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Is This ‘Winning?’ A New Brookings Institution Study ‘Paints A Devastating Picture Of The Reality’ Of Working Class Life, Finds A ‘Staggering’ 44% Of U.S. Workers ‘Earn Low Wages’

Published on Sunday, December 1, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The November 2019 report from the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution titled Meet the Low-Wage Workforce, co-authored by Nicole Bateman and Martha Ross, paints a devastating picture of the reality of Working Class Life in the world’s wealthiest country. The study concentrates on the years following the more»

New Study Finds Maternity Benefits For Construction Tradeswomen ‘Financially Feasible’

Published on Friday, November 29, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
At a 2016 conference for women in construction, Ironworker Bridget Booker stood up and recounted how, as a second-year Apprentice, she miscarried after a very heavy day on the job. Booker told the audience she felt she had had no option but to continue to work when she became pregnant. Without work, she would not only have lost her earnings, but also her more»

WNY Area Labor Federation Calls On Tesla To End Alleged Practices Of Racism At Its Buffalo Solar Production Facility - Formal Complaints Filed With NYS Division Of Human Rights & Federal EEOC To Hold Tesla Accountable

Published on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Organized Labor has joined with a host of Local and National Environmental Justice and Racial Justice Organizations supporting former Non-Union Tesla Workers who are now speaking out against alleged racist conditions inside Tesla’s sprawling Buffalo Solar Production Facility, as well as calling on New York State and the more»

Communications Workers Of America-Represented Educators At The University Of Buffalo ‘Win Massive’ Wage Increase

Published on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Communication Workers of America (CWA)-represented Employees at the University of Buffalo (UB) have won a massive wage increase - which comes two years after the launch of a Living Wage Campaign at UB by Members of the Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU-CWA) Local 1104, which represents 5,000 Teaching and Graduate Assistants more»

Unions ‘Giving Back’ To Their Communities: For The 23rd Consecutive Year, The Buffalo Teachers Federation Donates Thanksgiving Day Meals To More Than 200 Local Families

Published on Sunday, November 24, 2019 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 26th) 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-Backed Workplace Violence Bill Passes U.S. House

Published on Friday, November 22, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Union-backed Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1309) was passed in the House Thursday (November 21st) by a vote of 251-to-158. The measure will help protect Hospital, Psychiatric, Behavioral Health Care, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Workers and others by requiring the more»

This Is What ‘Working Union’ Can Do For You: Former Homeless Massachusetts Mom Says Unionized “Construction Life Got Us To Where We Are Now” - Tara Williams Says ‘It’s Provided Her Family Stability & The Ability To Look Ahead’

Published on Thursday, November 21, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(EAST BRIDGEWATER, MASSACHUSETTS) - When Tara Williams thinks about how her life has changed in the past few months, she attributes the transformation to her new career in construction. Following a divorce that left her and her two children homeless, the 42-year-old worked various types of jobs and settled in East Bridgewater, becoming a Construction more»

Just Over The Border: More Than 3,000 Canadian National Railway Rail Workers Out On Strike

Published on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(CANADA) - About 3,000 Workers of Canadian National Railway, the country’s largest railroad operator, are out on Strike, Labor Union Teamsters Canada said after both parties failed to resolve contract issues. "Conductors, Trainperson and Yard Workers at Canadian National Railway are now officially on Strike," the union said in a tweet. Canada, one more»

The CWA Launches Two New Efforts That Focus On Veterans – One, A New National CWA Veterans Committee, Will Ensure Veterans' Issues Are ‘Front And Center’ In The Union’s Political, Legislative, Human Rights & Organizing Agenda

Published on Sunday, November 17, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - On Veterans Day, Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Chris Shelton announced the creation of the CWA Veterans for Social Change Program and a new National CWA Veterans Committee. As part of the CWA Veterans for Social Change launch, CWA Military Veterans joined more than 40 Veterans from across the country for an Organizing more»

The New York State Department Of Labor Recognizes The Success Of The New York Power Authority/IBEW Apprentice Training Program During National Apprenticeship Week

