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A BusinessInsider Analysis: Unemployment ‘Is Low Only Because Involuntary' Part-Time Work ‘Is High’

Published on Sunday, July 21, 2019 in New York City Labor News
Unemployment is at record lows in both the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US), but "involuntary" part-time work is at least 40% higher in both countries than it was 10 years ago. The structure of the Labor Market has fundamentally changed and what we used to think of as "unemployment" has been replaced by mass part-time work, much of it more»

A Labor Perspective From Retiring United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard: ‘The Soul of A Union Man’

Published on Friday, July 19, 2019 in New York City Labor News
I was raised in a company house in a company town where the Miners had to buy their own oilers – that is, rubber coveralls – drill bits and other tools at the company store. That company, Inco Limited, the world’s leading producer of nickel for most of the 20th Century, controlled the town of Sudbury, Ontario, but never succeeded in more»

Activists ‘Salute’ New York City Workers As House Gets Set To Vote On ‘Historic’ $15 Minimum Wage

Published on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Advocates for the establishment of a nationwide $15 an-hour Minimum Wage are confident House Democrats will pass the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 on Thursday (July 18th), and they credit Fast Food Workers and other Low-Wage Earners in New York City with spearheading the entire effort seven years ago. “We ‘are where we are today more»

The New York Daily News Editorial Board 'Pays Tribute' To Hector Figueroa: What The Labor Leader Did To “Uplift & Dignify” Organized Labor In New York

Published on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in New York City Labor News
One of the Nation’s most effective champions for hard-working New Yorkers, for hard-working Americans, is gone. At a moment when Organized Labor’s voice is often muted, its vision myopic, Hector Figueroa spoke forcefully and saw clearly. And, most important, won gains measured in fatter paychecks and better benefits. 32BJ Service Employees more»

32BJ SEIU President Hector Figueroa Remembered As A “Towering Figure In Politics And A Hero Of The Labor Community Who Did Untold Good For The Working People Of New York State And This Nation”

Published on Sunday, July 14, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Hector Figueroa - president of one of New York City’s most influential Labor Unions, 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and who died of an apparent heart attack Thursday evening (July 11th) at the age of 57, is being remembered as a “towering figure in politics and a hero of the Labor Community who did untold more»

In New York City, Collective Action Finally Leads To Pre-K Pay Parity

Published on Thursday, July 11, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Administration put their money where their mouths have been for years – finally moving to compensate Early Childhood Educators in community-based organizations for their role in the Mayor’s signature achievement – bringing educational opportunity to the youngest New Yorkers. According to a more»

Hey Union Stewards - Don't Complain, Organize!

Published on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 in New York City Labor News
Complaining isn’t the first step to organizing - it’s the graveyard of organizing. Just ask any Union Steward or Rep who’s listened to a Member complain bitterly - but refuse to take action. If you’re a Steward, Officer or Rank-and-Filer trying to fix problems on the job (or in the Union), a good place to start is to rethink the more»

Wage Gains ‘Have Hit A Wall & That’s Not Good News’ For America’s Workers

Published on Sunday, July 7, 2019 in New York City Labor News
The U.S. economy showed off its muscles in June with a big snapback in hiring, but wage gains for Workers have suddenly turned flabby and threaten to cap economic growth. The economy produced a lusty 224,000 new jobs last month, easing worries after a paltry 72,000 increase in May. While hourly pay grew slightly in June, the increase in wages over the more»

New York Legal Assistance Group Workers ‘Go Union, Vote Yes’ To Representation With Association Of Legal Aid Attorneys-United Auto Workers Local 2325

Published on Friday, July 5, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Staff Members employed at the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) in New York City have voted by a margin of 152-to-29 to join the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys-United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2325. NYLAG's more than 200 Attorneys, Paralegals, Financial Counselors and Administrative Staff make it possible for NYLAG to provide more»

A Victory For Labor Unions In Federal Court: Judge Rules New York Laborers Union Protest ‘Can Keep Using Scabby The Rat’

Published on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A New York Federal Judge has declined to shut down a Union Protest that has involved setting up a huge, inflatable rat named “Scabby” outside several Staten Island supermarkets, saying the demonstration hadn’t obviously crossed the line into illegal conduct. The National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) Brooklyn Regional more»

