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A Labor Perspective From United Steelworkers International President Tom Conway: A Tire That ‘Inspires Fear’

Published on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Mickey Ray Williams (pictured above) keeps a Goodyear tire in his Gadsden, Alabama conference room. Made in Mexico and imported to Gadsden, that tire induces fear. It’s an Assurance All-Season tire. Those were developed at Goodyear’s Gadsden factory in 2014. Now some, or possibly all, are built in a brand-new, half-billion-dollar plant in more»

“He Gave More Than He Got” - Organized Labor ‘Saddened’ By The Passing Of Former & Long-Time IBEW Local 237 Labor Leader Russ Quarantello, Who’s Being Described As A “Pillar” Of The Niagara County Labor Movement

Published on Monday, August 12, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: WNYLaborToday.com is sad to report that Russ Quarantello (Pictured above/WNYLaborToday.com Photos) - a Member of IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 237 in Niagara Falls from the early 80s to 2019 and who served in a number of Union positions, including as its Business Manager for 12 years, more»

SPoT Coffee Workers In Buffalo Petition The NLRB For A Union Election – Majority Of Non-Union Employees Vote ‘Yes’ As Public Campaign Continues

Published on Friday, August 9, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – A majority of SPoT Coffee Workers at four locations in Buffalo have signed Union Cards and petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to conduct a Union Election, Workers United Union Officials announced today (Friday, August 9th). The NLRB’s Regional Director will set a date and time for the vote. If more»

Nearly 1,000 Teamster-Represented Warehousing, Distribution & Skilled Trades Workers Employed At The Wegmans Grocery Store Chain In Rochester ‘Overwhelmingly Ratify’ A New Five-Year Agreement

Published on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) – Following a week-long contract review period, Teamsters Local 118 members employed at Wegmans Food Market Distribution Centers in Rochester have voted to ratify a new agreement by an overwhelming 80% margin, the Union announced. Last month, Wegmans and Local 118 came to a tentative agreement that covered nearly 1,000 Workers, more»

Labor Perspective From Former NY Times Labor Reporter Steven Greenhouse: ‘Yes, America Is Rigged Against Workers’ - ‘No Other’ Industrial Country ‘Treats Its Working Class So Badly And There’s One Big Reason For That’

Published on Monday, August 5, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
New York Times Editor’s Note: Steven Greenhouse, who was the Labor and Workplace Reporter for The New York Times for 19 years, is the author of the forthcoming book: “Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor,” from which this essay is adapted. The United States is the only advanced Industrial Nation that more»

Two Unions Affiliate With The Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation: An AFSCME Local Representing Erie 1 BOCES Employees & The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation Of Television And Radio Artists

Published on Thursday, August 1, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Two Labor Unions have newly-affiliated with the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF): American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)-represented Workers employed at Erie 1 BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) and the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television more»

In Response To Its Union-Busting Campaign & The Firing Of Three Workers, Labor Calls For A Consumer Boycott Of SPoT Coffee’s Buffalo Area Locations

Published on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - In response to the company’s Union-Busting Campaign that has included the firings of three Workers involved in the organizing effort, a consumer boycott was called for SPoT Coffee’s Buffalo area locations during a Monday (July 29th) rally that brought together a number of area Unions who boisterously displayed their more»

‘Union Values Says: No Kids In Cages’ - Buffalo Labor Unions Rally Against Trump Administration’s ‘Despicable Policy Of Separating, Incarcerating & Dividing’ Immigrant Families At The Border

Published on Monday, July 29, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The message on the sign was clear: Te Vemos - We See You. Led by a number of Buffalo Labor Unions, more than 150 Labor Leaders and Representatives, Community and Immigrant Rights Advocates and Elected Officials gathered in Columbus Park on Buffalo’s West Side late Friday afternoon (July 26th) to decry the Trump more»

Union-Represented Kaleida Health System Employees Ratify New Three-Year Contract - Bonus, Wage Increases & An Increase In Staffing Among Highlights Of Agreement That Impacts 7,200 CWA, SEIU & IUOE-Represented Workers

