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“I ‘Understand What This Means,’” UAW/GM Worker Anton Bassham Says As He Walks The Line Outside The Tonawanda Plant During A Solidarity Rally That Draws 300 Supporters From A Variety Of Western New York Unions

Published on Thursday, October 10, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(TONAWANDA, NEW YORK) – Anton Bassham isn’t a young guy, having worked at two General Motors (GM) Auto Plants in Western New York for a total of 31 years. But that’s not keeping him from walking the line outside GM’s Tonawanda Engine Plant five to six days a week in support of his fellow United Auto Workers (UAW) Brothers and more»

The Buffalo AFL-CIO Labor Council Swears In New Interim President – CWA Local 1168’s Denise Abbott, Who Becomes The First Female President In The History Of the Buffalo Central Labor Council

Published on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168 Union Representative Denise Abbott (pictured above between Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor President Richard Lipsitz, on the left, and outgoing Buffalo AFL-CIO President John Mudie, on the right) was sworn in Tuesday (October 8th) evening as the interim President more»

“This Is My Home:” Assisted Living Residents & 1199 SEIU-Represented Health Care Workers Join Together In Protest At Suburban Buffalo’s Blocher Homes – Know Very Little About Future Of Facility That’s Currently Up For Sale

Published on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WILLIAMSVILLE, NEW YORK) - Since abruptly announcing plans to pursue a sale of Blocher Homes to People, Incorporated in July, 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East says Beechwood Corporation management has provided very little information about what comes next for the Staff and residents of the 57-room Assisted Living more»

A Look Back At Western New York Construction Career Days 2019 – In Pictures

Published on Monday, October 7, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LAKEVIEW, NEW YORK) – The Buffalo Building and Construction Trades Council had another successful and annual Western New York Construction Career Days Event last week that saw more than 1,000 High School Students from across the region travel to International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17’s Training Center where they were more»

Bob Pyjas Appointed New CSEA Western Region President

Published on Thursday, October 3, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Robert “Bob” Pyjas has been appointed as Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Western Region President after the retirement of long-time activist Kathy Button, who served in that role since July 2018, the Statewide Union has announced. Pyjas, a Town of Lancaster resident, has been an Employee of Erie County and a more»

A Preview Of The 2019 WNY Construction Career Days Event: Unionized Trades Ready To Welcome 1,200 Area High School Juniors & Seniors To Hands-On Introduction That ‘They Hope Will Eventually Lead Many Into High-Paying Careers’

Published on Sunday, September 29, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LAKEVIEW, NEW YORK) – While 1,200 High School Juniors and Seniors are slated to visit the 2019 Western New York Western New York Construction Career Days Event over two days later this week at International Union of Operating Engineers’ (IUOE) Local 17’s sprawling 400-acre Training Center just south of Buffalo, Organizers who are seeking more»

Informational Picket ‘May Lead To Eventual Strike’ By 700 1199 SEIU-Represented Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Employees ‘If A New Contract Is Not Reached In The Short Term,’ Union Officials Tell WNYLaborToday.com

Published on Friday, September 27, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) – An informational picket that was held Friday (September 27th) outside the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center may lead to eventual Strike by the medical center’s 700 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East-represented Employees if new contract is not reached in the short term, Union more»

Proposed Niagara County Law ‘Would Allow Disqualification’ Of The Lowest Bidder For Public Contracts, ‘If The Respondent Is Deemed An Irresponsible Company’

Published on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LOCKPORT, NEW YORK) - Niagara County Lawmakers are considering the approval of a local law that would allow them to disqualify the lowest bidder for public contracts - if the respondent is deemed an irresponsible company. The legal language was introduced by the Democratic Minority Caucus after some of its members took issue in May with a contract award more»

DNC Chair & Buffalo Native Tom Perez Walks With Striking UAW Workers Outside Tonawanda Plant – Tells GM: “(You) Got A Bailout And They Got A Massive Tax Cut. You Need To Share That With Your Workers.”

