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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»

Labor Perspective From Oregon Nurses Association Members & Registered Nurses Julie Bostrom & David Hilderbrand: Why Nurses ‘Care About’ Safe Staffing

Published on Monday, January 7, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
bendbulletin.com Editor’s Note: Both Julie Bostrom and David Hilderbrand are experienced Registered Nurses and leaders on the Oregon Nurses Association’s contract negotiation team at St. Charles Bend Medical Center in Bend, Oregon. We’ve sat directly across the table from St. Charles Medical Center executives for more than seven months more»

Labor Perspective From Relay Graduate Of Education Assistant Professor Zachary Wright: We Have To Teach Social Justice In Our Schools

Published on Sunday, January 6, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
EducationPost.org Editor’s Note: Zachary Wright, a National Finalist for the United States Department of Education’s School Ambassador Fellowship, is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Relay Graduate School of Education, which serves the Philadelphia and Camden areas. Prior to that, he was the 12th-grade world literature and AP Literature more»

2018, The Year Of The Strike - Teachers, Hotel Workers & Others Walked Off The Job & Won Major Gains. Some Experts Say This Surge ‘Could Portend A New Wave’ Of Labor Activism, As More & More Workers Realize Collective Action Can Pay Off

Published on Friday, January 4, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
For years, many Labor Experts seemed ready to write the obituary of Strikes in America. In 2017, the number of major Strikes - those involving more than 1,000 Workers - dwindled to just seven in the Private Sector. Indeed, over the past decade, there were just 13 major Strikes a year - on average. That’s less than one-sixth the average annual more»

Via Vice: The Nation’s First Charter School Strike Is A Wake-Up Call For The Charter Movement

Published on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(CHICAGO, ILLINOIS) - Teachers at the largest network of charter schools in Chicago celebrated their historic win: In the first ever Strike at a charter school, more than 500 Teachers walked out of their classrooms in December to demand better conditions for both themselves and their students. It worked and now they're inspiring other charters to follow more»

Unions Giving Back: For Women, By Women - A Sisterhood Of Carpenters Builds Tiny Houses For The Homeless

Published on Thursday, December 27, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
For the volunteer Tradeswomen who came together over several cold, wet weekends earlier this year in the Spring to build a tiny-house village for homeless women in North Seattle, the ultimate reward wasn’t necessarily their finished handiwork. Rather, it was the confidence and camaraderie the project inspired for many of the crew who, for the first more»

Return of the Strike: A Forum On The 2018 Teacher Rebellion In The U.S.

Published on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Few anticipated a Labor upsurge in the United States in early 2018 and fewer still expected a blaze to ignite among teachers in West Virginia or for it to spread to Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky, and Colorado. Ellen David Friedman poses one of the questions which immediately springs to mind: “Why is this stunning revolt occurring where Unions are weak, more»

Reports Of The Labor Movement’s ‘Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated’

Published on Monday, December 24, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Google the phrase “Unions are dying” and you’ll see a host of news stories reporting this demise over the past year - celebrated on the Right, lamented on the Left - but, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of this death have been greatly exaggerated. Union Membership has been in decline in the United States for the past 40 years as a more»

The USW’s ‘Women Of Steel’ Group Helps The Homeless & Less Fortunate This Holiday Season, Leaves 700 Donated & Knitted Scarves, Hats & Gloves Hanging From Trees & On Fences For Those In Need To Take

Published on Saturday, December 22, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – In a self-described “way to give back” to the Buffalo Community this Holiday Season, the United Steelworkers (USW) Women of Steel Group donated 700 knitted scarves, hats and gloves on Thursday (December 20th) at several area locations, hanging them from trees and tying them to fences for those in need to take. "The more»

Via The Intelligencer: More Tesla Workers Want To Unionize, Despite Elon Musk’s Promises Of Free Frozen Yogurt