Published on Friday, July 26, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Throughout this week, 7,200 Union Health Care Workers - represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) 1168, 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East and International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17 - voted to accept a new three-year contract with Buffalo’s Kaleida more»

The Buffalo Teachers Federation Calls PERB Ruling Regarding An Alleged & Illegal Strike At A City Science Magnet School “A Callous And Wrong Determination,” Union Vows To Appeal Ruling

Published on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is calling a ruling rendered by the Public Employees Relations Board (PERB) regarding an alleged and illegal Strike by more than 16 Teachers employed at the Charles R. Drew Science Magnet School “a callous and wrong determination.” BTF President Phil Rumore is also vowing to more»

United Steelworkers Announce Changes To District 4 Staff, Which Impacts Western New York: New District 4 Director Del Vitale Succeeds John Shinn, Staff Representative David Wasiura Elevated To Position Of Assistant To The Director

Published on Sunday, July 21, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The United Steelworkers (USW) have announced changes to its District 4 Staff, which impact Western New York and New York State. Del Vitale (pictured above, on the left) has been named to succeed John Shinn as District 4 Director and Staff Member David Wasiura (pictured above, on the right) has been elevated to the position of more»

After More Than Two Years Of Fighting For Their First Contract & Weathering A Barrage Of Anti-Union Blasts, Wendt Corporation Workers ‘Finally Realize Victory’ - Negotiate Tentative Two-Year Agreement For Unionized Workforce

Published on Friday, July 19, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: This is a breaking Labor News Story. More details will be reported once they are made available to Your On-Line Labor Newspaper. (CHEEKTOWAGA, NEW YORK) - Despite an aggressive company-funded Anti-Union Campaign, Workers employed at the Suburban Buffalo Wendt Corporation - a Cheektowaga-based auto shredding more»

Kaleida’s 7,200 Union-Represented Workers ‘Encouraged’ By Leadership To Ratify New Three-Year Deal - CWA Leader ‘Pleased’ With Overall Bonus, Wage Increase & Improvements Made To Address Increase In Staffing

Published on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – “Pleased” with a new three-year contract that impacts 7,200 Union-represented Kaleida Health System Workers in the Buffalo area, Communications Workers of America (CWA) District One Area Director Deb Hayes tells WNYLaborToday.com Labor Leaders are unanimously recommending their Members ratify the agreement. more»

‘Movie Night At The Union Hall:’ CWA Local 1122 Looks At A ‘Way To Create Camaraderie & Solidarity Within Its Ranks’ By Inviting Its Members & Their Families To A ‘Very Simple Event That Just Might Do The Trick’

Published on Monday, July 15, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - So, how can a Labor Union engage its Members, and their families, in an event that produces camaraderie and solidarity, while mixing in a bit of Union Education at the same time? Well, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1122 here in Buffalo, New York has an answer. The Local’s Human Rights and Social Committee has more»

WNY Congressman Higgins Announces Butch Lewis Act That Will Protect The Retirement Savings Of Hard-Working Americans Advances In The House - Passes In Ways And Means Committee, Now Referred To Full House

Published on Friday, July 12, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins (Western New York/Pictured Above) announced that H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, has passed the House Ways & Means Committee and will now be considered by the full House of Representatives. Also known as the Butch-Lewis Act, H.R. 397 would address the Nation’s more»

Three Unions Representing 7,200 Kaleida Health System Workers Reach Tentative, Three-Year Contract Agreement - Union Leadership “Happy” With A Deal That The Bargaining Committee “Fought Long And Hard” To Achieve For Membership

Published on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - After months of negotiations and more than 50 individual bargaining sessions with Kaleida Health System Management, three Unions representing a combined 7,200 Kaleida Workers who are employed across the Buffalo area announced late Tuesday (July 9th) that they had reached a new three-year tentative contract. The Workers are represented more»

A ‘Tale Of Two’ SPoT Coffee Workers: One In Rochester Who Successfully Unionized His Workplace & The Other In Buffalo Who Was Allegedly Fired For Trying To Do The Same

