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“I Felt Like ‘The Lowest Of The Low.’ ‘It Was Overwhelming.’ ‘(Now) I Just (Feel) Like Somebody Sees Me.’ ‘I’m Not Invisible.’” - Striking Mercy Hospital Caregiver ‘Overwhelmed’ By Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Public Recognition

Published on Monday, October 25, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) of New York City visited striking Mercy Hospital Workers in South Buffalo over the weekend to publicly support the Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Caregivers’ fight for safe staffing ratios, improved patient care and a fair more»

Union Contracts Covering 1,800 Service Workers At The University Of Rochester & Strong Memorial Hospital Expire - 1199 SEIU & SEIU Local 200 United Healthcare Workers Issue 10-Day Picket Notice

Published on Friday, October 22, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) – Today (Friday, October 22th), the Union contracts covering 1,800 Service Workers employed at Strong Memorial Hospital and University of Rochester Campus since 2018 expired following a short extension, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Officials said. On Thursday (October 21st), in a nearly unanimous vote, Hospital more»

Starbucks Is Being Accused Of Union-Busting Leading Up To Unionization Vote In Buffalo - Reportedly Has ‘Directly Asked’ Its Employees To Vote ‘No’ On ‘Going Union’

Published on Thursday, October 21, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - As Buffalo and Hamburg, New York-area Starbucks Employees edge closer to voting on what would be the company's first Union in the United States, the coffee chain is being accused of Union-Busting by the Union Organization Group, SBWorkers United. SBWorkers United has tweeted out a letter that was originally sent to Starbucks Employees more»

Day 19 Of The CWA-Mercy Hospital Strike: “You Are Not Alone,” New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento Tells Buffalo Caregivers, Says “Their Fight Is The Fight” Of the Labor Federation’s Statewide 2.5-Million Members

Published on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento addressed striking Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Caregivers outside the Catholic Health System’s Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo Thursday (October 19th) as the strike over chronic understaffing, poor working conditions and low more»

Farmers Say Overtime Mandate ‘Would Weaken’ New York Agriculture

Published on Monday, October 18, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(APPLETON & ALBANY, NEW YORK) - As the 2021 picking season draws to a close for Niagara County Fruit Grower Jim Bittner, he’s worried his payroll costs could soar if a little known state panel decides to mandate that Farmers pay their Workers overtime for all time worked in a week in excess of 40 hours The current weekly overtime threshold for more»

‘Wake Up And Smell The Union-Busting!’ - Starbucks Temporarily Closes Two Stores In Buffalo Where Their Employees Are Trying to Unionize

Published on Friday, October 15, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Starbucks has temporarily closed two stores involved in a Union Drive in Buffalo that are leading what could soon become the first campaign to successfully Unionize the Coffee Shop Giant. The company said that the two temporary store closures in Buffalo have nothing to do with the Union Drive - one is for a remodel and the other is more»

“This Has Changed Us” - A Labor Perspective From CWA-Represented RN Heather Lawrence, ‘Who’s Surviving’ The Coronavirus Pandemic ‘While Continuing To Treat Patients’ At Catholic Health System’s Suburban Buffalo St. Joseph’s Campus

Published on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
A Note From WNYLaborToday.com Editor Tom Campbell: I met Heather Lawrence (Pictured Above/WNYlaborToday.com Photo), a Registered Nurse (RN) represented by Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168 and employed at the Catholic Health System’s St. Joseph’s Campus in Suburban Buffalo, over the weekend - where she was one of several more»

“We Didn’t Know If We Were Going To Die Or Not, But We Worked Through It, We Went To Work, Every Day” - CWA-Represented Catholic Health Caregivers Unveil ‘COVID Heroes Wall’ As Strike Continues At Mercy Hospital In South Buffalo

Published on Monday, October 11, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The many photos taken of Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Mercy Hospital Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic that combined to create a COVID Wall of Heroes set the stage for an emotional Sunday afternoon (October 10th) of personal stories told by those who now walk a picket line outside the South Buffalo more»

