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SMART Local 71 Business Manager Paul Crist Honored With National Safety Award

Published on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Local 71 Business Manager Paul Crist has received a Safety Matters Award from the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT), the safety arm of the Sheet Metal Workers Union. Crist (pictured above) was recognized for his SMART more»

Phase One Of Re-Opening Our Economy - A Labor Perspective From Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation President Richard Lipsitz

Published on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Richard Lipsitz is President of the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF), whose Regional Labor Federation’s 140 affiliated Local Unions combine to represent 145,000 Union Workers in the Public and Private Sectors and the Building Trades. Since early March, we’ve engaged in a serious more»

Labor Perspective From New York Metro Area Postal Union Legislative & Political Director Chuck Zlatkin: The U.S. Mail Is Not For Sale!

Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
On April 24th, Republican President Donald Trump called the Postal Service a “joke,” but what Trump has planned for the millions of Americans who depend on a public Postal Service is no laughing matter. Trump threatened to veto the Stimulus Package if there was direct financial relief for the Postage Service. He would not tolerate anything more»

Helping Students Through COVID-19’s ‘Challenging Times,’ While Providing Buffalo’s High School Grads With ‘Something To Remember,’ The Buffalo Teachers Federation Sponsors A Televised ‘Virtual Graduation’

Published on Friday, May 22, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Helping Students through COVID-19’s challenging times, while providing Buffalo’s High School Graduates with “something to remember,” the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) has agreed to become a major sponsor of a ‘virtual graduation’ that will be televised during the months of June and July. more»

Labor Rights & Voting Rights Are ‘Deeply Interconnected’

Published on Monday, May 18, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee Saunders and other Labor Leaders joined U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (Democrat-Minnesota) to discuss the challenges to protecting voting rights during the COVID-19 Pandemic and solutions to ensure elections withstand national emergencies. Joining Saunders and the former more»

1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East Car Caravan Protests ‘Lack Of Hazard Pay’ For Front Line Workers Employed At Two Buffalo Nursing & Rehab Facilities

Published on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, an 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East car caravan took place in Buffalo on Thursday (May 14th) as part of the Union’s Essential Nursing Home Worker Campaign, which continues the fight for its Members to receive Hazard Pay, proper Personal Protection more»

In Memoriam: A Tribute To X-Ray Technologist John Poleon - Communications Workers Of America Local 1168 Member ‘Believed To Be First Front-Line Medical Worker At A Buffalo Hospital Who Has Been Lost To COVID-19’

Published on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
John Poleon was a 63-year-old X-Ray Technician and Communications Workers of America (CWA) Member who was employed at Buffalo General Hospital. Poleon recently passed after contracting the Coronavirus and is believed to be the first Front-Line Medical Worker employed at a Buffalo Hospital who has been lost to COVID-19. He is being described as a more»

On Employment & Work ‘After The Pause’ - A Labor Perspective From Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation President Richard Lipsitz

Published on Monday, May 11, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Richard Lipsitz (Pictured Above) is President of the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF), whose Regional Labor Federation’s 140 affiliated Local Unions combine to represent 145,000 Union Workers in the Public and Private Sectors and the Building Trades. It is safe to say that the more»

WNY Labor Movement ‘Call To Action:’ NALC Branch 3 Asks Union Members To Contact Their Congressional Reps & The White House ‘To Request Immediate Relief’ For The USPS In The Next Stimulus Bill

Published on Thursday, May 7, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WESTERN NEW YORK) – The President of the National Association of Letters Carriers (NALC) Branch 3 is asking the Western New York Labor Movement, Union Members and their families to contact their Congressional Representative and the White House to request immediate relief for the United States Postal Services in the next Stimulus Bill. This vote will more»

A Tattoo Shop ‘Connection Provides A Pipeline’ For Four Area United Steelworker Locals To Pool Their Resources & Purchase $4,000 Worth Of Rubber Gloves For CWA-Represented Health Care Workers Battling Coronavirus Here In WNY

Published on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, United Steelworkers (USW) Representatives deliver 50 boxes of donated rubber gloves to Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168 here in Western New York, which are being distributed to local Health Care Workers on the Front Lines of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Pictured above, holding up a bag more»

‘What Path Forward?’ - A Labor Perspective From Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation President Richard Lipsitz

