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“It Takes ‘All Of Us To Make Sure Nobody Falls Through The Cracks’” - WNY AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation-Led ‘WNY Labor Cares!’ Campaign Raises $38,800 To Benefit Non-Profit FeedMore Western New York

Published on Monday, April 12, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The WNY Labor Cares! Campaign raised $38,800 to benefit the non-profit FeedMore Western New York - formed by the merger of the Food Bank of WNY and Meals on Wheels of WNY, newly-elected Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) President Peter DeJesus, Jr. announced today (Monday, April 12th). The WNY Labor Cares! more»

A Reminder - Workers Memorial Day Is April 28th – A Message From Civil Service Employees Association Western Region President Steve Healy

Published on Friday, April 9, 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»

Meet CWA Local 1133’s New President, Jackie Ettipio: “Strength, Honor, Loyalty, Compassion, A Very Special Person, A Spitfire” - 30-Year Registered Nurse Who Recently Recovered From COVID Leads Union Local Into 2021 & Beyond

Published on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Jackie Ettipio stands next to Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1133’s street sign located outside the Nurses Union Local’s Buffalo Headquarters. Ettipio, a 30-year Registered Nurse, recently won an election to head the 2,400-Member CWA Local. (WNYLaborToday.com Photo) more»

New State Marijuana Law In New York ‘Encourages Union’ Pot Shops

Published on Friday, April 2, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - New York State’s new law legalizing the cultivation and sale of marijuana to adults contains some of the Nation’s strongest protections for Organized Labor in the industry, including a preference that larger businesses be Union Shops. The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), passed earlier this week by the State more»

The ‘Advantages’ Of Labor Unions For An Organization

Published on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
A popular bumper sticker reads: "Unions - The Folks That Brought You The Weekend." The advantages of a Labor Union to Workers are reasonably self-evident in terms of shorter work-weeks, greater job security, improved working conditions and better salaries. However, Unions have some surprising benefits for employers as well. They revolve around more»

Steelworkers Ready To Strike ATI On Tuesday Over Unfair Labor Practices, Action Includes Workers Employed At ATI’s Western New York Facility In Lockport

Published on Monday, March 29, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: “Our Members are fed up,” USW Local 9436-7 President Michael Swan, who is part of the USW-ATI Bargaining Team, told WNYLaborToday.com after his Members (Pictured Above/Photo Courtesy of Michael Swan) conducted an informational picket outside the Lockport Plant earlier this month. (LOCKPORT, NEW YORK) - more»

A ‘Farewell Message’ From Outgoing Western New York AFL-CIO Labor Federation President Richard Lipsitz: “To Say I’m Grateful And Honored To Be A Part Of All Of This Would Be A Massive Understatement”

Published on Sunday, March 28, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Richard Lipsitz has decided to step down 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. WNYLaborToday.com detailed the more»

“‘You Can’t Give Any Work To Someone Else - For Less’”- CWA Local 1168 ‘Lauds Landmark Decision’ Rendered Against Buffalo’s Kaleida Health

Published on Friday, March 26, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – In November 2019, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168 objected to a move by Kaleida Health to transition as many as 140 Certified Medical Assistants (CMA) into lesser paid Patient Care Assistant (PCA) positions. Now, some 17 months later, the Union has secured a landmark decision, stopping Kaleida from doing so. more»

Western New York USW Member Testifies Before The U.S. Senate Finance Committee - USW Local 135L’s Joe Wrona ‘Calls for End to Forced Labor’ In China

Published on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(TONAWANDA, NEW YORK) – A United Steelworker (USW) Member from Western New York testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, calling on Federal Lawmakers to push for the removal of forced labor from U.S. Industrial Supply Chains, both to protect human rights and to preserve good-paying American jobs. “Connecting my life in Buffalo to more»

‘Don’t Be Fooled By Union-Busting’ Bosses - ‘The Only Way To Change Things At Work Is With A Legally Binding Union Agreement!’

