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Rank & File Relief Fund Aides New York City Hardhats ‘Refusing To Cross’ Hudson Yards Picket Line

Published on Thursday, February 28, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A new GoFundMe page aimed at aiding Ironworkers who choose to sacrifice a day’s pay rather than cross a Union Picket Line, awarded its first donation to a hardhat outside 50 Hudson Yards on Wednesday (February 27th) morning, LaborPress has learned. GoFundMe Page Administrator Brian Houser, 39, told LaborPress he met with the more»

‘Worked To Death At FedEx’ - Recent FedEx Workplace Deaths Suggest ‘Serious Safety Problem,’ Yet Trump ‘Is Still Trying To Confirm A FedEx Executive For The Most Important Worker Safety Position In The Country’

Published on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in New York City Labor News
William L. Murphy, a 69-year-old FedEx Freight Driver, was found dead at the company’s distribution center in East Moline, Illinois, on the morning of January 31st. He died, according to the coroner, from a traumatic head injury after falling between two semi-tractor trailers. The center was closed, according the FedEx Freight, due to the historic more»

“It’s A Punch In The Gut,” New York State AFL-CIO Responds To Announcement Of Federal Cuts To The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Published on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - New Yorkers who survived 9/11 only to be sickened by the toxic dust swirling around Ground Zero were stunned to learn the Federal Government will be cutting compensation payouts as much as 70% - fearing that the decision will leave scores of ill survivors with little to live on. The New York State AFL-CIO - a Statewide Labor Federation more»

Following New York City’s Amazon Rejection, Virginian Working Class ‘Tools Up For Fight’ With Firm

Published on Monday, February 25, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA) - When New York City Workers and their allies raised their voices against Amazon’s low pay, lousy working conditions and hatred of Unions, the monster retailer and distributor “picked up its toys and went home,” in the words of one activist - now it’s Arlington, Virginia’s turn to see if the same thing more»

Underscoring The Fact That Unions ‘Lead The Way In Closing’ The Wage Gap For People Of Color

Published on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in New York City Labor News Editor’s Note: Frank Callahan serves as President of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council, while Shamaiah Turner is a Member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 17. Workers with Union wages and benefits earn enough money to support their families, invest in their homes and neighborhoods, spend money in their communities, and provide more»

Lyft Agrees To Pay Its New York City Drivers The Minimum Wage

Published on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Earlier this month, Lyft agreed to pay Drivers New York City’s new Minimum Wage for App-Based Taxi Drivers, although it and Juno are continuing their lawsuits seeking to eliminate that minimum. The city’s new minimum, which is intended to guarantee App-Based Drivers make at least $15 per hour and can take some days off - more»

Why Did Thousands Of NYSNA-Represented Nurses Protest In Front Of 14 New York City Medical Facilities? To ‘Speak Out Against’ Poor Working Conditions & Staffing Problems

Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Thousands of Union-represented Nurses from 14 medical facilities across New York City hit the pavement for informational picketing to call attention to what they say are horrendous conditions and understaffing in private hospitals. Reports show that from January to December 2018, Nurses - who work at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Mount more»

After Winning A $15 Minimum Wage, Fast Food Workers Now Battle 'Unfair' Firings

Published on Monday, February 18, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City’s fast-food industry has served as a laboratory for the Nation’s Labor Movement for the last several years. Its Workers were the first to stage rallies demanding a Minimum Wage of $15 an hour. Then, they pressed for changes in the way national restaurant chains set their work schedules. Now, they are asking the more»

Inside Amazon’s ‘Great St. Valentine’s Day Kiss-Off’

Published on Saturday, February 16, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - This Valentine’s Day, Amazon proved something many have always known - Jeff Bezos and Company love corporate welfare - but they hate Organized Labor and Worker Solidarity even more. Already, so much of the talk immediately surrounding Amazon’s abrupt decision to abandon plans for a glittering new corporate HQ in Long Island more»

IBEW-Represented Spectrum Strikers Dig In As Union Battle Enters 10th Grueling Month

Published on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – As it nears its 10th month, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3’s Strike against Cable Giant Spectrum has become a test of Worker endurance - and Union loyalty. Roughly 1,800 Union Cable Techs hit the picket lines on March 28th, when prolonged contract talks fell apart, forcing a walkout. The Strike more»

