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Remembering Edith ‘Edie’ LeWin – 35-Plus-Year Buffalo Teachers Federation Vice President/Presidential Assistant Is Being Recalled As “A Very Caring Person” Who “Would Leave No Stone Unturned To Help Anyone”

Published on Thursday, September 23, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Edith ‘Edie’ LeWin, who served as Vice President/Presidential Assistant at the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) for more than 35 years is being remembered as a “very caring person” who “would leave no stone unturned to help anyone.” The long-time Union Leader and Advocate for Buffalo’s more»

The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Releases Its 2021 List Of Endorsed Candidates

Published on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) - The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council has released its 2021 list Of Endorsed Candidates:

CWA-Represented Workers At Catholic Health’s Mercy Hospital In South Buffalo Set October 1st Strike Date As ‘Staffing Crisis Reaches Breaking Point’

Published on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Union-represented Nurses, Technologists, Clerical Staff and other Service Workers employed at Catholic Health System’s Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo announced Monday evening (September 20th) that they will go on Strike on October 1st - if, a contract settlement is not reached by then. The Workers - represented by the more»

“It’s An Investment In Our Country’s Future” - Buffalo Building Trade Unions Rally With Congressman Higgins To ‘Call On Washington To Make A Significant Federal Investment To Improve’ Our Nation’s Infrastructure

Published on Sunday, September 19, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – No one could make have made the point better than Sam Capitano - Laborers Local 210 President and Business Manager of the Upstate New York Laborers District Council, who said: “This legislation ‘isn’t simply an investment in our country’s infrastructure, it’s an investment in our country’s more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Workers Join With WNY Congressman Higgins & Local Families ‘To Stress The Need For The Build Back Better Package To Include Policies Supporting’ The Care Economy

Published on Friday, September 17, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Western New York Home Care Workers - most notably those represented by 1199 SEIU (Service Employees International Union), and local families recently hosted a roundtable discussion with U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins (New York-26th District) to share the challenges facing those caring for seniors and people with disabilities. more»

After COVID ‘Shut It Down’ Last Year, The 2021 Niagara-Orleans Labor Council’s Annual Labor’s Night At The Races Fundraiser ‘Successfully Returned’ & Brings In $16,000 ‘To Benefit A Variety Of’ United Way Of Greater Niagara Programs

Published on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(RANSOMVILLE, NEW YORK) – For obvious reasons, the Coronavirus Pandemic put the Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council’s (NOLC) 2020 Labor’s Night at the Races annual fundraiser in mothballs. But after a one-year hiatus, the July event returned, triumphantly drawing 600 Unionists and Friends of Labor to an effort that raised more»

Long-Time CWA & Niagara County Union Activist Roger Chenez Remembered “As Unselfishly Different In Order To Make A Difference” & As “Fiery And Fierce In Defending Labor - Kind And Gentle When It Came To His Community”

Published on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LOCKPORT, NEW YORK) – Long-time Communications Workers of America (CWA) and Niagara County Union Activist Roger Chenez is being remembered for being “unselfishly different in order to make a difference,” “his passion (for) the Labor Movement” and for the work he did in “laying a foundation for the next generation” more»

“We Are Committed To Doing Whatever It Takes To Stand Up For Our Patients And Our Families” - CWA-Represented Catholic Health Hospital Workers Vote To Authorize Strike At Catholic Health In Buffalo As ‘Critical Understaffing Reaches Crisis Point’

Published on Friday, September 10, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Nurses, Technologists, Clerical Staff and other Service Workers employed in the Nursing, Cleaning and Dietary Departments at Catholic Health’s Mercy Hospital of Buffalo voted overwhelmingly late Thursday (September 9th) to authorize a Strike - should it be necessary. The more»

NABET-CWA Local 25-Represented Daily Hire Workers - Who Help Bring Us Televised Buffalo Sabres Home Games, Reach A Contract Extension Agreement For The Upcoming NHL Season

