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The 2019 WNY Area Labor Federation Awards Dinner: CWA’s National President Calls On Unionists To ‘Get Involved’ In the 2020 Presidential Campaign & The Flo Tripi Labor Activist Of The Year Winner Asks All ‘Not To Shun’ Union Trump Supporters

Published on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: In what was believed to be a record number of participants, more than 600 Union Leaders, Representatives, Elected Officials and Friends of Labor packed the Buffalo Convention Center in Downtown Buffalo late last week to take part in the 2019 Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation’s (WNYALF) Awards Dinner. more»

“Never Forget Means Never Forget:” Organized Labor & Health And Safety Advocates Hold Public Event In Buffalo In Support Of Permanent Authorization Of The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Published on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - While millions around the world watched the World Trade Center Towers fall on 9/11, thousands of Western New Yorkers left their families and their lives to travel to New York City in response to the worst terrorist attack in the Nation’s History. From across the Nation, from 434 out of 435 Congressional Districts, Americans - more»

“This Is What Labor Does:” WNY AFL-CIO Area Labor Fed Puts Its ‘Stamp Of Approval’ On ‘Unions Against Cancer’ - Unique Fundraising Drive Championed By NYSUT’s Joe Cantafio Hopes To Raise Thousands Of Dollars

Published on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WESTERN NEW YORK) – Cancer affects everyone, including those in the Labor Movement. For some it is more than just a physical battle. It can become an economic battle when a person fighting the disease must also contend with coming up with the money to pay for rides to get to treatment, hotel stays and wigs and head coverings. And for some, it can more»

Meet Maria Moreno: New Documentary Tells Story Of The Migrant Mother Of 12 Who Was The First Female Farm Worker In America Elected As A Union Organizer

Published on Monday, April 22, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Before César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, there was Maria Moreno, a Union Organizer whose story all but disappeared from history until the discovery of lost photographs taken more than 50 years ago by George Ballis, one of the leading photographers of the Farmworker Movement. It was a discovery that sparked the search for a woman that time had more»

The Fastest Growing Jobs In The U.S. - Solar Panel Installer & Wind Turbine Service Technicians - ‘Look Good’ For The IBEW

Published on Friday, April 19, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
The fastest growing jobs in nearly a quarter of U.S. States are International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)-represented jobs, according to projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The fastest growing job in the most States – eight – is Solar Panel Installer. But that doesn’t mean that there will be more more»

Rochester Woman ‘Thanks’ a Union ‘For All It Did For Her Mother’

Published on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
NYSUT Editor’s Note: Jocelyn Goldberg-Schaible (pictured on the right) went out of her way to thank New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Secretary Treasurer Philippe Abraham for all the Statewide Teachers Union had provided her late mother, a retired New York City Educator. (Photo by Liza Frenette/NYSUT) (ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - It was a very more»

Why Do Grocery Cooperatives Hate Unions?

Published on Monday, April 15, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Organizing Work Editor’s Note: Marianne Garneau spoke to Workers in more than a dozen Grocery Cooperatives across the United States and Canada to produce this report on Co-Ops’ exploitation of Workers and history of Union-Busting. We like to think of Grocery Cooperatives (Co-Ops) as islands of progressivism in an otherwise ruthless more»

Facing Escalating Workplace Violence, Hospital Employees Have Had Enough

Published on Friday, April 12, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Across the U.S., many Doctors, Nurses and other Health Care Workers have remained silent about what is being called an epidemic of violence against them. The violent outbursts come from patients and patients' families - and for years it has been considered part of the job. When you visit the Cleveland Clinic Emergency Department these days - whether as a more»

The Buffalo Teachers Federation Accuses City Schools Administrators Of ‘Coercing’ Parents & Students To Take State Tests

Published on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Buffalo School Administrators are using false statements, making intimidating calls to parents, holding intimidating meetings with students, and excluding students who have opted out of taking State Testing from such events as socials and drawings, the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) alleges. Last year, in response to alarmed more»