A Legacy Of Labor: New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Approves Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial

Published on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has voted unanimously to approve a memorial dedicated to the 146 victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911. Reframing the Sky, designed by Architects Uri Wegman and Richard Joon Yoo, will debut next year if supporters can raise $850,000 to cover long-term maintenance costs. The more»

‘No Union, No Deal,’ New York City Labor Leaders Tell New York State Governor Cuomo & New York City Mayor De Blasio About Amazon's New Selected HQ

Published on Monday, February 11, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Two New York Unions are teaming up to deliver a message to retail giant Amazon: Labor is still king in Queens. In a letter sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, leaders from the Teamsters and the Retail Workers Union asked that New York’s $3 billion deal with the global corporation be put on hold in light of more»

AFSCME Says The New York’s Jewish Federation Is ‘Trying To Cut’ Its Employees’ Pensions

Published on Sunday, February 10, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Labor talks at New York’s Jewish Federation “broke down” over a proposal to cut Employees’ pensions, the Workers’ Union said. The Union representing employees of UJA-Federation, New York’s umbrella Jewish fundraising body, is in talks to sign a new Labor Contract, but American Federation of State, more»

Turning A Non-Union Project Around On Long Island: Arlington Contractor Agrees To Use Union Labor After Laborers Local Gets Involved

Published on Friday, February 8, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(ARLINGTON, LONG ISLAND) - Responding to criticism of Non-Union Labor at the $5.5 million Arlington Avenue Sanitation Transfer Station Reconstruction Project, Racanelli Construction - the contractor hired by the village to carry out the work, has agreed to bring on Members from Laborers Local 66, the Union that first raised the concerns, to help finish more»

Statistics ‘Don't Tell The Story’ Of Unions' ‘Impact’ - Organized Labor's Effects On New York City ‘Go Well Beyond’ Its Members

Published on Thursday, February 7, 2019 in New York City Labor News Editor’s Note: This Letter To The Editor was send by James A. Parrott, the Director of Economic and Fiscal Policies at the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School, to Crain’s New York. It can be directly accessed at: To the Editor: more»

The NewsGuild-CWA Continues To ‘Push Forward’ On Pay Equity With A Gender Pay Analysis That Shows ‘Wide Disparities’ In Pay For Men Compared To Women & Whites Compared To Minorities

Published on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Locals within The NewsGuild (TNG)-CWA (Communications Workers of America) that led the way on Pay Equity Studies have continued that work and are reporting good results, either with or without management’s acknowledgement of their efforts. TNG International Chair Martha Waggoner updated delegates at the 2019 Sector Conference on more»

Unions Supporting Amazon New York City HQ2 Deal Called ‘Outliers’

Published on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The head of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) is dismissing limited Union support for notoriously Anti-Union CEO Jeff Bezos and his bid to establish a new HQ for in Long Island City, Queens - while also expressing hope that others in the House of Labor will ultimately help push the e-commerce giant to more»

New York City Comptroller Says Workers “Must Be Paid” Prevailing Rate – Launches Campaign To Return More Than $2.5 Million In Unclaimed Prevailing Wage Awards To Workers Who Were Cheated Out Of Their Pay

Published on Sunday, February 3, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has launched a campaign to return more than $2.5 million in unclaimed Prevailing Wage Awards to Workers who were cheated out of their pay. When construction companies contract with New York City, but fail to pay Workers the proper wages and benefits, the Comptroller’s Office enforces the law more»

New York City Council Moves To ‘Rein In’ Private Trash Haulers' ‘Sham’ Unions

Published on Thursday, January 31, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - For years, sham Unions working within New York’s private trash carting industry have exploited a loophole in the city’s administrative code. Now, the City Council is working to reel them in. On Tuesday (January 29th), the Council’s Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management held a hearing on a bill introduced by more»

“No Union, No Deal,” New York City Labor Leaders Tell Cuomo & De Blasio About Amazon's New HQ

Published on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Two New York Labor Unions are teaming up to deliver a message to retail giant Amazon: Labor is still king in Queens. In a letter sent Monday (January 28th) to Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, leaders from The Teamsters and the Retail Workers Union asked that New York’s $3 billion deal with global corporation be put on more»