Published on Thursday, September 9, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET)-Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 25-represented Daily Hire Workers, who help bring us televised Buffalo Sabres games, have reached an agreement on a contract extension for the upcoming National Hockey League (NHL) season. The one-year extension for the more»

CWA-Represented Hospital Workers Employed At Catholic Health Holding Strike Authorization Vote This Week - Front Line Health Care Workers Could Strike As Early As October 1st When Their Contract Expires

Published on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Growing increasingly concerned over worsening Staffing shortages that are jeopardizing patient care as COVID-19 cases increase across Erie County, Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Nurses, Technical, Service and Clerical Staff employed by Mercy Hospital of Buffalo will vote this week - on Wednesday and Thursday - more»

Buffalo’s Annual Labor Day Parade In Pictures: Organized Labor ‘Returns In Force To Celebrate A Day For Essential Workers Who’ve Given And Continue To Give Of Themselves’ During This Long COVID Pandemic

Published on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(SOUTH BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – What a difference a year makes! After the Coronavirus Pandemic forced cancellation of the 2020 Buffalo Labor Day Parade, Organized Labor returned to South Buffalo Monday (August 6th) in force under glorious sunny skies and warm temperatures to march and honor those Essential Workers who’ve given so much of themselves more»

A Labor Day Message From Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation President Peter DeJesus, Junior - “We Have Much To Celebrate And We Have Much Work Ahead Of Us”

Published on Monday, September 6, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Peter DeJesus, Junior serves as President of the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF), whose Regional Labor Federation’s 140 affiliated Local Unions combine to represent 145,000 Union Workers in the Public and Private Sectors and the Building Trades. Labor Day 2021 is upon us. It is a more»

‘Celebrate Workers, America Needs Unions’ - A Labor Day Message From CSEA Western Region President Steve Healy

Published on Friday, September 3, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
CSEA Editor’s Note: Steve Healy serves as President of Civil Service Employees Association’s (CSEA) Western Region, which covers 14 Western New York Counties and supports 46,000 Public Workers who are Members in more than 80 Locals and 220 Units, and who work in state government, local government, school districts, library systems, public more»

Cornell Industrial Labor Relations Buffalo Co-Lab Announces Mapping & Data Analysis Internship For Social Impact

Published on Thursday, September 2, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Cornell University Industrial Labor Relations (ILR) Buffalo Co-Lab has announced a $50,000 planning grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation to develop and launch an Engaged Learning Internship Program that will enlist Cornell University undergraduate students in creating, supporting and building capacity of data-driven, more»

“By Forming This Union, We Are Telling Starbucks That We Want To Bring Our Own Chairs To The Table That Was Built Upon Our Backs” - Buffalo Area Starbucks Workers ‘File For Historic’ Union Recognition Vote

Published on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Starbucks Workers employed at three Buffalo area stores - on Camp Road in Hamburg, Genesee Street in Suburban Cheektowaga and on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, filed petitions this week with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold official Union Elections. If successful, the three stores would become the only Starbucks Retail more»

CWA Local 1122 President John Mudie Officially “Sashed” As The Grand Marshal Of The 2021 Buffalo Labor Day Parade, Which Will Honor Those Essential Workers ‘Who Continue To Make Our Economy Go’ During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Published on Monday, August 30, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President Denise Abbott poses for a photo with John Mudie - former Buffalo Labor Council President and current President of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1122, after an official sashing event was held last week to honor Mudie as Grand Marshal of the more»

“When Hospitals Are Understaffed, People Die” - CWA Health Care Workers ‘Come Out In Force To Demand More’ Staff, ‘Cleaner’ Hospitals, ‘Fair’ Wages & ‘Improved ‘Benefits During Rally At Catholic Health System’s Mercy Hospital In South Buffalo

Published on Thursday, August 26, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Hundreds and hundreds of Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Health Caregivers employed by the Catholic Health System in Buffalo held an informational picket and rally outside South Buffalo’s Mercy Hospital in sweltering 90-degree temps to focus public attention on a slew of problems that they say more»

