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New York City’s #CountMeIn Movement: So, Are The Carpenters ‘In Or Out?’

Published on Thursday, August 16, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - After a hot Summer demonstrating against Billionaire Developer Stephen Ross and so-called “Open-Shop” Development at Hudson Yards, Unionized Building Trades Members of the #CountMeIn campaign are vowing to turn up the heat heading into this year’s Labor Day Parade on September 8th. “Mark my words – ‘we more»

1199 SEIU & New York City Hospitals Settle Contract Covering More Than 112,000 Health Care Workers

Published on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the League of Voluntary Hospitals have settled a contract covering more than 112,000 Health Care Workers in New York City. The agreement protects health and childcare benefits, increases money to a struggling pension and adds Temp Workers to the Union, 1199 SEIU Officials said. It more»

New York City Building Trades Unions ‘Slam Deal Between’ Carpenters & Hudson Yards Developer

Published on Monday, August 13, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – New York City’s Building Trades Unions are lambasting an agreement between the Carpenters Union and The Related Companies that apparently accedes to the use of Non-Union Labor at Hudson Yards - and are also questioning how definite the deal is. Related announced last week it had reached an agreement with the National United more»

MoMA Union Workers Occupy The New York City Museum’s Lobby In Protest As Contract Negotiations Resume

Published on Friday, August 10, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Presenting a united front, 200 Members of MoMA Local 2110 walked off their posts on Monday afternoon (August 6th) at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, descending the stairs into the museum lobby to protest the current contract offer being offered by the museum administration. “We are showing our solidarity and unity as a Union more»

Musicians Unions Announce Tentative Agreement Reached In Contract Negotiations at Metropolitan Opera

Published on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Associated Musicians of Greater New York Local 802, the American Guild of Musical Artists and the management of the Metropolitan Opera have reached a tentative contract agreement, which is now subject to ratification by the Bargaining Units, Local 802 Executive Board and AGMA Board of Governors announced. The Metropolitan Opera more»

New York City Council Rejects $100 Million ‘Hush Fund’ From Uber & Lyft

Published on Monday, August 6, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – The New York City Council quickly rejected an offer by Uber and Lyft that they would set up a $100 million fund to help Yellow Cab Owner-Drivers overloaded with debt - if the Council would abandon Bills intended to regulate them. “We don’t negotiate in public, but we can say that we are confident the Bills that will be more»

After Months Of ‘Intense’ Negotiation, AFSCME District Council 37 Announces New York City’s Public Health Network Has Agreed To Convert Many Temps To Full Time Jobs

Published on Friday, August 3, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - After months of intense negotiations, American Federation of County, Municipal & Employees (AFSCME) District Council 37 has inked a deal with NYC Health + Hospitals (NYC H+H) that sharply curbs the agency’s reliance on Temporary Agency Workers to do jobs that should be performed by Unionized, Full Time Employees. “This is more»

Health Care Giant In New York City ‘Kicks Union Workers To The Curb’

Published on Thursday, August 2, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - “They went in and cleaned house.” - That’s how the head of the Union representing Parking Attendants around the Metropolitan Area described Northwell Health’s recent move to terminate numerous Employees holding Union Cards. Northwell Health bills itself as the largest health care provider and private employer in more»

Via The New York Post: NLRB Requires Steamfitters Unions To Stop Job Actions Against Firms Working At Hudson Yards

Published on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has imposed a settlement requiring that the Steamfitters Union stop job actions against firms working at Hudson Yards, The New York Post reports. Hudson Yards Development Corporation had filed a complaint with the NLRB alleging Steamfitters Local 638 engaged in an illegal “sympathy” more»

New York City Construction Workers Mourn Father Of Three Killed On Non-Union Job Site

Published on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Construction Workers and Morningside Heights residents gathered to remember Angel Espinoza, who was killed earlier this month when he was hit on the head by a beam that fell 12 stories from a scaffold being dismantled on the roof of a Riverside Drive building. Espinoza, 28, was the fifth Construction Worker in the city to die from more»

New York City Issues Default Notice Against Charter/Spectrum - Begins New Franchise Agreement Audit

Published on Monday, July 30, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The agency overseeing IT and telecommunications services throughout the City of New York has issued cable-TV giant Charter/Spectrum a notice of default and will immediately commence a new audit of the corporation’s Franchise Agreement. The Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications’ (DoITT) decision to slap more»

Nassau County Executive Issues EO Protecting Workers’ Personal Information - "No Worker Should Be Concerned With Their Personal Information Being Provided To Anyone Without Their Knowledge."