The U.S. Is ‘Running Out Of ‘Nurses - The Country Has Experienced Nursing Shortages ‘For Decades,’ But An ‘Aging Population Means The Problem Is About To Get Much Worse’

Published on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Five years ago, my mother was rushed to the hospital for an aneurysm. For the next two weeks, my family and I sat huddled around her bed in the intensive-care unit, oscillating between panic, fear, uncertainty and exhaustion. But it was the Nurses that got us through that time with our sanity intact. Nurses checked on my mother - and us - multiple times more»

American Workers Need To Keep Any Eye On This: New Ontario, Canada Law Allows Less Pay For OT - Bill Lets Employers Average Out Number Of Hours Worked Over A Month When Calculating How Much OT Pay A Worker Is Entitled To

Published on Sunday, April 7, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ONTARIO, CANADA) - Ontario employers' duty to pay workers overtime just got a little lighter, following passage of a law that quietly reduces some protections around excess hours of work in the province. Bill 66 lightens regulations around a practice called "Overtime Averaging" in a way that has significant implications for how much overtime pay Workers more»

Operating Engineers Local 17 & Local 463 Set To Merge In Western New York

Published on Friday, April 5, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LAKEVIEW, NEW YORK) – International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17 and Local 463 are merging in Western New York, which will strengthen the Union across the Niagara Frontier with a combined 2,000 Members, IUOE Officials say. Merger of the two Locals was slated to be formally addressed Friday (April 5th) evening at Local 17’s more»

It Took 12 Years To Get The Last One Done & It Looks Like It May Take A While To Get A New One Done: On the First Day Of Contract Talks, Buffalo Teacher Federation Reps Walk Out After School District Officials Break A Ground Rule

Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – In Fall of 2016, the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) ended a 12-year fight to gain a new contract with the Buffalo School District. Now, three years later as Union Negotiators start negotiations on a new deal, talks got off to more than a rocky start when BTF Officials walked out of the first session after the School District more»

Despite A Valiant Effort By The New York State Building Trades, The New State Budget ‘Fails To Close’ The Public Works Loophole - Union Officials Say Their Opponents ‘Misled’ Lawmakers ‘With A Slew Of False’ Cost Figures

Published on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Despite the valiant efforts of the New York State Building Trades, with help from the New York State AFL-CIO and a major rally of Tradespeople at the State Capitol, State Leaders reached a budget agreement for fiscal year 2019 that failed to include the proper definition of Public Works. Properly defining Public Works had been touted more»

Local Union Members Running For Public Office: The USW’s Amanda Irons-Rindfleisch & The IBEW’s Trevor Ganshaw Campaign For Seats On The Pendleton Town Board & The Niagara County Legislature, Respectively

Published on Thursday, March 28, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: This is the second of two Western New York Labor News Stories this week that focus a spotlight on area Union Members running for Public Office. Today, Your On-Line Labor Newspaper takes a look at United Steelworkers (USW) 2001 Member Amanda Irons-Rindfleisch and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) more»

Local Union Members Running For Public Office: Nicole Herkey & Joe Cantafio’s West Seneca Town Council Campaigns, ‘Seeking To Make A Difference For All’ Residents

Published on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: This is the first of two Western New York Labor News Stories this week that will focus a spotlight on area Union Members running for Public Office. Today, Your On-Line Labor Newspaper takes a look at Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) Member Nicole Herkey and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Member Joe Cantafio, more»

The 2019 WNY Area Labor Federation’s Annual Meeting: Reviving The Labor Movement By Focusing On Organizing ‘All’ Workers & ‘Laying The Groundwork’ For An Eventual Change Of Leadership At The Area Labor Fed

Published on Sunday, March 24, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WILLIAMSVILLE, NEW YORK) – Reviving and continuing to grow the Labor Movement by focusing on organizing all Workers and laying the groundwork for an eventual change of leadership at the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) were the highlights of the WNYALF’s 2019 Annual Meeting held Saturday (March 23rd) at the United Auto more»