Published on Sunday, September 22, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(TONAWANDA, NEW YORK) – As the United Auto Workers (UAW) continued its Strike against General Motors (GM), the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Buffalo native Tom Perez came to Buffalo last week to walk the line with the Auto Workers, telling them he stood with them. GM Employees have been on Strike for seven days now, standing more»

This Hidden ‘Walls Of The Solidarity’ Mural In Chicago ‘Tells The Story Of One Of The City’s ‘Most Radical’ Labor Unions

Published on Thursday, September 19, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(CHICAGO, ILLINOIS) - Anyone driving on Ashland Avenue near Monroe Street in the City of Chicago has likely seen the colorful mural on the side of the United Electrical (UE) Workers union hall. Completed in 1999 by Mexican artist Daniel Manrique, it shows people joining hands in solidarity and celebrates international unity among Workers. Less well-known more»

To Protest What The Buffalo Teachers Federation Charges Is The Buffalo School Board’s ‘Refusal To Negotiate’ A New Contract, Union-Represented Teachers Will Rally Today

Published on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Teacher representatives from Buffalo’s Public Schools are holding a rally today (Wednesday, September 18th) to protest the Superintendent’s and School Board’s refusal to negotiate a new contract. After the late afternoon rally, some Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF)-represented Teachers will then go into a Board more»

"I Am In Shock" - Whole Foods Cuts Medical Benefits For Hundreds Of Part-Time Workers

Published on Monday, September 16, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(AUSTIN, TEXAS) - Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for hundreds of Part-Time Workers, the company has confirmed to Business Insider. The changes will take effect on January 1st and affect just under 2% of Whole Foods' total workforce, a Whole Foods spokesperson told Business Insider. Whole Foods has about 95,000 Employees, so it means about 1,900 more»

Bricklayers Local 3’s ‘Labor Of Love Goes Above And Beyond,’ Union Donates ‘More Than’ 300 Man Hours To Install Nearly 16,000 Bricks To Complete A Unique Veterans Tribute In The Western New York Town Of North Collins

Published on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NORTH COLLINS, NEW YORK) – When Jim Lint walked into Bricklayers Local 3’s Buffalo Union Hall back in the Fall of 2017 to ask for a small monetary donation to help fund a five-starred Veterans Tribute that he was working to get built in the Town of North Collins, he never thought the Union and its Leadership would instead make an on-the-spot more»

New Report: The 10 ‘Worst’ States For Workers Are ‘Right-To-Work (For Less)’, While The 10 Best ‘Are Not’

Published on Sunday, September 8, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
If you are looking for the best states for Workers, steer clear of Right-To-Work (for less) states, says a new study. The Oxfam America report reveals that the 10 worst states to work in America are the following, which are all Right-To-Work: Louisiana, Tennessee, North Dakota, Idaho, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and more»

NYSNA-Represented Nurses Employed At Buffalo’s Erie County Medical Center Ratify New Four-Year Contract, Agreement Calls For ‘Continued’ Quality Health Care Services For Patients & ‘Fair’ Wages For Nurses

Published on Friday, September 6, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – In a joint statement, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and Erie County Medical Center (ECMCC) have announced the ratification of a new four-year contract that calls for continued quality health care services for patients and fair wages for Nurses. The ratification vote took place at the end of August and more»

The 2019 Buffalo Labor Day Parade - In Pictures

Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – They came from all across the area, Public and Private Sector, Building Trades, Health Care Workers, Manufacturing Workers, Teachers - the list went on and on. On Labor Day 2019, Buffalo’s Labor Unions, their Representatives and Membership came together to celebrate and remember the gains achieved by Organized Labor for more»

‘An Oldie, But A Goodie’ Labor Perspective: NEA National President Lily Eskelsen García Says ‘Stop Writing That Obituary for Teachers' Unions.’ ‘We're Not Going Anywhere’

