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Know Your Workplace Rights This Holiday Season

Published on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 in New York City Labor News
Tis the season for family and friends to gather, travel and exchange gifts. While joyful, this season can also be stressful financially for Workers and their families and we all must stay vigilant about Workers’ Rights. During the holidays - and every day, employers should ensure that they are treating Workers with dignity and respect. more»

Labor Peace Bill For Shops, Restaurants In City-Aided Projects ‘Sails Through’ New York City Council

Published on Friday, November 26, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The New York City Council overwhelmingly passed a Bill just before Thanksgiving to require restaurants and shops in future city-aided developments to sign Labor-Peace Agreements with Unions seeking to represent their Workers. Sponsored by Speaker Corey Johnson, the measure ordains employers agree not to interfere with Union Organizing more»

NYS Attorney General Letitia James Hires 1199 SEIU Political Director Gabby Seay To Lead Gubernatorial Campaign

Published on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – New York State Attorney General Letitia James is turning to the Political Director of a key Labor Union to lead her campaign for governor. James has announced 1199 Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) Gabby Seay will become Campaign Manager, giving her a connection to one of the state's most politically active more»

#TakeItBack Campaign ‘Holds Big Money Financiers Accountable For Abuses’ In Construction Industry

Published on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Union Coalition of Bricklayers, Carpenters, Laborers and Cement and Concrete Workers formed to fight back against New York City’s increasingly Anti-Worker Construction Industry continues to hold some of the biggest players on the scene to account. Members of the #TakeItBack campaign stand united against Big Money interests more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Caregivers Stage Protest In Manhattan Over Stalled Contract Negotiations With For-Profit Nursing Home Owners

Published on Thursday, November 18, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A rally was held in Manhattan Wednesday (November 17th) by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Nursing Home Workers, who gathered to publicly protest stalled contract negotiations with for-profit nursing home owners. They assembled at 42nd Street and Broadway and marched to their headquarters at 498 Seventh Ave in Midtown more»

New York Times Workers Rally Outside Company Headquarters In Protest Of ‘Anti-Union Tactics’

Published on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Workers at the three New York Times Unions - the Times Guild, Times Tech Guild, and Wirecutter Union - rallied outside The Times building on Tuesday (November 16th) in protest of what they say are Anti-Union tactics by company management. All three units, which are part of the NewsGuild of New York, have ongoing Labor disputes with The more»

With $600 Billion For Repairs & New Physical Structures, Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Includes $40 Billion For ‘The Needed Training Of Workers’

Published on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The $1.2-trillion Infrastructure Spending Bill includes $600 billion for new roads, rails, ports, water systems, bridges, dams, airports and broadband - but while the reporting on the initiative has focused on the ambitious scale of the planned projects, Transport Workers Union (TWU) of America President John Samuelsen said for Labor, one more»

Amazon Worker Group In New York ‘Withdraws’ Petition For Union Vote

Published on Sunday, November 14, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK) -A group of Amazon workers in New York City's Staten Island have withdrawn a petition to hold a Union Election, marking a setback in a growing push by Organized Labor to bring the On-Line Retailer's Staff into the fold. The group, known as the Amazon Labor Union, which is not affiliated with a major U.S. union, filed its petition more»

New York City Council Passes Bill To Regulate ‘Body Shops’

Published on Friday, November 12, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The New York City Council has overwhelmingly passed a Bill to regulate so-called “Body Shops,” Labor Brokers who supply low-wage workers to Non-Union construction jobs. The vote was 40-to-2. Speaker Corey Johnson (Democrat-Manhattan), noting Body Shops typically hire recently released prisoners who can be sent back for more»

Labor Unions Join With Small Businesses & Community Organizations To Form A New Coalition - New Yorkers for a Fair Economy, Leaders ‘Call For State Legislation To Combat Corporate Power In New York’

Published on Thursday, November 11, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Labor organizations, small business owners and community organizations rallied outside an Amazon bookstore and offices Wednesday (November 11th) to launch a new Statewide Coalition,: New Yorkers for a Fair Economy (NYFE), which aims to hold powerful corporations like Amazon, Walmart, Facebook, Apple, and Google accountable for their more»