So Many Construction Workers Wear Them, But Do They Know Much About Them? - From The ‘Hard Boiled’ Hat To Today's ‘Skull Bucket,' A History Of Hard Hats

Published on Friday, March 22, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
So many Construction Workers wear them, but do they know much about them? When were the first hard hats manufactured? How has the design changed through the years? Who manufactures the six million “skull buckets” sold each year to protect workers’ heads? The hard hat concept comes from Bullard, a 100-year-old, family-owned manufacturer more»

NYSUT Kicks Off March Madness With “Sweet Sixteen” Union Values Bracket Challenge

Published on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) is reminding New Yorkers just how “sweet” Union Membership is, announcing the launch of the second annual Our Voice, Our Values, Our Brackets challenge taking place during March Madness. The “Sweet Sixteen” event - which coincides with the NCAA Division I more»

Ask A Unionized Health Care Worker What They Think Of This: Trump Administration ‘Cuts The Size Of Fines’ For Health Violations In Nursing Homes

Published on Monday, March 18, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
The Trump Administration's decision to alter the way it punishes nursing homes has resulted in lower fines against many facilities found to have endangered or injured residents. Federal records show that the average fine dropped to $28,405 under the current administration, down from $41,260 in 2016, President Obama's final year in office. The decrease in more»

United Steelworkers President Emeritus Boyd Young Remembered For His Commitment To Building Better Lives For Working People Through The Labor Movement

Published on Sunday, March 17, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) - Boyd Young, the United Steelworkers (USW) President Emeritus who guided two of the USW’s predecessor Unions - the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical & Energy (PACE) Workers International Union and the United Paperworkers International Union (UPIU) through historic mergers, passed away last week. Young (pictured below) more»

A ‘Different Kind Of’ Teachers’ ‘Strike Wave’ - Today, Teachers’ Victories Are Victories For The Working Class & The Solidarity Being Rebuilt ‘Could Be A Seed Of The Kind Of Mass Movement Necessary To Fundamentally Reorder Society’

Published on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
After decades of decline, the past year has seen a dramatic revival in Labor militancy. Public School Teachers have been at the forefront of this resurgence, starting with a dramatic wildcat Strike in West Virginia in February 2018, then a wave of Teacher Strikes that swept the Nation, moving from Red States like Arizona and Oklahoma to Blue California and more»

New Report ‘Confirms’ Organized Labor ‘Takes The High Road’ In Western New York, ‘Successfully Working Together To Make The Region More Prosperous & Equitable’

Published on Monday, March 11, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - A new report, titled: Labor Takes The High Road - How Unions Make Western New York More Prosperous & Equitable, underscores the worth and impact of the region’s Labor Unions, which have proven to raise benefits and wages, improve working conditions, make investments in their communities, increase civic engagement, and promote more»

Whole Foods Cuts Workers' Hours After Amazon Introduces Minimum Wage - An E-Mail Shared With The Guardian By A Whole Foods Employee Cites Shift Cuts As A ‘Direct Result Of Guidance From Our Regional Team’

Published on Friday, March 8, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
In response to public pressure and increasing scrutiny over the pay of its Warehouse Workers, Amazon enacted a $15 Minimum Wage for all its Employees in November, including its Workers at its Grocery Chain Whole Foods, which it purchased in 2017. All Whole Foods Employees paid less than $15 an hour saw their wages increase to at least that, while all other more»

‘Mr. Community’ Christ Sposito Remembered By Niagara County Labor As A “Union Man Who Was Always There” & “Willing To Give Back”

Published on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LOCKPORT, NEW YORK) – In was back in May 2014 that the late Christ Sposito, who was presented with the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation’s (WNYALF) Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Labor Council Award, stole the show with this speech on what ‘being Union’ meant to him and what his Union-provided Health Care Coverage did for him more»

More Than $46,000 Raised By Western New York Labor To Benefit The 57th Annual Variety Club Kids Telethon