Heading Back To Work, Furloughed Federal Workers In New York City ‘Remain Cautious About The Future’

Published on Sunday, January 27, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Engineer Anthony Tseng was inside the Downtown Community Television Center on Lafayette Street in Manhattan on Friday night (January 25th), along with friends and colleagues cautiously celebrating the end of the longest government shutdown in U.S History, when he got an e-mail more»

Drive To Help Federal Workers Negatively Impacted By Government Shutdown Launched On Long Island

Published on Thursday, January 24, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(OYSTER BAY, LONG ISLAND) - “It’s a topic of conversation every day,” James Brazel, a National Airspace Operations Manager, said of the government shutdown. “We have this joke at work - we say, ‘Another day, another promised dollar’ - but the joke is becoming a reality.” In his 22 years with New York Terminal Radar more»

Labor Perspective From New York City Building Trades President Gary LaBarbera Via The Gotham Gazette: New York City ‘Is Still A Union Town & That’s A Great Thing For Our Future’

Published on Sunday, January 20, 2019 in New York City Labor News
The Labor Movement is under attack. Over the past few years, assaults on Unions and Labor have escalated at a breakneck pace. From recent court cases like Janus v. AFSCME to Right-To-Work (for less) Legislation creeping through State Legislatures, one thing is clear: Unions remain strong, but our resolve is being tested by increasingly relentless attacks more»

Federal Workers In New York City Blast Trump’s Government Shutdown: “‘Mister Art Of The Deal’ Seems ‘Unable To Come To The Table And Have A Serious Talk.’”

Published on Friday, January 18, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Try as they might, Federal Workers tasked with securing U.S. borders simply cannot understand how kneecapping their agencies in an effort to force Congress to pay for a border wall no one believes will stop illegal immigration, serves the public good. “It ‘doesn’t make sense’ to shut down the agencies ‘that more»

‘Break Up Amazon!’ World Union Leader Urges

Published on Thursday, January 17, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - “Amazon ‘must be broken up,’” Sharan Burrow, the Australian General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, told a Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) Forum on the Digital Economy and the Future of Work Wednesday (January 16th) that was held in New York City. The company is now more»

New York Building Trades #CountMeIn Campaign ‘Teams Up’ With Related Queens Tenants ‘In Order To Fix Their Housing Woes’

Published on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(QUEENS, NEW YORK) - Besieged Queens residents suffering with rampant rodents, shoddy renovations and tenant harassment at their Marine Terrace apartment complex in Astoria are hopeful a new alliance with the Greater New York Building & Construction Trades’ #CountMeIn Campaign will finally help put an end to the troubles they’ve been more»

1199 SEIU Launches ‘Protect TPS, Protect DREAMERS’ Campaign

Published on Monday, January 14, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Members, elected officials and Haitian Community Leaders announced a new campaign: Protect TPS, Protect DREAMERS on Friday, January 11th - the ninth anniversary of the earthquake that killed more than 200,000 Haitians. The administration of Republican President Donald Trump has ended more»

“We’re Not Lab Rats:” SAG-AFTRA & IATSE Declare Support For Actors Equity Strike In New York City As Union Warns Off Strikebreakers - Equity Strike Targets The Development Process Used By New Shows, Especially Musicals

Published on Sunday, January 13, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) have thrown their support behind a strike called last week by Actors Equity, telling The Hollywood Reporter that the Unions supported the Stage Performers’ Union more»

AFSCME Supports New York Mayor’s Paid Time Off Proposal

Published on Friday, January 11, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee Saunders is praising New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to mandate two weeks of paid time off for Workers in the city, calling it “true progress.” “Mayor de Blasio’s plan is true progress in unrigging a system more»

Labor Perspective From’s Joe Maniscalco: Wanted, A Greater Media Spotlight On The Nearly Two-Year Charter/Spectrum Strike

Published on Thursday, January 10, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - This week, Telecom Giant Charter Communications announced it is looking for journalism’s “best and brightest” to join the ranks of Spectrum News in NYC - we here at have some advice for our correspondent comrades looking for a new gig: don’t take the job unless you plan on shining a light on the more»

Seattle City Council Members Travels To NYC To Speak At RWDSU HQs, Tell New Yorkers They “Have The Opportunity Seattle Didn't” As They ‘Prepare For War’ With Amazon

