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Staff At Asian Americans For Equality Announce Union Drive

Published on Monday, October 21, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Staff Members at the Asian Americans For Equality (AAFE) have announced their intent to join the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2325. An overwhelming majority of AAFE Staff Members have signed cards to show their support for Unionization. The 20 Staff Members, who are primarily Social Service more»

Will New York Follow California In Confronting The Misclassification Of App-Based Workers?

Published on Sunday, October 20, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Should New York follow California and enact legislation limiting when employers can hire Workers as “Independent Contractors”? The answer is “very simple,” New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento told a 4½-hour State Senate hearing in Lower Manhattan earlier this week. Workers “should be more»

Actors’ Equity Ratifies New Agreement With The Broadway League

Published on Friday, October 18, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Actors’ Equity Association, the National Labor Union representing Professional Actors and Stage Managers working in live theatre, has announced its Members have voted to ratify the Production Contract with the Broadway League – the last step required to approve new terms for the agreement used on Broadway and for some tours. more»

Agreement Provides Pay Equity For New York City Head Start Educators With Public School Teachers

Published on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The pay of more than 2,650 Head Start Teachers will be boosted to match the salary of Public School Teachers under a Tentative Agreement by New York City, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 37 and the Head Start Sponsoring Board Council. The agreement affects Workers at more than 200 more»

How Unions Can Protect The Workers Who Are Most Vulnerable To Automation

Published on Sunday, October 13, 2019 in New York City Labor News
Automation has irrevocably changed the workplace and Workers’ roles in it. There’s no arguing the advances in Workplace Automation have made - and will continue to make - many jobs obsolete. According to McKinsey Researchers James Manyika, et al., by the year 2030 some 800 million Workers across the globe will have lost their jobs due to more»

‘Together,’ Climate Change Activists & Labor Can Make A ‘Just Transition’ Work For All

Published on Friday, October 11, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Climate Change Activists with Extinction Rebellion are conducting a series of direct, non-violent actions around New York City this week that could be a guaranteed game-changer if the full force of Organized Labor was also brought to bear. Imagine, the impact of Hardhats, Teachers, Transit Workers and other Trade Unionists joining more»

‘On Thin Ice?’ Unions ‘Warn’ Mechanic Shortage Puts New York City ‘At Risk’ From Winter Storms - Say City’s ‘Dangerously Short’ On Mechanics, Union Leaders Call For Additional Hirings

Published on Thursday, October 10, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - While Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Administration insists it is ready for any snowstorms that could hit, Union Leaders representing both Sanitation Workers and Auto Mechanics warn that it is dangerously short on Mechanics who can keep the Sanitation fleet in service and with brakes that will hold up in icy conditions. They called for more»

Chipotle Workers In New York City Say The Fast Food Giant Is ‘Finding New Ways To Screw Employees Out Of Hours’

Published on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Already facing more than $1 million in fines for allegedly violating Fair Workweek Rules, Fast Food Giant Chipotle insists it’s working on complying with City Law - but Employees who walked off the job in Midtown on Monday (October 8th), say Chipotle is just finding new ways to illegally mess with Workers’ schedules. “I more»

Construction Workers Call ‘BS’ On Bronx Senator’s Prevailing Wage Stance

Published on Monday, October 7, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The coalition of New York City Building Trades and Non-Union Construction Workers pushing new legislation to ensure good Middle Class jobs throughout the booming construction industry continues to call BS on a Bronx State Senator opposing the effort. State Senator Luis Sepúlveda (Democrat-32nd District) says he opposes Prevailing more»

New Museum & Newly-Minted Union In New York City Agree to Five-Year Contract

Published on Friday, October 4, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - After months of bargaining, a protest and a vote to authorize a Strike, the New Museum Union and the New York institution have agreed on a contract, which continues through June 30th, 2024. It offers Union Members a new wage structure and ensures that there will be new Workplace Safety Measures in place at the museum. It is the result of more»

New York City EMTs ‘Demand’ Pay Parity

Published on Thursday, October 3, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - State Attorney General Letitia James, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Councilman I. Daneek Miller of Queens have come out in support of three Unions representing Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Workers who charge they are being shortchanged in their struggle for pay parity. “Equal pay for more»

