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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»

An Appreciation Of Sanitation Workers: Without Them, Society Would Literally Collapse

Published on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in New York City Labor News
Last August, Sanitation Workers in Atlanta went on a one-day Strike for a fair contract with their employer, the multi-billion-dollar Republic Services Corporation. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution gave the Workers an opportunity to lay out their demands - adequate health benefits, annual raises, an end to Non-Union subcontracting - but the newspaper also more»

Workers Memorial Week In New York City: Time For ‘Real’ Reflection

Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - This week, the mournful wail of bagpipes honoring New York City Construction Workers who have either been killed or injured on the job will once again be forced to compete with the rising lamentations of deep pocketed industry executives bemoaning the economic costs of enacting enhanced safety regulations. This solitary white hardhat, more»

Cry Of “There Cannot Be One More Death” Rings Throughout New York City ‘After Yet Another’ Construction Worker Loses Their Life

Published on Monday, April 22, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The chilling bagpipe wail of “Amazing Grace” mixed with the cacophonous sounds of ongoing construction could be heard at Varick and Broome Streets last week - the site of a deadly crane accident that claimed the life of 34-year-old War Veteran Gregory “Mo” Echevarria just three days prior. The Brooklyn father of more»

Documentary Short Honors The ‘Humble’ Dishwasher, ‘Who Deserves Your Respect’

Published on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 in New York City Labor News
The labor of back-of-house Restaurant Workers often goes unappreciated by diners. Though Chefs, Line Cooks, Food Runners and the like are the rarely seen, rarely heard facilitators of meals, the humble Dishwasher is the one ensuring you’re not dining off filthy plates and lipstick-stained wine glasses. A recent CBC Documentary highlights the lives more»

Bank Of America Is Giving Its Workers A Pay Raise, Minimum Wage Set To Go Up To $20 An Hour

Published on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in New York City Labor News
Workers for one of the largest banking institutions in America will receive a pay raise: Bank of America has announced it will raise its minimum wage to $20 an hour for all Employees. “If you get a job at Bank of America, you’ll make ($41,000)” a year, Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan said on MSNBC. “With the success our company has, more»

After A Rash Of Construction Worker Deaths – Three In The Last Week, A New York City Council Member ‘Promises To Finally Implement’ A New Safety Law

Published on Monday, April 15, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The latest construction death in New York City is prompting politicians to accelerate the implementation of a Construction Safety Law passed in 2017. Gregory Echevarria, 34, was killed after a crane counterweight fell on him at 570 Broome Street. At least one other Worker was injured in the accident and taken to hospital, according to more»

CWA Local 1180 & New York City Settle Class Action Lawsuit For Discriminatory Pay Practices By Compensating Members & Changing City Pay Practices

Published on Friday, April 12, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - More than three years after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found in the favor of Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 1180 on behalf of their Administrative Managers, the CWA has reached an agreement with the City of New York to settle a Federal Class Action Lawsuit to compensate Members who were paid unfairly more»

The New York State Nurses Association Reaches A Tentative Contract Agreement Impacting More Than 10,000 Nurses Employed At The Mount Sinai, Montefiore & New York Presbyterian Health Systems

Published on Thursday, April 11, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Nurses represented by the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and employed at the Mount Sinai, Montefiore and New York Presbyterian Hospital Systems have reached agreement on a new four-year tentative contract, Union Officials have announced. The tentative agreement - which expires on December 31st, 2022, includes historic more»

Building Trades Battle Over LA’s Firm’s Hiring Non-Union For Its Hi-Rise Project In New York City Continues

Published on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Building Trades Workers have picketed the CIM Group’s offices in Midtown Manhattan, demanding the private-equity firm hire Union Contractors on a luxury-apartment building it’s developing near the Brooklyn waterfront. “Call CIM and tell them to sit down with the Union and ‘responsible’ more»

Staten Island Coalition Demands Amazon Rehire Fired Worker

Published on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - About 100 people recently traveled to the isolated western reaches of Staten Island to demand Amazon rehire Warehouse Worker Rashad Long, who recently filed a complaint charging he was fired for speaking out against oppressive conditions on the job. They first rallied in an unpaved parking lot on the far side of the Route 440 highway, more»