Published on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York’s growing coalition of representatives and lawmakers opposed to Amazon’s plans for a headquarters in Queens gained two new allies who know the company’s effects on metro regions better than most: Seattle Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda and Lisa Herbold. Herbold and Mosqueda both appeared at a press event held more»

“I Thought It Was Normal:” Nearly 25% Of New York City Diner Workers Say Their Bosses Rip Them Off On Wages

Published on Monday, January 7, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - When Miguel Romero Lara quit his job as a milkman in Tlaxcala, Mexico, nearly 30 years ago and said goodbye to his pregnant wife and two young children, he went in search of better paying work to support his family. He thought he had found just the right position when he was hired as a dishwasher at the Waverly Diner, an all-night more»

Charter/Spectrum Strike ‘Drags On’ Into 2019 As Queens Residents Sound Alarm Over ‘Dangerously Bad’ Service

Published on Sunday, January 6, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - When Queens residents allied with the Building Trades #CountMeIn Campaign complain about Charter/Spectrum’s dangerously shoddy cable TV and phone service, they sound a lot like Striking International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3-represented Workers who say, yes, service is poor - and has only gotten worse as their more»

‘Turning From Bad To Good:’ The Fight For Middle Class Jobs In Downtown Brooklyn

Published on Friday, January 4, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) - Union Cement and Concrete Workers denied work at a massive mixed use development in Downtown Brooklyn are pressing the fight for good Middle Class jobs into the New Year. Labor leaders concede that the 1.1 million square foot development’s foundation has already “gone bad,” but insist that opportunities for good more»

New York State Minimum Wage Hike Went Into Effect On New Year’s Eve

Published on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Before the ball dropped on a new year, the lowest paid Workers in New York State were looking forward to a higher Minimum Wage, with the biggest boost coming to Employees in New York City, who will make at least $15 per hour. For Workers struggling in this expensive city, it's a cause for celebration - an extra bit of cash to help more»

Via The Boston Globe: Some Employers Are Raising The Minimum Wage To $15, Four Years Early

Published on Thursday, December 27, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS) - At Salon Herdis in Northampton, the Employees are getting a special New Year’s bonus: a Minimum Wage increase to $15 an hour, up from $11. With the sizable jump, new owner Tim Fisk is taking a bold step. He is skipping past the new $12 Massachusetts State Minimum Wage, which takes effect January 1st, and going straight more»

Chelsea Training Center Prepares Women For Union Construction Industry Jobs

Published on Monday, December 24, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Experts say Women make up just 3% of the eight million people across the United States who are working in construction-related jobs. But Sinade Wadsworth, a Member of Carpenters Union Local 157, says "most women believe this is a man's job, but that's not the case." Wadsworth saw carpentry as the way to become financially independent. more»

Via Crain’s New York: Union Group Seeks To Legislate Hudson Yards Victory - Law Proposed By AFL-CIO Would Force Related To Pay Prevailing Wages At West Side Megaproject

Published on Friday, December 21, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A Union Umbrella Group has offered its vision for settling the biggest fight in the city's construction industry: Legislate a win for Union Workers whose Labor Leader, Gary LaBarbera, has been in an ugly and escalating battle with Hudson Yards developer The Related Companies over pay. The New York State AFL-CIO's proposal as yet has no more»

In New York City, ‘Tis The Season To Press The Fight Against Broken Shop Development

Published on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Despite some frigid temps on Tuesday (December 18th), hundreds of Trade Unionists supporting the Greater New York Building & Construction Trades’ #CountMeIn Campaign returned to the offices of Related Companies’ Developer CEO Stephen Ross at 10 Columbus Circle, to continue opposition to the use of Non-Union Labor or more»

Slate's Newly Unionized Writers & Editors Give OK To Strike - Outlet’s Editorial Staff Authorizes Walkout By Vote Of 52-To-1, Company’s Right-To-Work (For Less) Stance ‘Riles’ Its Employees

Published on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Writers and Editors at Slate have voted nearly unanimously to green-light a Strike, escalating tensions between the digital publication and its newly-Unionized Employees. Slate’s Editorial Employees authorized the potential Strike by a vote of 52-to-1, according to a spokesman for the Writers Guild of America - East, and are now more»