Newly-Ratified Contract At Sumitomo Rubber USA’s Tonawanda Tire-Making Plant ‘Not Only Benefits’ USW Local 135L’s Membership, But ‘Guarantees’ $122 Million Expansion ‘Will Move Forward - Benefitting The Local Community & WNY Region’

Published on Monday, August 23, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(TONAWANDA, NEW YORK) – A newly-ratified contract at Sumitomo Rubber USA’s Tonawanda tire-making plant not only benefits the more than 1,000 United Steelworkers (USW) Local 135L-represented Workers employed there, it “guarantees” a $122 million expansion, which - in the process, will also benefit the local community and Western New more»

CWA Local 1168 Welcomes 27 New Union Members At St. Joe’s Hospital

Published on Thursday, August 19, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(CHEEKTOWAGA, NEW YORK) – Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168 has announced that 27 Employees at St. Joe’s Hospital have voted to join the Union. The CWA Local’s newest Members at the Suburban Buffalo Hospital include Radiologic Technologists, Registered Vascular Ultrasound Technologists, Computed Tomography Technologists, more»

“Just Another Example Of Local 17 Putting Buffalo Together” - IUOE Crane Operator Helps Install A Massive Ferris Wheel Atop An Old Grain Silo Base In Buffalo’s Growing RiverWorks Food & Entertainment Offering

Published on Sunday, August 15, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – You can’t miss the massive and high-reaching Ferris Wheel that’s being installed atop an old grain silo base in the growing RiverWorks food and entertainment offering in Downtown Buffalo, a job where International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17 Crane Operator Ken Willard has played a major role. Willard more»

Laborers Local 210 Accuses Canisius College With ‘Violating’ NYS Funding Grant - Union Also Says Out-Of-Town Workers’ Lack Protective Equipment On Buffalo College’s Asbestos Abatement Project, Which ‘Places Them In Jeopardy’

Published on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Members of Laborers Local 210 were joined by representatives of several other area Unions outside Canisius College Tuesday (August 10th) to protest the use of out-of-town Workers on a New York State-funded asbestos abatement project at the Jesuit College’s Science Hall in Buffalo. The Laborers more»

Buffalo Newspaper Guild Members Ratify New Three-Year Contract That Offers Raises ‘And Improves And Maintains Many’ Union Benefits That ‘Will Keep The Local Daily Newspaper Strong’

Published on Sunday, August 8, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Buffalo Newspaper Guild Members have overwhelmingly ratified the tentative agreement that was reached with The Buffalo News and its owner Lee Enterprises last week in a 75-to-1 vote that was tallied Friday (August 6th) afternoon. The three-year deal offers raises and improves and maintains many Union benefits that will keep the local more»

CWA-Represented Health Care Workers Rally Against 'Deteriorating Patient Conditions' At Catholic Health & With A Contact Set To Expire Soon, Union Leadership ‘Demands’ A Deal With ‘Fair’ Wages, Benefits & Staffing Levels

Published on Friday, August 6, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Catholic Health System Nurses and Hospital Workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) spoke out during a news conference held earlier this week against deteriorating conditions for Workers and patients at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, at Kenmore Mercy Hospital and at Sisters of Charity Hospital-St. Joseph Campus. more»

‘It’s Baaaack!’ - The Buffalo Labor Day Parade ‘Returns After A COVID-19 Pause,’ 2021 Parade Will Honor ‘Essential’ Workers & Have A ‘New’ Marching Route, Starting In The City Of Lackawanna

Published on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – After a one-year COVID pause and a car caravan in 2020 that replaced the annual event, the Buffalo Labor Day Parade is returning this September - this time honoring the role Essential Workers have and continue to play during the Coronavirus Pandemic, as well as featuring a new marching route that starts in the City of more»

The Buffalo Newspaper Guild Reaches A Tentative Contract Agreement With The Buffalo News/Lee Enterprises – Details To Be Made Public Monday

Published on Saturday, July 31, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Buffalo Newspaper Guild and The Buffalo News/Lee Enterprises have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract. The agreement comes after five months of bargaining over a lengthy list of proposals on both sides. In light of the tentative agreement, the Guild is ending its two-week By-Line Strike and is thanking the more»

