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“We Must Hold Starbucks Accountable” - Suburban Buffalo Starbucks Partners Picket Store After A Co-Worker, Who Was One Of The Leaders Who Started The Unionizing Effort That Has Spread Across The U.S., Was Fired By The Company

Published on Sunday, April 3, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(DEPEW, NEW YORK) – Starbucks Partners picketed outside a Starbucks location in Suburban Buffalo on Saturday (April 2nd) to protest the company’s firing of a Co-Worker, who happens to be one of the leaders who started the Unionizing effort here in Western New York that has spread across the U.S. to nearly 200 stores. The Union - Starbucks more»

The U.S. Department Of Labor Recovers $106,000 In Wages & Damages For 37 Underpaid Workers Employed At Pita Gourmet’s Restaurants In Erie & Niagara Counties - Company Operator Also Fined Nearly $9,000 For ‘Willful’ Violations

Published on Friday, April 1, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Wage and Hour Division has recovered $106,623 in back wages and liquidated damages for 37 Cashiers and Cooks employed at three Pita Gourmet locations in Erie and Niagara Counties after its investigation found the operator paid some Employees cash off the books, paid straight time for more»

‘In Their Own Labor Words’ - SMART Local 71 Organizer Andre Mayes: Labor’s ‘Responsibility’ In U.S. Politics

Published on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Under the theme Reconnecting The Movement, Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) President Peter DeJesus, Jr. made a conscious effort to diversify those who addressed the more than 100 Central Labor Council Presidents, Union Leaders and Representatives, and Friends of Labor in attendance at the more»

‘In Their Own Labor Words’ - 1199 SEIU Western New York Nursing Home Division Vice President Grace Bogdanove: Labor Is A ‘Social Justice’ Movement

Published on Monday, March 28, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Under the theme Reconnecting The Movement, Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) President Peter DeJesus, Jr. made a conscious effort to diversify those who addressed the more than 100 Central Labor Council Presidents, Union Leaders and Representatives, and Friends of Labor who were in attendance at more»

The Buffalo Teachers Federation Calls Violence In & Around Schools “A National Crisis” That ‘Requires Presidential & Congressional Intervention’

Published on Sunday, March 27, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is calling the violence that is occurring in and around schools “a National Crisis” that requires Presidential and Congressional intervention. “Violence, anger and disruptive behaviors are infecting our students/children, leading to violence in and around our schools,” BTF more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Home Care Workers Joined By Public Advocates, Clergy & Elected Officials In Buffalo, Collectively Call On Governor Hochul To ‘Provide Those Workers With A Permanent Pay Increase’ In The State Budget

Published on Thursday, March 24, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-represented Home Care Workers were joined by Public Advocates, Clergy and Elected Officials during a march and rally in Buffalo on Wednesday (March 23rd), to collectively call on Governor Kathy Hochul to provide those Workers with a permanent pay increase in the State Budget. Those who more»

‘March Madness With A Labor Connection’ - An ‘Extremely Busy’ WNY Area Labor Federation President Peter DeJesus ‘Finds The Time’ To Serve As An Assistant Coach For Buffalo State College’s Women’s Basketball Team

Published on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, when he’s not involved in any of a multitude of Labor-related situations that occur daily in his life, Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) President Peter DeJesus, Jr. (wearing a mask with his arms outstretched) can be found on the bench - or jumping up from it to make a point more»

‘Only Time Will Tell If’ Last Year’s South Buffalo Mercy Hospital Strike For Better Staffing & Wages ‘Will Be Remembered’ By The Kaleida Health System As The CWA & 1199 SEIU ‘Kick Off’ Contract Talks For Its Area Hospitals & Nursing Home

Published on Sunday, March 20, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, as Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168 and 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East embark on negotiations for a new contract at Buffalo’s Kaleida Health System, Union Solidarity abounds. During a news conference held at 1199 SEIU’s Downtown more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Nursing Home Workers Make The Trek From Lewiston, New York To Ascension Living’s Company Headquarters In St. Louis To Protest Unfair Wages & Lack Of Staffing