Published on Monday, July 8, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Phoenix Cerny (on the left) and Cory Johnson (on the right) have something in common that both involve the SPoT Coffee Chain. Johnson was involved in the successful Union Organizing Drive at SPoT Coffee in Rochester, while Cerny was allegedly fired from his job at SPoT Coffee in Buffalo for being part of the effort to more»

Buffalo Attorney & Former NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce Hired To Lead Georgetown University Law’s New Workers’ Rights Institute

Published on Friday, July 5, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Georgetown (University) Law is launching a new Workers’ Rights Institute and has hired the former Buffalo Attorney and Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Mark Gaston Pearce, to lead it, it has been announced. The new institute will focus on innovative legal and policy initiatives to support Workers’ more»

“They Started A War Here” - Unions To Rally Behind Three Fired Buffalo SPoT Coffee Workers Involved In Organizing Drive After Looking To Follow In The Footsteps Of Their Rochester Counterparts Who Successfully Unionized Earlier This Month

Published on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WILLIAMSVILLE, NEW YORK) – Workers United for Upstate New York Manager Gary Bonadonna, Jr. minced no words when asked by WNYLaborToday.com why the management of SPoT Coffee - which allowed their Workers in Rochester to Unionize, but is trying to stop a Unionization Drive here in Buffalo, would take such opposite stances - and, in the process, fire more»

Union Provides ‘Career Ladder’ For Buffalo Teacher Aides

Published on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
NYSUT Editor’s Note: Thanks to a Union-backed partnership, several Members of Buffalo Educational Support Team (BEST) recently graduated from Erie Community College's (ECC) Teaching Assistant Level III Certification Program. From the left are: Janet Roberson; Buffalo Teacher Center Director Melinda MacPherson-Sullivan; Serma Nezha; Robin Capasso of more»

With An Informational Picket Now Scheduled By Three Unions That Represent 7,200 Workers Across Buffalo’s Kaleida Health System, Negotiations On A New Deal Resume Monday After A Short Break That Followed More Than 50 Bargaining Sessions

Published on Sunday, June 30, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – With an informational picket now scheduled for July 10th by the three Unions that combine to represent 7,200 Workers who are employed across the Kaleida Health Care System in Buffalo, negotiations are scheduled to resume Monday (July 1st) after a short break asked for by management that followed more than 50 bargaining sessions more»

The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Labor Council’s 36th Annual Harry S. Jordan Scholarships: Students Tell Labor Leaders ‘Why Today’s Unions Are Relevant,’ Including One Who Recounted Attending A Rally With Her Father At The Age Of Eight

Published on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(RANSOMVILLE, NEW YORK) – For the past 36 years, the Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council (NOLC) has awarded three annual $500 scholarships to two graduating High School Seniors whose parents are Union Members and another to a Union Member who is moving forward with their educational dreams. And while there have been many a memorable story more»

Rochester-Area Unions ‘Ramp Up’ First Book Giveaways To ‘Inspire’ Summer Reading

Published on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
NYSUT Editor’s Note: Pictured above with his children, Webster Teachers Association (WTA) Members joined with Union President Christopher Wojtas to hand out free books at the community's Summer kickoff bash. (NYSUT Provided Photo) (ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - This is the kind of community outreach that will have a long shelf life: giving books to more»

Contract Covering Nearly 8,000 Union-Represented Kaleida Health System Workers In Buffalo Expires As Bargaining Breaks Down - Union Official Say 30 ‘Open Issues’ Still Remain To Be Resolved

Published on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The contract covering 8,000 Union-Represented Kaleida Health System Workers in Buffalo has expired without a resolution as bargaining broke down Friday (June 21st) with more than 30 open issues still remaining to be resolved. Representatives from Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168, 1199 Service Employees more»

Unionists Running For Public Office: Rochester & Genesee Valley Area AFL-CIO Labor Federation President Dan Maloney Faces June 25th Primary As A Write-In Candidate In His Campaign For The Monroe County Legislature

Published on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(GREECE, NEW YORK) – Simply put, after years of watching and dealing with what he describes as “cronyism, nepotism, ‘pay-to-play’ politics and Anti-Union” business dealings - as well as having encouraged so many others in the local Labor Movement to get involved and run for public office, Rochester & Genesee Valley AFL-CIO more»