Spotlight On Local Union Members Running For Public Office: The CSEA’s Ed Hughes Decides At The Age Of 58 ‘To Make A First Time Run,’ Seeks To Become The Town Of Hamburg’s Next Highway Department Superintendent

Published on Friday, October 8, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(HAMBURG, NEW YORK) - At the age of 58, Ed Hughes decided it was a good time to run for public office - becoming yet another local Union Member who’s made a decision to make a difference, running for Superintendent of the Town of Hamburg’s Highway Department. Making his first run for any publicly-elected position, Hughes is a 27-year Member of more»

President Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ Agenda - In Buffalo, New York Senator Gillibrand ‘Calls For Historic Investment In Long-Term Care And Caregiver Economy’

Published on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - As Congress crafts the historic Build Back Better agenda that President Joe Biden supports, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at the 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) building in Buffalo to call for historic investments in long-term care and the Caregiver economy, building on the $12.7 billion short-term Medicaid more»

As Striking CWA-Represented Nurses Continue To Walk The Picket Line Outside South Buffalo’s Mercy Hospital In A Battle Over Patient Care, How Can Catholic Health ‘Not Pay Them - But Bring In Nearly 200 Out-Of-Town Caregivers At $150 An Hour?’

Published on Monday, October 4, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168 Director of Mobilizing and Organizing Mary Nowocien is standing with her striking CWA Local 1133 Brothers and Sisters who are walking the picket line outside South Buffalo’s Mercy Hospital. Nowocien, who’s worked as a Licensed Practical more»

ON STRIKE: Nearly 2,000 Workers At Catholic Health’s Mercy Hospital In South Buffalo Walked Out This Morning Over Staffing Crisis, Deteriorating Patient Care & Safety

Published on Friday, October 1, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Nurses, Technologists, Clerical Staff, Aides, Dietary and other Service Workers employed at Catholic Health System’s Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo went out on Strike at 6 a.m. today (Friday, October 1st) after management refused to agree to a fair contract that would more»

The Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation Releases Its 2021 List Of Endorsed Candidates

Published on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF), whose Regional Labor Federation’s 140 affiliated Local Unions combine to represent 145,000 Union Workers in the Public and Private Sectors and the Building Trades, has released its 2021 list Of Endorsed Candidates:

‘Strike Or No Strike,’ CWA-Represented Critical Care RN Tina Knop ‘Will No Longer Work At’ Catholic Health’s South Buffalo Mercy Hospital - Nurse ‘Tearfully Shares What Staffing Problems Are Doing To Hospital Caregivers & Patients’

Published on Monday, September 27, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – As the Communications Workers of America (CWA) served the Catholic Health System with a 10-day notice to Strike South Buffalo’s Mercy Hospital last week, one Caregiver - Registered Nurse Tina Knop, tearfully shared what Critical Care Nurses face with major staffing problems within the hospital system that has brought her to more»

Remembering Edith ‘Edie’ LeWin – 35-Plus-Year Buffalo Teachers Federation Vice President/Presidential Assistant Is Being Recalled As “A Very Caring Person” Who “Would Leave No Stone Unturned To Help Anyone”

Published on Thursday, September 23, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Edith ‘Edie’ LeWin, who served as Vice President/Presidential Assistant at the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) for more than 35 years is being remembered as a “very caring person” who “would leave no stone unturned to help anyone.” The long-time Union Leader and Advocate for Buffalo’s more»

The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Releases Its 2021 List Of Endorsed Candidates

Published on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) - The Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council has released its 2021 list Of Endorsed Candidates:

CWA-Represented Workers At Catholic Health’s Mercy Hospital In South Buffalo Set October 1st Strike Date As ‘Staffing Crisis Reaches Breaking Point’

Published on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Union-represented Nurses, Technologists, Clerical Staff and other Service Workers employed at Catholic Health System’s Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo announced Monday evening (September 20th) that they will go on Strike on October 1st - if, a contract settlement is not reached by then. The Workers - represented by the more»

