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New York Unions 'Jeer' Amazon’s HQ2 Deal

Published on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Citing Amazon’s long Anti-Labor record, the Union representing New York City’s Retail Workers has come out strongly against the City and State promising the online-sales behemoth more than $2.5 billion in subsidies to locate its new branch headquarters in Long Island City. “Any company being welcomed into New York to more»

A Reminder From NYSUT: Holiday Shopping & Unionism ‘Aren’t Mutually Exclusive’ - Support The National Labor Movement This Christmas By Buying American-Manufactured, Union-Made Products

Published on Thursday, November 29, 2018 in New York City Labor News
While shopping for that perfect gift, you can still do your part to support the Nation’s Labor Movement by buying American-manufactured, Union-made products. And the National AFL-CIO’s Union Label & Service Trades Department is a good place to start. Just go to for a wide range of Union-made gifts. Other sites to visit more»

Unionized Athletes ‘Need To Stop Crossing Picket Lines & Start Supporting ‘Fellow Workers

Published on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in New York City Labor News
It should have been an easy opportunity to show solidarity. It should have been a friendly, comradely way to unite against oppressive bosses. Instead, Professional Athletes from the various North American Sports Unions have, again and again, put themselves ahead of Striking Marriott Hotel Workers and crossed the picket lines that were put up in early more»

Union Construction Workers Send A Message To The CIM Group In New York City: ‘Stop Hiring Irresponsible Contractors!’

Published on Monday, November 26, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Union Construction Workers fighting to preserve good Middle Class jobs in the face of increasing greed and exploitation in the development community, have taken their battle to the Madison Avenue offices of the CIM Group - a $29 billion private equity real estate fund manager known for hiring contractors with a knack for outrageous safety, more»

Teamsters Win Important New Contract At Bronx Trash Collector

Published on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Next season, the Workers who recycle the empty beer cups tossed out by fans at Yankees and New York City Football Club games will be getting a good raise, Teamsters Local 813 announced Tuesday (November 20th). The four-year contract renewal for about 60 Workers at Commercial-Trash Collector Action Carting’s Bronx facilities will more»

Law360 Union Gets ‘Boost’ From ‘Scabby The Rat’ In Contract Fight Impasse - Subscription News Outlet Employees Authorize Strike ‘After More Than Two Years’ Of Bargaining

Published on Sunday, November 18, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New Yorkers are accustomed to seeing a massive, clawed rat from time to time when walking past hotels or construction sites. It is a tactic that Labor Unions of various stripes use to shame management during a dispute. The inflatable rat, known as Scabby, made an appearance outside a less-conventional location late last week: the offices more»

How Many More Must Die? New York City Cabbie Death Toll Now At Eight

Published on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City Cab Drivers’ financial crisis has now claimed two more lives than Son of Sam did. Yellow-cab Owner-Driver Roy Kim, 58, of Bayside, Queens, committed suicide on November 5th, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (NYCTLC) announced this week. He owed more than $500,000 on the medallion he bought last year, a more»

#CountMeIn Campaign ‘Seizes’ The National Spotlight - Holds High-Profile Rally In Front Of Fox NFL Thursday Night Football Cameras To Protest Open Shop Development By The Related Companies In NYC

Published on Monday, November 12, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Building Trades’ #CountMeIn Campaign against so-called “Open Shop” Development seized the National stage on Thursday night (November 8th), holding a surprise demonstration during a live broadcast of FOX NFL Thursday Night Football on West 48th Street. About 40 or so #CountMeIn members outfitted with “Step Down more»

United Federation Of Teachers’ Members ‘Overwhelmingly Ratify’ New NYC Contract, Giving Them A 7.7% Pay Raise Over The 43-Month Agreement & Covering 129,000 - Including 79,000 Classroom Teachers

Published on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Members of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) have ratified a new contract that gives Members a 7.7% pay raise over the 43-month agreement. The contract passed with 87% of the roughly 90,000 overall votes, according to tallies by the American Arbitration Association. The new agreement covers the Union’s 129,000 Members, who more»

What The Attack On New York City’s African Burial Ground ‘Says About The Elite’s Attempts To Divide’ Workers