In NYC: Unions Warn Efforts To ‘Deflate Scabby The Rat’ Are ‘An Attack On’ First Amendment Rights

Published on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Members of the Unionized Building Trades rallied at the molded feet of President George Washington last week on Wall Street - calling Federal attempts to bar the use of satirical cartoon balloons in a nasty Labor Dispute on Staten Island a brazen assault on the First Amendment Rights of all Americans. “What the NLRB (National Labor more»

New York City Trade Unionists Block Midtown Traffic In Fight For Middle Class Wages & Benefits

Published on Sunday, June 30, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Members of District Council 16 of the Cement and Concrete Workers and allied supporters briefly shut down midtown traffic this week in an ongoing protest against so-called “Open Shop” Development. Angry Trade Unionists fed up with the race to the bottom that so-called “Open Shop” Development creates - broke off more»

Broadway Musicians Earn Largest Wage Increase in Two Decades

Published on Friday, June 28, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - After more than four months of deliberations, Associated Musicians of Greater New York/American Federation of Musicians Local 802 has announced the Union has secured a three-year contract with the Broadway League and Coordinated Bargaining Partners that will increase health care contributions by 23%, implement a new 401(k) plan, and more»

Heading Into Retirement, USW President Gerard ‘Isn’t Happy’ How Workers ‘Are Being Treated’ - He’s ‘Upset’ Over Ongoing Effort To Pass Employee Free Choice Act, Points Finger At Democrats Who He Says Are “Afraid To Say The Work ‘Union’”

Published on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Over his many years in leadership, United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo Gerard said he often got pissed off thinking about how Workers are treated. Now as he heads into retirement later this Summer, Gerard told LaborPress: “I’m leaving now, and things ‘are not very good - and I’m still pissed off.’” more»

Teamsters Joint Council 16 Leadership Cheers Law On Drivers Licenses For Immigrants

Published on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda, whose Union represents 120,000 Workers in and around New York City, released the following statement on the signing of New York State’s Green Light Law - which will reopen access to driver’s licenses to all New Yorkers, regardless of Immigration Status: The New York more»

1199 SEIU President George Gresham Elected To Fifth Term - Union Leadership & 4,000 Delegates Also Sworn In During Massive Midtown Ceremony

Published on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - At a packed ceremony at New York’s Sheraton Hotel, 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President George Gresham and his leadership team were sworn in to serve another three-year term. President Gresham, his Executive Board and more than 4,000 delegates represent the Union’s 450,000 members. He first won election more»

Why Workers Need A Union: An Interview With Former Brooklyn Academy of Music Video Editor & Motion Designer Kaitlyn Chandler: “Without A Union, Nothing Is Really Promised”

Published on Friday, June 21, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) was founded in 1861 and has been continuously showcasing the performing arts at its location in New York City’s Fort Greene neighborhood since 1908. The institution has long been a leader in avant-garde cultural production, fostering radical artists from Philip Glass to Merce Cunningham. But now, more»

Fast Company Ratifies First Union Contract With The Writers Guild Of America, East

Published on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – The 32-member Editorial and Photo Staff of Fast Company have unanimously ratified its first Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). Fast Company’s contract comes four years after Gawker Media began a tidal wave of newsrooms Unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East. The Guild more»

Long Island Construction Firm Owner Gets Jail For Failing To Pay $280,000 In Employees’ Wages

Published on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(VALLEY STREAM, NEW YORK) - The owner of a Long Island Construction Firm will serve 30 days in jail for shorting Workers $280,000 by failing to pay Prevailing Wages on construction work at public schools in the Bronx, prosecutors said. The sentence for Vickram Mangru, owner and operator of Valley Stream-based AVM Construction and Vick Construction, more»

America 'Needs A Lot More' Labor Unions

Published on Monday, June 17, 2019 in New York City Labor News
The lack of interest in Tech-Sector Unionizing is indeed a bit of a puzzle. There are gargantuan piles of money floating around in the Apple/Google/Facebook space and Workers could easily get a bigger share of it by Unionizing. And yet, they don’t. It’s very odd. Now, this is not my biggest concern in the world. Most Tech Workers make more»