Second Annual USW District 4 Black Labor Week ‘Doubles In Support & Volunteers’ - Organizers ‘Amazed’ By This Year’s Week-Long Events That Were Dedicated To ‘Educating, Empowering & Uplifting’ Buffalo’s African-American Community

Published on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – What a week last week was for the organizers of the second annual United Steelworkers (USW) District 4 Black Labor Week, who tell WNYLaborToday.com they were “amazed” by the fact that their 2019 effort doubled in the amount of support and number of volunteers who made it happen. From serving a free breakfast and more»

“In Order To Send A Clear Message,” The Buffalo Teachers Federation Supports A School Board Resolution That Suspends & Bars A City Councilman From The City’s Public Schools After He Carried A Loaded Weapon Into A School Building

Published on Monday, June 17, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is supporting a Buffalo School Board resolution that suspends and bars a Buffalo City Council Member - Ulysees O. Wingo, Sr. - from the City’s Public Schools after he carried a loaded weapon into a school building. The BTF’s Executive Committee and Council of Delegates from all more»

The Late CSEA Western Region President Flo Tripi Is Remembered & Honored At The Annual Buffalo AFL-CIO Labor Council’s Workers’ Memorial Event As Labor Pledges To ‘Continue The Fight’ For Worker Safety On The Job

Published on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK) – During a beautiful June evening as the day’s sunlight bathed the impressive Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council’s monument that honors those area Workers who have died on the job over the years, the late Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Western Region President Flo Tripi was both remembered and more»

Union Leadership ‘Praises’ CWA Local 1133-Represented Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, Which Is Nationally Recognized For Patient Outcomes

Published on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(KENMORE, NEW YORK) – Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a member of the Catholic Health System, has earned the 2019 Silver Beacon Award for Excellence, presented by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) to recognize the Nation’s highest performing Hospital ICUs. The Beacon Award for Excellence - which more»

Unions & Their Members ‘Giving Back’ To Their Communities Here In Western New York: IUPAT District 4 Union Painters Donate Their Time To Help Put The ‘Finishing Touches’ On A Niagara County Skate Park

Published on Monday, June 10, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LOCKPORT, NEW YORK) – For the most part, when Labor Unions and their Members do something good for the communities where they work, live and raise their families, it goes unnoticed. It seems the general public and the mainstream media is more interested in Organized Labor when it comes to either a picket line or a Strike. But in Niagara County over more»

A Labor History Lesson: When & Why Did Unions Start Signing Contracts?

Published on Thursday, June 6, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Organizing.Work Editor’s Note: Robin J. Cartwright explores the historical origins of “Workplace Contractualism” in the United States - the predominant model of Unionism, whereby Workers and employers negotiate a contract. He notes employers themselves pushed for the contract system in order to tame Unions and to engage Union Officers and more»

The New York Foundation For Fair Contracting ‘Applauds’ Erie County’s Decision To Enforce Lowest Responsible Bidder Law - Contractor With Troubling Record, Which Included Worker Deaths, ‘Will Not Be’ Awarded Contract

Published on Sunday, June 2, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The New York Foundation for Fair Contracting (NYFFC) is applauding Erie County for enforcing its Lowest Responsible Bidder Law by deciding not to award the reconstruction of Lake Avenue project to Zoladz Construction. The NYFFC appreciates the swift action taken by Erie County Leaders to address serious allegations that Zoladz falsely more»

Buffalo’s WKBW-TV/7 Eyewitness News Reports Local Tree Care Companies Are Hiring, ‘With’ Union Benefits - There’s A ‘Big Need’ For Line Clearance Tree Trimming' Workers As Industry Faces Retirements

Published on Friday, May 31, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK) - Did you know Tree Workers are in hot demand this season? The jobs provide a strong starting wage and Union Benefits as well. 'Wanted - Tree Care Industry Workers' - that's the shout out from Tree Service Companies who participated in an open house and career fair in Orchard Park, just south of Buffalo. Tree Workers clear trees more»

A Labor Perspective From WNYLaborToday.com’s Tom Campbell: Delta CEO ‘Union-Buster’ Ed Bastian ‘Must Have Cut Class’ The Day The Founding Mission Of St. Bonaventure University Was Taught To Its Students

Published on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - I recently had cause to remember Ed Bastian, who - as I did - attended St. Bonaventure University in Western New York back in the 70s. In fact, and unbelievably, I found a photo that I’d personally taken of the now-CEO of Delta Airlines during a Senior gathering just days before we received our diplomas back in 1979. While it more»

Labor In America: Who Do We Want To Be?