Published on Friday, July 27, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(MINEOLA, NEW YORK) - Nassau County Executive Laura Curran (pictured above) joined with Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman, Legislator Arnold Drucker and Union Leaders as she signed an Executive Order that will prohibit the personal information of any Public Employee from being released. “No Worker should be concerned with their personal more»

Live In New York City Or Visiting ‘The Big Apple’ This Summer, How About A Labor Staycation/Vacation?

Published on Thursday, July 26, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Need a vacation or a staycation? For a leisurely and inspiring day off from work, take your family on a self-guided walking tour to experience New York City’s important role in the history of the Labor movement. Many notable sites featured in the achievements of Organized Labor are concentrated in the Lower East Side and Greenwich more»

New York City Says New Charter/Spectrum Audit To Begin By September 1st

Published on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A promised investigation that could definitively determine if Cable-TV Giant Charter/Spectrum is in violation of its Franchise Agreement with the City of New York will commence by September 1st, LaborPress has learned. Kate Blumm, Assistant Commissioner of the New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications more»

SSC High Rise Convicted Of Manslaughter In Death Of NYC Carpenter Who Died In 29-Story Fall, Construction Company Also Pays Full Wage Theft Restitution To Workers

Published on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has announced the resolution of a joint investigation into SSC High Rise Incorporated for a 2017 construction site fatality, as well as Wage Theft and Insurance Fraud Schemes uncovered by the investigation. SSC plead guilty to Manslaughter in the Second Degree for causing the death of more»

Via The Huffington Post: The New York Daily News Axes Half Its Newsroom Staff

Published on Monday, July 23, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The New York Daily News, a storied big-city tabloid known for its ruthless and splashy front pages, laid off half its Newsroom Staff today (Monday, July 23rd) - marking the latest round of cuts at the beleaguered Tronc Company’s Media Holdings. “We are fundamentally restructuring the Daily News,” an e-mail from Tronc more»

‘Respect The Band:’ Union-Represented Musicians Rally Outside ABC HQ In New York City Not Only For Respect, But For A New Contract

Published on Sunday, July 22, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Union-represented Musicians held a rally and performed outside ABC-TV Headquarters in New York earlier this month to focus a public spotlight on the fact they have been negotiating a new contract for more than two years with ABC, CBS-TV and NBC-TV for work performed on work done on live or recorded television programs. “We more»

Unionized H&M Workers Push For A New Contract

Published on Friday, July 20, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Two weeks ago, 1,500 H&M Retail Workers across multiple Manhattan locations rallied for a new deal after they announced management has no plan to bargain with them for a new deal. Their recent contract has already expired. At the Herald Square flagship location, Workers - who are Union Members represented by Local 1102 of the more»

‘Thanks’ Billionaire Steve Ross - You’re Helping The #CountMeIn Movement Grow!

Published on Thursday, July 19, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Members of the New York City Building Trades #CountMeIn Campaign returned to the offices of Related Companies at 10 Columbus Circle this week with a peculiar person to thank for their steadfast determination to beat back so-called “Open Shop Development” across the City - Billionaire Hudson Yards Developer and Related Companies more»

‘Misery & Monopolization’ - The Endgame For ‘Wall Street Darling’ Uber

Published on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - While the Big Apple looks on in horror as For-Hire Drivers no longer able to make a living behind the wheel continue to kill themselves one after another - opponents of the app-based outfits flooding city streets say that Uber - “Wall Street’s Darling” and leader of the pack, is well on its way to cementing the misery and more»

Actors’ Equity Union Opens Probe Into Veteran Broadway Actor's Suicide - Friends Say Jeff Loeffelhoz Allegedly Took His Life After Being Subjected To A ‘Grueling, Demoralizing Rehearsal’