Under 1% Of New York City Workers ‘Losing Pay Over Vaccine Mandate’ – ‘With Fates Of 12,400 Unknown’

Published on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Mayor Bill de Blasio's latest vaccine mandate expansion went into effect on November 1st, with 9,000 New York City Workers on unpaid leave - a number that is now down to 2,600. However, nearly 12,500 exemption claims are still pending. Just 2,600 New York City Employees - less than 1% of the 378,000-Member Municipal Workforce - remain more»

The New York Professional Nurses Union ‘Achieves Major Gains for Patients and Practitioners in New Three-Year Contract’ With Northwell Health

Published on Monday, November 8, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW HYDE PARK, NEW YORK) - Nurses and Nurse Practitioners represented by the New York Professional Nurses Union (NYPNU) have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year contract with Northwell Health, following nearly two months of negotiation, a 10-day Strike Authorization Vote and informational picket. Northwell Health and the NYPNU agreed on terms more»

Striking Alabama Mine Workers ‘Bring Their Fight’ For A New Contract To NYC

Published on Sunday, November 7, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Mine Workers have been on the picket line outside of two mines owned by Warrior Met Coal in rural Alabama for the last seven months, waging one of the longest U.S. strikes this century, but late last week (on Thursday, November 4th) they brought that protest to the streets of New York City. Six Members of the United Mine Workers of more»

The Second-Largest Strike In The U.S. Is Happening In New York City

Published on Friday, November 5, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Last week, Columbia Students marched into the classroom of the University’s President, Lee Bollinger, whom they like to call PrezBo. The class he was teaching was Freedom of Speech and Press, according to The Columbia Spectator, which also noted that Bollinger left through the side door. It was another skirmish in a conflict that more»

NYC Taxi Drivers ‘Win Historic Victory’ As City ‘Agrees To New’ Debt Relief Measures

Published on Thursday, November 4, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City Taxi Drivers are celebrating a major victory after the city agreed to restructure medallion loans, which could eliminate millions of dollars in devastating debt. Under the agreement, individual debts will be maxed out at $170,000, down from an average of about half a million dollars. The city will also give the main lender more»

The NLRB Will Hear Amazon Staten Island Workers' Bid For A Union Vote On November 15th

Published on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will convene a hearing on Amazon Workers' petition to Unionize their Staten Island warehouse on November 15th, Labor Organizer Chris Smalls announced in a tweet this week that was confirmed to Reuters. The hearing plans follow the Workers' request - which was made last week, for a Union Election. more»

9,000 NYC Workers Put On Leave Over Mandate

Published on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - On Monday (November 1st) morning, 9,000 New York City Municipal Workers were put on unpaid leave after refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The move came after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio set a vaccine mandate deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday (October 29th). While the mandate pushed tens of thousands of City Workers to finally get more»

After Five Guns Turn Up In New York City Schools, Mayor de Blasio ‘Orders More’ School-Scanning - Instead, The Union ‘Calls For More Safety Agents’

Published on Monday, November 1, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - After five guns were found in New York City public schools over two days, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in late October there will be an increase in random scanning - but the leader of the Union representing School Safety Agents argued the rising safety concerns prove Agents should not be transferred from the Police Department to the more»

More Than 250 Breaking Ground Workers Unionize, Join AFSCME District Council 37

Published on Friday, October 29, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – As many as 250 Breaking Ground Workers have officially Gone Union with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 37 following voluntary recognition from management. The agreement between Breaking Ground and District Council 37 recognized the intention of the Workers to Unionize - the more»

Union Organizers Face Tough Challenges, NYC Carpenters Field Rep Says

Published on Thursday, October 28, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters (NYCDCC), an affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America (UBC), is composed of nine distinct Craft Locals, four General Carpentry Craft Locals and five Specialized Craft Locals with varying geographical jurisdictions. LaborPress had a chance to more»