Published on Sunday, May 3, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Richard Lipsitz is President of the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF), whose Regional Labor Federation’s 140 affiliated Local Unions combine to represent 145,000 Union Workers in the Public and Private Sectors and the Building Trades. We are now approaching seven weeks of the shutdown of more»

‘It Doesn’t Matter’ If You Belong To NYSUT Or CSEA - ‘Union Means Family:’ West Seneca Teachers & SRPs ‘Team Up’ For Food Drive

Published on Friday, May 1, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WEST SENECA, NEW YORK) - The West Seneca Teachers Association (WSTA) teamed up with Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local 868, representing the district’s School-Related Professionals (SRPs), for a fundraiser to benefit Feed More Western New York, a combination Meals on Wheels program and food bank based in Buffalo. Running low on more»

Workers Memorial Day 2020: Western New York Labor Honors Fallen Workers While Focusing On Worker Protections In This Time Of The COVID-19 Crisis

Published on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF), the Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council and the Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH) joined forces Tuesday (April 28th) to commemorate Workers Memorial Day 2020 by honoring the current sacrifices Essential Workers are making in the fight more»

After A ‘Call For Help’ On Social Media Came Out Of Connecticut, The Sheet Metal, Air, Rail And Transportation Workers Joined With Their Union Contractors ‘To Fill The Need,’ Including Right Here In Western New York

Published on Monday, April 27, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The call for help first came out of Connecticut and it mobilized Locals and Members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) across the United States, who joined together with a host of Union Contractors to make and donate millions of metal nose strips that are being used for more»

CSEA-Represented Niagara Parks Employees ‘Working In Overdrive’

Published on Sunday, April 26, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) – As the COVID-19 Pandemic stretches into late Spring, the general public is trying to find ways to cope with stress and the unknown. Many New Yorkers have decided to explore the great outdoors, thinking a visit to our state parks might help alleviate stress and tensions of the day. This influx of traffic at our state and more»

WNYLaborToday.com Spotlight On ‘Essential’ Workers: USW Local 135’s Jeff Linton ‘Doesn’t Consider Himself An Essential’ Worker – Like Nurses, Firefighters, Police & Food Service Workers, ‘But He Is, Because Vehicles Need Tires’

Published on Thursday, April 23, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: This is a series of WNYLaborToday.com Labor News Reports on a number of deemed Essential Union-represented Workers across Western New York, who deserve our thanks for continuing to do the jobs that not only allow us to stay safe and healthy, but produce the goods and services needed to ensure our economy continues more»

WNYLaborToday.com Announces Decision To Continue To Operate Without A Subscription Pay Wall ‘For An Indefinite Period Of Time’

Published on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
A message from WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell: For a little more than three months now, WNYLaborToday.com’s Subscription Pay Wall has been inactive, a decision made following a series of positive discussions with supportive Western New York Labor Leaders, who agreed to use this break to encourage their Members to visit Your On-Line more»

BlueCross BlueShield Of Western New York Hosts Labor Webinar On Wednesday (April 22nd) To Address A Number Of Topics Related To The COVID-19 Pandemic

Published on Sunday, April 19, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York (BCBSWNY) will host a Labor Webinar on Wednesday, April 22nd - from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. – that will cover a number of topics related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Labor Leaders are invited to virtually attend the webinar to learn more about the Health Plan’s response to the pandemic, as more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Tonawanda Nursing Home Workers Protest Lack of Appropriate PPE - Safire of the Northtowns’ ‘Failure to Provide Adequate’ PPEs & Training Has Caregivers ‘Concerned’ For Residents’ Safety

Published on Friday, April 17, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(TONAWANDA, NEW YORK) – Union-represented Nursing Home Workers employed by Safire of the Northtowns in Tonawanda held a silent protest today (Friday, April 17th) over a lack of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which has Caregivers concerned for the safety of the residents of the nursing home. For weeks, Licensed Practical Nurses more»

Unions Hold Drive-By Car Rallies Outside 12 Buffalo Medical Facilities To Say ‘Thank You’ To Those Front Line Health Care Workers Battling COVID-19

Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Dozens of Union Members and Activists got into their vehicles and took part in drive-by rallies conducted outside 12 city and suburban at hospitals, medical centers, labs and home healthcare centers on Tuesday (April 14th) in order to say Thank You to those Health Care Workers who are on the front lives of the COVID-19 crisis. more»