Published on Friday, March 18, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(EDMUNDSON, MISSOURI) – 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-represented Health Care Workers from Lewiston, New York rallied earlier this week outside Ascension Living’s Headquarters to bring their protest right to their employer over what they describe are unfair wages and a lack of staffing. The Workers are employed at Our Lady more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Health Care Workers At Brooks Memorial Hospital/TLC Hospital Network ‘Overwhelmingly’ Ratify Contract - 1-Year Agreement Includes 10% Wage Increase, One-Time Appreciation Bonus & Incentives To Address Short Staffing

Published on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(DUNKIRK, NEW YORK) - About 150 Workers represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East who are employed at Brooks Memorial Hospital/TLC Health Systems in Dunkirk have overwhelmingly approved a one-year contract that includes a wage re-opener and an increase in pension contributions. Highlights of the more»

The Buffalo/Niagara County Building And Construction Trades’ Hockey Tournament Raises $12,000 For Juvenile Diabetes - Brings Total To $40,000 Raised Over the Past Couple Of Years ‘To Help A Variety Of Worthy Community Non-Profits’

Published on Sunday, March 13, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Photographs of the Buffalo and Niagara County Building and Construction Trades Council’s annual Hockey Tournament that benefited the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of Upstate New York, which appear with this Labor News Report, are courtesy of Carpenters Local 276 via the Social Network Facebook. more»

“I ‘Just Did For These Individuals What I Would Do For My Own Family’” - CSEA Western New York’s Member’s ‘Quick Thinking & Actions Save Individuals’ Lives’

Published on Friday, March 11, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ALDEN, NEW YORK) – Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Western New York Developmental Disabilities Service Organization (DDSO) Local Members are being honored for their quick actions in saving individuals’ lives after a fire broke out at a New York State Office For People With Developmental Disabilities Residential Facility just outside more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Nursing Home Workers Employed At Ascension Living’s Our Lady Of Peace Nursing Home In Niagara County Conduct One-Day Strike, ‘Demand Competitive Wages & Better Staffing Levels’

Published on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LEWISTON, NEW YORK) – Mostly every one of the 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-represented Nursing Home Workers at Ascension Living’s Our Lady of Peace Nursing Home in Lewiston/Niagara County participated in a one-day Strike that was held on Wednesday (March 9th) to demand competitive wages and better Staffing levels. The 150 more»

“I ‘Can’t Put Into Words How Proud I Am’” - The 2022 Variety Club Kids Telethon ‘Raises $900,000-Plus,’ With Western New York Labor Unions & Their Members ‘Contributing More Than’ $50,000

Published on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Western New York Labor Unions and their Members contributed more than $50,000 to the 60th Annual Variety Club Kids Telethon that was held over the weekend. During a scheduled Labor Hour on Sunday, Variety Club Kids Telethon Labor Chair and Teamsters Local 264 Representative Tony Vaccaro (holding a more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Nursing Home Workers At Our Lady Of Peace In Niagara County Will Go On Strike On Wednesday ‘In A Fight For Competitive Wages & Better Staffing’

Published on Sunday, March 6, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LEWISTON, NEW YORK) - More than 150 Nursing Home Workers – who are represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East at Ascension Living at Our Lady of Peace in Lewiston will Strike in a battle with management for competitive wages and better staffing levels on Wednesday (March 9th). Negotiations between more»

“A ‘Union Of Unions More Than Willing To Give Back’” - Western New York Labor ‘Yet Again Ready, Willing And Able To Contribute’ To The Annual Variety Club Kids Telethon This Weekend That Benefits Buffalo’s Oishei Children’s Hospital

Published on Thursday, March 3, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - It’s a long-time tradition and it will be happening again this weekend as the area’s Labor Unions and their Members make their donations to the 60th Annual Variety Club Kids Telethon, which goes to benefit Buffalo’s Oishei Children’s Hospital. The telethon will take place at Variety Club Headquarters at 6114 more»

Rallying With WNY Union Leaders, Elected Officials & Higher Ed Advocates, United University Professions ‘Calls On’ State Lawmakers ‘To Allocate More Than’ $250 Million For SUNY Campuses & Public Teaching Hospitals Across New York

Published on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, United University Professions (UUP) Statewide President Fred Kowal visited Buffalo on Tuesday (March 1st) to headline a rally that drew a number of Western New York Union Leaders, Elected Officials and Higher Education Advocates, all who joined together to call on Governor Kathy Hochul and the State more»