“It’s An Investment In Our Country’s Future” - Buffalo Building Trade Unions Rally With Congressman Higgins To ‘Call On Washington To Make A Significant Federal Investment To Improve’ Our Nation’s Infrastructure

Published on Sunday, September 19, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – No one could make have made the point better than Sam Capitano - Laborers Local 210 President and Business Manager of the Upstate New York Laborers District Council, who said: “This legislation ‘isn’t simply an investment in our country’s infrastructure, it’s an investment in our country’s more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Workers Join With WNY Congressman Higgins & Local Families ‘To Stress The Need For The Build Back Better Package To Include Policies Supporting’ The Care Economy

Published on Friday, September 17, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Western New York Home Care Workers - most notably those represented by 1199 SEIU (Service Employees International Union), and local families recently hosted a roundtable discussion with U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins (New York-26th District) to share the challenges facing those caring for seniors and people with disabilities. more»

After COVID ‘Shut It Down’ Last Year, The 2021 Niagara-Orleans Labor Council’s Annual Labor’s Night At The Races Fundraiser ‘Successfully Returned’ & Brings In $16,000 ‘To Benefit A Variety Of’ United Way Of Greater Niagara Programs

Published on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(RANSOMVILLE, NEW YORK) – For obvious reasons, the Coronavirus Pandemic put the Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council’s (NOLC) 2020 Labor’s Night at the Races annual fundraiser in mothballs. But after a one-year hiatus, the July event returned, triumphantly drawing 600 Unionists and Friends of Labor to an effort that raised more»

Long-Time CWA & Niagara County Union Activist Roger Chenez Remembered “As Unselfishly Different In Order To Make A Difference” & As “Fiery And Fierce In Defending Labor - Kind And Gentle When It Came To His Community”

Published on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(LOCKPORT, NEW YORK) – Long-time Communications Workers of America (CWA) and Niagara County Union Activist Roger Chenez is being remembered for being “unselfishly different in order to make a difference,” “his passion (for) the Labor Movement” and for the work he did in “laying a foundation for the next generation” more»

“We Are Committed To Doing Whatever It Takes To Stand Up For Our Patients And Our Families” - CWA-Represented Catholic Health Hospital Workers Vote To Authorize Strike At Catholic Health In Buffalo As ‘Critical Understaffing Reaches Crisis Point’

Published on Friday, September 10, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Nurses, Technologists, Clerical Staff and other Service Workers employed in the Nursing, Cleaning and Dietary Departments at Catholic Health’s Mercy Hospital of Buffalo voted overwhelmingly late Thursday (September 9th) to authorize a Strike - should it be necessary. The more»

NABET-CWA Local 25-Represented Daily Hire Workers - Who Help Bring Us Televised Buffalo Sabres Home Games, Reach A Contract Extension Agreement For The Upcoming NHL Season

Published on Thursday, September 9, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET)-Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 25-represented Daily Hire Workers, who help bring us televised Buffalo Sabres games, have reached an agreement on a contract extension for the upcoming National Hockey League (NHL) season. The one-year extension for the more»

CWA-Represented Hospital Workers Employed At Catholic Health Holding Strike Authorization Vote This Week - Front Line Health Care Workers Could Strike As Early As October 1st When Their Contract Expires

Published on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Growing increasingly concerned over worsening Staffing shortages that are jeopardizing patient care as COVID-19 cases increase across Erie County, Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Nurses, Technical, Service and Clerical Staff employed by Mercy Hospital of Buffalo will vote this week - on Wednesday and Thursday - more»

Buffalo’s Annual Labor Day Parade In Pictures: Organized Labor ‘Returns In Force To Celebrate A Day For Essential Workers Who’ve Given And Continue To Give Of Themselves’ During This Long COVID Pandemic

Published on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(SOUTH BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – What a difference a year makes! After the Coronavirus Pandemic forced cancellation of the 2020 Buffalo Labor Day Parade, Organized Labor returned to South Buffalo Monday (August 6th) in force under glorious sunny skies and warm temperatures to march and honor those Essential Workers who’ve given so much of themselves more»