Amazon Warehouse Workers From Staten Island File For A Union Vote

Published on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK) - Amazon Warehouse Workers in New York have taken their first formal step toward Unionization as Organizers from Amazon's Staten Island facilities this week announced they've collected some 2,000 signatures from Workers who say they want a Union Election. About a dozen Activists hand-carried four plastic containers filled with more»

Legal Services Staff Association Ratifies Contract ‘With Significant’ Equity Gains

Published on Monday, October 25, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA), part of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers (NOLSW)/United Auto Workers (UAW) 2320, has settled its Union contract with its employer - Legal Services NYC (LSNYC). With 90% of the Union’s Members participating, the contract was ratified with 80% voting yes. This 2021-2024 more»

New York City Taxi Drivers Launch Hunger Strike For ‘Real Debt Relief’

Published on Sunday, October 24, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Eight New York City Taxi Drivers launched a Hunger Strike on Thursday (October 20th), demanding Mayor Bill de Blasio add loan guarantees to the city’s revised budget, due October 31st, to reduce the crushing debt That Owner-Drivers carry. “The city is still not responding to our call for real debt relief,” New York more»

New York City Mandates COVID Vaccination for 160,500 Municipal Workers

Published on Friday, October 22, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - All City Employees will now be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi signed the order this week, impacting some 160,500 municipal workers. “As we continue our recovery for all of us, City Workers have been a daily inspiration. Now is the time for them to show their city the more»

Brooklyn Oil Terminal Strikers – “A Multi-Billionaire Can Afford Fair Pay”

Published on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Workers on Strike at the United Metro Energy Corporation Fuel Terminal in Brooklyn marked the six-month anniversary of their walkout on Thursday (October 19th), with a rally outside the Midtown offices of billionaire owner John Catsimatidis. “There’s a reason for this,” Teamsters Local 553 Secretary-Treasurer Demos more»

Saying “There Were Promises Broken,” Nurses ‘Push Back On Closing Of Psychiatric Unit’ At Brooklyn’s Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center

Published on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) - The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) is outraged and organizing in response to the recent announcement that the Adult/Geriatric Psychiatric Unit at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center (KJMC) is slated to close next month. The Kingsbrook Jewish Adult/Geriatric Psychiatric Unit was a core part of the One Brooklyn Health project, more»

Delivery Workers ‘Band Together’ In New York City ‘To Fend Off Violent Attacks’

Published on Friday, October 15, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - In the worst of the Coronavirus Pandemic, with New York City on lockdown, an army of 65,000 Delivery Workers risked their lives to keep the city fed. But in addition to a global pandemic and hazardous weather, these Workers also faced threats to their lives - and now, one group is fighting to keep them safe. A particularly dangerous more»

1199 SEIU ‘Rallies For Passage’ Of The Better Care Better Jobs Act

Published on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer this week told a rally of 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Homecare Workers and consumers that the Better Care Better Jobs Act will bring them higher wages and the respect they deserve as “Healthcare Heroes.” “Investing in home-and-community based services, more»

New York State’s Excluded Workers Fund ‘Running Dry’ As State ‘Stops Taking New’ Applications

Published on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York State’s $2.1 billion relief fund for undocumented Workers affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic is nearly tapped out. The Excluded Workers Fund, which provides help for people not eligible for other programs like unemployment or pandemic relief because of their immigration status, stopped taking new applications late last more»

Former 1199 SEIU Organizer is New York City’s New Human Rights Chief

Published on Sunday, October 10, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Annabel Palma Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Palma will now lead enforcement of New York City’s Human Rights Law - considered one of the most comprehensive Civil Rights Laws in the Nation. “From fighting inequities laid bare by COVID-19 to her work more»

AFSCME District Council 37 Announces A New Agreement With The Department Of Education - Workers ‘Must Now Provide Proof’ Of COVID Vaccination

Published on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 37 Members working for the Department of Education (DOE) must now provide proof that they’ve been at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to keep their jobs. According to a new agreement announced this week between the more»