Employees At Amazon’s New New York City Warehouse Launch Union Push

Published on Sunday, December 16, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A committee of employees at’s recently opened Staten Island Fulfillment Center is going public with a Unionization Campaign, a fresh challenge to the E-Commerce Giant in a city where it plans to build a major new campus. Labor unrest is the latest complication in Amazon’s plan to invest $2.5 billion and hire 25,000 more»

Teamsters Win Overnight Strike To Protect Their Pensions At Private Sanitation Carter In New York City

Published on Friday, December 14, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Teamsters Local 813 Members went on Strike earlier this week to protect their pension at a New York City private carter, which quickly ended when the company, M&M Sanitation, backed off a plan that would allow the company to leave the Union Pension Fund. “After you spend twenty-five years at this company, after you endure back more»

Via POLITICO: Police Arrest 17 Members of CUNY's Faculty Union During Contract Rally To Demand A Fair Contract

Published on Thursday, December 13, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Police arrested 17 leaders of the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Faculty and Staff Union earlier this week after they blocked the entrance of Baruch College where the CUNY Board of Trustees was meeting to demand a fair contract. "We are going to block the CUNY doors unless they give us the contract we need," Barbara Bowen, the more»

Via The New York Daily News: New NYC Policy Will Allow It To Consider Labor Relations ‘Before’ Renewing Spectrum Franchise

Published on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City can now consider the state of a company’s Labor Relations when assessing whether to grant or renew a franchise agreement - a change in policy that will be in play when Spectrum Cable’s deal comes up for approval in 2020. In a letter sent to Charter Communications - the parent company of Spectrum - the more»

‘Men Of Steel:’ How Brooklyn’s Native American Ironworkers Built New York

Published on Monday, December 10, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Empire State Building. The George Washington Bridge. The United Nations. The Woolworth Building. 30 Rock. The Seagram Building. Lincoln Center. The Waldorf Astoria. Virtually all of New York’s most iconic structures were raised in part by Mohawk Native American Ironworkers. Since 1916, when Mohawk men made their way to more»

“Force A Strike, Decertify The Union” - That Was Charter/Spectrum’s ‘Plan All Along,’ Head Of IBEW Local 3 Says

Published on Sunday, December 9, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Force roughly 1,800 Workers into a punishing 20-month Strike - and then force the decertification of their Union - that was Telecom Giant Charter/Spectrum’s plan all along, according to the head of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3. “They ‘knew that Strike would result in more»

New York City Sets $17 An Hour Minimum Wage For Uber & Lyft Drivers

Published on Friday, December 7, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City has become the first in the U.S. to set a Minimum Wage for App-Based Car Services. The City's Taxi and Limousine Commission voted earlier this week to establish a per-minute and per-mile payment formula for Uber, Lyft, Via, Juno and Gett that is supposed to result in Drivers earning $17.22 an hour. Regulators say it will more»

“New York City Is A Union Town!” - Charter Boycott Back On After Negotiations To End 20-Month-Old Strike Break Down

Published on Thursday, December 6, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Striking Charter/Spectrum Workers resumed their Governor Andrew Cuomo-backed boycott of NY1 and other corporate-run cable-TV channels this week following the breakdown of negotiations that could have finally ended International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3’s nearly two-year standoff with the multi-billion-dollar more»

The $8 Billion Transformation Of New York City’s LaGuardia Airport Moves Towards Completion - Building Trades ‘Thankful’ For Creation Of “Quality Union Jobs”

Published on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(QUEENS, NEW YORK) - Phase one of the $8 billion transformation of LaGuardia Airport has been completed. Terminal B, which features aa 250,000 square-foot light-filled concourse is now open for business. This section of the future airport will house 18 gates and will be occupied by Air Canada, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. more»

Via The New York Daily News: Governor Cuomo To Join With Union Leaders To Launch Campaign Against 'Union-Busting' Spectrum Cable

Published on Monday, December 3, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Labor Leaders are accusing Charter/Spectrum Cable of “Union-Busting” activities and are set to unleash today (Monday, December 3rd) a campaign seeking new boycotts against the company, The New York Daily News has learned. Negotiations between Spectrum and International Brotherhood of more»