A Labor Day Message From Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation President Peter DeJesus, Junior - “We Have Much To Celebrate And We Have Much Work Ahead Of Us”

Published on Monday, September 6, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Peter DeJesus, Junior serves as President of the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF), whose Regional Labor Federation’s 140 affiliated Local Unions combine to represent 145,000 Union Workers in the Public and Private Sectors and the Building Trades. Labor Day 2021 is upon us. It is a more»

‘Celebrate Workers, America Needs Unions’ - A Labor Day Message From CSEA Western Region President Steve Healy

Published on Friday, September 3, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
CSEA Editor’s Note: Steve Healy serves as President of Civil Service Employees Association’s (CSEA) Western Region, which covers 14 Western New York Counties and supports 46,000 Public Workers who are Members in more than 80 Locals and 220 Units, and who work in state government, local government, school districts, library systems, public more»

Cornell Industrial Labor Relations Buffalo Co-Lab Announces Mapping & Data Analysis Internship For Social Impact

Published on Thursday, September 2, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Cornell University Industrial Labor Relations (ILR) Buffalo Co-Lab has announced a $50,000 planning grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation to develop and launch an Engaged Learning Internship Program that will enlist Cornell University undergraduate students in creating, supporting and building capacity of data-driven, more»

“By Forming This Union, We Are Telling Starbucks That We Want To Bring Our Own Chairs To The Table That Was Built Upon Our Backs” - Buffalo Area Starbucks Workers ‘File For Historic’ Union Recognition Vote

Published on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Starbucks Workers employed at three Buffalo area stores - on Camp Road in Hamburg, Genesee Street in Suburban Cheektowaga and on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, filed petitions this week with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold official Union Elections. If successful, the three stores would become the only Starbucks Retail more»

CWA Local 1122 President John Mudie Officially “Sashed” As The Grand Marshal Of The 2021 Buffalo Labor Day Parade, Which Will Honor Those Essential Workers ‘Who Continue To Make Our Economy Go’ During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Published on Monday, August 30, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President Denise Abbott poses for a photo with John Mudie - former Buffalo Labor Council President and current President of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1122, after an official sashing event was held last week to honor Mudie as Grand Marshal of the more»

“When Hospitals Are Understaffed, People Die” - CWA Health Care Workers ‘Come Out In Force To Demand More’ Staff, ‘Cleaner’ Hospitals, ‘Fair’ Wages & ‘Improved ‘Benefits During Rally At Catholic Health System’s Mercy Hospital In South Buffalo

Published on Thursday, August 26, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Hundreds and hundreds of Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Health Caregivers employed by the Catholic Health System in Buffalo held an informational picket and rally outside South Buffalo’s Mercy Hospital in sweltering 90-degree temps to focus public attention on a slew of problems that they say more»

Newly-Ratified Contract At Sumitomo Rubber USA’s Tonawanda Tire-Making Plant ‘Not Only Benefits’ USW Local 135L’s Membership, But ‘Guarantees’ $122 Million Expansion ‘Will Move Forward - Benefitting The Local Community & WNY Region’

Published on Monday, August 23, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(TONAWANDA, NEW YORK) – A newly-ratified contract at Sumitomo Rubber USA’s Tonawanda tire-making plant not only benefits the more than 1,000 United Steelworkers (USW) Local 135L-represented Workers employed there, it “guarantees” a $122 million expansion, which - in the process, will also benefit the local community and Western New more»

CWA Local 1168 Welcomes 27 New Union Members At St. Joe’s Hospital

Published on Thursday, August 19, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(CHEEKTOWAGA, NEW YORK) – Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168 has announced that 27 Employees at St. Joe’s Hospital have voted to join the Union. The CWA Local’s newest Members at the Suburban Buffalo Hospital include Radiologic Technologists, Registered Vascular Ultrasound Technologists, Computed Tomography Technologists, more»