Published on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
As most of you are probably aware, May is Labor History Month. Our roots, as America’s Workers, are explored from the birth of Mother Jones in 1830 to that first May Day march of 1886, followed by the tragic Haymarket bombing. Miners, Teachers, Machinists and Railway Workers all celebrate significant anniversaries in the month of May, and if you more»

America’s Elderly Are ‘Twice As Likely To Work Now’ Than In 1985 – 20% Of Those Age 65 & Up Haven’t Retired Because ‘Many Can’t Afford To’

Published on Sunday, May 26, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Just as single-income families began to vanish in the last century, many of America’s elderly are now forgoing retirement for the same reason: They don’t have enough money. Rickety social safety nets, inadequate retirement savings plans and sky high health-care costs are all conspiring to make the concept of leaving the workforce something to more»

‘Responsive’ Unions ‘Help Make Work Feel More Meaningful’ - New Research Finds That The Benefits Of Union Membership ‘Can Extend Beyond’ Wages & Benefits

Published on Friday, May 24, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
For many of us, meaningful work is an essential component of a fulfilling life - but what, exactly, gives meaning to one's work? A sense of vocation - an intuition that you were born to do this - can often do the trick, but what if you're not lucky enough to find a "calling"? What else can make you feel fulfilled at your job? New research provides an more»

Buffalo Teachers Federation Criticizes Buffalo Councilman For Bringing A Gun To A Public High School, Calling His Excuse ‘For The Need For More Robust Security Program In Schools’ “Far Worse And Unacceptable”

Published on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) President Phil Rumore is criticizing Buffalo Councilman Ulysees Wingo, Sr. for his decision to bring a gun into a Public School, calling his excuse for the need for more robust security program in schools “far worse and unacceptable.” “It is a ‘matter of grave concern’ more»

After 18 Months Of Negotiations, New Five-Year Niagara Falls Teachers Contract Ratified By More Than A 3-To-1 Margin - Increase In Wages & “More Of A Say” Highlight Pact

Published on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) – After 18 months of bargaining, a new five-year contract has been ratified by a 3-to-1 margin by Niagara Falls Teachers Association (NFTA) Local 801’s Membership, Union Officials tell WNYLaborToday.com. The agreement, which expires in June 2024, was negotiated with the Niagara Falls School Board and the NFTA’s more»

WNY Area Labor Federation & The Buffalo AFL-CIO Labor Council Announces Their Full List Of Endorsed Candidates For June Primary - Niagara-Orleans Labor Council Announces Its Endorsements For School Board Candidates

Published on Monday, May 20, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ERIE & NIAGARA COUNTIES, NEW YORK) – The Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation and the Buffalo AFL-CIO Labor Council has announced its full list of endorsed candidates for the upcoming June Primary, while the Niagara-Orleans Labor Council has announced its list of endorsements of several candidates who are running for school board seats more»

Unions ‘Do More Than Just Represent Workers At The Bargaining Table:’ IBEW Local 2104 ‘Picks Up The Ball When Management Won’t’ - Celebrates The Retirement Of 37 NY Power Authority Employees During A Gala Niagara Falls Dinner

Published on Friday, May 17, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) – Labor Unions are more than just organizations that represent Workers in their workplaces and act in their best interest when it’s time to negotiate a contract or stand up for them in a grievance situation. Sometimes it means picking up the ball when management won’t and taking action to recognize the hard work more»

New Job Seeker App Created By The Construction Exchange of Buffalo & WNY Focuses The Spotlight On Opportunities Offered By Its Membership, Including Union Companies Interested In Attracting Young People To A Variety Of Positions