'Out Of Patience:' New York City Nurses Take On Hospitals For Better Staffing

Published on Sunday, April 7, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Question: How do you know when your Employees are unsatisfied? Answer: When they vote by a 97% margin to authorize a strike. And if you think these Workers are displeased, you should talk to their customers - or rather, their patients. They complain of waiting in emergency rooms for hours, sometimes days. Of lying on stretchers more»

Equal Pay Day In New York City Highlights Progress & ‘Embarrassing’ Realities

Published on Thursday, April 4, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The successful conclusion of a years-long legal battle charging the City of New York with discrimination against Women of Color working as Administrative Managers lent a triumphant air to the 13th Annual New York City Equal Pay Day action on the steps of City Hall earlier this week, but the intolerable reality that women continue to be more»

New York City Launches Worker Protection Awareness Campaign

Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City has launched a public awareness campaign to educate New Yorkers about their workplace rights. The new multi-lingual campaign highlights important workplace information for all Workers in New York City regardless of their job or immigration status. New Yorkers can file a complaint by visiting or by more»

A Union Success Story: Macy's Workers Win Sick Days By Fighting Back - Fashionably

Published on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in New York City Labor News’s Editor Note: Nichole Booker is a Sales Associate at the SeaTac Macy’s. Curtisy Bryant is a Cosmetics Associate at the SouthCenter Macy’s. Both are members of United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 21 and were Members of the Macy’s Contract Bargaining Team in 2018. (NORTHWEST WASHINGTON STATE) - When more»

Honoring The Role That Women Have Played In Organizing & Leading Some Of Our Country’s Largest Unions

Published on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in New York City Labor News
UCOMM Blog Editor’s Note: This post was written by Cordelia Anthony, President of the Farmingdale Federation of Teachers During the month of March, we have taken the time to commemorate Women’s History Month and I would like to highlight the work of women in building early Union Solidarity. From the Industrial Revolution to the rise of mass more»

Never Forget: The 2019 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Commemoration

Published on Monday, March 25, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Today - Monday, March 25th, is the 108th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York’s Greenwich Village. This tragedy took the lives of 146 young Immigrant Garment Workers and galvanized a reform movement to raise standards for Workers. This incident has had great significance to this day because it more»

Pay Disparity Among New York City Early Childhood Education Teachers ‘Jeered’ As ‘Dishonest, Misogynistic And Racist’

Published on Sunday, March 24, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The ongoing pay disparity between Early Childhood Education Teachers working at Community Based Organizations (CBOs) throughout the five boroughs of New York City and their counterparts at the Department of Education is being jeered as “disgusting” and “racist.” As many as 10 City Council Members and the more»

NYSNA-Represented Nurses At Several New York City Hospitals Say A Strike ‘Is Needed To Keep Patients Safe’

Published on Friday, March 22, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The threat of as many as 10,000 New York City Nurses going on Strike intensified earlier this week as Members of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) rallied outside Mount Sinai Hospital in East Harlem. The Union announced that nurses at Montefiore Health System, Mount Sinai Health System and New York-Presbyterian would Strike more»

Deal Reached Between Hudson Yards Developer & The New York Building Trades Unions ‘Ends An Extremely Bitter And Long’ Labor Fight

Published on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A newly-forged framework between developer Related Companies and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC) has marked the end - at least for now - of a menacing feud between the developer of the $20 billion Hudson Yards megaproject and the Umbrella Union Group representing 100,000 Construction Workers. The more»

CUNY Professors Rally In New York City, Call On The City & State To Increase Funding For The University System And Double Adjuncts Pay To $7K - “If Not, We Strike!”