Published on Monday, March 22, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Most employers don’t want their Employees to be in a Union. Think about it: employers go from having total control to having to share power with Workers who stand together. Would you want someone to come to your house and tell you how to treat your dog? Or how to set up your bedroom? From their perspective, Workers with a Union cost more money more»

Buffalo’s Common Council ‘Reforms’ The City’s Apprentice Law - Leadership ‘Acts To Bolster’ Construction Opportunities For Young Workers

Published on Thursday, March 18, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The New York Foundation for Fair Contracting (NYFFC) is publicly thanking the City of Buffalo and its Common Council, which voted unanimously earlier this week to strengthen the City’s Apprentice Law. The NYFFC praised City Officials for continuing to be statewide leaders on providing Apprentice opportunities. The leadership more»

USW-Represented ATI Workers Hold Informational Picket Outside Company’s Lockport Plant After 95% Of ATI’s Country-Wide, 1,300-Member Workforce ‘Authorizes Possible Strike’ ‘Following More Than A Year Of Stalled’ Contract Negotiations

Published on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LOCKPORT, NEW YORK) - United Steelworkers (USW)-represented Allegheny Technologies Incorporated Employees held an informational picket outside the company’s Lockport Plant in Niagara County on Tuesday (March 16th), just days after 95% of the company’s 1,300 Unionized Workers across the country agreed to authorize a possible Strike after more more»

New Leadership At The Western New York AFL-CIO Labor Federation: ‘Lunch Pail Guy,’ 1199 SEIU’s Peter DeJesus, Jr., To Head Regional Labor Organization Whose 140 Affiliates Combine To Represent 145,000 Public & Private Sector Workers

Published on Monday, March 15, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Peter DeJesus, Jr. (on the right) will succeed Richard Lipsitz (on the left) as the next Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation’s (WNYALF) President when the Regional Labor Organization holds its yearly meeting at the end of March. The 42-year-old DeJesus, currently an Organizer and more»

Labor Perspective From The Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation: The American Rescue Act ‘Is A Very Important Development’

Published on Sunday, March 14, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
On Saturday March 6th, the Senate of the United States passed the American Rescue Act by one vote - 50-to-49 (without a single Republican vote). In doing so, the Bill moved to the House of Representatives for a final vote and then on to President Joe Biden, who has signed the Act into law. Its passage represents a serious victory for the Working People of more»

NYSNA-Represented Nurses ‘Blow The Whistle’ Over ‘Under-Staffing’ At Olean General Hospital: File 753 Complaints Signed By 2,820 Nurses At The Southern Tier Hospital, Say It ‘Underscores The Need To Pass The Safe Staffing For Quality Care Act’

Published on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(OLEAN, NEW YORK) - The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) says 753 complaints were filed by Nurses to hospital management involving understaffing at Olean General Hospital in 2019 and 2020 - including a total of 2,820 Nurse signatures that appear on the complaints because multiple signatures are allowed on each complaint. These numbers are included more»

Labor Perspective From WNYLaborToday.Com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell: “Let Me Educate You, We’re A Union Media Outlet. We Don’t Ask Management For Their Comment Or Their Side Of The Story.”

Published on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
It’s been awhile since I’ve penned a Labor Perspective, but I thought it would be appropriate after a recent call I fielded from a representative at Tonawanda’s Unifrax Plant, who was upset with WNYLaborToday.com over a story we’d published in early February that concerned their United Steelworkers (USW)-represented Workers, who more»

An IUOE Legacy: Remembering Local 17’s Joe Palmeri - IUOE Union Locals, Leaders & Members ‘Donate An Amazing’ $43,600 In His Name To A Foundation That Has Granted The ‘Final Wishes’ Of As Many As 11 Terminally Ill Children

Published on Monday, March 8, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LAKE VIEW, NEW YORK) – Joe Palmeri loved the outdoors - so much so that he and his wife, Nina, bought 110 acres of wooded land in the Southern Tier of New York State where Joe would welcome family and friends to their property to go camping, and, of course, hunt. So when Joe unexpectedly passed at the age of 58 on September 4th, 2019 after more»