Building Service Workers In NYC ‘Ready To Strike For Their Fair Share Of Wealth’ - SEIU 32BJ Members Start Their ‘Justice For Janitors’ March At Rockefeller Center

Published on Friday, June 14, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Union representing Building Service Workers across New York City have put wealthy owners and contractors on notice: We are coming for what we’ve earned and we will Strike to get it. “The building industry in booming in New York City and we have to start telling the building owners and the contractors that ‘we have more»

Unions ‘Hail Major New Agreement’ On New York City Tenant Protections - Organized Labor ‘Helped Seal The Deal’ By Extending New Protections To Millions Of Tenants Struggling To Make Rent

Published on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York State’s Legislative Leaders announced this week that they’ve reached agreement on an Omnibus Bill that they say will “give New Yorkers the strongest tenant protections in history.” The Bill would greatly strengthen protections for tenants in the roughly one million apartments covered by the State’s more»

‘Two Years, Too Long:’ Unionized Building Service Workers Want A Fair Contract Now - 32BJ SEIU-Represented Workers Strike At Two Downtown Luxury Condos

Published on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Union-represented Service Workers at two financial-district luxury-condominium buildings went on Strike this week, after almost two years of trying to get their first Union Contract - and they plan to stay out “till we get a contract,” said Naim Likovic, a Night-Shift Concierge at the Setai Wall Street at 40 Broad Street more»

How Unions & Climate Organizers ‘Learned To Work Together’ In New York

Published on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Several years before U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democrat-New York) elevated the climate, jobs and justice framework to the National level, a coalition of Labor, environmental and community groups joined together to push for a pioneering Climate Bill in New York. The idea for the legislation came in the immediate more»

Lawyers ‘By Day, Uber Drivers And Bartenders By Night’ - Legal Aid Lawyers, Who Represent Poor People In Court, ‘Often Have To Work Second Jobs To Make Ends Meet’

Published on Monday, June 10, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Her story is a familiar one in the Gig Economy Era: She works several odd jobs like delivering food for Grubhub and UberEats, or helping people with their tax returns, but Danielle happens to have a full-time job: She’s a Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society in New York City. The same goes for Julia Boms, a colleague who began more»

Report Calls Workers’ Comp Protections ‘Seriously Eroded’ - Disturbing New Workers Compensation Report Has Major Implications For Workers Throughout New York State

Published on Thursday, June 6, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - More than 100,000 Workers in New York State are injured each year badly enough to miss time at work, but the State’s Workers’ Compensation System has been “seriously eroded,” according to a recently-released report by the New School’s Center for New York City Affairs. “Legislative and administrative more»

As Deadline Looms, Union Advocates ‘Fight To Expand’ 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Published on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Union Members were out in full force late last week near the 9/11 Memorial Park in Lower Manhattan to rally in support of the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, a piece of legislation that would extend financial benefits to survivors and First Responders who lived, worked, more»

On-The-Job Deaths & Severe Injuries ‘Continue To Occur’ On New York City Non-Union Construction Projects As Electrician Narrowly Escapes Electrocution, ‘Underscoring - Yet Again, How Dangerous Building In The Big Apple Has Become’

Published on Monday, June 3, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - An Electrician narrowly escaped electrocution on a 10th Avenue construction site in Chelsea late last week, underscoring, yet again, just how dangerous building in New York City has become. The harrowing incident occurred sometime before 10 a.m. on May 30th, on a Non-Union JRM Construction site located between West 13th and West 14th more»

Here’s Some Suggestions On How To Make Your Union’s Monthly Meeting Both Interesting & Useful

Published on Sunday, June 2, 2019 in New York City Labor News
Membership meetings are not simply places for Members to get information and cast votes. Meetings should give Members a sense of power by bringing them together. They can see and feel that they are not alone, that others have similar problems, and that others have found solutions. Meetings should give Members the opportunity to observe leaders and more»

Retired Union Musicians Are Joining Truckers & Miners In ‘Singing The Financial Blues’ - Musicians’ Pension Fund Says It’s ‘Going Broke’

Published on Friday, May 31, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Retired Musicians are joining Truckers and Miners in singing the financial blues. The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and Employers’ Pension Fund announced it is applying to the U.S. Treasury Department to reduce benefits on the grounds that it has entered “critical and declining” status. That “means the more»