Published on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - If the fetid tide of White Supremacy and hatred that Donald Trump and his minions are riding into the Mid-Term Elections isn’t already familiar to Trade Unionists, it should be - it’s part of a very old playbook aimed at undermining Worker Power. “All you have to do ‘is look at who’s in Washington’ more»

Columbia University Graduate Workers Vote Overwhelmingly To Authorize A Strike As New York City University Continues To Avoid Bargaining A Contract

Published on Sunday, November 4, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - After years of legal delays by the Columbia University Administration, a majority of Graduate Workers have voted 93% (1832-to-136) to authorize their Bargaining Committee to call a Strike. In late April, Graduate Workers of Columbia University (GWC)-United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2110 - the Union that represents 1,500 Research and more»

Cable-TV Giant Charter Communications ‘Pushes Ahead With Its Efforts To Decertify’ IBEW Local 3

Published on Thursday, November 1, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Cable-TV giant Charter Communications is pushing ahead with its efforts to decertify International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3, even as efforts to end the punishing 19-month-old Spectrum Strike reportedly continue. Attorneys for Charter Communications earlier this week submitted paperwork to the National Labor more»

Unlimited Paid Sick Leave For NYC 9/11 Responders

Published on Monday, October 29, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City will now provide unlimited 9/11 Sick Leave to City Workers who participated in World Trade Center rescue, recovery and cleanup operations and, as a result, contracted a 9/11-related illness. This sick leave is retroactive to September 11th, 2001 and leave taken since then for a 9/11-related illness will be restored. more»

#CountMeIn To Related: “Stop The Nonsense & Get To The Bargaining Table”

Published on Thursday, October 25, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – “You’re wrong!” - That’s the message thousands of Trade Unionists marching up 6th Avenue earlier this week brought to the Related Companes’ head honcho Stephen Ross’ doorstep at 10 Columbus Circle. “The (development) industry ‘thinks you’re wrong,’” New York City more»

IBEW Local 3 Official ‘Blasts’ Charter’s Stock Buybacks, ‘Vows To Keep Fighting’ Attacks On Pension & Medical Plans

Published on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Unhappy customers, lawsuits, notices of default, orders to get out of New York State - Telecommunications Giant Charter/Spectrum could have avoided it all, according to International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 Assistant Business Manger Lance Van Arsdale, if only the corporation would have invested in its workforce and more»

National Writers Union Accuses Ebony Media & The Clear View Group Of Failing To Pay 44 Freelancers A Combined $80,0000 For Work That Was Contracted & Published

Published on Monday, October 22, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Ebony Media Organization (EMO) and its parent - Clear View Group (CVG), have failed to honor the terms of a February agreement with the National Writers Union (NWU/UAW) and for not paying 44 Freelancer Writers $80,000 for work that was contracted and published, the Union alleges. The Union filed suit against EMO and CVG in September more»

The New York City Council Joins The #CountMeIn Movement - Puts Developers “On Notice,” NYC Wants “No Part” Of A “Race To The Bottom”

Published on Sunday, October 21, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Building Trades can now count the New York City Council in. Last week, Council Member Costa Constantinides (Democrat-District 22) introduced a resolution backing the #CountMeIn Campaign’s ongoing fight against so-called “Open Shop” Development at Hudson Yards and the rest of the city. “You ‘deserve to more»

Can Union Organizers Tap Energy From ‘Unlikely’ Sources?

Published on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - How can the Labor Movement organize to expand in the face of jobs restructured and government policies designed to hamstring Workers’ leverage? “To ‘be honest, I don’t have an answer here,’” Lauren Jacobs, a former Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Restaurant Opportunities Center more»

Editorial Staff At The Digital News Site Thrillist Ratifies Its First Union Contract

Published on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – After an intense contract campaign that included the first-ever Strike Authorization at a Digital News Site, the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) has announced that the Editorial Staff at Thrillist unanimously ratified its first union contract. For more than a year, the Thrillist Bargaining Committee fought for a livable wage. more»

$13 Billion Upgrade Of New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Moves Forward With Union Labor