CSEA’s Bess Watts ‘Finds Inspiration’ In Labor History

Published on Friday, March 5, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) – Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Rochester Retirees Local Activist Bess Watts has earned distinction among her contemporaries for her commitment and advocacy advancing Women’s Rights Policy and fighting for Labor Rights and LGBTQ equality. No one would refute that her body of work borders legendary status. For more»

The WNY Labor Movement ‘Donates More Than’ $33,000 To The 2021 Variety Club Kids Telethon - Variety Chairman/Teamsters Rep Tony Vaccaro Says He “Couldn’t Be Happier Or More Proud To Be Associated” With Organized Labor

Published on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The 2021 Variety Club Kids Telethon raised nearly $800,000 over the weekend, including more than $33,000 that came from donations made by Labor Unions and their Members, which prompted Telethon Chairman and Teamsters Local 264 Representative Tony Vaccaro to say he “couldn’t be happier or more proud to be associated more»

‘Running To Make A Difference For Working People’ - Three Buffalo Area Union Representatives Announce Their First-Time Candidacy For Various Public Offices

Published on Monday, March 1, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - You hear it every year: If Working People are going to turn things around, then we’ve got to get more Working People, Union People, running for public office. Well this year, there are three new faces from Organized Labor here in Western New York who’ve made the decision to run in order to make things better for Working more»

Nurses Rally At The Erie County Medical Center In Buffalo, Call for Safe Staffing Legislation Passage In New York State

Published on Thursday, February 25, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Nurses at Erie County Medical Center held a rally on Wednesday (February 24th) to call for the passage of the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act to ensure that all patients across the state get the care they need and deserve. The Bill is gaining more co-sponsors and momentum in Albany as the COVID-19 Pandemic underscores that more»

The 59th Annual Variety Kids Telethon: WNY Labor ‘Gears Up To Make A Difference’ With Teamster Telethon Chairman Tony Vaccaro & Celebrity Child Evan Liddick, The Grandson Of A Teamster Member ‘Who Has A Very Important Story To Tell’

Published on Monday, February 22, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – In this Age of COVID, the 59th Annual Variety Club Kids Telethon will be very different in 2021 than in years past, but one constant will remain the same: the Western New York Labor Movement will play a key role in helping raise donations to benefit Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. Teamsters Local 264 Business Agent more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Highland Park Nursing Home Workers In Wellsville Ratify Their First Union Contract That Includes A 6.75% Wage Increase

Published on Friday, February 19, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WELLSVILLE, NEW YORK) - Following a three-day Strike last year, Wellsville Caregivers won a three-year contract that included 6.75% wage increase. This week, the more than 55 Nursing Home Workers who are employed at Highland Park in Wellsville - and who are also represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers more»

‘Strong Unions Build Strong Communities’ - Laborers Local 210 Distributes Hundreds of Pencil Kits To Buffalo Schoolchildren, ‘Part Of A Much Larger’ LIUNA Community Initiative Across NYS That Also Subsidized Kids’ Back-To-School Haircuts

Published on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Laborers Local 210 Business Manager Peter Capitano displays a number of individual pencil kits that his Building Trades Union is handing out to Buffalo Schoolchildren as part of the Laborers International Union of North America’s (LIUNA) Feel the Care Initiative. Housed inside each of these more»

The USW ‘Praises’ $122 Million Investment In Sumitomo Rubber USA’s Tire-Making Plant Outside Buffalo - As A Result, Local 135L Leadership Says Company Will Be ‘Adding More Workers’ In The Months To Come

Published on Monday, February 15, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The United Steelworkers (USW) are praising the announcement by Sumitomo Rubber USA that it will invest $122 million into its Buffalo-area tire-making plant and are welcoming what the Union believes will be a multitude of new hires that will offer the opportunity to work through retirement based on the level of commitment more»