“We Can Only Move As Fast As We Can Move” - Words Spoken By Erie County Medical Center Lead Negotiator To NYSNA Nurses At Buffalo Safety-Net Hospital ‘Turns Into A Battle Cry’ To Increase Staffing & Retain/Recruit Nurses

Published on Monday, February 28, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)-represented Nurses Crystal Knibinicki (on the left) and Lona DeNisco take a moment to model a red t-shirt with the words: We Can Only Move As Fast As We Can Move, printed on the front. The Union Care Givers, along with hundreds of other NYSNA Members employed more»

State Elected Officials Join 1199 SEIU & Coalition Partners To ‘Publicly Call For Fair Pay’ For Home Care Workers/There’s ‘A Need To Fairly Compensate’ Them ‘During The Worst Home Care Shortage In The Nation’ That’s Occurring At This Time

Published on Sunday, February 27, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – New York State Elected Leaders joined with area Faith Leaders and 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-represented Home Care Workers last week to publicly urge State Lawmakers to provide fair wages for Home Care Workers. The call comes as New York currently faces the worst Home Care Workers shortage in the Nation, more»

CWA-Represented Clinical Engineering Department At Kaleida Health In Buffalo Reaches Tentative, First Union Contract Agreement/Includes Three Raises Over The Life Of Deal, As Well As A Bonus Upon Ratification, Which Is Slated For March 2nd

Published on Friday, February 25, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – After 45 bargaining sessions over the last two years, Communications of America (CWA) Local 1168 has reached a tentative, and first, three-year contract covering 28 Clinical Engineering Department/BioMed Bargaining Unit Workers employed by Kaleida Health in Buffalo. A ratification vote has been scheduled for March 2nd. The more»

A WNYLaborToday.com Conversation With African-American Actor & Actors’ Equity/SAG-AFTRA Unionist Stephen McKinley Henderson - Once His Father ‘Saw His Union Card, He Changed His Mind’ About His Son’s Acting Career

Published on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, distinguished African-American Actor, Director, Educator and Actors’ Equity/Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) Union Member Stephen McKinley Henderson recently sat down with WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell for a wide-ranging more»

Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation Peter DeJesus On City & State’s 2022 New York State Labor Power 100 Listing

Published on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Nearly two years into the Coronavirus Pandemic, the long-term impact on Workers is not fully clear. Many Americans lost their jobs, while others walked away voluntarily in what’s been dubbed the “Great Resignation.” The Federal Government helped stabilize the economy and bring down unemployment, but it also contributed to a sharp rise in more»

Reports Of Starbucks ‘Attempting To Force Out’ Union Leaders At Their Buffalo Stores Where The National Unionizing Push Originally Started

Published on Monday, February 21, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Multiple leaders of the Starbucks Union Drive in Buffalo have been warned that they may be fired in the coming weeks as a result of policy shifts planned by Starbucks management after the first successful unionization effort at one of the company’s U.S. stores. The new rules appear to target several of the Starbucks Workers who more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Nursing Home Workers Employed At Our Lady Of Peace In Lewiston Plan To Strike ‘If A New Contract Agreement Is Not Reached’

Published on Saturday, February 19, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LEWISTON, NEW YORK) - Unionized Nursing Home Workers employed at Ascension Living at Our Lady of Peace in Lewiston have voted unanimously to authorize a one-day Strike. The Health Care Workers are represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East and have been working without a contract since December 31st more»

In The Wake Of A Shooting/Stabbing Outside McKinley High School & Violence In Other Public Schools, The Buffalo Teachers Federation’s Board Of Delegates Issues A Vote Of ‘No Confidence’ In The Leadership Of Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash

Published on Friday, February 18, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – In the wake of a recent shooting/stabbing that occurred outside McKinley High School, the Buffalo Teachers Federation’s (BTF) Board of Delegates Thursday evening (February 17th) issued a vote of ‘no confidence’ in the leadership of Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash. In addition, the BTF also called for more»

“We’re ‘Closely Connected’ To Organized Labor. ‘It’s In Our DNA.’” - Meet Dr. Michael Edbauer, The New President Of Highmark Western And Northeastern New York, Which Oversees Union-Represented Highmark/BlueCross BlueShield In WNY