Published on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Actors’ Equity - a Broadway Union, is investigating a veteran Actor's suicide, which happened about a week after his friends say he was subjected to a grueling, demoralizing rehearsal. Actors' Equity said it has retained a lawyer to examine the events surrounding the June 29th death of Jeff Loeffelholz, who held the position more»

The 'Best Pro-Union Movie To Come Around In Years' Is ‘Sorry To Bother You’

Published on Monday, July 16, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Heads up, the most entertaining, provocative and overtly Pro-Union movie you’ve probably ever seen on the big screen has just gone into wide release, and it’s Writer/Director Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You. Outside of a small collection of some outstanding documentaries (Harlan County USA, At The River I Sand and more»

#CountMeIn: ‘Defenders Of The Middle Class’

Published on Thursday, July 12, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - When Members of the New York City Building Trades’ #CountMeIn campaign rejoined their fight against so-called “Open Shop” Development at the sprawling Hudson Yards Project on the West Side of Manhattan this week, they did it as “Defenders of the Middle Class.” “It’s a ‘race to the bottom more»

New Report Highlights Sub-Minimum Wage’s Crushing Inequity

Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – This week, One Fair Wage proponents published a new report further detailing the absurdity of allowing some employers in New York State to pay Tipped Workers a sub-Minimum Wage. Under New York State Law, Workers at car washes and nail salons - two industries experiencing unprecedented growth in recent years - are part of more»

Via The New York Post: New York’s Most Senior Democratic Lawmaker Proposes An ‘End Run Around’ The Janus Decision Here In New York State

Published on Friday, July 6, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York’s most senior Democratic Lawmaker is proposing an end-run around a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could cost the State’s Public Employee Unions more than $100 million a year. State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (Democrat-Manhattan), a long-time Labor ally, plans to introduce legislation that would allow Unions to more»

SEIU 32BJ President Hector Figueroa On President Trump: “It’s ‘Very Clear:’ (Trump’s) ‘Not Interested In Helping’ Working People. He’s ‘Interested In Exploiting And Dividing And Using Workers To Whatever Ends He Needs.’”

Published on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - “I ‘always believed’ that Trump ‘meant what he said - and that all the efforts to try to normalize him, negotiate with him, compromise with him, are bound to fail,’” the head of the largest Property Services Union in the Nation said. “So, for those in Labor ‘who were hoping for a massive more»

New York City’s Public Unions Stand Firm In The Face Of Janus

Published on Monday, July 2, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 decision was intended to undermine Public Sector Unions, ruling that it violates Non-Members’ free-speech rights if they have to pay Unions Fees to cover the cost of representation. But leaders of New York’s main Public Sector Unions are maintaining an optimistic attitude, more»

Labor News Update Via silive.com: Staten Island University Hospital Nurses Avoid Strike By Reaching Tentative Contract Agreement

Published on Sunday, July 1, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK) – New York State Nurses Association-represented Nurses employed at Staten Island University Hospital in Ocean Breeze have avoided a Strike by reaching a new three-year contract agreement with hospital officials. The hospital's 1,200 Nurses at the Ocean Breeze site had submitted a 10-day notice about their plan to Strike on more»

‘Whose Work? Our Work!’ - More Than 1,000 ‘Jeer Broken Shop’ At Hudson Yards

Published on Friday, June 29, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Chanting “Whose Work? Our Work!,” more than 1,000 Unionized Building Trades Workers marched around Hudson Yards earlier this week in yet another protest against The Related Companies’ decision to use Non-Union Labor on the project’s second phase. “Open Shop, we know what that means,” Joe Marinaro, a more»

Retail Workers Rally For A Fair Contract Outside H&M HQ In New York City

Published on Thursday, June 28, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Working under an expired contract, 1,500 Unionized H&M Retail Workers at locations across Manhattan ramped up their campaign for a new contract this week. After months of negotiations, it was clear to officials of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) that H&M has no real intent to bargain a new more»

Via The New York Daily News: New York City Mayor De Blasio’s Administration Agrees To A 44-month, $1 Billion Contract With AFSCME District Council 37