“Just Another Example Of Local 17 Putting Buffalo Together” - IUOE Crane Operator Helps Install A Massive Ferris Wheel Atop An Old Grain Silo Base In Buffalo’s Growing RiverWorks Food & Entertainment Offering

Published on Sunday, August 15, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – You can’t miss the massive and high-reaching Ferris Wheel that’s being installed atop an old grain silo base in the growing RiverWorks food and entertainment offering in Downtown Buffalo, a job where International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17 Crane Operator Ken Willard has played a major role. Willard more»

Laborers Local 210 Accuses Canisius College With ‘Violating’ NYS Funding Grant - Union Also Says Out-Of-Town Workers’ Lack Protective Equipment On Buffalo College’s Asbestos Abatement Project, Which ‘Places Them In Jeopardy’

Published on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, Members of Laborers Local 210 were joined by representatives of several other area Unions outside Canisius College Tuesday (August 10th) to protest the use of out-of-town Workers on a New York State-funded asbestos abatement project at the Jesuit College’s Science Hall in Buffalo. The Laborers more»

Buffalo Newspaper Guild Members Ratify New Three-Year Contract That Offers Raises ‘And Improves And Maintains Many’ Union Benefits That ‘Will Keep The Local Daily Newspaper Strong’

Published on Sunday, August 8, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Buffalo Newspaper Guild Members have overwhelmingly ratified the tentative agreement that was reached with The Buffalo News and its owner Lee Enterprises last week in a 75-to-1 vote that was tallied Friday (August 6th) afternoon. The three-year deal offers raises and improves and maintains many Union benefits that will keep the local more»

CWA-Represented Health Care Workers Rally Against 'Deteriorating Patient Conditions' At Catholic Health & With A Contact Set To Expire Soon, Union Leadership ‘Demands’ A Deal With ‘Fair’ Wages, Benefits & Staffing Levels

Published on Friday, August 6, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Catholic Health System Nurses and Hospital Workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) spoke out during a news conference held earlier this week against deteriorating conditions for Workers and patients at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, at Kenmore Mercy Hospital and at Sisters of Charity Hospital-St. Joseph Campus. more»

‘It’s Baaaack!’ - The Buffalo Labor Day Parade ‘Returns After A COVID-19 Pause,’ 2021 Parade Will Honor ‘Essential’ Workers & Have A ‘New’ Marching Route, Starting In The City Of Lackawanna

Published on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – After a one-year COVID pause and a car caravan in 2020 that replaced the annual event, the Buffalo Labor Day Parade is returning this September - this time honoring the role Essential Workers have and continue to play during the Coronavirus Pandemic, as well as featuring a new marching route that starts in the City of more»

The Buffalo Newspaper Guild Reaches A Tentative Contract Agreement With The Buffalo News/Lee Enterprises – Details To Be Made Public Monday

Published on Saturday, July 31, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Buffalo Newspaper Guild and The Buffalo News/Lee Enterprises have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract. The agreement comes after five months of bargaining over a lengthy list of proposals on both sides. In light of the tentative agreement, the Guild is ending its two-week By-Line Strike and is thanking the more»

Community Support ‘Grows’ For The Buffalo Newspaper Guild’s ‘Fight To Save Local Journalism’ As The Union Readies To Head Back To The Negotiating Table A Day Before Its Current Contract Is Set To Expire

Published on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Buffalo News Reporter Sandra Tan knows the Buffalo Community gets it when it comes to the Buffalo Newspaper Guild’s fight to save local journalism. Why? Because she was even approached by a concerned reader while in church who wanted to know what was going on, why Reporters were withholding their by-lines and where more»

“This Was The Place To Be” - SMART Local 71’s ‘Commitment To Breathing New Life Into Blighted Property Hailed’ By NYS Lt. Governor Hochul, Who Officially Helps Open The Union’s New Training Facility On Buffalo’s East Side

Published on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Retired SMART (Sheet Metal, Air Rail and Transportation) Local 71 Business Manager John Helak beamed as he watched New York State Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul cut the ribbon (Pictured Below/WNYLaborToday.com Photos) to officially open his Buffalo Building Trades Union’s new $1.3 million training center and then again as he more»