Published on Monday, October 15, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The $13 billion plan to upgrade New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport using mostly non-government funds and Union Labor is a model for the country, Labor Leaders say. Of the $13 billion, $12 billion will come from private funding, including the Union Labor Life Insurance Company (Ullico) Incorporated, the Carlyle more»

United Federation Of Teachers, New York City Officials Agree To New 2019-2022 Contract

Published on Friday, October 12, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City’s Educators have a new contract that provides extra pay to Teachers who work in hard-to-staff schools, tweaks Teacher evaluations and calls for the creation of a new screening tool to be used in hiring, city and Union Officials announced. The contract was hammered out months ahead of schedule and includes a number of more»

Amtrak Layoffs, Service Cuts Would 'Dismantle' Rail System, Protesting Workers Say - Charge Amtrak’s Planning To Cut About 1,700 Employees

Published on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Amtrak Workers rallied outside of Penn Station this week against what they fear will be a systematic dismantling of service quality and loss of thousands of Middle Class jobs at the railroad. Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson is planning roughly 1,700 layoffs for the railroad’s On-Board Service Workers, according to a more»

Crushing Debt Claims Life Of 7th New York City Cabbie

Published on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - On the evening of September 26th, Uber driver Fausto Luna became the seventh New York City Taxi Driver to commit suicide in the last year, when he plunged under an A train at the 175th Street station, near his Washington Heights apartment. He was 57. Relatives at his wake on October 4th told the Dominican Republic newspaper El Caribe more»

Union Leaders ‘Rip’ The New York Yankees For Crossing A Picket Line At A Boston Hotel Where Striking Workers Are Fighting For Better Working Conditions

Published on Monday, October 8, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS) - Game one of Major League Baseball’s American League Division Series (ALDS) began on Friday evening (October 5th), but the New York Yankees - who are taking on the Boston Red Sox, already started the series by taking an “L” even before the first pitch was thrown at Fenway Park. The day before, several players were more»

In New York City, Union Members Jeer ‘Sniveling Liar’ Brett Kavanaugh As ‘Anti-Labor,’ ‘Anti-Worker’

Published on Friday, October 5, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - With a Senate vote on confirming Federal Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court slated to occur on Saturday (October 6th), about 150 Union-represented Lawyers and Legal Staff held a last-minute protest in Foley Square during the courts’ lunch-hour recess on Thursday (October 5th). Kavanaugh on the Court, Legal more»

Somebody Just Put A $30 Minimum Wage On The Table In New York City

Published on Thursday, October 4, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Even with the hard-fought bump to $15 an hour - New York City’s Minimum Wage isn’t enough to make it in this town - and everyone knows it. So, how does $30 an hour sound? That’s how much Activist and Journalist Nomiki Konst says it should be. The Bernie Sanders surrogate and member of the Democratic Socialists of more»

Professional Staff Congress Union Leaders To City University of New York Board Chair: We Need A Fair Contract

Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(MANHATTAN, NEW YORK) - Nearly a year after the expiration of their Union Contract, hundreds of City University of New York (CUNY) Faculty and Staff marched through the Financial District to demand public investment in CUNY and raises for underpaid Faculty and Staff. Led by a brass band and carrying lighted signs, hundreds of Union Members picketed outside more»

Madison Square Garden: The World’s Most Famous Arena Rocks Because Of Trade Unionists!

Published on Monday, October 1, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - “We do stuff in Madison Square Garden ‘they don’t do anywhere else in the world,’” that’s how Adam Braunstein, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 1 House Head of Stagehands describes the special allure of working inside “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” more»

How Unions Can Solve The Housing Crisis - The Labor Movement Once Built Thousands Of Low-Cost Co-Op Apartments For Working Class New Yorkers & It Could Do So Again

Published on Thursday, September 27, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Dr. James Peter Warbasse Opined in the Journal Co-Operation, “Once the people of New York City lived in their own houses, but those days have gone. ... The houses are owned by landlords who conduct them, not for the purpose of domiciling the people in health and comfort, but for the single purpose of making money out of more»

Maryland Governor Nominee Ben Jealous Says ‘Without’ Unions, He ‘Doesn’t Escape Poverty’