Community Support ‘Grows’ For The Buffalo Newspaper Guild’s ‘Fight To Save Local Journalism’ As The Union Readies To Head Back To The Negotiating Table A Day Before Its Current Contract Is Set To Expire

Published on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Buffalo News Reporter Sandra Tan knows the Buffalo Community gets it when it comes to the Buffalo Newspaper Guild’s fight to save local journalism. Why? Because she was even approached by a concerned reader while in church who wanted to know what was going on, why Reporters were withholding their by-lines and where more»

“This Was The Place To Be” - SMART Local 71’s ‘Commitment To Breathing New Life Into Blighted Property Hailed’ By NYS Lt. Governor Hochul, Who Officially Helps Open The Union’s New Training Facility On Buffalo’s East Side

Published on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Retired SMART (Sheet Metal, Air Rail and Transportation) Local 71 Business Manager John Helak beamed as he watched New York State Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul cut the ribbon (Pictured Below/WNYLaborToday.com Photos) to officially open his Buffalo Building Trades Union’s new $1.3 million training center and then again as he more»

Buffalo Educational Support Team Union ‘Gets Long-Awaited’ Contract That Features Pay Increases & Professional Development

Published on Sunday, July 25, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - After nine years, or 3,267 days, the Buffalo Educational Support Team (BEST) has succeeded in ratifying a contract that its Local President calls a “great achievement.” Jo Ann Sweat, who serves as President of the 900-Member Local Unit of Teacher Aides, Teaching Assistants and Health Care Aides, said the Union Workers will more»

Labor Perspective From Former Virginia Congressman Tom Perriello: To Build Back Better, ‘Give Workers A Voice & A Stake’

Published on Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Newsweek Editor’s Note: Tom Perriello is a former U.S. Congressman from Virginia's 5th Congressional District. He now serves as the U.S. Executive Director of the Open Society Foundations. This week, former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos realized his dream of flying to space, after spending a reported $5 billion on his rocket company. This is spare more»

A Little Bit Of Labor History: The Origin & Evolution Of The International Brotherhood Of Electrical Worker's ‘Most Cherished’ Symbol

Published on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) seal is instantly recognizable to anyone in the industry and a point of pride for the Union’s Members and all associated with it, but while it traces its origins back to the IBEW's founders, it has undergone significant changes along the way. The IBEW gets questions constantly about its more»

“This Is Not Just A Slap In The Face To Our (150) Members, But To Our Entire Western New York Community” - Unionized Buffalo News Employees ‘Fight Demands Of Out-Of-State’ Owner

Published on Thursday, July 15, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Buffalo Newspaper Guild, bolstered by the outpouring of support from community leaders across the region, is calling on The Buffalo News to stop its assault on the region’s daily paper and local jobs. At a news conference held today (July 15th), the largest Union at The Buffalo News announced a series of community actions - more»

1,300 USW Members, Including Those Employed At Company’s Lockport Plant, Vote To Ratify New Contract With ATI Technologies – Agreement Raises Wages, Provides Lump-Sum Payments & Protects Affordable, High-Quality Health Care

Published on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) – Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) have ratified a new four-year contract with Specialty Steel Maker Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) that raises wages, provides lump-sum payments and protects affordable, high-quality health care for current and future Workers. In accordance with an agreement between the more»

The Labor Movement ‘Has To Do Something About This’ – Poll Shows 65% of Workers Under 40 ‘Don't Know About Their Right to Form a Union’

Published on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
A LaborLab/Centiment Poll conducted between April 7th and April 10th (2021) found 65% of Workers under the age of 40 are unfamiliar with their right to Unionize. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 5% and its findings are pretty disturbing. While 65% of Millennial and Gen Z Employees lack a clear understanding of their right to form a Union, more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Workers At Bertrand Chaffee Hospital & The Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home In Springville Ratify New Three-Year Contract That Calls For A 2% Annual Wage Increase & An Increase In Pension Contributions