“We’re Organizing To Improve Lives” - New York Fast-Food Workers Push To Unionize, Manhattan-Based Local Union That Works With Fight For $15 Launches Effort To Unionize Chipotle & McDonald’s Workers

Published on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Fight for $15 Low Wage Movement has long had two goals: Winning a $15-an-hour wage for low paid Workers and a Union for Fast Food Workers. On wages it has been a major success – seven states have enacted Minimum Wage Laws scheduled to reach $15 – but so far it has made little progress Unionizing Fast Food Workers. But more»

#BandTogether: American Federation Of Musicians Call Protest Disney CEO, Call For Him To Pay TV & Film Musicians Streaming Residuals

Published on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Demanding a fair contract, 25 chanting Members of the American Federation of Musicians held a rally - accompanied by a raucous brass band - outside the 92nd Street Y last week in New York City, where Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger was talking to Oprah Winfrey about his new book that touts his “decency-over-dollars” approach more»

Democracy Dies When Labor Unions Do

Published on Monday, September 30, 2019 in New York City Labor News
Ever since the United States mistook a Twitter-addled con man’s publicity stunt for a Presidential Campaign - and then elected him to our Nation’s highest office - calls for rethinking America’s approach to Democracy have been at the forefront of public debate. For Democrats, Donald Trump’s victory illustrated the importance of more»

A Look Back At Labor History: 50 Years Ago In 1969, Flint UAW Local 598 Members Went On Strike – ‘And Didn’t Come Back For 136 Days’

Published on Sunday, September 29, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(FLINT, MICHIGAN) - The current United Auto Workers (UAW) Strike against General Motors (GM) entered its 12th day on Friday (September 27th) with movement on short-term health care, but no tentative agreement on a new contract. And at one of the plants where Workers are picketing for a better contract, another Strike was just getting started 50 years - a more»

Governor Cuomo Urged To Sign Bill Aimed At ‘Lifting Up’ Con Ed Cleaners

Published on Friday, September 27, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Building Service Workers tasked with keeping Con Edison offices safe and orderly are living lives of quiet desperation, struggling without health insurance, the ability to claim sick days - and, in many cases, earning minimum wage salaries despite being on the job for more than a decade. And Con Ed’s response? Not our problem. more»

New York City Teamsters To Bill Gates: ‘Fighting Inequality’ Begins At Home

Published on Thursday, September 26, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - As multi-billionaire Bill Gates entered Jazz at Lincoln Center for his foundation’s forum on “fighting global inequality” Wednesday (September 25th), about 60 Teamsters picketed outside, demanding the trash-collection company he owns a third of reduce its Workers’ inequality. Two dozen Workers at Republic Services more»

New York City Art Teacher ‘Puts A Face’ On The Loan Forgiveness Debacle

Published on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - In painstaking detail before a Congressional Committee, New York City Art Teacher Kelly Finlaw explained how the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program has failed her - like so many others - and desperately needs to be fixed. “I am here today so that you can ‘see the face of a person who has been impacted by more»

Wine Megastore ‘Gets Pushback’ From Union Sales Reps & Truck Drivers, As Well As From Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Published on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(COLLEGE POINT, QUEENS) - U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democrat-New York) has jumped on board in supporting the more than 350 local liquor merchants who have banded together against a proposed wine megastore in College Point, Queens. Ocasio-Cortez has reached out to Chairman Vincent Bradley of the New York State Liquor Authority via more»

How About This? Union & Non-Union Workers ‘Team Up Against Ongoing Exploitation In The Construction Industry’ - Workers ‘Rally To Denounce The Industry Greed Costing Them Their Lives And Livelihoods’

Published on Monday, September 23, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Trade Unionists and their counterparts in the Non-Union Building Sector teamed up last week to demand an end to the ongoing exploitation of vulnerable Workers throughout the construction industry - but Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Administration insists it has already begun enforcing a “new generation of Labor Standards” aimed more»

Unions Join Worldwide Climate Strike - ‘Inspired’ By Worker Activism, High Schoolers ‘Walked Out Of Classes To Call For Progress On’ Climate Change

Published on Sunday, September 22, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Across the world on Friday (September 20th), Students and Union Members walked out and went on Strike - but not against one company, but rather a larger call for action on climate change. The Global School Walkout and Strike was an event that was organized largely by High School Students who were following in the footsteps of the more»