Published on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Dr. Michael Edbauer, the new President of Highmark Western and Northeastern New York, which includes oversight of Union-represented Highmark/Blue Cross Blue Shield in Western New York, tells WNYLaborToday.com he’s proud of Highmark/BCBNWNY’s “Labor DNA” and looks forward to more»

Lewiston Nursing Home Workers ‘Go Public, Call Attention To A Major Staffing Crisis & A Lack Of Competitive’ Wages From St. Louis-Based Ascension Living, Caregivers ‘Point To The Closure Of Three & Threatened’ Lay-Offs

Published on Friday, February 11, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LEWISTON, NEW YORK) - More than 150 Nursing Home Workers employed at Our Lady of Peace in Lewiston, who are represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East, have been working without a contract since December 31st, 2021. But on Thursday (February 10th), they held an informational picket to call attention more»

“If Workers United Can Get Starbucks Employees To Unionize, The ‘Sky Is The Limit’” - IUOE Local 17 Organizes 15 Workers At Csi Sands In Buffalo, ‘Who Sought Better’ Safety Precautions & Improvements To Their Wages And Benefits

Published on Friday, February 4, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17 Business Manager Gary Swain said he was buoyed by the recent results of Workers United’s successful organizing campaign with Starbucks’ Partners - an effort that started here in Buffalo and now has spread like wildfire across the United States. Swain told more»

New Interactive Project ‘Commemorates Harrowing Experiences’ Of Buffalo Health Care Heroes ‘Fighting The COVID-19 Pandemic & The Mercy Hospital Strike’

Published on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Communications Workers of America (CWA) District One, in collaboration with Health Care Workers and local artists Brendan Bannon and Ariel Aberg-Riger, have unveiled an interactive website chronicling the harrowing stories of Buffalo Health Care Heroes at Mercy Hospital who’ve spent the last two years fighting on the more»

“We’re All Exhausted And Burnt Out. You See It In Everyone’s Faces.” - A Recent Surge In Cases Due To The Omicron Variant Of COVID-19 Has ‘Overwhelmed’ Hospitals Across New York, ‘Yet CSEA Members Are Still On The Front Lines Providing Services’

Published on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The recent surge in cases due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has overwhelmed hospitals across New York State, yet Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Members are still on the front lines providing services. Kristina Landy, a CSEA Erie County Local Member and Senior Respiratory Therapist at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) more»

Buffalo-Headquartered Rich Products, ‘Already Embroiled’ In A Labor Dispute On The West Coast, Has $145,000 In Fines Proposed Against It By The U.S. Department of Labor ‘After A Chicago Employee Suffers A Fatal On-The-Job Injury’

Published on Sunday, January 30, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(CHICAGO, ILLINOIS) - Buffalo-Headquartered Rich Products Corporation, already embroiled in a high-profile Labor Dispute on the West Coast, has had $145,000 in fines proposed against it by the U.S. Department of Labor after a 42-year-old Employee suffered a fatal injury at its Chicago-area Pizza Plant. Federal Officials say Rich Products’ Sanitation more»

The Grand Healthcare System Signs New Contracts With 1199 SEIU At Five Upstate New York Nursing Homes, Including Buffalo & Rochester – ‘Wage Increases, Better Benefits & The Addition Of A Pension Said To Help In Recruiting & Retaining’ Caregivers

Published on Friday, January 28, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WESTERN NEW YORK) - Since December more than 580 Health Care Workers represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East at five nursing homes operated by The Grand Healthcare System have ratified new contracts. The new Union agreements include increased wages, shift differentials, longevity bonuses and wage more»

After ‘Months Of Bargaining, Mobilizing & The Threat Of A Strike,’ The CWA Reaches A Tentative Contract Agreement With Frontier Communications

Published on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - After months of bargaining, mobilizing and the threat of a Strike, CWA Members employed at Frontier Communications in Connecticut (CWA Local 1298) and in Upstate New York (CWA Locals 1170 in Rochester, 1111 in Elmira and 1122 in Buffalo) have reached a three-year agreement. The new deal with Frontier, a leading provider of more»

