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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»

LABOR NEWS UPDATE: NYSUT ‘Fund Our Future’ Bus Tour ‘Draws Attention To The Underfunding’ Of Western New York’s Schools

Published on Monday, February 10, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) – The New York State United Teachers’ (NYSUT) Fund Our Future Bus Tour visited Western New York schools on Friday (February 7th) to draw attention to the severe impact a lack of state funding has had on schools statewide. Union activists also highlighted the need for new revenues that will enable the state to tackle more»

NYSUT Brings Its ‘Fund Our Future’ Bus Tour To Western New York – Visits Teachers & Elected Officials In Niagara Falls, Williamsville & Kenmore-Tonawanda In Order to Draw Attention To The ‘Severe Impact And Lack Of’ State Funding Has Had On Schools

Published on Friday, February 7, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union’s Fund Our Future Statewide Bus Tour in in Western New York today (Friday, February 7th) with stops at schools in the Niagara Falls, Williamsville and Kenmore-Tonawanda School Districts. The goal is to draw attention to the severe impact a lack of New York State more»

LABOR NEWS UPDATE: Strike At LVD Strippit Plant In Erie County Is Over As Newly-Negotiated Three-Year Contract Is Unanimously Ratified By IAM-Represented Workforce

Published on Thursday, February 6, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(AKRON, NEW YORK) – A short Strike conducted by 35 International Association of Machinists (IAM)-represented Workers at the LVD Strippit Incorporated Plant in the Town of Akron is over after a newly-negotiated, three-year contract was unanimously ratified today (Thursday, February 6th), IAM District 65 Assistant Directing Business Representative Pete more»

IAM-Represented LVD Strippit Plant Workers Strike Akron Plant – Talks Resume On Expired Contract As Union Members Walk The Line, Three Others Recovering From Injuries After Being Struck By Truck Making A Delivery To The Facility

Published on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(AKRON, NEW YORK) – Contract talks continued for a third straight day (Wednesday, February 5th) on a new contract for 35 striking International Association of Machinists (IAM)-represented Workers employed at the LVD Strippit Incorporated Plant in the Town of Akron, just a day after three Union Members who were walking the line were hit and injured by more»

1199 SEIU ‘Criticizes’ Closing Of Lakeshore Hospital’s Emergency Room - Rally Held Outside The Chautauqua County Medical Facility ‘Blasts’ Hospital Administration’s “Devastating” Decision That Will ‘Negatively Impact’ Area Residents

Published on Monday, February 3, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(IRVING, NEW YORK) – 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is criticizing the closing of Lakeshore Hospital’s Emergency Room as those in this Chautauqua County Community rallied outside the Medical Facility to blast the Hospital Administration’s “devastating” decision that will negatively impact area residents. more»

The International Union Of Painters & Allied Trades Calls For National Boycott Of Pittsburgh Plate Glass, The Second-Largest Paint Manufacturer In North America, Over Concerns Of Worker Exploitation

Published on Sunday, February 2, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 4 Members in Buffalo conduct a protest outside a local PPG Retail Store late last week as part of their Union’s national call to boycott Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG), the second largest paint manufacturer in North America, more»

Following The Sale Of The Buffalo News To Lee Enterprises, The Buffalo Newspaper Guild ‘Pledges To Do Everything In Its Power To Safeguard The Work Their Members Do And The People Who Do It’

Published on Friday, January 31, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Following the sale of The Buffalo News to Lee Enterprises earlier this week, Buffalo Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 31026 is “pledging to do everything in its power to safeguard the work” their members do “and the people who do it.” Buffalo’s major daily newspaper will more»

USW Local 4-0598 To Be Honored With The Niagara-Orleans Labor Council’s ‘Champions At Work’ Award For Its Dedication To The Labor Movement & For Helping To Make The Community ‘A Better Place To Live & Work’

Published on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, United Steelworkers (USW) Local 4-0598 President Greg Birkemeier (holding the USW Flag) poses with Niagara-Orleans Labor Council President Jim Briggs, who also serves as Sub-District Director for USW Region 4, outside the Olin Corporation Plant in Niagara Falls. Local 4-0598 will be honored tonight more»

CWA Local 1168’s Denise Abbott Becomes First Woman To Serve As President Of The Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Since Its Official Beginnings Back In 1957

Published on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured Above, Denise Abbott - the first woman to lead the Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council since it was officially founded back in 1957, and John Mudie, outgoing Buffalo Labor Council President, take a moment to enjoy the Holiday Season at the Labor Council’s Annual Christmas Party in December. more»

STRIKE! - How A Board Game ‘Can Influence’ Organizing

Published on Sunday, January 26, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
The time is ripe for STRIKE! The Game of Worker Rebellion, a board game where you mobilize Workers around your city to defeat a nefarious mega-corporation. With Workers joining together and taking action around the country - from Teachers to Tech Workers, Hotel Employees, Nurses, Gig Economy Contractors and so many more – we haven’t seen this more»