Published on Sunday, March 17, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - More than 200 City University of New York (CUNY) Professors and supporters rallied outside City Hall late last week, calling on the City and State to increase funding for the University System and give them a raise - including doubling Adjunct Professors’ pay to $7,000 a course. New York talks about how it’s a more»

Top Union Leaders To Governor Cuomo: End New York City’s School Bus Crisis In This Year’s Budget - For Workers, Parents & Special Needs Kids

Published on Friday, March 15, 2019 in New York City Labor News Editor’s Note: This letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was written by: Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1181 President Michael Cordiello; New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento; and Hotel Trades Council President Peter Ward. For more information, go to: For decades, the City of New York more»

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Surviving Relatives Tell Their Stories

Published on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the tragedy in lower Manhattan that claimed 146 lives on March 25, 1911, has left surviving relatives grieving and still keeping the memories alive 108 years later. The company owner had locked the doors where the Workers were, claiming they did so to prevent theft. When the fire started, they were more»

Maybe This Is Why Amazon ‘Didn’t Want To Come To ‘Union Strong New York State:’ Amazon Lobbies To ‘Exempt’ Employees From Labor Protections In Seattle

Published on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON) - Many of Amazon’s Seattle-area Employees would be exempt from new Labor Protections in a bill passed by the Washington State Senate after lobbyists for the Tech Giant pushed to change a key threshold in the rules. The protections would partially prohibit non-compete clauses - controversial agreements used by tech companies and more»

Transport Workers Union President Takes Anti-Automation Campaign To Papal Confab

Published on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(ROME, ITALY) - John Samuelsen, the International President of the Transport Workers Union (TWU), used his spot as a keynote speaker during a Vatican conference held last week on climate change, technology and transport to make his case that driverless buses would undermine public safety and the loss of several hundred thousand jobs in the U.S. alone. The more»

Here’s The ‘Real’ Bread And Roses Strike Story ‘That’s Missing’ From U.S. History Textbooks

Published on Monday, March 11, 2019 in New York City Labor News
Zinn Education Project Editor’s Note: Robert Forrant is a History Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He also serves as Chair of the Bread and Roses Centennial Committee, and is the Co-Author of Images of America: Lawrence and the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike and The Big Move: Immigrant Voices from a Mill City. The 1912 Bread and more»

After Management Ignored Their Claims, More Than 10,000 NYSNA-Represented Nurses Employed At Three New York City Hospital Systems Threaten To Strike Over Staffing Shortages That Put Patients At Risk

Published on Friday, March 8, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – New York State Nurses United-represented Registered Nurses (RNs) at three New York City hospital systems are threatening to Strike, claiming staffing shortages put patients at risk while medical center management has ignored their complaints. RNs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Montefiore, Mt. Sinai, Mt. Sinai West and St. Luke's more»

What Union Is ‘Qualified’ To Organize Amazon? - As Amazon ‘Plays Politics In Where They Should’ Build HQ2, ‘What Union Has What It Takes?’

Published on Thursday, March 7, 2019 in New York City Labor News
Oh, Amazon, what to do with you. First, you innovated e-commerce to become the world’s largest Internet retailer, and at the same time, you did your best to thwart Organized Labor at every turn. Then, you brought together bitter Democratic rivals, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Your City Mayor Bill de Blasio, at the same table. Those guys more»

SEIU 1199 Kicks Off Series Of Protests Against Cuomo Administration’s ‘Devastating’ Plan To Slash $1.6 Billion In State Medicaid Funding

Published on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - More than 500 SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Local 1199 Members and supporters rallied outside Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx on Monday (March 4th) to publicly protest the Cuomo Administration’s plans to cut $1.6 billion in State funding for Medicaid. “The Medicaid cut ‘would be devastating to us - more»

Long Island Coalition Brings Attention To State’s Special Schools

Published on Sunday, March 3, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK) - A coalition on Long Island is bringing together New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Members who work in special schools to raise awareness of the challenges confronting these institutions – with the goal to persuade State Lawmakers to provide the resources necessary to ensure students with physical and emotional more»

NYC Council Pushes Through Bills Cracking Down On 'Sham Unions' In Private Carting - Legislation Will Increase Enforcement Against Labor Organizations ‘Affiliated With’ Organized Crime Figures

Published on Friday, March 1, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The New York City Council says it's going to clean up private garbage pick-up. The Council has passed three bills aimed at eliminating what Brooklyn Councilman Antonio Reynoso labeled "Sham Unions" - particularly those linked to organized crime - from private carting companies. The legislation appears to be part of a greater effort by more»