Published on Monday, March 4, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The 57th Annual Variety Kids Telethon raised more than $1.03 million over the weekend - with Organized Labor from across Western New York accounting for more than $46,000 of that total, Labor Organizers tell WNYLaborToday.com. The dollars raised by the Western New York Labor Movement goes to support the Union-built John R. more»

Buffalo Teachers Federation Union Successfully Protects Education While Fighting School District Retaliation At One Of The City’s Magnet Schools

Published on Sunday, March 3, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - A recent battle in Buffalo dramatically shows the impact of Teacher Unions on students and educational excellence. Litigation brought by the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) stopped the city school district from inflicting severe damage to the educational program at City Honors, a magnet school with students in grades five through more»

Federal Judge Rules Against The Wendt Corporation’s Union Busting Tactics - Says Layoffs Of Union-Supporting Workers ‘Was In Violation Of’ Federal Labor Laws

Published on Thursday, February 28, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(CHEEKTOWAGA, NEW YORK) - Despite an aggressive company-funded Anti-Union Campaign, Workers employed at the Suburban Buffalo Wendt Corporation - a Cheektowaga-based auto shredding manufacturer, voted by a 70% margin to form a Union in June 2017 and affiliated with Ironworkers Local 576. However, Workers learned that the company’s unlawful activity more»

Has The Fat Lady ‘Yet To Sing’ In New Era’s ‘Final’ Decision To Close Its Derby Plant? ‘Not If’ The MLB Players Association, A Professional Baseball ‘Power Couple’ & A Presidential Candidate Hopeful ‘Have Their Way’

Published on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(DERBY, NEW YORK) – Even though the New Era Cap Company has negotiated severance packages for its 200 Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Workers at its Derby Plant just south of Buffalo in what appears the final nail in their decision to move the plant to a Non-Union Facility in Miami, there’s been a sudden outpouring of support more»

What A ‘Difference A Change In Ownership Can Make:’ NABET-CWA Bargaining Unit At Buffalo’s WKBW-TV Successfully Negotiates New Four-Year Deal ‘In Just Two Days’ Of “Productive And Mutually Respectful Bargaining”

Published on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET)-Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 25 President Roy Schrodt (on the right) and WKBW-TV/NewsChannel 7 Steward David Morrales show off a copy of the four-year contract agreement that was recently reached at the ABC-TV Affiliate more»

Labor Perspective From Former NLRB Board Member Sharon Block: We ‘Need Stronger’ Labor Unions ‘To Protect’ The Middle Class

Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Newsweek Editor’s Note: Sharon Block serves as Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and was a Member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under President Obama. Labor Law in our country is profoundly broken. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) is the Federal Statute that protects the right of more»

Why Learning About Labor Rights ‘Should Be Part’ Of A College Education & Why Students ‘Should Be Taught How To’ Collectively Bargain In The Workforce

Published on Monday, February 18, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Top on the long list of worries for most graduating students is the prospect of finding a job. Each day a hiring manager doesn’t e-mail us back or a website removes a job listing - and the looming anxiety of paying back exorbitant student loans draws closer - our desperation grows. Soon, we abandon pipe dreams of a livable salary with health more»

The WNYALF Recognizes Closure Of New Era Plant After Weeks-Long Fight To Keep It Open As CWA Bargains Final Worker Severance Packages, But Publicly ‘Criticizes’ Company For ‘Abandoning’ Community & ‘Busting’ Its Union

Published on Saturday, February 16, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) is recognizing the closure of the New Era Cap Company’s Derby Plant after a weeks-long fight to keep it open as the Communications Workers of America (CWA) has formally bargained final Worker Severance Packages, but in turn is publicly criticizing the company for more»

CWA Negotiates Final Severance Package For Soon-To-Be Gone New Era Cap Employees As Activists Call On Major League Baseball To Help Save The Buffalo Area Plant From Being Closed & Moved To A Non-Union Facility In Miami