Published on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in New York City Labor News
New York Daily News Editor’s Note: Pictured above: American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido (right) and New York City Office of Labor Relations Commissioner Robert Linn shake on new contract deal reached between the City and the Public Employees Union. (NEW YORK more»

In New York City: Labor Chair Says It’s “Pretty Obvious” Charter/Spectrum Has Not Bargained In Good Faith

Published on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller, who serves as the Chair of the Committee on Civil Service and Labor, said Monday (June 25th) it’s “pretty obvious” Charter/Spectrum has not bargained “in good faith” with their Striking International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3-represented more»

Nail Salon & Car Wash Workers Push For One Fair Wage

Published on Monday, June 25, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Last week, Nail Salon and Car Wash Workers testified at the sixth of seven New York State Department of Labor hearings to review bringing Tipped Workers in line with the State’s General Minimum Wage. This was the first of two New York City hearings, the next of which will cover Restaurant Workers. In New York, Tipped more»

Via The New York Daily News: Brooklyn Construction Firm Forced To Pay Immigrant Workers $300,000 After Wage Theft

Published on Sunday, June 24, 2018 in New York City Labor News
New York Daily News Editor’s Note: Pictured above, from the left: Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, Diego - who helped fight against construction company's wage cheating - and City Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters. (Susan Watts/New York Daily News) (BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) – Brooklyn District Attorney (DA) Eric more»

In New York City, Sixth Cab Driver Commits Suicide

Published on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Now the death meter has clicked up to six. Abdul Saleh, 59, a Yemeni Immigrant who’d driven a Yellow Cab for 31 years, was found dead on Friday (June 15th) in his apartment in Southeast Brooklyn, after apparently hanging himself. He was the sixth Taxi-Industry Driver to commit suicide in the last seven months, driven by what New more»

In Long Island City: The Queens Plaza Park Is The ‘Latest Front’ In The Fight For ‘Good’ Middle-Class Jobs

Published on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(LONG ISLAND CITY, NEW YORK) - The Durst Organization’s towering Queens Plaza Park project in Long Island City is slated to become one of the tallest structures the modest borough has ever seen - but the fight over who builds the emerging skyscraper has ramifications that extend far beyond its looming 978,000 square-foot shadow. In the fight against more»

New York State Attorney General Hopeful Zephyr Teachout ‘Stands With’ Striking Spectrum Workers, Denounces Corporate Union-Busting

Published on Monday, June 18, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York State Attorney General hopeful Zephyr Teachout (pictured above) rallied with Spectrum Strikers last week in New York City - vowing, if elected, to use Federal Law to put the kibosh on mega-mergers that hurt Workers. “It’s ‘not that Spectrum doesn’t have the money to provide the basic dignity and the basic more»

Manhattan DA Indicts Contractor For Wage Theft Of More Than $1.7 Million & Workers’ Comp Fraud Of $7.8 Million

Published on Friday, June 15, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has announced the indictment of Parkside Construction and Affinity Human Resources, LLC, for alleged schemes involving the theft of more than $1.7 million in wages, as well as Workers’ Compensation Insurance Fraud totaling approximately $7.8 million. “Amid Manhattan’s ‘luxury more»

Labor Perspective From Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber Via The Detroit News: The Republican Party ‘Errs’ With Prevailing Wage Repeal

Published on Thursday, June 14, 2018 in New York City Labor News
In a single vote, Michigan Republicans robbed our communities of well-paid, safe jobs and quality public construction projects. Michigan Republicans in the State Legislature depreciated the value and quality of public constructions projects, lowered wages for hard-working Michiganders, removed important safety and training standards, and weakened our more»

New York City Early Childhood Education Teachers Are ‘Gearing Up’ For June 20th’s Pay Parity March & Rally

Published on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Early Childhood Education Teachers tasked with putting New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature Universal PreK Program into action later this Fall, will be marching on City Hall next week to demand pay parity with their Department of Education counterparts. Sixty-percent of the seats de Blasio has created under his Universal more»

Building Trades Apprentice Training Works Says A NYC Ironworker: “I Want People To Realize - I’m Hispanic. I’m Thirty-Six-Years-Old And I Made It - You Can, Too.”