Extended Deadline For ‘Enhanced’ Construction Safety Training Called ‘Unfortunate, But Necessary’

Published on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - In the Fall of 2017, just before the New York City Council passed a new Construction Safety Bill requiring additional hours of safety training, then-Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said the legislative body was not going to sit around and watch Workers die - but, as time continues, the deaths are continuing to happen. On May 18th, a more»

“Good Labor Isn’t Cheap, Cheap Labor Isn’t Safe:” Trade Unionists Rally Outside The Trump Building At 40 Wall Street - Challenge Trump To Be “Responsible”

Published on Sunday, May 26, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Trade Unionists outraged that the Trump organization is using poorly paid, untrained Workers to restore the facade at 40 Wall Street rallied outside the historic building on Friday (May 24th) afternoon demanding that the current President “act like a responsible owner.” “This ‘kind of stuff can’t go on - more»

New York City Central Labor Council Delegates Re-Elect Alvarez & Hinds - First Elected In 2011, The President & Secretary-Treasurer Will Serve Third Four-Year Term

Published on Friday, May 24, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Delegates of the New York City AFL-CIO Central Labor Council this week approved third terms for President Vincent Alvarez and Secretary-Treasurer Janella T. Hinds. The vote carried by acclamation at a meeting of 178 Delegates representing 88 Unions. Alvarez and Hinds, the Labor Federation’s first Latino President and Black more»

Labor Perspective From TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano: Stop Scapegoating NYC Transit Workers - Train & Bus Operators ‘Aren’t The Cause’ Of The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Fiscal Woes

Published on Thursday, May 23, 2019 in New York City Labor News
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Editor’s Note: Tony Utano serves as President of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100, which represents 40,000 Bus and Subway Workers at Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) New York City Transit. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) absolutely should look for savings and efficiencies in its $17 more»

McDonald’s ‘Hit With A Slew Of New’ Sexual Harassment Charges As Unionization Fight Continues

Published on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Could a new wave of Sexual Harassment Charges leveled at the mighty McDonald’s corporate empire finally open the door to unionization? Fight for $15 advocates are hoping it does. McDonald’s Workers across the globe have won the right to Unionize - including Employees in China, Japan, Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy and more»

New York City’s Working Theater ‘Keeps The Spotlight On Working People’

Published on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Worker Issues usually don’t bubble up and take center-stage in New York City until there is a job action or Strike, but the Working Theater is on a dedicated mission to shake up that paradigm, continually cultivating fresh new voices from within the local Labor Community and bringing them straight to Working Class Audiences more»

Newly-Released Report Shows Home Health Leads New York City Job Growth

Published on Monday, May 20, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - In New York City, the fastest job growth is within the Home Care Sector with two out of every five new Private Sector Jobs created in 2017 falling into that category, according to a newly-released study from the New York City Independent Budget Office (NYCIBO). The NYCIBO report clearly indicates the importance of the Home Care Industry more»

Professional Staff Congress’s Media Campaign ‘Increases Pressure’ On Both Albany & City Hall For A Contract Settlement At The City University Of New York

Published on Friday, May 17, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Professional Staff Congress’s (PSC) media campaign for a fair contract for their 30,000 Members at the City University of New York (CUNY) expanded this week with a radio ad that began airing in New York City on Wednesday (May 15th). The ad says “Albany and the City should do better - and do right by our kids.” You more»

Attorneys & Staffers At Pro-Bono CAMBA Legal Services Reach Contract, End Strike

Published on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) - Attorneys with a Pro-Bono Brooklyn Legal Services Organization have settled on a contract with their company, ending a four-week Strike where Workers demanded better Paid Family Leave, more competitive salaries and Lower Health Insurance Premiums. CAMBA Legal Services, which is part of the Brooklyn-based organization CAMBA, provides more»

JFK Airport Workers Protest Eulen America’s ‘Abuse’ Of Paid Sick Leave Law

Published on Monday, May 13, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - JFK Airport Workers rallied on the steps of City Hall last week to protest Eulen America’s new policy regarding the use of Paid Sick Leave Time, announcing they’ve filed complaints with the New York City Department of Worker Protection (DCWP). The Airport Workers were joined by their allies, community activists and elected more»