WNYLaborToday.com Spotlight On ‘Essential’ Workers: CWA Local 1122’s Lynne O’Brien, A 30-Year VNA Nursing Professional Taking Swabs Of First Responders & Health Care Workers Who Are Battling The Coronavirus Outbreak

Published on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of WNYLaborToday.com Labor News Reports on Essential Union-represented Workers across Western New York, who deserve our thanks for continuing to do the jobs that not only allow us to stay safe and healthy, but produce the goods and services needed to ensure our economy continues humming. more»

Some Verizon Customers May Not Get Their Internet Installed Or Repaired Until Later This Year As The Company ‘Quietly Cancels In-Person’ Service Due To The COVID-19 Pandemic – Hundreds Of CWA-Represented Techs In WNY Can’t Fully Do Their Jobs

Published on Friday, April 10, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Verizon, one of the largest Internet Service Providers in the United States, has quietly canceled installations and repairs for customers as a precaution "to keep our Employees and customers safe" due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, according to a Business Insider report. Several people have written on Twitter that their in-person visits more»

The Buffalo Teachers Federation Calls On The Buffalo Community To Lower Its Flags In Memory Of Those Whose Lives Have Been Lost As A Result Of COVID-19

Published on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is calling on everyone in the Buffalo Community to lower their flags in the memory of those whose lives have been lost as a result of COVID-19. “We ask the public and governments to join with us by lowering their flags to half-staff in memory of those whose lives have been lost as a more»

A Message From Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation President Richard Lipsitz: “A ‘New’ Normal ‘Will Inevitably Replace’ The ‘Old’ Normal”

Published on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
The pandemic caused by the Coronavirus is yet to run its course. In fact, we are only at the beginning of this rampaging disease. It is likely that several million people will die worldwide - and more than 100,000 in the US. The numbers in our region – Western New York - are yet to be determined - but, they too, will be horrendous. Working People more»

A Community’s ‘Greatest Asset’ During A Pandemic? ‘Try Union Solidarity.’

Published on Sunday, April 5, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
As communities across America grapple with the growing threat of the Novel Coronavirus, this much is clear - not only are Public Service Workers going above and beyond the call of duty to serve their communities, they’re also looking out for one another in selfless and inspiring ways. For example, take American Federation of State, County & more»

“We’re Doing Our Jobs, Do Yours - Get Us The Protection We Need!” - Sending A ‘Urgent Message’ To The Trump Administration, CWA Health Care Workers Drive Their Vehicles Around Buffalo’s Niagara Square, Demand Action For More PPEs

Published on Friday, April 3, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – In order to send an urgent message to the Trump Administration, Communications Workers of America (CWA) area Hospital and Medical Facility Health Care Workers circled Buffalo’s Niagara Square in their vehicles Thursday (April 2nd) to call for more Professional Protection Equipment (PPE) for those Front-Line Workers battling more»

Western New York NYSUT Member Launches Community Food Pantry - Faculty Federation Of Erie Community College Jill O’Malley Starts ‘Ken-Ton Cares’ To Help Those In Need During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Published on Thursday, April 2, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
NYSUT Editor’s Note: Pictured above - Ken-Ton Cares Founder Jill O’Malley is a Member of Faculty Federation of Erie Community College (ECC). (Photo Provided) (BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - In the wake of the Global Coronavirus Pandemic, more and more families are finding themselves in need. Within four days of the COVID-19 related closures, College more»

The Western New York Council On Occupational Safety And Health Releases COVID-19 Worker Benefits Guidebook

Published on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH) has released a COVID-19 Worker Benefits Guidebook. The booklet outlines some of the Worker-focused programs implemented on the state and federal level to ensure Workers have the resources they need to provide for themselves and their families. It also more»

New York’s Correctional Officers ‘Ordered Not To Wear Masks, Even If They Have Them’ - New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association ‘Says New York Is Not Doing Enough To Protect Its Members’

Published on Monday, March 30, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - New York State Correctional Officers are not allowed to bring or wear their own face masks to work with them in detention facilities because it violates the uniform, according to aired news reports on both Buffalo and Elmira TV Stations. “Correction Officers can and do wear a mask when appropriate to the medical situation. There more»

The Western New York Council On Occupational Safety And Health Releases COVID-19 Guidance For Grocery Store Workers & Businesses

Published on Sunday, March 29, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Grocery stores and supermarkets have been designated as essential businesses during the COVID-19 Pandemic, but to date cashiers have seen little in the way of job or work-station redesign to protect them from the virus. The Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH) is releasing the following guidance to more»