The United Auto Workers & The Western New York Labor Movement ‘Mourn The Loss’ Of Geri Ochocinska, The ‘First Woman Elected Regional Director In UAW History’

Published on Sunday, January 23, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – United Auto Workers (UAW) National President Ray Curry and the UAW International Executive Board announced the passing (on Monday, January 17th) of former UAW Region 9 Director Geri Ochocinska - the first Woman elected as a Regional Director, serving two terms from 1998 until her retirement in 2006. In 1994, Ochocinska was also more»

“We Must Ensure They, Their Parents, Staff And Community Are And Remain Safe” - The Buffalo Teachers Federation Calls For A District Delineation, Distribution, Posting And Enforcement Of COVID Protocols

Published on Friday, January 21, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is calling for a district delineation, distribution, posting and enforcement of COVID protocols in Buffalo’s Public Schools to “ensure that students, their parents, School Staff and the Buffalo Community are and remain safe.” As such, the BTF is calling for: Delineation and more»

A Labor Perspective: ‘Now Is The Time For Organized Labor To Clearly Weigh In’ - ‘Defining What Unions Want To See’ In Infrastructure & Sustainability Investments

Published on Thursday, January 20, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
LaborPress Editor’s Note: Bill Raisch serves as Director of the National Labor & Management Conference and as Executive Director of the International Center for Enterprise Preparedness at New York University where he advances collaborative efforts to address shared challenges to our organizations, communities and the Nation. Trillions of more»

Via The Dunkirk Observer: Doug Stock, ‘A Giant’ In The Chautauqua County Labor Movement, ‘Ends His Long Run’ As President Of The Dunkirk AFL-CIO Central Labor Council - A Position He’s Held Since January 2006

Published on Monday, January 17, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(DUNKIRK, NEW YORK) - Commendations, honors and plaques surrounded Doug Stock (Pictured Above/Dunkirk Observer Photo) as he sat in the kitchen area of his Fredonia home, though his attention soon drifted to a document he received more than five decades ago that would serve as the beginning of a new journey and mission. “It’s my letter of more»

Buffalo Area Starbucks Workers United Win At The NLRB - ‘Again’

Published on Saturday, January 15, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Starbucks Workers United, the Union of Starbucks Partners organizing in Buffalo, has once again won a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling relating to its upcoming Union votes for three Buffalo area stores. The victory is the same outcome from the previous NLRB hearing decided in October in which the NLRB ruled that as per more»

It’s Official: Suburban Buffalo Starbucks Coffee Shop Becomes The Company’s Second Unionized Retail Store In The United States

Published on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Starbucks Partners in Buffalo have won another major victory as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled the attempt by Starbucks to pack the voting list with Partners from another store has failed. As a result, the NLRB has further ruled that Partners employed at the company’s Genesee Street store, located across more»

“Labor’s Made Up Of ‘Real’ People ‘Who Care About Their Neighbors” - The Salvation Army Presents The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Labor Council With Its ‘Good Neighbor Award’ For Its Participation In ‘Coming To The Aid’ Of 25 Families This Christmas

Published on Monday, January 10, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, from left to right: Salvation Army of Niagara Falls’ Majors Steve and Delia Carroll; United Way of Greater Niagara Labor Liaison Bill Jakobi; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 237 Representative Mark Hewitt; Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President Jim more»

“We Do Not Feel Safe In Our Store” - Unionized Starbucks Partners In Buffalo ‘Walk Off The Job’ Due To “Unsafe Working Conditions”

Published on Thursday, January 6, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Starbucks Workers in Buffalo - who are employed at the company’s first Unionized store in the United States, walked off their jobs on Wednesday (January 5th) to protest what they described as unsafe working conditions in the wake of surging COVID-19 cases. Starbucks Partners employed at the company’s Elmwood Avenue more»

Here’s ‘How To Make’ Union Meetings ‘More Interesting And Useful’

Published on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
LaborNotes.org Editor’s Note: Mike Parker and Martha Gruelle are the co-authors of Democracy Is Power: Rebuilding Unions from the Bottom Up. Got tips on running a meeting? Email them to dan@labornotes.org. This article is an excerpt from the book Democracy Is Power: Rebuilding Unions from the Bottom Up, available for $10. Union Membership more»