Published on Friday, November 15, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WESTERN NEW YORK) - The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) this week recognized 52 Electrical Workers from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Locals 2104 and 2032 for their participation in a Statewide Apprentice Training Program. The Clean Energy Jobs Program, now running for two more»

With The Reinstatement Of Two Fired Workers & The Lifting Of A Community-Wide Boycott, Organized Labor Announces That ‘Buffalo’s Got A Union SPoT’

Published on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - With the reinstatement of two Workers who were fired during a recent and successful Union Organizing Campaign, along with receiving full back pay, a community-wide boycott of Buffalo’s coffee chain has come to an end with Organized Labor coming together to publicly announce that “Buffalo’s Got A Union SPoT.” more»

USW Local 135L Members Raise $10,000 For Two Service Dogs For Returning WNY Vets - Union Receives Glass Ball Award That Contains An Actual Suicide Note ‘That Was Written, But Never Used’ Because A Vet Received A Service Dog

Published on Monday, November 11, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(TONAWANDA, NEW YORK) – Over the weekend, United Steelworkers (USW) Local 135L and its Membership were recognized for raising and donating $10,000 to the not-for-profit Western New York Heroes, Incorporated, which was used to purchase and train two service dogs for Veterans who were returning home from war. But what made the eyes of those Union Reps more»

‘This Looks Like The Start Of A Great Time For Unions’ - The Tightest Labor Market In Decades ‘Is Shifting The Balance Of Power’ Between Workers & Employers

Published on Sunday, November 10, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
The tight Labor Market in the U.S. is leading to a shift in the balance of power between Labor and capital, giving more leverage to Workers. This manifests itself in a variety of ways. For instance, Workers are less reluctant to leave their jobs in search of better pay or working conditions. This is showing up in the rate of Workers quitting their jobs more»

Unions Are ‘Encouraging Their Members To Run For Public Office More Than Ever Now & It’s Paying Off’ – Also, Results From Several Races From Across Western New York & Downstate Involving Union Candidates

Published on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Your On-Line Labor Newspaper highlighted the campaigns of several Union Members who ran for Public Office during the 2019 November Election, including: Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO Central Labor Body Director Jennifer Puja, who won her race for the White Plains Common Council; and Joe Cantafio, a New York State United more»

“We Are So Much Stronger Together” - Merger Approved Between The Buffalo Newspaper Guild & The Buffalo-Niagara Typographical Union

Published on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - The Buffalo Newspaper Guild (BNG) Executive Committee has unanimously voted to approve the merger agreement with the Buffalo-Niagara Typographical Union No. 9/Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 14148. Typographical Union President Harold Rehm and Guild President Sandy Tan signed the merger agreement, which was immediately more»

Across The Nation, Workers Are Striking Like It’s 1986

Published on Monday, November 4, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Last year, nearly half a million Workers went on Strike across the Nation, the largest number since 1986, when the country’s union Membership Rate was considerably higher (17.5%) than it was in 2018 (10.5%). This year, while the official numbers aren’t out yet, the momentum is anything but slowing down. Take these two examples: the more»

Recognized For ‘More Than Just Delivering The Mail,’ The National Association Of Letter Carriers Honors Its ‘Heroes Of The Year,’ Including Buffalo Branch 3 Letter Carrier Theresa Jo Belkota Of Lewiston, New York

Published on Sunday, November 3, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NLAC) 2019 Heroes of the Year were honored for more than just delivering the mail. The Union-represented Letter Carriers who were recognized on Wednesday (October 30th) by NALC President Fredric Rolando at a special luncheon in Washington, D.C. saved people from car accidents or home more»

The WNY Council On Occupational Safety And Health Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary - Honors Several Locals For Their Work In Fighting Toxic Exposures & Illnesses, Including Niagara-Orleans Labor Council President & USW District 4 Rep Jim Briggs

Published on Thursday, October 31, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Western New York Council On Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH) celebrated its 40th Anniversary Wednesday (October 30th) during an event held in Buffalo where it honored several locals for their tireless work in fighting toxic exposures and illnesses to Workers and residents alike - including Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO more»

The Buffalo Teachers Federation Helps City Schoolchildren ‘Get Ready For A Safe’ Halloween

Published on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Once again this year, the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) has handed out tens of thousands of orange bookmarks in public school classrooms across the City this week in an effort to make sure schoolchildren have a happy and safe Halloween as they travel through city neighborhoods trick or treating Thursday night. more»

A WNYLaborToday.com Halloween Tradition: Did You Know That ‘Long Hours & Dangerous Conditions’ On The Frankenstein Sets Led Legendary Actor Boris Karloff To Get Behind The Movement To Unionize Screen Actors?