Published on Sunday, July 11, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(SPRINGVILLE, NEW YORK) – Union-represented Workers employed at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and at the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing in Springville, located in Southern Erie County, have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new three-year contract, 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East announced. 1199 SEIU Members will get more»

Care Managers Employed At The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s Health Home Unit Ratify Their ‘First’ Union Contract

Published on Thursday, July 8, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) - Care Managers employed at the Health Home Unit of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center have ratified their first Union contract, 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East Representatives announced. The new contract, which expires on May 31st, 2022, covers 39 Health Care Workers in six different more»

The Buffalo Newspaper Guild Uses Mobilization Campaign ‘To Get Its Message Out’ To The Public As The Union Continues Negotiations With The Buffalo News/Lee Enterprises

Published on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – During negotiations, The Buffalo News/Lee Enterprises has rejected the Buffalo Newspaper Guild’s Digital Jurisdiction Proposal and re-proposed language to dismantle Employee Job Security Protections, as well as outsource Guild work out of state and out of the country, the Union says. As a result, the Newspaper more»

The USW Reaches Tentative Four-Year Contract Agreement With ATI Technologies To End Three-Month Unfair Labor Practice Strike - Deal Highlights Include 9% Overall Wage Increase & ‘No’ Concessions

Published on Sunday, July 4, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) - The United Steelworkers (USW) announced the Union has reached a tentative agreement with ATI Technologies, Incorporated on a four-year contract that covers 1,300 Workers at nine facilities – including one in the Western New York City of Lockport, who’ve been on Strike against Unfair Labor Practices (ULP) since March more»

Spotlight On Union Community Action: The USW’s Women Of Steel Chapter Raises $3,000 For Cradle Beach & Gathers 40 Volunteers Who Worked Day-Long ‘Sprucing Up’ Landscaping & Flower Beds At The Special Needs Children’s Camp

Published on Thursday, July 1, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ANGOLA, NEW YORK) – They say no one has bigger hearts than Union Members and that point was recently underscored when a group of 40 volunteers - led by the United Steelworkers’ (USW) District 4’s Women of Steel (WOS) Chapter, headed to Cradle Beach to help spruce up landscaping and flower beds on the grounds of the Special Needs more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Health Care Workers At Absolut Care At Gasport Ratify New Three-Year Contract - ‘Both Sides Lauded For Their Roles In Creating An Agreement That Illustrates Commitment’ To Workers & ‘Care For Residents’

Published on Sunday, June 27, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(GASPORT, NEW YORK) - Absolut Care at Gasport and 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers have agreed to and ratified a new three-year contract. Both sides worked collaboratively to create an agreement that illustrated Absolut Care at Gasport’s commitment to its Front Line Health Care Workers and continuity of more»

Unifrax Strike Ends With ‘Quickly Ratified’ Contract That ‘Increases’ Wages - Deal Also Provides For The Hiring Of ‘30 New Union-Represented’ Workers, A Number That The USW Says ‘Could Rise To As Many As 50’

Published on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(TONAWANDA, NEW YORK) – A 33-day Strike has come to an end at the Unifrax Manufacturing Plant in Tonawanda after its nearly 200 United Steelworkers (USW)-represented Workforce quickly ratified a new three-year agreement that provides a wage increase - and, the hiring of 30 new and additional Union-represented positions, which could rise to as many as more»

For The 37th Time, The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Labor Council Awards Its Harry S. Jordan Scholarships - Three Young People Are Chosen By Labor Leaders After Submitting Winning Essays On The Labor Movement

Published on Monday, June 21, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council (NOLC) honored its annual Harry S. Jordan Scholarship Award Winners last week during the NOLC’s monthly meeting in Niagara Falls. From left to right: Sponsored by NWSRP Union Local 03-116/4586, Niagara Wheatfield High School’s Emma Halleen, who plans on more»

Labor Perspective From Office & Professional Employees International Union Local 153 Business Manager Richard Lanigan: Highmark’s Good Jobs & Wages Benefit WNY