Published on Sunday, December 16, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Workers at Tesla’s Solar City Plant in Buffalo are attempting to Unionize in order to demand better compensation and improved workplace conditions. The United Steelworkers (USW) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) are leading a joint drive to organize different job descriptions - production and more»

The USW & IBEW Launch Joint Organizing Drive At Tesla’s Buffalo Solar Factory After Production & Maintenance Employees Reached Out To The USW About Unionization

Published on Thursday, December 13, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The United Steelworkers (USW) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) announced today that workers at Tesla’s solar panel factory in Buffalo will hold a Union Organizing Drive. In 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the solar manufacturing investment as part of his “Buffalo Billon” more»

“This Is Nothing More Than Union Busting” - Joined By Clergy & Elected Officials, WNY Labor Leaders ‘Pledge Effort’ To Keep 200 Good-Paying New Era Cap Manufacturing Jobs In The Town Of Derby

Published on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Saying New Era Cap Company’s recent announcement to close its Union-represented manufacturing plant in the Town of Derby and move it to a Non-Union operation in Miami was nothing more than “Union Busting,” dozens of area Labor Leaders were joined by area Clergy and Elected Officials late Monday (December 10th) more»

‘Union Strong’ Billboard, Bus Campaign Reaching Millions of People

Published on Sunday, December 9, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ACROSS THE STATE OF NEW YORK) - With the attack on Labor Unions, especially from organizations such as New Choice NY, on the upswing, the Public Employees Federation (PEF) is not only heightening its Member Engagement Campaign, but taking part in a statewide campaign to let the public know that State Employees are proud to be “Union Strong.” more»

UAW Challenges GM Plan To Idle Four U.S. Plants

Published on Thursday, December 6, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - The United Auto Workers (UAW) Union is formally challenging General Motors Company's plans to idle four U.S. plants next year. A week ago, GM said it would stagger production-stops at Detroit-Hamtramck, Lordstown, Ohio, Warren Transmission and Baltimore Operations - leaving the facilities "unallocated" at the height of the latest more»

Via Labor411.org: Did You Know That After Americans Bailed Out GM 10 Years Ago, The Automaker Has Closed 13 Plants In The United States & ‘Zero’ In Mexico

Published on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
In late 2008, General Motors (GM) was in bad financial shape, to say the least. Poised to run out of cash by mid-2009, the company asked Congress for help - but it declined to act. Then-President George Bush, however, stepped in with a government “bridge loan” of $17.4 billion. President Barak Obama followed suit in 2009, approving billions more»

‘Educating The Uneducated’ About The Labor Movement: Queer Eye’s Grooming Expert & Resident Jesus Lookalike Jonathan Van Ness ‘Wants You To Know About The Assault On’ Labor Unions

Published on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Queer Eye’s Grooming Expert and resident Jesus lookalike Jonathan Van Ness talked Labor Unions on his podcast Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, which I had no idea existed until two seconds ago. “I feel like over my life, I’ve heard a lot about Unions,” Van Ness said. “I think Jimmy Hoffa. I think mob, I think - I more»

Popular Buffalo Restaurant - The Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant - Charged With Pocketing Tips & Withholding Wages from Employees Since Its 2017 Opening

Published on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Seven former Employees of Buffalo’s Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant have filed suit in the U.S. District Court alleging its owners - Sean Tuohey, Myriah Jaworski, and Mark Jaworski, kept tips intended for Employees, required Workers to work off the clock, and refused to pay them for overtime, extra-long shifts and benefits that more»

The Communications Workers Of America Is Seeking Alternatives To The Announced New Era Plant Shutdown Outside Buffalo In An ‘All Out Effort’ To Save 200 Jobs

Published on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has announced plans to explore alternatives to New Era Cap’s decision to shut its manufacturing plant in Derby, New York – located just outside Buffalo - where on-field caps for Major League Baseball (MLB) are currently produced. The company earlier this month announced its more»

Under The Ground In Buffalo’s Growing Medical Corridor Is A Buffalo Building Trades-Constructed Tunnel That Links Two Hospitals & A Plaque ‘Congratulating The Trades Unions For A Job More Than Well Done’