Unions Protest Uber Initiative To 'Bump' Drivers Off App When Business Is 'Slow'

Published on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Uber will begin logging its New York drivers out of the App if they don’t get to a “high demand zone” within 30 minutes of dropping off a fare, the company announced in an e-mail to Drivers. “If you’re trying to drive in an area where there isn’t enough rider demand at that time, you will not be able to more»

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer: Workers 'Need To Know' Their Rights

Published on Monday, September 16, 2019 in New York City Labor News
As many of you may know, my office enforces New York State and Local Prevailing Wage Laws. That means that if you have done construction work on a New York City Public Work Project or have been employed in a building service job through a City contract or in a building with an affordable housing property tax exemption, then you may be entitled to more»

‘Too Many’ Labor Leaders ‘Are Failing To Make The Case For Action’ In Face Of ‘Growing’ Climate Catastrophe

Published on Friday, September 13, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Working Men and Women, including more than 900 Amazon Employees based in Seattle, Washington alone, figure to play a key role in Global Climate Strike actions that will take place between September 20th through the 27th - but the true power of the Labor Movement is not being brought to bear because many Labor Leaders are still not treating more»

The Independent Drivers Guild ‘Urges Ending Caps’ On App-Based Cabs & Abolishing The Taxi And Limousine Commission

Published on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Saying that New York City is “failing (80,000) Low-Income App-Based Drivers,” Independent Drivers Guild (IDG) Head Brendan Sexton is calling for abolishing the Taxi and Limousine Commission and replacing it with a Mayoral Agency. Speaking to reporters and about 100 Drivers earlier this week at a rally in front of City Hall, more»

Union Leaders ‘Talk Solidarity, Worker Rights & More’ At New York City’s 2019 Labor Day Parade

Published on Monday, September 9, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - What’s most important for the American Labor Movement going into 2020? Among 10 Union Leaders who spoke to LaborPress at New York City’s annual Labor Day parade on Saturday (September 7th), the three common themes were solidarity, turning back attacks on Workers, and convincing people of the value of Unions. “Unions as more»

Fearing Wage Theft, Airport Workers At JFK ‘Seek Better Access’ To Pay Records

Published on Sunday, September 8, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A delegation of more than two dozen 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU) supporters and Employees of Eulen America, a private contractor that employs Baggage Handlers, Wheelchair Attendants and Cabin Cleaners at John F. Kennedy International Airport, met supervisors of the firm last week to address serious problems with a more»

New York City Home Health Aides Back State Bill To ‘Ban’ 24-Hour Shifts

Published on Friday, September 6, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Calling the half-unpaid 24-hour shifts “common” in the Home Health Care Industry an “inhumane” 21st-Century sweatshop, a group of New York City Home-Care Aides and New York State Legislators joined to announce the introduction of a Bill to ban 24-hour shifts. The Bill, sponsored by State Senator Roxanne Persaud more»

‘Fast Food Workers Deserve A Voice On The Job And A Contract’ - After Winning A $15 An Hour Minimum Wage, Fast Food Workers Are Determined To Fight For Unionization

Published on Thursday, September 5, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Fight for $15 Campaign launched in 2012, succeeded in lifting the Minimum Wage, but without a Union, Fast Food Workers at McDonald’s Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell and the rest of the Big Chain Eateries, are still vulnerable to on the job sexual harassment, intimidation, wage theft, unreliable scheduling, more»

New York City ‘Is Still A Union Town,’ But Young Workers ‘Lag Behind’ - New CUNY School Of Labor & Urban Studies Report ‘Finds A Dip’ In NYC Union Density

Published on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Union density in New York dipped slightly in the past year, but New York remains the most Unionized in the United States, with rates more than twice the national average of 10.5%, according to a just-released report by the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Labor & Urban Studies. The report: The State of the Unions 2019: A more»

New York AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento: Labor’s ‘Next Goal Is To Protect’ Gig Economy Workers - Calls On State Legislators To Support A Bill That Would End The Misclassification Of App Workers As ‘Independent’ Contractors

Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in New York City Labor News
All Working Men and Women should take pause to celebrate Labor Day. And now, there is one class of Workers, left behind for a century that can finally join the celebration. I’m talking about Farmworkers - who just last month won basic Labor Rights, including the right to organize a Union, a mandatory day of rest and the right to overtime pay. Tens more»

New York City Cement Workers Rally to Stop Non-Union Construction

Published on Sunday, September 1, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - “We ‘really need to get rid of’ Non-Union Construction in New York City,” Joe Scopo, the Head Organizer of District Council 16 of the Cement and Concrete Workers, told LaborPress a few minutes before a lunch-hour protest outside the CIM Group’s offices in Midtown Manhattan last week. “They’re more»

After Nearly 16 Months Of Negotiations, New York City’s Lambda Legal Staff Wins First Union Contract

Published on Friday, August 30, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Lambda Legal’s Employee Union has announced the ratification of its inaugural contract, which came after nearly 16 months of bargaining. Staff made the decision to Unionize two years ago, after learning first-hand how tenuous Non-Union Employee Protections can be. Lambda Legal, headquartered in New York City, is the Nation's oldest more»

Labor Perspective From Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano: New York City Transit Workers ‘Deserve Better’ – ‘Ignoring Its Own Mismanagement,’ MTA ‘Shifts Budget Blame To Its Employees’

Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in New York City Labor News
Transit Workers know garbage when they see it. After all, we remove tons of it from the subway and bus system every day. The contract demands that Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman Pat Foye wants to impose on Transit Workers are garbage. They include attacking our health insurance, converting full-time jobs to part-time positions and more»

Beginning To Organize Pre-K Teachers After ‘Historic’ New York City Agreement

Published on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - An agreement reached in July between New York City and Union Officials was a re-opener on a contract that has allowed American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 1707 to focus on challenges from pay parity for Teachers in Day Care Centers versus Board of Education Teachers. LaborPress spoke to more»

New York City Trade Unionists To Mayor De Blasio: ‘We’re Fed Up With The Race To The Bottom’

Published on Sunday, August 25, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is insisting that New York City remains a “Union Town” despite the prevalence of irresponsible Non-Union Contractors ripping off millions from Workers and putting their lives at risk. “New York City is a ‘Union Town’ and will continue to fight to all uplift more»

Heading To New York City? Here’s Some ‘Sights To See’ That Celebrate Organized Labor

Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - If you’re heading to New York City to visit or for a vacation in the near future, why not take some day trips that celebrate Union Workers? Here are some sites that will be enjoyable and educational for kids and adults alike: City of Workers, City of Struggle - This exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, 1120 Fifth Avenue more»

MTA's 'Insulting' Contract Offer To Unionized Transit Workers ‘Sets Stage For Heated Battle’

Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Union representing Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Bus and Subway Employees on Monday (August 19th) firmly rejected a contract offer from the Transit Authority, calling the proposal “insulting.” The cash-strapped MTA pitched a host of changes to Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 and its roughly 40,000 more»

The ‘Answer’ To Burn Out At Work ‘Isn’t Self-Care,’ It’s Unionizing - Your ‘Best Is Joining Together With Your Colleagues ‘To Build Power Collectively’ At Your Workplace

Published on Monday, August 19, 2019 in New York City Labor News
It’s Monday morning and your alarm goes off. As you wake up, the dread of going to work creeps in. You’re feeling exhausted, stressed out, underpaid and underappreciated. It's a mindset you can’t shake and no amount of coffee will fix: You have Workplace Burnout. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently included burnout as a more»

Barstool Sports Founder Threatens To Fire Employees Engaged In Unionizing, Which Is – Duh - Against The Law

Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Dave Portnoy, founder of Media Company Barstool Sports, says he really hates Unions. Now he’s made explicit threats to fire Employees who engage in Union-Organizing Activity - which, even if Portnoy is “joking,” has drawn scrutiny of what would represent violations of Federal Labor Laws. Portnoy, who sold majority more»

The NLRB Says Spectrum ‘May Have Broken Laws’ In Bid To Oust Its Union, NLRB Says Cable Spectrum Allegedly Threatened IBEW-Represented Workers In Mandatory Anti-Union Meeting - About 1,800 Went On Strike In 2017