Published on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – As the Communications Workers of America (CWA) confirmed the Union has negotiated severance packages for around 200 soon-to-be terminated Workers employed at the New Era Cap Company’s area manufacturing plant, Unions and their allies who are trying to save the Derby Facility have sent a letter to Major League Baseball (MLB) more»

The ‘Resurrection’ Of American Labor - Traditional Unions ‘May Be Stymied, But Workers Are Finding New Ways’ To Organize

Published on Monday, February 11, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
According to the official records, U.S. Workers went on Strike seven times during 2017. That’s a particular nadir in the long decline of Organized Labor: the second-fewest work stoppages recorded by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) since the agency started keeping track in the 1940s. There was little reason to believe 2018 would be more»

You Could ‘Never Scare’ This Woman: Mother Jones

Published on Sunday, February 10, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
I’ve always admired strong women, beginning with my mother and grandmother. Strong women form the bedrock of any civilization and men would be foolish to dispute this: Perhaps the strongest woman who ever lived was Mary Harris “Mother” Jones. Born in Ireland not long before the Irish Potato Famine, Jones was forced to immigrate to the more»

General Motors’ $425 Million Investment ‘Boosts’ Tonawanda Engine - UAW Reps “Very Proud” Of The Union’s Membership Who’ve Built GM’s Reputation For “Producing Quality Engines”

Published on Friday, February 8, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - A $425 million investment by General Motors (GM) in its Tonawanda Engine plant bore its first fruits Friday (January 8th): the latest technology that will go into the next generation Ecotec 4-cylinder engines that will power the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and 2013 Cadillac ATS. GM and United Auto Workers (UAW)-represented Employees showed more»

#NewEraHatsOff - ‘Turning Up The Heat:’ NYSUT ‘Leads Charge To Put Pressure’ On New Era Cap Company ‘To Reverse Its Decision To Move’ 200 Union Jobs South To A Non-Union Plant In Miami

Published on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Once again, representatives from area Unions picketed outside New Era Cap’s grandiose Downtown Buffalo Headquarters on Tuesday (February 5th) in a continuing effort to get the world-renown professional sports capmaker to change its mind and not move 200 Union-represented local jobs to a Non-Union Plant in Miami. The more»

In Right-To-Work (For Less) Georgia, How ‘Union’ Was The Super Bowl?

Published on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ATLANTA, GEORGIA) - The winning players in Sunday’s Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta were guaranteed bonuses of $118,000 under their Union Contract for around three hours of work. That’s about 3.5 times the annual wage rate for the security guards working the event and it makes for a showcase in Income Inequality and job insecurity. The more»

“Unions Have A Role To Play, But Unions Are Not The Answer.” - Presidential Hopeful Howard Schultz & Starbucks’ Long History Of ‘Fending Off’ Unions - The Way He Sees It, Workers ‘Don’t Need Collective Bargaining, All They Need Is Him.’

Published on Monday, February 4, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
In 2009, Progressive Democrats were working on the most significant Labor Law reform in decades. The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) would allow Workers to form Unions by rounding up a majority of signatures in their workplace - a process known as “Card Check” - thereby avoiding a Secret Ballot Election and any Anti-Union Campaign from more»

With New Era’s Plans To Move Their Union-Represented Pro Sports Cap Hat Manufacturing Plant To A Non-Union Location In Miami – Read This Story About A Pro Sports Clothing Manufacturer That’s Staying Put Because Of The Players’ Union

Published on Friday, February 1, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(EASTON, PENNSYLVANIA) - Here’s the change-up. Ready for it? OK, now stay balanced even as the news crosses the plate: Under Armour is out - the Swoosh is in. Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced Nike will be, starting in 2020, the official provider of the league’s on-field uniforms and footwear, confirming speculation that surfaced last more»

Now That’s ‘Worker Power!’ It Was Air Traffic Controllers Who Defeated Trump’s Government Shutdown

Published on Thursday, January 31, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Air Traffic Controllers hold the trump card (pardon the expression) in upcoming negotiations between Republican President Donald Trump and Congressional Democrats over border security. That’s because Trump and the Republicans know that another shutdown would likely cause a repeat of what happened last Friday, when so many of the Nation’s Air more»