New York City Transport Worker Union Unveils COVID Memorial

Published on Monday, October 4, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – New York City’s largest Transit Workers Union has unveiled a memorial to its 110 Members whose lives have been taken by COVID-19 during a somber ceremony that featured two of the city’s most powerful politicians. The memorial hangs in the Downtown Brooklyn Headquarters of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100, which more»

Food Delivery Workers Won Historic New Protections In NYC That ‘Guarantee’ Ride-Hailing Drivers & Delivery Workers Minimum Pay, But Statewide Reforms ‘Are Harder To Come By’

Published on Friday, October 1, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City has made history in recent years for establishing Labor Protections for several types of Gig Workers - who, because of their classification as Independent Contractors, don’t typically have the Labor Rights that Employees do. First, it was the New York City Council passing Minimum Pay Rules for Ride-Hailing Drivers more»

Legislators Back New York City Taxi Workers Alliance’s Debt-Relief Plan

Published on Thursday, September 30, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – New York State Senator Jessica Ramos and New York City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez are backing the New York Taxi Workers Alliance’s (NYTWA) debt-relief plan, saying it will help Drivers more and be more fiscally sound than the city’s proposal. “They should add more millions of dollars. What we have seen right more»

1199 SEIU, League Of Voluntary Hospitals And Homes Of New York Reach Three-Year Contract Agreement That Provides Wage Increases & Recognition Pay, Protects Pensions & Benefits & Adds Juneteenth As A New Legal Holiday

Published on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York (the League) and 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East have announced a new three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement that increases wages, provides recognition pay, and adds Juneteenth as a new legal holiday. The agreement covers more»

UFCW Local 2013 Confronts ‘Appalling’ Quality King On Long Island

Published on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(BELLPORT, NEW YORK) – Late last week, Workers, elected officials and community residents called on Quality King, one of the Nation’s leading distributors of brand items, to negotiate a fair Labor Contract for one of its subsidiaries - and end what they call the “culture of harassment and intimidation of Immigrant Workers.” During a more»

1,499 Stop Work Orders Issued In New York City Construction Sweep

Published on Monday, September 27, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - In a recent safety sweep, New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) Inspectors issued 3,600 violations to contractors and 1,499 Stop Work Orders. In some cases, those orders were issued to different permitted jobs located at the same address. The DOB rescinded many of those orders and work resumed after the contractors corrected the more»

Laborers ‘Urge New York City To Require More’ Apprenticeships

Published on Friday, September 24, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Members of Laborers Local 1010 and supporters rallied outside the gates of City Hall Thursday (September 23rd) to call on Mayor de Blasio and the City Council to pass a Bill that would increase the number of city construction contracts that must provide Apprenticeships. A mayoral directive stipulates that a State-Certified Apprenticeship more»

New York City Vaccine Mandate For Teachers Cleared By State Judge - Ruling Suggests Unions Fighting Requirement ‘Face Uphill Battle’

Published on Thursday, September 23, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City’s requirement that Teachers be vaccinated against the Coronavirus has cleared by a State Judge following a legal challenge by Labor Unions. New York State Supreme Court Justice Laurence Love removed a Temporary Restraining Order he had imposed on the vaccine mandate while the case plays out. Love dismissed the more»

AFSCME District Council 37 & Non-Profit Workers Applaud Signing Of Labor Peace Agreement

Published on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Following months of advocating on behalf of Workers in the Non-Profit Sector, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido is praising the signing of Intro. 2252. The Bill, which New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law, requires city human services more»

The TWU Honors Its Post-9/11 Dead & Others Who Labored At WTC

Published on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 is vowing to double-down on its campaign to win what Union Leaders maintain is overdue recognition for the central role played by its Members in the 9/11 World Trade Center response and recovery efforts that have claimed the lives of at least 200 of its Members in the years since. Since 2014, in more»

Teamsters ‘Denounce’ Billionaire John Catsimatidis ‘For Firing Striking’ Workers As ‘Essential’ Workers Have Been On Strike For 151 Days For Fair Pay & Benefits