Published on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – No matter if it’s a Union or a Non-Union company in the construction industry, finding and attracting young people into the profession has been identified as the number one challenge as more older Workers head towards retirement. Here in Western New York, the Construction Exchange of Buffalo and Western New York (CONEX) more»

‘The Eagle Has Landed:’ The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Labor Council’s Newest Addition To Its Workers’ Memorial Highlights A ‘Very Memorable’ 28th Annual Commemoration To Remember Those Who’ve Lost Their Lives On The Job

Published on Monday, May 13, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) – An impressive and stunning three-foot-high, 600-pound bronze eagle was formally unveiled during the Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Labor Council’s Annual Workers’ Memorial Commemoration that was held over the weekend in Reservoir State Park in Niagara Falls, during what was an extremely memorable event for a group of more»

On The Canadian Side Of Niagara Falls: Workers Say ‘Ethical’ Rainforest Café ‘Claws-Back ‘Tips & Attacks Unions

Published on Sunday, May 12, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO/CANADA) - The Rainforest Café is sometimes branded as being “as ethical as it is appealing,” but some workers tell a different story. After Ontario’s minimum wage rose, in January 2018, The Standard reported, the owners of the Clifton Hill restaurant, responded by raising tip-outs from 3.5-to-4.5% of sales more»

‘The Power Of The Union Sweeps’ School Board Elections In Buffalo: Buffalo Teachers Federation-Backed Candidates ‘Win Big,’ Drawing Praise From Statewide & Regional New York State United Teachers Union Officials

Published on Friday, May 10, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Statewide and Regional Leadership of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Representatives praised the efforts of the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) as its Union-endorsed Buffalo School Board candidates registered a clean sweep in Tuesday’s citywide elections. It was a rare opportunity in the City of Buffalo where more»

WNY Area Labor Federation ‘Applauds’ State Senator Kennedy For His Role In The Passage Of Legislation To Extend Unemployment Benefits To Striking Workers

Published on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – New York State Legislation sponsored by Senator Tim Kennedy (Democrat-Buffalo) to protect striking Workers from unfair negotiating tactics has passed the New York State Senate, which is drawing the praise of the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF). Senate Bill S4573 relates to decreasing the length of the more»

New York Foundation For Fair Contracting ‘Applauds’ Erie County Legislature For Postponing Local Reconstruction Award To Zoladz Construction - Which Was Fined By OSHA For An On-The-Job Death Of An Employee

Published on Monday, May 6, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The New York Foundation for Fair Contracting (NYFFC) is applauding a decision made by the Erie County Legislature to table a vote last week before its Economic Development Committee on awarding a local reconstruction project contract to Zoladz Construction of Alden, New York. The NYFFC - a Non-Profit Fair Contracting Organization more»

“You Want Our Money ‘And’ Our Jobs” - IBEW Members Hold Informational Picket During Bank On Buffalo’s Groundbreaking For A New Niagara Falls Branch, Which They Say ‘Lacks’ Local Union Trades Members Needed To Build $2 Million Project

Published on Friday, May 3, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) – Amid the fanfare of an event that was held in Niagara Falls earlier this week by the Bank of Buffalo to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new $2 million branch, several International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 237 Members gathered nearby, holding up a very large sign that read: Bank on Buffalo - Eroding more»

A Preview Of The 2019 BlueCross BlueShield Of WNY’s Annual Health Care Seminar: Labor Leaders To Be ‘Brought Up To Speed’ On State & Federal Legislative Proposals, As Well As Health Care Resources & Strategies For Union Members

Published on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Those Western New York Labor Leaders who will attend next week’s 2019 BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York’s Annual Health Care Seminar will be brought up to speed on a number of current New York State and Federal Legislative Proposals, as well as being presented with an array of Health Care resources and more»

WNY Area Labor Federation Endorses Re-Election Bid Of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz - Union Leaders Say Poloncarz Deserves Another Term Based On A Number Of Positive Results Brought About To Benefit Working People

Published on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation President Richard Lipsitz announced his Labor Federation’s endorsement of Mark Poloncarz (in the blue shirt behind Lipsitz at the podium), who is seeking re-election to the office of Erie County Executive. (WNYLaborToday.com Photos) (BUFFALO, NEW more»