To Help Medical Professionals Battle The Coronavirus Outbreak, Buffalo Building Trades Unions & NYSUT-Represented Teachers Spearhead Effort That Resulted In A Donation Of Masks, Gloves, Gowns & Sanitizing Wipes To Two Area Hospitals

Published on Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – As Health Care, Medical and Hospital Professionals continue to warn of a dwindling amount of masks, gloves, gowns and sanitizing wipes to help battle the growing Coronavirus outbreak, the affiliated Member Unions of the Buffalo Building and Construction Trades Council and Union Teachers represented by the West Seneca Teachers more»

LABOR NEWS UPDATE: Due To The COVID-19 Pandemic, The USW & ATI Agree To Extend Current Contract Until February 2021, Employees To Receive $500 Lump Sum Bonus Payment, Negotiations On New Deal To Begin In January

Published on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) – Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the United Steelworkers (USW) and ATI Technologies Incorporated (ATI) have agreed to extend its current contract that covers 16,000 Workers until February 2021, it was announced. In addition, Union-represented ATI Employees, including those working at its Lockport Plant in Western New York, more»

Check Out The COVID-19 Relief That’s Available To Workers Under New York State & Federal Law

Published on Sunday, March 22, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Check out the COVID-19 relief that’s available to Workers under New York State Law and Federal Law:

A Message From The Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation On The Coronavirus Pandemic: ‘Stay United, Stay Calm And Don’t Give Up’

Published on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, N.Y.) - 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, released the following message today (Thursday, March 19) on the Coronavirus Pandemic: WNYALF President more»

A Message From WNY AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation President Richard Lipsitz On The Coronavirus Pandemic: “Heed The Appeals Of Our Statewide & Civil Leaders, Stay Calm, Follow Their Advice And Help One Another”

Published on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Richard Lipsitz, 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, has released the following message on the Coronavirus Pandemic: We more»

The USW Plans To ‘Turn Up The Heat’ On ATI On St. Patrick’s Day After Management Asks For “Too Many Concessions” At The Bargaining Table

Published on Monday, March 16, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) – The United Steelworkers (USW) are planning to turn up the heat on Allegany Technologies Incorporated (ATI) on St. Patrick’s Day after management asked for “too many concessions” at the bargaining table, according to an on-line posting by the Union. “Our bargaining with ATI management continued in more»

Labor Activist Steve Healy Elected CSEA Western Region President

Published on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(AMHERST, NEW YORK) - The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), one of the most influential Labor Unions in New York State, has announced that its Members have elected a long-time Ontario County Labor Activist Steve Healy as their next Western Region President. Healy was elected to a four-year term beginning March 1st (2020). Most recently, Healy more»

Buffalo Building Trades Unions Raise $20,000 To Benefit The Roswell Park Cancer Institute During Weekend Hockey Tournament - Event ‘Promoted’ Union Solidarity While ‘Giving Back To The Buffalo Community At The Same Time’

Published on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above (from left to right) during a ceremonial puck drop to get the three-day charity hockey tournament underway are: Ironworkers Local 6’s Jim Willis III (in the red hockey uniform), Buffalo Building & Construction Trades President Paul Brown (above Willis), Cement Masons Business Manager Chuck more»

10 Reasons ‘Why’ Unions ‘Are Important’

Published on Monday, March 9, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
There are so many reasons why Labor Unions are important. Many of the rights we enjoy at work have been won because of Union Campaigns. Here are just 10 reasons: In Unity There Is Strength - Unions provide Workers with a powerful, collective voice to communicate to management their dissatisfaction and frustration. Unions Negotiate Better Terms & more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Workers Employed At Six Absolut Care Facilities Across Western New York Reach Tentative New Contract Agreement

Published on Friday, March 6, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK) – Earlier this week, more than 600 Health Care Workers represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East at six Absolut Care facilities across Western New York reached a tentative one-year agreement with RCA Healthcare Management, LLC. The agreement is subject to ratification by more»

CSEA Erie County Local & Unit President Denise Szymura: AFL-CIO Constituency Group Coalition Of Labor Union Women ‘Is Vital To Giving Union Women A Voice’

Published on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Erie County Local and Unit President Denise Szymura believes it’s extremely important that Unions continue to take an active role as positive change agents to advance Women’s Rights. Szymura, the Chief Dietician at the Erie County Senior Services Department, also serves as more»