The Buffalo Teachers Federation Supports District-Wide COVID-19 Testing & Notification Procedures - Following A Negative Court Ruling, Union Also Raises Concerns Relating To Student & Staff Infection

Published on Friday, February 12, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - While supporting the Buffalo School District’s decision to test students and Staff for COVID-19, the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is raising concerns relating to the number of students and Staff who were infected between February 3rd, 2021 to February 10th, 2021 - as well as alerting the District to additional safety more»

“Why Are We Being Treated So Unfairly?” - ‘Frustrated & Angry’ USW-Represented Essential Workers Employed At Tonawanda’s Unifrax Plant Have Been ‘Toiling Under A COVID Cloud Without A New Contract’ Since November

Published on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, a number of Members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 4-2058 and their young children gathered at a USW Hall in Niagara Falls earlier this week to create a series of signs that take their employer - Tonawanda-based Unifrax, to task for their lack of interest in negotiating a fair contract with their more»

Unionized Tops Markets To Merge With Non-Union Price Chopper/Market 32 Grocery Store Chain - UFCW Says It Will Use “Every Legal Measure To Make Sure” Its Members ‘Are Treated Fairly’ & ‘Looks Forward To Working With’ New Management

Published on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Northeastern Grocers Price Chopper/Market 32 and Buffalo-headquartered Tops Markets plan to merge, creating a supermarket retailer with nearly 300 stores in six states. The merger combines a “totally Union operator” in Tops Markets with a “totally Non-Union” operator in Price Chopper/Market 32 parent more»

NY Hero Act ‘Provides Real Protection’ For Workers ‘During COVID & Beyond’

Published on Monday, February 8, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic, Workers have had limited information and guidance as it relates to workplace safety and health. Workplaces have changed dramatically and we’ve seen responsibility for workplace safety shift from employers to Workers. There has been debate about masking, shielding, barriers and workplace more»

In Olean, United Steelworker-Represented Workers Employed At Soon-To-Be Shutdown Siemens Energy Facility Are ‘Beyond Shock,’ Say Closing Is ‘Disrespectful To Generations Of Workers & To The Community That Supported It’

Published on Sunday, February 7, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(OLEAN, NEW YORK) – United Steelworkers (USW) Officials from the local to national level are reeling from plans to close down production at the Siemens Energy Facility in North Olean, The Olean Times Herald reports. Tom Stimlinger, who serves as President of USW Local 4601 - which represents 350 of the 530 Workers to be laid off as Blue-Collar more»

From The New York Foundation For Fair Contracting: The Erie County Legislature ‘Reforms’ Its Responsible Bidder Law, In The Process County Leaders ‘Strengthened Contracting Integrity & Accountability’

Published on Friday, February 5, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - On Thursday (February 4th), the Erie County Legislature passed a Bill to update the 2009 Lowest Responsible Bidder Law, reaffirming the County’s standing as a leader in responsible contracting. The Law provides tools to ensure contractors bidding on County-owned construction projects have the capability, performance record and more»

The USW & The New York State AFL-CIO ‘Condemns’ Siemens Plan To Lay Off Hundreds Of Workers At Dresser-Rand’s Southern Tier Facility In Olean

Published on Thursday, February 4, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(OLEAN, NEW YORK) – The United Steelworkers (USW) and the New York State AFL-CIO are condemning Siemens Energy's announced plan to stop production at the Dresser-Rand site in North Olean and lay off hundreds of Workers, including more than 350 Members of USW Local 4601. USW District 4 Director Del Vitale called Siemens decision disrespectful to more»

‘Desperate Times Call For Unique’ Fundraising Efforts: WNY Labor Looks To Help The United Way Of Buffalo And Erie County By Raising Funds With A Virtual Meat Raffle