Published on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Your On-Line Labor Newspaper is republishing this Labor News Story that it originally published back on October 29th, 2015. In celebrating Halloween 2019, WNYLaborToday.com thought it was important to underscore and recognize - once again - what Actors Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi did to organize their fellow Actors more»

A Labor Perspective From New River Investments Portfolio Manager Conor Sen: The ‘Rationale For Joining’ A Union ‘Hasn't Looked This Good In A Very Long Time’

Published on Sunday, October 27, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Bloomberg Editor’s Note: Conor Sen, a Bloomberg Opinion Columnist, is a Portfolio Manager for New River Investments in Atlanta and has been a contributor to The Atlantic and Business Insider. The tight Labor Market in the U.S. is leading to a shift in the balance of power between Labor and capital, giving more leverage to Workers. This manifests more»

Union Nurses Rally In New York City For Legislation To Increase Staffing Levels – Buffalo CWA Leader Deb Hayes Testifies: “Feeling Of Sadness Overcomes (Health Care Workers) When They Can’t Do The Job They Were Hired To Do.”

Published on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Nurses rallied in Manhattan on Tuesday (October 22nd) for the New York State Health Care System to establish higher Patient-To-Staff Ratios. The Nurses and Health Care Workers pointed out that studies show adequate staffing decreases patient complications and death - and they want a legislative or regulatory solution. “Not just for more»

Buffalo Building Trades Support Major Offshore Wind Energy Initiative, Slated To Meet With Diamond Generating Corporation In December - Company’s Taking ‘First Steps’ Towards Building Up To Three Wind Farms Out On Lake Erie

Published on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Buffalo Building & Construction Trades Council is supporting a Los Angeles-based company’s Offshore Wind Energy Initiative and plans to meet with the organization’s representatives here in Buffalo in December as the project looks to gain momentum, a representative of the Building Trades told WNYLaborToday.com more»

UAW Officials Vote To Extend Nationwide GM Strike As Union Negotiators Send Proposed Tentative Agreement To UAW National GM Council For Approval

Published on Friday, October 18, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - the United Auto Workers (UAW) will continue to picket General Motors (GM) Company’s U.S. factories until Workers have approved a new contract, prolonging a costly Nationwide Strike that is already the company’s longest in decades. In a rare step, a Council of Union-Hall Leaders meeting in Detroit voted to extend the more»

A Look Into The Tentative UAW-GM Agreement: Detroit Free Press Reports Deal Calls For 9,000 Jobs, $9,000 Ratification Bonus And Promised Investments In U.S. Manufacturing That Would Result In 9,000 Jobs Retained And Created

Published on Thursday, October 17, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN) - The proposed deal between General Motors and the United Auto Workers (UAW) includes promised investments in U.S. manufacturing that would result in 9,000 jobs retained and created, people familiar with provisions of the proposal said. GM and UAW announced Wednesday (October 16th) they had reached a proposed Tentative Agreement on day more»

350 Student Transportation Of America Bus Drivers, Monitors & Aides ‘Go Union’ In Western New York - Vote For Representation With Teamsters Local 449

Published on Monday, October 14, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(NIAGARA COUNTY, NEW YORK) – As many as 350 Bus Drivers, Monitors and Aides who are employed by Student Transportation of America (STA) in Niagara County have Gone Union, voting for Union Representation with Teamsters Local 449. The STA Employees recently Unionized in the Niagara County Roy-Hart School District, which serves Lockport, Newfane and more»

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bob Pyjas Appointed New CSEA Western Region President

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2019 Buffalo Labor Day Parade - In Pictures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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