NYSUT’s Take A Look At Teaching Summits: Western New York ‘Shines A Light On What's Great About The Teaching Profession'

Published on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(KENMORE, NEW YORK) - Since she was a child, Denise Grandits wanted to be a Teacher, but then her life happened: marriage, kids and before she knew it, she was 20 years deep into her career working for a large health care organization in Western New York. “I had a boss who saw something in me and said I should pursue my master’s,” said more»

Unionists Rally Outside New Era Field To Protest The Closure Of The Pro Sports Cap Maker’s Local Production Facility, ‘Lament How Far’ Owner Christopher Koch ‘Has Fallen’ - ‘Both In Their Eyes & The Eyes Of The Community’

Published on Sunday, January 27, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK) - Christopher Koch, whose family owns the world-renown New Era Cap Company, was a product of the Lake Shore Public School System and has been proudly recognized on the school’s Wall of Fame for his and his Buffalo-headquartered professional sports cap manufacturer’s growth and stature in the industry. However, those who more»

Know Your Enemies & How They Plan To Attack Working People: ALEC's New Union-Busting Toolkit ‘Illustrates The Goal Is To Bankrupt Unions - Not Protect Workers’

Published on Thursday, January 24, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
It's becoming an annual ritual. The Koch-funded cluster of groups, which has long abused their 501(c)3 IRS "charitable" designation by working to destroy political enemies, has concocted another "Union Busting" Toolkit, giving ammunition and guidance to Republican Politicians on how to attack and dismantle a major funder of the Democratic Party. The more»

New York State Recovers $35 Million In Stolen Wages In 2018, Money Returned To More Than 35,000 Victim Workers

Published on Sunday, January 20, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced more than $35 million was returned to over 35,000 victims of wage theft in 2018. Since the Governor took office, the State has recovered and returned more than $285 million to more than 250,000 Workers - the highest total in the Nation. “New York State will not tolerate theft of wages in any more»

Getting Out The Vote & Getting ‘More And More’ Labor Leaders & Union Members To Run For Public Office Was The Message Delivered At The 2019 Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Labor Council’s Awards Dinner

Published on Thursday, January 17, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) – If you were at the 2019 Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Labor Council’s Annual Awards Dinner up in Niagara Falls Wednesday (January 16th) evening, you would have heard a theme that was underscored by several speakers: Labor must work hard to get out the vote - and in the process, get more and more Labor Leaders and Union more»

Labor Perspective From The Capital Times Associate Editor John Nichols: Republican President Donald Trump ‘Has Never Cared About Workers - And Never Will’

Published on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
The Capital Times Editor’s Note: John Nichols is Associate Editor of The Capital Times. To Directly Access Nichols’ Labor Perspective, Go To: more»

As The IBEW & USW Combine Forces To Organize Workers At Buffalo’s Tesla Plant, General Motors CEO Says Tesla CEO Elon Musk ‘Doesn't Want’ Unionized Workers

Published on Monday, January 14, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - General Motors CEO Mary Barra dismissed the possibility that Elon Musk's Tesla could acquire one of GM's soon-to-be-idled U.S. factories. Barra acknowledged talk about the prospect of Tesla acquiring GM's plant in Detroit or its plant in Lordstown, Ohio - both of which are set to close soon unless they are assigned new vehicles to more»

“We’ve Got Your Back” - Unionists & Elected Officials Tell New Era Cap Workers As Those Concerned Rally Outside Derby Manufacturing Facility In A Continued Effort To ‘Put Pressure On’ The Company To Change Its Plant Closing Decision

Published on Thursday, January 10, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(DERBY, NEW YORK) – While it may be considered an uphill battle at this point, Unionists and Elected Officials who rallied outside the New Era Cap Company’s Derby Manufacturing Facility on Wednesday (January 9th) afternoon delivered a message to New Era Workers who’d just walked out of the plant as their shift ended: “We’ve got more»