Published on Monday, February 1, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – In the age of COVID, desperate times call for the creation of unique fundraising efforts. Case in point, this Thursday’s (February 4th at 6 p.m.) virtual meat raffle - which will be held on-line by the Western New York Labor Movement to help raise donations for the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, which has been more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Buffalo Nursing Home Workers Win New Union Contract, Wage Increases & Pension Contributions - Local Caregivers Overwhelmingly Vote To Ratify New Agreement

Published on Sunday, January 31, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - More than 300 Nursing Home Workers at Buffalo Center, Ellicott Center and Corning Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing have voted to ratify a new contract with their employer. The Workers are represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East and had been working without a contract since more»

The Buffalo Teachers Federation Heads To Court To Stop City’s Public Schools From Opening Monday - BTF Says ‘Serious Concerns’ Over Health & Safety Of Students & Staff Due To Coronavirus Pandemic ‘Must First Be Addressed’

Published on Friday, January 29, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is seeking court action to stop the opening of Buffalo’s Public Schools on Monday (February 1st) over the health and safety of students and Staff due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, arguing “serious concerns must first be addressed” before students are allowed to return. BTF more»

“It’s Good To Be Union” - CSEA Western Region President Steve Healy’s Response To The Bureau Of Labor Statistics’ Annual Union Membership Report

Published on Thursday, January 28, 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»

“Could You Live Off Our Rate Of Pay?” - ‘Frustrated’ Buffalo Public School Custodians, Who Are Fighting COVID To Protect Schoolchildren, Have Been Without A Contract For 10 Years & Make A ‘Disgusting’ $12.17 An Hour, Less Than The NYS Minimum Wage

Published on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, frustrated and unhappy West Hertel Academy Custodian Bob Harrell has not had a raise in 10 years and makes just $12.17 an hour, less than the present $12.50 New York State Minimum Wage. Harrell’s Union - International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17, is attempting to start more»

CWA’s ‘Call To Action’ - Local 1122 Asks WNY Unionists To Contact The Governor’s Office To Get Cuomo To Sign The Broadband Data Collection Bill

Published on Sunday, January 24, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Governor Andrew Cuomo has yet to sign the Broadband Data Collection Bill that was overwhelmingly passed by New York State Assembly and in the Senate five months ago, which has now prompted Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1122 to put out a call to action for Union Members across Western New York to send a loud and more»

SMART Local 71 Invests $1.3 Million Into New 2-Story Training Center Located Adjacent To Its Buffalo Union Hall, Impressive Offering Features ‘Real Life’ Job Site Setting For Its Membership

Published on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, SMART (Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation) Local 71 Business Manager Paul Crist shows off his Building Trades Union’s new and expanded Training Facility in the City of Buffalo. The overall $1.3 million project involved purchasing a dormant two-story building and expanding its training more»

One Of Eight 2020 NALC Heroes Of The Year Awardees From Across The U.S.: Buffalo Branch 3 Member Sydney Rogers Recognized & Honored For Her Role In Helping Save A Woman Who Was Being Attacked By A Man On Her Mail Route

Published on Friday, January 15, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – For the second year in a row, a Member of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 3 in Buffalo has been honored with one of the National Union’s NALC Heroes of the Year Award. Sydney Rodgers (Pictured Above/Photo Courtesy of NALC) was recognized and honored for the role she played in helping save a woman who more»

The WNY Labor Federation Calls For Republican U.S. Congressman Chris Jacobs To Resign In The Wake Of The Trump Insurgence That Took Place At The U.S. Capitol In Washington, D.C. Last Week

Published on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Executive Committee of the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) has issued a statement that calls for Republican U.S. Congressman Chris Jacobs (Republican-27th District) to resign in the wake of GOP President Donald Trump inciting a riot at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. last week. The Regional Labor more»

‘The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost’ - WNY Area Labor Federation President Richard Lipsitz Offers Up His Thoughts On The End Of The Trump Era & Where Organized Labor Is Headed Under A New Biden Administration