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance & U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Announce Strategic Conservation Partnership, Paves Way For Labor Union Volunteers To Participate In Conservation & Public Access Projects

Published on Thursday, January 23, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LANSING, MICHIGAN) - The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to partner in conservation and public access projects on lands and waters managed by the USACE. This partnership agreement between the Nation’s fastest-growing non-profit conservation organization more»

Labor Perspective From AFSCME National President Lee Saunders: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘Understood The Power Of Unions’

Published on Monday, January 20, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
On what would have been his 91st birthday, we celebrate the towering legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - his moral force as a faith leader, his devotion to non-violent resistance and, of course, the sacrifices he made to end legalized segregation in the South. But there is an often-overlooked aspect of his work: Dr. King was one of his era’s most more»

The Buffalo Teachers Federation Releases ‘Disturbing’ School Safety & Unacceptable Learning Conditions Survey - Calls For ‘Mandatory Intervention Services’ For Suspended Students To ‘Prevent Future’ Suspensions

Published on Sunday, January 19, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) has released a disturbing School Safety & Unacceptable Learning Conditions Survey, and in the process is calling for mandatory intervention services for suspended students to prevent future suspensions “The ‘very disturbing response from hundreds ‘of Teachers (749), from (61 more»

Saving Rochester’s City Schools: Teachers & The Community Tell Lawmakers ‘Don’t Abandon Us!’

Published on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - Social Studies Teacher Rakia Hardaway boarded a bus for Albany this week, wearing bright lipstick and an optimistic orange dress. She joined colleagues and officers of the Rochester Teachers Association (RTA) and the Rochester Association of Paraprofessionals (RAP) for a trip to the Capitol to make things right for a high-needs more»

New Fronts Will Open In The Media Union Wars In 2020

Published on Monday, January 13, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
In 2019, the Union Organizing wave that began rising in 2018 crested, with Employees at Digital Publishers including Quartz, BuzzFeed News, Wirecutter and The Ringer and Legacy Media Companies such as Hearst and NBC News all organizing. Over the past five years, the ranks of the Writers Guild of America East (WGAE), which counts Employees from Vice, more»

Lawsuit Aims To Halt Implementation Of New York State Farm Labor Law - Producer Groups ‘Seek Clearer Idea Of Who's A Farm Laborer'

Published on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Two farm associations are suing New York State for clarification of a new Farm Labor Law that takes effect today (Wednesday, January 8th). The Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act, which was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo this past July, grants Agricultural Employees one day of rest per week and overtime pay after 60 hours more»

A Handful Of Teaching Positions Cut From The Rochester City School District Have Been Saved, According To Teachers Union President

Published on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - A handful of the 109 teaching positions cut from the Rochester City School District (RCSD) in December have been saved, according to the head of the Rochester Teachers Association (RTA). RTA President Adam Urbanski says, for now, the number of layoffs has decreased to 97. The decrease is due, in part, to some Teacher resignations, more»

Workers At A Canadian Tim Hortons Coffee Spot Are Locked Out Over Wage Dispute - Unionized Workers Want 30-Cent-Per-Hour Raise, Store Owner Offers 20 Cents

Published on Monday, January 6, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WINNIPEG, CANADA) - Several Staff Members from a Unionized Tim Hortons location recently picketed at the corner of Winnipeg's Portage Avenue and Main Street, with their Union saying they were locked out following failed negotiations. Workers United Canada tweeted a photo of Workers and people protesting in solidary, holding signs solidarity, holding signs more»

Southern Tier Teacher Wins A Private Screening Of 'Aeronauts' Movie

Published on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(CHAUTAUQUA, NEW YORK) - It's a little unusual for high school students to applaud their teacher, but that's exactly what happened when Chautauqua Lake's Gwen Mueller told them she won a private screening of "The Aeronauts" movie just because she loves using the American Federation of Teachers' (AFT) Share My Lesson website. "I showed them the trailer for more»

The Buffalo Teachers Federation Union & NYSUT Files A Lawsuit Against The Buffalo School Board - Unions Seeks Court Order Directing District To Equitably Offer Arts Courses & Sequences To All City High School Students

Published on Monday, December 30, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Parents and Teachers have sued the Buffalo Public Schools, charging that more than 90% of high school students are deprived of New York State-required art and music courses. “For over a year, parents and teachers have sought to have the Buffalo School Board provide secondary students with state-required art and music more»

IBEW Members Discover Historic Shipwreck in Great Lakes

Published on Thursday, December 26, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BOYNE CITY, MICHIGAN) - When Bernie Hellstrom picked up an obstruction on his boat's sounder, he knew something big was there, but he had no idea how historic it was - or that he would discover it with an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Brother. "I was just thinking, 'Let's see what's here,'" Hellstrom said. "I had ‘no idea more»

United Steelworkers Sue Alcoa To Keep Retiree Life Insurance: Alcoa “Agreed To Provide These Benefits. Abruptly Cutting Off This Coverage Is Not Only Immoral, It’s Unlawful.”