Buffalo Educational Support Team Union ‘Gets Long-Awaited’ Contract That Features Pay Increases & Professional Development

Published on Sunday, July 25, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - After nine years, or 3,267 days, the Buffalo Educational Support Team (BEST) has succeeded in ratifying a contract that its Local President calls a “great achievement.” Jo Ann Sweat, who serves as President of the 900-Member Local Unit of Teacher Aides, Teaching Assistants and Health Care Aides, said the Union Workers will more»

Labor Perspective From Former Virginia Congressman Tom Perriello: To Build Back Better, ‘Give Workers A Voice & A Stake’

Published on Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Newsweek Editor’s Note: Tom Perriello is a former U.S. Congressman from Virginia's 5th Congressional District. He now serves as the U.S. Executive Director of the Open Society Foundations. This week, former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos realized his dream of flying to space, after spending a reported $5 billion on his rocket company. This is spare more»

A Little Bit Of Labor History: The Origin & Evolution Of The International Brotherhood Of Electrical Worker's ‘Most Cherished’ Symbol

Published on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) seal is instantly recognizable to anyone in the industry and a point of pride for the Union’s Members and all associated with it, but while it traces its origins back to the IBEW's founders, it has undergone significant changes along the way. The IBEW gets questions constantly about its more»

“This Is Not Just A Slap In The Face To Our (150) Members, But To Our Entire Western New York Community” - Unionized Buffalo News Employees ‘Fight Demands Of Out-Of-State’ Owner

Published on Thursday, July 15, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Buffalo Newspaper Guild, bolstered by the outpouring of support from community leaders across the region, is calling on The Buffalo News to stop its assault on the region’s daily paper and local jobs. At a news conference held today (July 15th), the largest Union at The Buffalo News announced a series of community actions - more»

1,300 USW Members, Including Those Employed At Company’s Lockport Plant, Vote To Ratify New Contract With ATI Technologies – Agreement Raises Wages, Provides Lump-Sum Payments & Protects Affordable, High-Quality Health Care

Published on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) – Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) have ratified a new four-year contract with Specialty Steel Maker Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) that raises wages, provides lump-sum payments and protects affordable, high-quality health care for current and future Workers. In accordance with an agreement between the more»

The Labor Movement ‘Has To Do Something About This’ – Poll Shows 65% of Workers Under 40 ‘Don't Know About Their Right to Form a Union’

Published on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
A LaborLab/Centiment Poll conducted between April 7th and April 10th (2021) found 65% of Workers under the age of 40 are unfamiliar with their right to Unionize. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 5% and its findings are pretty disturbing. While 65% of Millennial and Gen Z Employees lack a clear understanding of their right to form a Union, more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Workers At Bertrand Chaffee Hospital & The Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home In Springville Ratify New Three-Year Contract That Calls For A 2% Annual Wage Increase & An Increase In Pension Contributions

Published on Sunday, July 11, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(SPRINGVILLE, NEW YORK) – Union-represented Workers employed at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and at the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing in Springville, located in Southern Erie County, have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new three-year contract, 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East announced. 1199 SEIU Members will get more»

Care Managers Employed At The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s Health Home Unit Ratify Their ‘First’ Union Contract

Published on Thursday, July 8, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) - Care Managers employed at the Health Home Unit of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center have ratified their first Union contract, 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East Representatives announced. The new contract, which expires on May 31st, 2022, covers 39 Health Care Workers in six different more»

The Buffalo Newspaper Guild Uses Mobilization Campaign ‘To Get Its Message Out’ To The Public As The Union Continues Negotiations With The Buffalo News/Lee Enterprises

Published on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – During negotiations, The Buffalo News/Lee Enterprises has rejected the Buffalo Newspaper Guild’s Digital Jurisdiction Proposal and re-proposed language to dismantle Employee Job Security Protections, as well as outsource Guild work out of state and out of the country, the Union says. As a result, the Newspaper more»