Published on Sunday, September 1, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME seeks to turn back the clock on almost a half century of progress for Working People. I wish that the decision came as a surprise, but those of us in Teachers’ Unions have been anticipating this radical retrenchment by the Supreme Court on this key Labor issue for years. Its 5-4 ruling, at the time, more»

With ‘So Much’ For The Western New York Labor Movement ‘To Celebrate This Year,’ It’s Announced The Victorious Wendt Workers Will Serve As The Grand Marshals Of The 2019 Buffalo AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade

Published on Thursday, August 29, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(SOUTH BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – From local SPoT Coffee Workers’ amazingly short organizing victory to achieving a major contract that covers 7,200 Health Care Workers employed by the Kaleida Health System, there is so much for the Western New York Labor Movement to celebrate on Labor Day when their annual parade takes place in South Buffalo. But more»

The Buffalo Teachers Federation Declares An Impasse In Its Contract Negotiations With The Buffalo School District, Also Files Improper Practice Charge With PERB, Alleging District ‘Is Not Bargaining In Good Faith’

Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - In addition to having filed a Declaration of Impasse between the City’s Teachers Union and the Buffalo School District, the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) has filed an Improper Practice Charge with the New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) for the District’s alleged failure to bargain in good faith. more»

2019 Niagara-Orleans Labor Council’s Annual Labor’s Night At The Races Fundraiser ‘Breaks Own Record,’ Brings In $16,800 - Its Raised $132,300 Over 11 Years To Benefit A Variety Of United Way Of Greater Niagara Programs

Published on Monday, August 26, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(RANSOMVILLE, NEW YORK) – No record set seems to be safe when it comes to the outstanding job the Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council does regarding its Labor’s Night at the Races Fundraiser that’s held yearly at Ransomville Speedway. And it shouldn’t be a surprise to all that the Labor Council sets a new fundraising more»

Billionaire David Koch, Who Spent Years ‘Trying To Kill’ Unions, Dies At 79

Published on Sunday, August 25, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
David Koch passed away last week at the age 79. He was one of the richest men in the world and - along with his brother, Charles, used much of his wealth and influence to try to destroy Labor Unions. The Koch Brothers’ tactics were relentless and heartless, to say the least - and millions of working Americans have suffered real financial loss more»

SPoT Coffee Workers In Buffalo Overwhelmingly Vote To ‘Go Union’ - Workers United Reps Plan On Contacting Management “Today Or Thursday” To Start Bargaining Process For A First Union Contract

Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – It was two days before the Fourth of July that Workers employed by the SPoT Coffee Chain in Buffalo first went public with their desire to form a Union in their workplace. Now, just a little more than a month and half later - on Tuesday (August 20th), those Workers hugged in celebration after their overwhelming vote to Go Union more»

Labor Perspective From Vox Media Editorial Staff Member German Lopez: “I Was Skeptical Of Unions, Then I Joined One” - “A Union ‘Isn’t Just Right For Vox Media, But For Everyone.’”

Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
On November 17th, 2017, right after the Vox Media Editorial Staff started a push to Unionize, I sent out my worst tweets of all time: “I am against #VoxUnion.” I wrote in another: “Vox Media is a generous company (unusually so for digital media), and some people want to take advantage of that.” “I am generally fine with and more»

Construction Workers ‘Prepare To Battle’ Former Ally Trump - A ‘Powerful’ Union Group ‘Uneasy’ About A Labor Department Apprenticeship Proposal Has "The Potential To Be A Significant Force In The 2020 Election"

Published on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
One of the Nation’s largest Labor Groups embraced Republican Donald Trump at the start of his Presidency, in hopes he would create construction jobs and retreat from proposals that might reduce Workers’ wages, but now the two sides are on the brink of war, endangering a key bloc of Trump’s support in Midwestern Swing States in 2020. At more»

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»