Long Island Railroad Workers Refuse OT Shifts In Unsanctioned Job Action

Published on Sunday, May 12, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(MINEOLA, LONG ISLAND) – ABC 7 Eyewitness News has learned that hundreds of Unionized Workers on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) refused to work overtime shifts Friday (May 10th) throughout the weekend in response to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) crackdown on overtime. As a result, it could force the cancellation of a broad more»

Amazon Allegedly Fired Seven Pregnant Warehouse Workers For ‘Taking Too Many’ Bathroom Breaks

Published on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in New York City Labor News
Seven former Amazon Warehouse Workers say the Tech Giant discriminated against them because they couldn’t keep up with the fast pace and labor intensive job while pregnant. CNET reports seven lawsuits have been filed against Amazon in the last four years alleging the company fired the Workers because they were pregnant. According to the suits, more»

Construction Worker Deaths & Injuries Skyrocketing In New York City

Published on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Construction has become the deadliest job in New York City and statistics show accidents, injuries and deaths are on the rise. CBS2’s Ali Bauman demanded answers from the City’s Buildings Department about how it’s protecting Construction Workers in the Big Apple. “He ‘always tried his best in his life more»

Indefinite Strike By CAMBA Legal Services Staff Continues In New York City As News Hits That Non-Profit CEO Makes $500,000 While Some Employees Rely On Food Stamps

Published on Monday, May 6, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Runners who recently gathered in Prospect Park to raise funds for a Brooklyn non-profit were met by a horde of Striking Employees who claim their CEO earns $500,000 a year while Workers are forced to go on food stamps during parental leave. CAMBA Legal Services Staff have been on Strike since for a little more than two week now after the more»

Museum Of The City Of New York Spotlights City's Labor Movement Legacy

Published on Sunday, May 5, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City has proudly worn the mantle of being a Union Town for well over a century, but the story of how it became a powerhouse in the Labor Movement is complex, a narrative shaped by bold actions and courage as well as backstabbing and internal conflicts. City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York, which more»

Green New Deal Town Hall Held At 32BJ SEIU In New York City ‘Does Little To Win Over’ Labor Skeptics

Published on Thursday, May 2, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Despite a profound need to confront climate change during a just-held Green New Deal Town Hall at 32BJ Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) New York City Headquarters, it demonstrated the movement’s frustrating failure to fully draft Organized Labor into the cause. Earlier this month, the National AFL-CIO’s more»

The ‘Cradle Is Rocking Again’ For Working Men & Women

Published on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Eighty years ago, in the midst of the Great Depression, a couple of upstart theater guys named Orson Welles and John Houseman defied government censorship to stage a “Labor Opera” championing Union Solidarity in the face of rapacious capitalist bosses. Now, The Cradle Will Rock is back and its clarion call to today’s more»

Manhattan Federal Court Rules That It’s OK To Call The Boss A ‘Nasty MFer’ During Union Battle

Published on Monday, April 29, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Calling your boss a “nasty MFer” is totally cool - as long as you’re trying to form a Union. A Worker at a Chelsea Piers catering hall has won a Manhattan Federal Court Ruling that said he had a legal right to drop an F-bomb on his supervisor in an angry Facebook rant because he and fellow Employees were in the middle of more»

A Settlement Has Been Reached In What’s Being Described As a ‘Ground-Breaking’ Case Involving 1,600 New York City Administrators Represented By CWA Local 1180

Published on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - For two years, the City of New York and Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1180 have worked to settle claims to compensate CWA Members who were paid unfairly based on their gender and race. Now, a stipulation of settlement has finally been signed between parties to settle the litigation. CWA Local 1180 President Gloria more»

Story Of Pro-Union Amazon Worker Fired After Eye Injury ‘Emerges At Same Time’ Amazon’s ‘Finds Its Way Back On’ National COSH’s “Dirty Dozen” List Of Employers

Published on Friday, April 26, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Another metropolitan area man who lost his job after he dared challenge Amazon’s extremely poor treatment of its Warehouse Employees is speaking out - just in time for the notoriously Anti-Union Retail Giant to be welcomed back onto National Council for Occupational Safety and Health’s (COSH) annual list of “Dirty more»