Published on Friday, June 18, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: This Labor Perspective authored by Office & Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 153 Business Manager Richard Lanigan recently appeared in The Buffalo News’s Another Voice Section, which can be accessed at: more»

‘Swapping Important Union-Represented Jobs For Non-Union Jobs’ At A Local Call Center Has CWA Reps ‘Incensed’ At Catholic Health, ‘Charging It Puts The Well-Being & Health Of Patients & The Buffalo Community In Jeopardy’

Published on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: More than 100 Communications of America (CWA)-represented Health Care Workers protested outside Catholic Health Care Systems’ (CHS) Downtown Buffalo Headquarters on Tuesday (June 16th) over the swapping of important Union-represented jobs to a company-owned, Non-Union Call Center. CWA Officials charge the more»

In ‘What May Have Been The Most Memorable’ Annual WNY Area Labor Federation Meeting, ‘Ever’ - Area Unionists ‘Gather Outdoors, Without Masks, To Celebrate The Passing Of Leadership’ From Richard Lipsitz To Peter DeJesus

Published on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) President Emeritus Richard Lipsitz (on the left) and new WNYALF President Peter DeJesus take a moment to pose for a photo after the Labor Federation’s annual meeting that was held outside at Chestnut Ridge Park in Suburban Orchard Park on Saturday (June more»

Amid Bankruptcy, Health Care Workers At Eastern Niagara Hospital In Lockport ‘Unanimously Vote To Ratify’ Two-Year Contract - ‘But The Future Remains Uncertain For Community Caregivers As Catholic Health Plans To Build A New Hospital’

Published on Monday, June 14, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LOCKPORT, NEW YORK) – Nearly 200 Health Care Workers represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU), United Healthcare Workers East who are employed at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport have unanimously voted to ratify a new two-year agreement with their employer, the Union has announced. 1199SEIU members at Eastern Niagara more»

“We Needed More Nurses - Yesterday!” - NYSNA Tells Olean General Hospital ‘More Nursing Staff, Equipment Are Needed To Ensure The Safety’ Of Patients During A Rally To Highlight Problems At The Southern Tier City’s Medical Center

Published on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(OLEAN, NEW YORK) – Unionized Nurses at Olean General Hospital spoke out publicly Tuesday (June 8th) to demand the Southern Tier City’s Medical Facility hire more Nurses and develop robust plans to retain Nurses in order to provide safe, quality care. About 50 people attended a rally that took place in front of the hospital, including current more»

Labor Perspective From WNY AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation President Emeritus Richard Lipsitz: COVID-19 & The Working-Class Movement

Published on Sunday, June 6, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
The COVID-19 Pandemic has already changed the world. Many millions of cases have led to millions of deaths. The world economy has contracted and the disruption of markets has become a serious problem for recovery. In short, we cannot be completely sure of where resources should be applied, who should make the investments and what the outcome will be. more»

Short-Staffed Gasport Nursing Home Workers Hold Informational Picket, Demand Competitive Wages & Benefits - Niagara County Workers Leave Talks After New Owner ‘Refuses To Pay Beleaguered Caregivers An Additional 35 Cents’ An Hour

Published on Friday, June 4, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(GASPORT, NEW YORK) - Dozens of Nursing Home Workers picketed for a fair contract Thursday (June 3rd) outside the Absolut Center for Nursing at Gasport on Lincoln Road. Last month, the Unionized Caregivers - represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East, voted unanimously to picket their employer after a more»

“Honored” To Be Re-Elected To Represent Buffalo’s Public School Teachers, BTF President Phil Rumore Embarks On His 21st ‘Consecutive’ Two-Year Term, ‘Vowing To Continue The Fight For Both’ Teachers & Schoolchildren

Published on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – 1981 - that was the year Phil Rumore was first elected President of the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF). Now, after being re-elected to his 21st consecutive two-year term, Rumore tells WNYLaborToday.com he is “honored” to not only receive the support of his Union’s Membership, but vows to continue the fight more»

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

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