Published on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Unbeknownst to hundreds of people who cross Ellicott Street each day where the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital stands next to the neighboring Buffalo General Medical Center - a connecting tunnel lies beneath them that links the two facilities together. And at one end of the tunnel there’s a unique plaque more»

WNY Union Members, Working People & Vets Alike Are Benefitting From The Services Offered By The reVive Spine Center In Buffalo & Niagara Falls Through The Compassion & Mission Of Dr. Franco Vigna

Published on Monday, November 26, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO & NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) – Through the compassion and mission of Dr. Franco Vigna, his reVive Spine Centers in Buffalo and Niagara Falls are helping Western New York’s Union Members, Working People and Veterans alike who are experiencing either discomfort or pain, but are now benefitting from an array of services he and his staff more»

Unions ‘Giving Back’ To Their Communities: For The 22nd Consecutive Year, The Buffalo Teachers Federation Donates Thanksgiving Day Meals To More Than 200 Local Families

Published on Monday, November 19, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Thousands of dollars in food and gift certificates that have been donated by Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) Members will be distributed on Tuesday (November 20th) to more than 200 needy families throughout the Buffalo area through several charitable and non-profit groups in an effort to “make sure those families enjoy a more»

Union Leftovers From The 2018 Mid-Term Elections: Retired New England UAW Regional Director Julie Kushner Upsets Connecticut State Senator Mike McLachlan To Win 24th District Seat

Published on Sunday, November 18, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(DANBURY, CONNECTICUT) - First-time Democratic candidate Julie Kushner - a Retired New England United Auto Workers (UAW) Regional Director - upset Connecticut State Senator Mike McLachlan for the 24th District seat on Election Night. Kushner, 66, has served as Co-Chairwoman of the Connecticut Working Families Party and as the New England UAW Regional more»

The ‘Backlash’ To The ‘GOP’s Union-Bashing Has Begun In Earnest’ - After A ‘String Of Attacks’ On Organized Labor Across The Midwest In Recent Years, Republicans Are ‘Starting To Pay At The Polls’

Published on Friday, November 16, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Has the Republican Party’s grand experiment in Union-Busting finally come to an end? Scott Walker, the Republican Governor of Wisconsin, rose to national prominence in 2011 when he passed a landmark bill dealing a blow to Unions in the State and across the country. With Act 10, Walker stripped Public Workers of their right to collectively bargain, more»

The ‘Last’ Unionized New Era Cap Company Manufacturing Facility In The U.S. Will Close In March 2019, Impacting 192 CWA-Represented Workers Just South Of Buffalo

Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – In what Union Officials describe as “devastating news,” 192 Workers employed at the last Unionized New Era Cap Company Manufacturing Plant in the United States is slated to close its doors in March 2019. World-known New Era, which is headquartered in Buffalo, made its plans known publicly Tuesday (November 13th), more»

How About This? BCBSWNY ‘Approaches’ OPEIU To Start Contract Negotiations 6 Months ‘Before’ Old Pact Ends - Now, Newly-Ratified Deal Calls For 7% Wage Increase Over 3 Years & Features Slew Of Worker Improvements

Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – It’s not every day that you hear about an employer approaching representatives of its Union-Represented Workforce to ask that negotiations begin six months before a current contract runs out, but that’s exactly what happened at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York (BCBSWNY) when the Health Care Insurer approached more»

An ‘Interesting Mix Of Results’ For WNY & NYS Labor On Election Night: Governor Cuomo Re-Elected, State Senate Turns Democrat & Indicted GOP Congressman Collins ‘Narrowly Wins’ Over Labor-Backed Dem McMurray By 1%

Published on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WESTERN NEW YORK) – It was an interesting mix of results for Organized Labor on Election night across Western New York and New York State on Tuesday (November 6th), with incumbent Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo and WNY Native Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul re-elected, a State Senate that has now been turned Blue and a very narrow victory by indicted U.S. more»

Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation President Richard Lipsitz On the Synagogue Massacre in Pittsburgh: Unionists ‘Must Take A Concrete Step To Restore Sanity & Decency’ To The Direction Of Our Country

Published on Friday, November 2, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Brothers and Sisters, What many of us have predicted with dread has now come to pass. An anti-Semitic monster killed 11 completely innocent people in a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 27th. He did so using the rhetoric of Nazis and their apologists. While he was caught and will undoubtedly be punished, no words that more»

The New York Foundation For Fair Contracting - Providing A ‘Level Playing Field’ When It Comes To Workers, Public Bodies, Business Owners & Taxpayers To Ensure ‘All’ Benefit

Published on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: The non-profit New York Foundation For Fair Contracting (NYFFC) is working to level the playing field for Workers, public bodies, business owners and taxpayers to ensure all benefit when it comes to awarding and working on publicly-funded projects. Pictured above, from left to right: Candace Morrison, an Attorney who more»

Go Tell A Young Person That Apprenticeships Are An Option For Students To Help Secure & Fill High-Paying Jobs

Published on Friday, October 26, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LAS VEGAS, NEVADA) - Thousands of high paying jobs across the country are going unfilled simply because there is a shortage of skilled Laborers. Apprenticeship dates back to the Middle Ages, but in 2018, what Pierce Hollander in Las Vegas is doing to build his future seems like a non-traditional path for a 23-year-old. "I would rather work than go to more»

Via In These Times: Labor Unions ‘Can Protect Workers From Deportation - This Coalition of 3.5 Million Is Showing How

Published on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA) - After more than two decades living, working, and building a family in the United States, Cesar Rodriguez feels his life is in limbo. The Driver for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach from El Salvador is one of more than 300,000 Immigrants at risk of losing their Temporary Legal Status in the U.S. after the Trump more»

Niagara County Labor Activist Richard McIntyre Remembered As "Dedicated” Unionist, A “Fighter With A Quiet Dignity About Him” Who Was “Rock Solid” When It Came To Putting His Members’ Needs First

Published on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LOCKPORT, NEW YORK) - Niagara County Labor Activist Richard McIntyre (Pictured above, speaking above at a Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Meeting in 2016/WNYLaborToday.com Photo) is being remembered “as a dedicated and dignified” Unionist, a “fighter with a quiet dignity about him” who was “rock solid” when more»

With ‘Tongue Planted Firmly In Cheek,’ WNY Labor Is ‘Appreciative’ Of ‘Second-Teamer’ Steve Bannon In Support Of Indicted Congressman Chris Collins’ Re-Election Bid - “The Most Corrupt Congressman Western New York Has Ever Had”

Published on Sunday, October 21, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Talking to Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) President Richard Lipsitz about an announced visit by Steve Bannon to help boost the re-election chances of indicted U.S. Congressman Chris Collins, it does not appear that Area Unionists are worried about the Republicans sending in a “second teamer” more»

Non-Union Workers Employed At Welded Tube USA Outside Buffalo ‘Go Union’ - Vote To Join The United Steelworkers By A 53-To-22 Vote

Published on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LACKAWANNA, NEW YORK) – Non-Union Workers employed at Welded Tube USA have voted to Go Union and will be represented by the United Steelworkers (USW) Union, USW District 4 Organizing Coordinator David Wasiura tells WNYLaborToday.com. The Workers are employed at the state-of-the-art casting mill that is located in Lackawanna - just outside Buffalo. more»

Organized Labor ‘Working Hard To Turn It Around’ After “Kick In The Gut” Announcement That Rochester’s General Motors Plant May Cut 600 Jobs

Published on Monday, October 15, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) – Admittedly, the news that came in August that General Motors (GM) was considering the transfer of 600 good-paying jobs from its Rochester Fuel Rail and Injector Plant “took the wind out of the sails” of the local community, United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 1097 President Dan Maloney - who also serves as President of more»