses. Its rollout was a bipartisan triumph, developed under a Republican President, distributed under a Democrat, and nearly every dose used in the United States was developed and produced more»
“The Company Continues To Threaten To Send Additional Jobs To Mexico If Workers Do Not Accept Outrageous Proposals” - 1,400 Kellogg Cereal Factory Workers Strike Across The Country After Year-Long Negotiations On A Contract Break Down
Published on Thursday, October 7, 2021 in National Labor News
Union-represented Workers at the Kellogg Company – the maker of breakfast staples such as Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies - are on Strike after year-long negotiations between the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) International Union and management broke down. The BCTGM said in a press release that 1,400 of its Members in more»
Speaking At A IUOE Training Center In Michigan, President Biden Says The U.S. ‘Risks Losing Our Edge As A Nation Without’ Infrastructure Investment
Published on Thursday, October 7, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(HOWELL, MICHIGAN) – Speaking at an International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Training Center in Howell, Michigan earlier this week, President Joe Biden delivered a dire warning about the status of America and American competitiveness if his infrastructure and domestic spending packages do not win Congressional approval, saying "we're at an more»
“Strengthening The Workforce” Through Registered Apprenticeships Is A “Top’ Priority” - State Of Pennsylvania’s Apprenticeship & Training Department ‘Underscores Importance Of Vocational Training’
Published on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA) – The importance of Vocational Training was recently emphasized by the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Department during an event held at PMF Industries, Incorporated in Williamsport. “Strengthening the workforce is a top priority for the Administration (of Democratic Governor Tom Wolf), which is doubling more»
“Are You Listening?” - RN Kim Fletcher Kornowski Uses Facebook To Publicly Expose What She Faces Working At A Buffalo Hospital: “(It’s) The Worst I Have Ever Seen Working There. The Community Needs To Know Our Plight.”
Published on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 in National Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: The other day I ran across a post from Kim Fletcher Kornowski (pictured above), the Assistant Vice President of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168 and a Medical/Surgical Registered Nurse (RN) at Kaleida Health in Buffalo. While her CWA Brothers and Sisters are walking a picket line at the Catholic more»
Published on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(PORTLAND, OREGON) - From being bused to a previously all-White school as a young student to having two Foremen actively try to cause her physical harm, the days of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 48 Business Representative Donna Hammond experiencing overt racism are mostly in the past. Hammond hopes that sharing the more»
AFSCME District Council 37 Announces A New Agreement With The Department Of Education - Workers ‘Must Now Provide Proof’ Of COVID Vaccination
Published on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 37 Members working for the Department of Education (DOE) must now provide proof that they’ve been at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to keep their jobs. According to a new agreement announced this week between the more»
It’s The ‘First’ Farm Workers Union In New York State - Agricultural Workers At Mineola’s Pindar Vineyards Certified To Join RWDSU Local 338
Published on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(MINEOLA, NEW YORK) - The New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) has certified Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)/United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 338 as the Labor Organization to represent 12 agricultural Workers employed at Pindar Vineyards in Peconic. This is the first Union Certification in New York more»