WNY Labor ‘Shines’ At the 2020 Variety Club Kids Telethon, Area Unions Donate More Than $40,000 Towards Effort To Aid The John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo - Overall, The 58th Annual, Two-Day Event Raised More Than $1 Million

Published on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Organized Labor shined over the weekend during the 58th Annual Variety Club Kids Telethon that benefits the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, donating more than $40,000 towards the event, which raised more than $1 million. “I am ‘amazed’ (by the involvement of Local Labor in the event), more»

Despite An Expired Contract, USW-Represented ATI Employees ‘Will Continue Working’ At The Company’s Plants, Including One In The WNY City Of Lockport - USW Says Management Has ‘Indicated An Interest’ In Union’s Offer

Published on Monday, March 2, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) – Despite a now-expired contract, United Steelworkers (USW)-represented Allegany Technologies Incorporated (ATI) Employees will continue working at the company’s plants, including one in the Western New York City of Lockport. The decision was announced over the weekend by USW Officials, who said ATI had more»

In Memoriam: Former Rochester Labor Council President Ronald G. Pettengill

Published on Sunday, March 1, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - Ron Pettengill served as President of the Rochester AFL-CIO Central Labor Council from 1985 until 1996, leading the effort to build one of the strongest of New York's Central Labor Councils. He passed away peacefully on Friday (February 28th). Pettengill (Pictured above, serving as Grand Marshall of the Rochester Labor Day Parade more»

USW-Represented ATI Workers Rally In Niagara County City Of Lockport As New Contract Talks Continue - All The While Shadowed By A Midnight Saturday Expiration Date

Published on Friday, February 28, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LOCKPORT, NEW YORK) – In what could only be described as déjà vu, United Steelworkers (USW)-represented Employees of Allegany Technologies Incorporated’s (ATI) Niagara County Plant in Lockport will participate in a rally held outside its main gates this afternoon (Friday, February 28th) to show their solidarity as USW Reps more»

After The Deaths Of Five Employees Diagnosed With Brain Cancer ‘Who All Worked In The Same’ DEC Office Building In Buffalo, And Now That A Sixth Has Been Diagnosed, PEF Calls On The State To Move Workers To Another Building

Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – After five Employees who all worked in the same New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) office building in Buffalo - and who all had been diagnosed with brain cancer - passed away, Public Employees Federation (PEF) Representatives are calling on the state to move current Workers to another building. James more»

United University Professions’ Holds “Save Our SUNY!” Rallies Across NY To Call For ‘More’ State Funding For SUNY Campuses - In Buffalo, UUP President Kowal Says: “It Is Time For The State To ‘Stop Its Decade-Long Disinvestment’ In SUNY”

Published on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
UUP Editor’s Note: Pictured above, State University of New York/Buffalo State United University Professions (UUP) Members and students get ready for today’s #FundSUNYNow rally. UUP Officials called on New York State to invest more state funding into SUNY Campuses. (Photo Courtesy of UUP Via The Social Network Twitter) (BUFFALO, NEW YORK) more»

Here's How Much The Average American Earns And Owes Now

Published on Monday, February 24, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Credit Reporting Company Experian estimates the average household income in the United States was $79,834 in 2019 - the good news is that this is up from $77,762 in 2018, a gain of $2,072 (2.7%). The bad news is that Americans' debts are typically rising just as fast, or even faster, than their income. As one of the three major credit bureaus that tracks more»

Western New York UUP Member, Labor Activist & Amherst Town Board Member Jacqui Berger Announces Run For 61st District Seat In Order To Provide A ‘Voice For Organized Labor And Education’ In The New York State Senate

Published on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(AMHERST, NEW YORK) – Back in 2017, United University Professions (UUP) Member and Labor Activist Jacqui Berger made a decision to run for public office for the first time - and in the process not only won a seat on the Amherst Town Board, but was the top vote-getter with 14,418 votes. Now, just two years later, Berger is running for the 61st more»

CWA Local 1168 ‘Creatively Organizes To Defend’ A Shop Floor Leader & Wins

Published on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
CWA Editor’s Note: Patrick Weisansal II, who is employed as a Radiologic Technologist at Buffalo’s Kaleida Health, serves as the Director of Mobilizing and Organizing for Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168. An issue doesn’t need to violate contract language to spark a winning fight, as this story from my Union more»