Published on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Without Unions, Ben Jealous says, he wouldn’t have escaped poverty in West Baltimore, but his mother had a union behind her at her job. She made enough money to let him get out of the projects, go to college, become a Rhodes Scholar - and run for governor of Maryland. Jealous, the former head of the NAACP, brought that story and more»

‘A Form Of Identity Theft’ - Policy Institute Misuses Union Member's Photo For Its Anti-Union Agenda

Published on Monday, September 24, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(THE STATE OF ILLINOIS) - Imagine being a long-time, dedicated Union Activist – elected by your co-workers as their Local Union President – and then seeing your photo misused by an Anti-Union Front Group to promote its Anti-Worker agenda. That’s exactly what happened to Darneice Cooper, a Casework Manager with the Illinois Department of more»

SAG-AFTRA Reaches Tentative TV Animation Deal - Agreement Comes Two Months After Guild Members Nearly Unanimously Approved A Strike

Published on Sunday, September 23, 2018 in New York City Labor News
Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have reached a tentative deal for Voice Actors working in TV animation, the two organizations announced in a joint statement. The agreement was made two months after SAG-AFTRA Members voted nearly more»

Bronx Teacher Of Immigrant Students Named New York’s 2019 Teacher Of The Year

Published on Friday, September 21, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(BRONX, NEW YORK) - A visually impaired Bronx High School Teacher who immigrated to the United States from West Africa and entered teaching because he wanted to transform the lives of young people - all while commuting four hours round-trip each day from the Hudson Valley to do so – is New York State’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. Alhassan Susso, more»

Data Show Construction Unions ‘Are Better For’ Minority Workers

Published on Thursday, September 20, 2018 in New York City Labor News
Crain’s Editor’s Note: The author of this Letter to the Editor at Crain’s is Louis J. Coletti, the President and CEO of the Building Trades Employers' Association (BTEA), the largest contractor association in New York City, representing 26 Construction Manager, General Contractor, Subcontractor and Specialty Trade Contractor Associations more»

Musicians Union Local 802 & The American Guild of Musical Artists Settle Contract

Published on Monday, September 17, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The two major Musical Unions at the Metropolitan Opera, the Associated Musicians of Greater New York Local 802 (American Federation of Musicians) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) have announced the approval of a new contract pending final ratification by the AGMA Board of Governors. “The Metropolitan Opera’s more»

NYC Teamster Crane Operator To President Trump, Who Denies The Death Count In Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico: “It Got Me Pissed Off – I Was There And I Saw Firsthand What (The People Of Puerto Rico) Went Through”

Published on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Republican President Donald Trump’s boastful characterization of his administration’s response to storm-ravaged Puerto as an “unsung success” is not sitting well with a Teamsters Local 210 Crane Operator who was part of last year’s Trade Unionist effort to help the beleaguered island’s people. more»

Smart Phones: Organized Labor’s Double-Edged Sword

Published on Friday, September 14, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – From the concrete canyons of New York City to the hollers of West Virginia, smart phones have emerged as the best organizing tool American Workers ever had. So why then are they now also being blamed for undermining, perhaps, the quintessential feature of Trade Unionism itself - Apprentice Training. When #CountMeIn Organizers more»

The 2018 New York City Labor Day Parade: “Never Mind The Januses, We’re Sticking With The Union!”

Published on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The unofficial slogan of the 2018 New York City Labor Day Parade could have been: “Never mind the Januses, we’re sticking with the Union!” Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Members wore navy-blue T-shirts that proudly said: “We’re Sticking With Our Union.” Communications Workers of America more»

It’s Time For Organized Labor ‘To Confront’ Climate Change

Published on Monday, September 10, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Union Leaders and Climate Change Activists are urging the House of Labor to fully back the transition to 100% renewable energy say it’s up to Rank-and-File Members to make it happen. “We ‘need to get the idea across to Labor and everybody (else), but to Labor in particular - about how climate change is going to affect more»

Brooklyn’s Message To Striking Spectrum Workers: ‘You Can Win, Too!’