Published on Monday, January 11, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Just hours before Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington after being egged on by the President, Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) was meeting with WNYLaborToday.com to offer his thoughts on the end of the Trump era and where Organized Labor is headed under a new Biden Administration. more»

An Open Letter To WNY Union Members From IUOE Local 17 Business Manager Gary Swain On The Insurrection In Our Nation’s Capital: Let’s Find Ways To Work Together, In The End We Are All Brothers & Sisters, In The End We Are All Americans

Published on Thursday, January 7, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17 Business Manager Gary Swain (Pictured Above/WNYLaborToday.com File Photo) authored this Open Letter to Western New York Unions and their Members. It was originally posted on his Social Media Facebook Page. Local 17 represents a combined 1,800 active and more»

NALC Branch 3’s Jody Lynn Kotowski, WNY's First Mail Carrier To Die Of COVID-19, Showed Her Concern For Her Fellow Union Members ‘Until The Very End,’ Texting Them To Wear Their Masks After She Was Admitted To A Buffalo Hospital

Published on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Jody Lynn Kotowski knew it was serious, so serious that one of her last communications before she succumbed to COVID-19 was to text a fellow National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 3 Member from the hospital, telling that individual to relay a message to all area NALC Members: “Wear your goddamn masks.” more»

‘Skilled Union Workers Transform Your Driving Experience’ - Billboard On State Thruway That Runs Through Seneca Nation Territory ‘Recognizes Quality Work’ Performed By Four Buffalo Building Trades Unions

Published on Monday, January 4, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, the Union logos of Laborers Local 210, the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters Local 276, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17 and Teamsters Local 449 - along with Union Contractor Union Concrete and Construction Corporation, are featured on a billboard that more»

CSEA Calls For Rapid Testing After COVID-19 Spike At The Erie County Correctional Facility Outside Buffalo

Published on Thursday, December 31, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ALDEN, NEW YORK) - Just before Thanksgiving, 27 inmates at the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden tested positive for COVID-19, a spike in cases that reflect a serious health care dilemma for inmates and County Employees alike. While County Officials noted in a statement that all inmates who tested positive have been housed in a specific area of more»

‘Mourning The Loss Of A Legendary Politician,’ The WNY Area Labor Federation On The Passing Of Former Buffalo Common Council President George K. Arthur

Published on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF), whose 140 affiliated Local Unions combine to represent 145,000 Union-represented Workers in the Public and Private Sectors and the Building Trades, has released the following statement on the passing of George K. Arthur: George K. Arthur, former Common Council Member from more»

During This Holiday Season & As 2020 ‘Comes To A Welcomed End,’ BlueCross BlueShield Of Western New York ‘Reinforces Its Commitment To Its Members, The Community & To Organized Labor’

Published on Monday, December 28, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – During this Holiday Season and as 2020 comes to a welcomed end, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York (BCBSWNY) is taking the time to reinforce its commitment to its members, the community and to Organized Labor: BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York (BCBSWNY) has proudly served the unique health care needs of its members, more»

“It's A ‘Real Problem’ Here And ‘We Will Continue To Do What We Can To Help Out Our Most Vulnerable Neighbors’” - CSEA Members ‘Come Together For The Fourth Year In A Row’ In Niagara County ‘To Help Fight’ Food Insecurity

Published on Sunday, December 27, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LOCKPORT, NEW YORK) - For the fourth year in a row, Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Members from Niagara County joined forces with government leaders to carry out a Holiday Food Drive to assist struggling families. Festively decorated containers and bins were placed in Employee work areas throughout all Niagara County office buildings as CSEA more»

The Buffalo Teachers Federation Says Teachers, Parents & Staff ‘Should Approve’ Buffalo Public Schools’ Reopening Plans

Published on Thursday, December 24, 2020 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) Executive Committee and Council of Delegates, consisting of representatives from all schools, are calling for Teachers, parents and Staff to approve the reopening plans of Buffalo’s Public Schools. As such, the BTF Executive Committee and Council of Delegates approved and released the more»