‘Why 2021 Was The Biggest Year For The Labor Movement In Games’ - Working Conditions At Top Studios ‘Have Been Criticized Before, But This Year Saw A Significant Increase In Protests And Organizing By Employees’

Published on Sunday, January 2, 2022 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Marked by walkouts, strikes, petitions and open letters, 2021 was the biggest year yet for Workers in the U.S. video game industry taking a stand against labor conditions. A vocal contingent of Video Game Workers has warned employers they won’t tolerate subpar labor conditions just to fulfill their childhood dream of making video games. “In my more»

Know Your Rights: New York States Adopts Rules ‘Clarifying’ Sick Leave Law

Published on Friday, December 31, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - On December 22nd, 2021, the New York Department of Labor (NYSDOL) adopted rules implementing the State’s Sick Leave Law (NY Labor Law §196-b, or the Sick Leave Law), providing long-awaited clarification, which went into effect over a year ago on September 30th, 2020. The rules were proposed on December 9th, 2020 and adopted more»

‘Despite Its Pending Sale’ To Elderwood, Weinberg Campus Nursing Home Workers ‘Overwhelmingly Ratify’ New, Two-Year Contract - Caregivers Now The ‘Highest Paid’ Nursing Home Workers In WNY Pending Elderwood’s Approval Of Contract

Published on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(GETZVILLE, NEW YORK) – Instead of picketing, more than 200 Nursing Home Workers represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East who are employed at the Weinberg Campus in the Buffalo Suburb of Getzville, are celebrating a big victory this Holiday Season. Workers reached a new, two-year agreement with more»

‘On Board To Keep Them Afloat,’ IUPAT District 4 ‘Stepped Up To Help’ The Buffalo Naval Park ‘That’s Been Devastated’ By The COVID Pandemic, Apprentices Donate Labor To Paint Destroyer & Help Improve Hangar Facility

Published on Sunday, December 26, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Many non-profits across the country have been devastated by the negative impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic over the past 24 months - including the Buffalo Naval Park, which serves as home for a number of military artifacts, most notably the decommissioned USS Sullivans Destroyer. The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & more»

Buffalo’s City Mission Receives A $5,000 ‘Combined Donation’ Made By The Brotherhood Of Locomotive Engineers And Trainmen & A Local Safety Equipment Distributor, Who Was Asked By A Member Of The Union ‘If They Would Like To Get Involved’

Published on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, from left to right: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) National Vice President Jim Louis; DiVal Safety Equipment, Incorporated Representative Kyle Staub; Bill Nasca, BLET Division 421 Local Chairman; BLET Division 421 Secretary-Treasurer Chris Eleczko;; and a representative of more»

For The ‘Third Straight Year,’ NALC Branch 3’s Buffalo Members Are Honored As ‘NALC Heroes’ - Receive A Unit Citation From Their National Union For Their Efforts That Helped A Veteran Through Summertime Heat

Published on Monday, December 20, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – For the third straight year, Members of National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Branch 3 in Buffalo have been honored as NALC Heroes, this time receiving a Unit Citation for their efforts that helped a local Veteran through Summertime heat. Kevin Bystrak and the late Jody Kotowski - who was Western New York's first more»

“We Hope Starbucks Takes This Opportunity To Respect Their Partners' Right To Organize And Sit Down At The Bargaining Table” - Partners Ask Starbucks ‘To Turn A New Leaf’ As Their Union Is Legally Certified By The NLRB

Published on Sunday, December 19, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) confirmed last week that Workers United will be certified as the Collective Bargaining Representative for partners at the Starbucks Elmwood location in Buffalo, New York. Partners just made history when they won an election to form a Union, the first of its kind among Starbucks corporate more»

As The Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent ‘Pushes For Raises Of As Much As 40% For Administrators & Non-Union’ Employees, IUOE Local 17 Instead ‘Turns The Focus To The Schools’ “Suffering And Extremely Low Paid/Essential” Custodians

Published on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, on the right, West Hertel Academy Custodian Bob Harrell, who has not had a raise in nearly 12 years and makes just $12.17 an hour, less than the present $12.50 New York State Minimum Wage. Standing next to him is International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17 Business Manager Gary Swain. more»