Published on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A year-long campaign to boot a union of Spectrum technicians from the cable company’s New York facilities may fail after allegations Spectrum engaged in Anti-Union conduct in the lead-up to the Decertification Election, a Federal Labor Board Official said. Voting concluded in February, nearly two years into a Strike by the Spectrum more»

With Schools Getting Ready To Reopen Just Weeks Away, Let’s Revisit The Findings Of A Department Of Education Survey That 94% of U.S. Public School Teachers ‘Spend Their Own Money On School Supplies - Without Reimbursement’

Published on Thursday, August 8, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Andy Yung, a Prekindergarten Teacher in Queens, is adept at raising money on-line for ambitious classroom projects, but even he sometimes pays for supplies out of pocket. And he has company. According to a Federal Department of Education survey released a couple of years ago, 94% of Public School Teachers in the United States reported more»

‘Fed Up With The Mistreatment They’re Experiencing’ On The Job, ‘Angry’ JFK Airport Workers Look To Unionize With 32BJ SEIU

Published on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(QUEENS, NEW YORK) – Fed up with the mistreatment they’re experiencing on the job, Eulen America Employees at JFK Airport are moving closer to Unionizing with 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - and they have the support of New York City Congress Members who want them to have better working conditions too. U.S. Representatives more»

With Negotiations Set To Start, Newsday Reports The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Wants To Make ‘Big Changes’ To Contracts With The 10 Unions Representing Long Island Rail Road Workers

Published on Monday, August 5, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK) - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is looking to make big changes to its contracts with the 10 Unions representing Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Workers, including doing away with double-time pay for certain overtime assignments, scrutinizing workers who call out sick, and being able to contract out work whenever it more»

An Important Read: Reaching the Unorganized - Low-Cost Social Media Advertising ‘Proves To Be An Effective Way To Generate Quality’ Organizing Leads

Published on Friday, August 2, 2019 in New York City Labor News
The results of a recent Department for Professional Employees (DPE) Campaign with the Non-profit Professional Employees Union (NPEU) demonstrate that low-cost Social Media Advertising is an effective way to generate quality organizing leads. DPE partnered with NPEU - formerly the International Federation of Professional and Technical Employees more»

And You Thought He Said He ‘Loved Union Workers:” Trump’s Labor Board Continues Fight Against ‘Scabby The Rat’

Published on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The giant inflatable rodent set up by Unions outside of New York City construction projects is getting challenged in court. An advice memo from the General Counsel at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) says inflatables, including the famed Scabby the Rat, should be illegal for Unions to use in protest. As The Gothamist reported, more»

American Airlines Found To Have Violated New York City’s Sick Leave Law

Published on Monday, July 29, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City has filed a lawsuit against American Airlines for violating the NYC Paid Sick Leave Law. The suit alleges American Airlines illegally assigned disciplinary points for each sick day used by Ground Crew Workers - thereby illegally retaliating against Employees for using Sick Leave. Under New York City’s Paid Safe and more»

Labor Perspective From Laborers Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska: HireNYC ‘Fails to Create’ Careers For Construction Workers & ‘Making The Case’ For Union Apprenticeship Programs

Published on Thursday, July 25, 2019 in New York City Labor News
Recently, City Limits reported some alarming facts about HireNYC - a New York City Jobs Program that has been falsely promoted as the “largest and most impactful targeted hiring program in the Nation.” The truth about HireNYC does not live up to the hype. Only 767 individuals were hired through HireNYC since its launch in 2010, as City Limits more»

A Labor Perspective From Baltimore Sun Columnist Dan Rodricks: America ‘Needs Fixing, So Ramp Up Training & Wages’ In The Building Trades

Published on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in New York City Labor News
In Baltimore and other cities, there is vast opportunity for fixing and reusing old homes and buildings. “We’re historic preservationists,” says Nicholas Redding of Preservation Maryland. “But we can’t do what we do if there’s no one available to do the physical work.” Three statistics from Federal Agencies make more»

Kyle Bragg Will Take Over As Head Of 32BJ SEIU Following The Recent Death Of The Union’s President, Héctor Figueroa

Published on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Executive Vice President Kyle Bragg (pictured above) will take over and head the country’s largest Building Services Union following the recent death of its President, Héctor Figueroa, 32BJ said in a statement. Figueroa, 57, who headed 32BJ SEIU since 2012, died of a more»