Published on Sunday, September 19, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) - Teamsters Local 553 is expanding charges at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against United Metro Energy Corporation, owned by billionaire John Catsimatidis, after the company fired another striking Worker. Catsimatidis has permanently replaced eight Union Activists since a Strike began at the company’s Brooklyn oil more»

Inside New York’s ‘Body Shops That Exploit’ Ex-Prisoners ‘To Drive Down’ Wages - Workers ‘Often Given No’ Safety Equipment & ‘No Training For Dangerous’ Jobs, ‘But A New Law Would Provide Them Those Protections’

Published on Friday, September 17, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - For years, Non-Union Labor Brokers in the New York City construction industry have targeted Workers who have recently been released from prison and are under parole supervision or other court surveillance programs, in a move that many say ensures low wages and poses a serious safety risk for Employees. Known as “Body Shops,” more»

The Metropolitan Opera Has Reached A Four-Year Agreement With The Union For Its Orchestra That Will Allow Performances To Start

Published on Thursday, September 16, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Metropolitan Opera has reached a four-year agreement with the Union for its orchestra, the last major deal needed for the company to resume performances following an 18-month layoff caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic. The contract with American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 802 was ratified on August 24th, replacing an agreement more»

Reputed New York City Colombo Family Crime Boss Among 14 Mobsters Snared In Labor Racketeering/Extortion Bust - Family Boss, Under Boss, Consigliere & Captains Among Those Defendants, Feds Say

Published on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A number of high-ranking Colombo Crime Family Members - including 87-year-old Street Boss Andrew "Mush" Russo, 83-year-old Under Boss Benjamin "Benji" Castellazzo and another 87-year-old Under Boss - were arrested early Tuesday (September 14th) by the New York Police Department (NYPD) and FBI in connection with a wide-ranging Labor more»

Remembering Workers Who We Lost On 9/11 - Unions Offer Tributes To Their Members Who Died In The Attacks - ‘We Will Never Forget’

Published on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Over the weekend, we commemorated the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. On that bright, sunny day 20 years ago nearly 3,000 people lost their lives. Many were at work or on their way to work when the planes struck the towers, the Pentagon and on United Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The Union more»

CSEA Looks Back On September 11th - 20 years later

Published on Friday, September 10, 2021 in New York City Labor News
CSEA Editor’s Note: Source material from this page was originally published in late 2001 and early 2002 editions of The Work Force. (NEW YORK CITY) - When the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked by terrorists on September 11th, 2001, Public Employees ran into the buildings to rescue the thousands of people inside, including other Public more»

Remembering 9/11 Some 20 Years Ago: NYC Building Trades President LaBarbera Reflects On Trades Members’ “Sense of Duty To City And Nation” & How Those Trades Workers “Rose To The Occasion”

Published on Thursday, September 9, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Not long after the first plane slammed into the North Tower on that otherwise tranquil September morning, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York President Gary LaBarbera - then head of Teamsters Local 282, and his colleagues at the Union's Lake Success Offices started getting phone calls from Laborers working near the more»

Labor Perspective From New York City Councilman Justin Brannan, A Former Union Organizer Who Now Represents District 43 In Brooklyn: "No Doubt About It - If It Weren’t For Organized Labor, There Would Not Have Been A Recovery"

Published on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 in New York City Labor News
Each year, Labor Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on the importance of Organized Labor in providing basic rights and protections to Workers everywhere, but in New York City - where Essential Workers are helping us dig out from COVID, we should brainstorm ways to become the Union Town we always talk about being. To the extent that we’ve made it more»

“We Are Just Happy To Serve,” Hero Bus Operator Tells New Yorkers

Published on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A New York City Bus Operator is being heralded in recognition of her heroic actions during Hurricane Ida. Rosa Almonte (Pictured Above/ABC7 New York Photo), an eight-year veteran of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and mother of three, was driving her Q58 bus route in Queens on Wednesday (September 1st) when more»