Published on Monday, December 23, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) - The United Steelworkers (USW) Union has filed a lawsuit to protest Alcoa’s termination of Life Insurance Benefits for 8,900 Union-represented Retirees. Alcoa operates a plant in Massena, New York that employs 350 union members. Alcoa informed the Retirees by letter on December 4th that it would eliminate life insurance more»

‘Despite Protests,’ Rochester School Board Sets The Layoff Of More Than 1,000 Teachers To Take Place On January 1st

Published on Sunday, December 22, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - More than 1,000 Rochester Teachers, parents and students showed up at Thursday’s (December 19th) “Rally to Spare Our Students” and the City School Board meeting to demand that the board reject the superintendent’s ill-conceived plan for disruptive mid-year cuts. As dusk fell, Local Union Presidents Adam more»

Building Trades Reps Ask Trump-Appointed VA Undersecretary Where Its Designated Contractors Will Get Highly-Skilled Veterans To Help Build A New $30 Million-Plus National Veterans Cemetery In Genesee County?

Published on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(PEMBROKE, NEW YORK) – It was a good question to ask Randy C. Reeves, The Trump Administration’s appointed Veteran Affairs’ (VA) Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs: Where will you get those highly-skilled Vets needed to help build a build a new $30 million-plus National Veterans Cemetery in Genesee County? But what several Buffalo more»

UAW Workers Ratify New Four-Year Labor Deal With Fiat Chrysler - Contract Highlights Include Company Pledges Of $9 Billion In Investment & Creation of 7,900 Jobs & Increases In Worker Pay, Profit Sharing Too

Published on Sunday, December 15, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Workers have a new Labor Contract. Almost five months after talks officially launched with ceremonial handshakes between the United Auto Workers (UAW) and FCA, the company's U.S. Workers okayed a new four-year deal, following approvals of similar agreements at General Motors (GM) and Ford. The UAW said more»

‘Only Highly-Trained & Skilled’ Workers ‘Could Have Handled’ This ‘Rigging Nightmare’ - Union Members ‘Came Through In The Clutch’ To Relocate Massive Canoe Sculpture Outside Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Published on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – It was not one of your typical industry jobs, moving a 35-foot-wide, 30-foot-high, 60-foot-long, 25,000-pound sculpture made up of nearly dozens of aluminum canoes that was featured outside the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo to another location on its grounds as work began on a two-year, $160 million expansion project. more»

Rochester Teachers Rally Against School District’s ‘Christmas Massacre’ Layoff Plan, Receive Support From Students Who Walk Out Of Class, Saying: “We Will Be The Voice For Our Schools”

Published on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - Hundreds of students across the Rochester City School District protested the School District’s recently proposed layoffs of more than 200 district Employees on Monday (December 9th), just days after Rochester Teachers Association (RTA) Members rallied against what is being called a Christmas Massacre Layoff Plan. On Thursday more»

30 More SPoT Coffee Workers Vote To ‘Go Union’ With Workers United In The Buffalo Area, Bringing The Total To 120 New Union Members Who Were Positively Impacted By The High-Profile & Successful Organizing Campaign

Published on Monday, December 9, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(CLARENCE & ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK) – A combined 30 SPoT Coffee Workers who are employed at the Buffalo Coffee Chain’s Clarence and Orchard Park locations have voted to Unionize with Workers United, it has been announced. And, SPoT Management has signed on to a Non-Interference Agreement with the new Local of Workers United “and is more»

‘More Americans Need A Second Job To Make Ends Meet’ & ‘It's Sending A Troubling Message About The Economy’

Published on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
How healthy is the U.S. job market, really? This remains a major question among economists and Federal Reserve officials, many of whom believe a historically low jobless rate means the U.S. economy is at, or near, what experts call "full employment." Earlier this year, Wall Street cheered the July Jobs Report showing a robust gain of 209,000 net new jobs, more»

Is This ‘Winning?’ A New Brookings Institution Study ‘Paints A Devastating Picture Of The Reality’ Of Working Class Life, Finds A ‘Staggering’ 44% Of U.S. Workers ‘Earn Low Wages’

Published on Sunday, December 1, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The November 2019 report from the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution titled Meet the Low-Wage Workforce, co-authored by Nicole Bateman and Martha Ross, paints a devastating picture of the reality of Working Class Life in the world’s wealthiest country. The study concentrates on the years following the more»