Published on Thursday, September 6, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) – You can still win. That’s the message Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 1 Organizing Coordinator Tim Dubnau and his Members have for striking Charter/Spectrum Workers with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 - who’ve been without their jobs for a punishing year-and-a-half. more»

Following A ‘Strong’ Lobbying Effort By The United Federation Of Teachers, The New York City Council Maintains Big Increase In Funding For Teacher’s Choice Program

Published on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Following a strong lobbying effort by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the New York City Council has maintained the previous year’s big increase in funding for Teacher’s Choice in the city budget. As a result, eligible UFT-represented Educators will be reimbursed the same amounts as last school year for materials and more»

Medical Marijuana Company To Begin Offering Discounts For Union Members & Retirees In New York State Beginning On Labor Day

Published on Sunday, September 2, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Vireo Medical Marijuana Dispensary Chain and Local 338 of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) has announced it would begin offering discounts to Labor Union Members and Retirees in New York State on Labor Day. Vireo - which operates dispensaries in the Elmhurst section of Queens, White Plains, Albany and Johnson more»

UAW Mother & Daughter Reach Education Goals - Together

Published on Friday, August 31, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(DEARBORN, MICHIGAN) – United Auto Workers (UAW) Member Rita Tyson’s values are not only about work - but also about family, and Thanks to Tyson’s nearly 30 years at Ford Motor Company ISA Local 900, and the solid foundation of hard work that goes with UAW values, Tyson and her two daughters have mastered higher education together, more»

Teamsters Hail Suspension Of Bronx Garbage Company’s License

Published on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - After months of pressure from community groups and the Teamsters Union, the New York City Business Integrity Commission has suspended the operating license of the Bronx’s largest private-trash collection company. The company, Sanitation Salvage, had been under scrutiny after two fatal accidents in the past year. Last November, more»

Union Strong: Local 79 Laborer Leaves Hostile Workplace Behind

Published on Sunday, August 26, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - In the ongoing battle against so-called “Open Shop Development” at Hudson Yards and the assault on good Middle Class Jobs - wages and benefits figure greatly, but so too do things like dignity, safety and respect. Before joining Laborer’s Local 79, Tierra Williams worked Non-Union for an outfit called Trade Off at One more»

50 Arrested At #CountMeIn Sit-In On Park Avenue Outside NFL HQ – All Later Released After Protest Targeting Related Founder & Miami Dolphins Owner’s Naming To League’s Social And Racial Justice Committee

Published on Thursday, August 23, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Instead of taking a knee on the field, 37 Construction Workers took a seat on the street in front of the National Football League’s (NFL) Manhattan offices on Wednesday (August 22nd). The 37, sitting in a straight line, blocked traffic on both sides of Park Avenue at 51st Street just before 5 p.m. to protest the Related more»

The New York State AFL-CIO Announces Its Political Endorsements For A Host Of Elected Statewide Seats After Holding Its COPE Convention In New York City

Published on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The 2.5 million-Member New York State AFL-CIO has announced the Statewide Labor Federation’s endorsements of candidates running for New York State Governor and Lieutenant Governor, the U.S. Senate and for the State Senate and Assembly. The endorsements took place at the New York State AFL-CIO’s 2018 Committee on Political more»

Organizing Non-Union Construction Workers ‘Seen As Key To Halting’ The Industry’s ‘Race To The Bottom’

Published on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - In the ongoing struggle to rein in the construction industry’s race to the bottom and preserve good Middle Class jobs, New York City’s Building Trades have rallied against exploitive contractors and builders, while also reaching out to those Non-Union Workers being exploited. “The Building Trades ‘have been more»

Thrillist Staff Vote ‘Overwhelmingly In Favor Of’ Strike Authorization

Published on Monday, August 20, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Members of the Thrillist Union with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have voted to authorize a Strike after meeting at the WGAE office for a Day of Action rather than reporting to work - 91% voted in favor of the Strike Authorization. The Thrillist Staff announced that they were Unionizing with the WGAE in February 2017 and voted more»

In The Aftermath Of A ‘Vicious’ Attack On A Subway Conductor In Brooklyn, New York City Transit Workers Tell Frustrated Riders: ‘We’re In This Together’

Published on Friday, August 17, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Transit Workers are on the edge in the aftermath of this past weekend’s vicious attack on a Subway Conductor in Brooklyn want those guilty of the assault caught and prosecuted, but they also want frustrated riders to understand they are not to blame for lousy Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) service. “You more»