Published on Friday, June 8, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - “One of my goals is to ‘get everybody together.’ A lot of people ‘think’ the Unions ‘are hard to get into,’” Ironworkers Local 197 Apprentice Erick Garay tells LaborPress. “But ‘I want people to realize - I’m Hispanic.’ ‘I’m thirty-six-years-old and I more»

Via LaborPress.org: New York City Moves To Preserve The Historic Garment District

Published on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City has unveiled a comprehensive package to support fashion production in the Garment District. The plan includes a proposal for targeted zoning changes that will have a positive impact on the Garment District. A special permit is designed to curb hotel development in the zone and a tax incentive is being implemented to more»

Via People’s World: United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard Says It’s Time For Organized Labor To Go On The Offensive - USW Focuses In On Two Bills To Improve The Lives Of American Workers

Published on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - “It’s ‘time to go on the offensive,’” said United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo Gerard at the USW’s recently-held Annual Political Action/Rapid Response Conference in Washington, D.C. “For ‘too many years we’ve been fighting from behind, on the defensive.’ more»

Labor Perspective From Grit Post: Good Jobs Numbers ‘Are Worthless if People Need Multiple Jobs to Survive’

Published on Monday, June 4, 2018 in New York City Labor News
There’s been a lot of celebrating in the news media about the latest jobs report, but the media’s surface coverage of the Unemployment Rate fails to include the daily struggle of millions of Working Class Americans. In a healthy economy in which one job can provide for a family and meet basic living expenses, a 3.8% Unemployment Rate would more»

CSEA Representative Says City Of Yonkers Shortfall Cuts Staff, Services - “Will Cripple City’s School System” - Also Criticizes Electeds For Blaming Unions For Their Problems

Published on Thursday, May 31, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(YONKERS, NEW YORK) - As has happened many times in previous years, Yonkers City Leaders are imposing massive layoffs as it grapples with a huge budget shortfall. Due to a $45.3 million City Budget gap, Members of the Yonkers Board of Education voted earlier this month (May 17th) to cut 127 jobs from the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Yonkers more»

1199 SEIU Delivers Petition To New York University, Demands Fairness In New Contract

Published on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Last week, hundreds of 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-represented Hospital Workers and students conducted a petition walk at New York University (NYU) Tisch, delivering nearly 3,000 signatures from 1199 Caregivers and a letter to Dr. Robert I. Grossman, the Dean and Chief Executive Officer of NYU Langone Health, more»

Artists Of Ailey Union Members Rally For A Fair Contract - Union Says They Earn ‘Much Less Than’ Dancers ‘At Comparable Companies With Similar Or Even Smaller Budgets’

Published on Sunday, May 27, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Joined by a host of supporters, the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)-represented Dancers and Stage Managers of Alvin Ailey rallied last week in New York City as part of their fight for a fair contract with pay and benefits that meet industry standards. Ailey’s Artists, predominately African-American Dancers, earn much more»

Via LaborPress.org: Missing Taxi Driver Feared Being Fifth Suicide - New York Taxi Workers Alliance Says “We Want The City Of New York To Understand That There Is A Human Cost When You Don’t Protect The Workers.”

Published on Thursday, May 24, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York Taxi Drivers fear that a man missing for more than 11 days now may have been the fifth Cabbie to commit suicide in the last six months. Kenny Chow, 56, has not been seen since May 11th, when he parked his cab on the corner of East 86th Street and East End Avenue. The still-photo camera in it showed he’d dropped off a fare more»

Workers Unite Film Festival Says ‘#CountUsIn’

Published on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York is far from the only place where profit-driven haste costs Construction Workers their lives. The Cost of Construction, a 2016 documentary shown at the seventh annual Workers Unite Film Festival, focuses on the building boom in Las Vegas during the pre-recession real-estate bubble - particularly MGM’s $9 billion Project more»

Labor Perspective From Workforce Development Institute Executive Director Ed Murphy: New York State Remains On The Forefront Of The Labor Movement

Published on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in New York City Labor News
New York is Union strong. The quality of the Building Trades’ Union work comes from their classroom and on-the-job paid training of Apprentices. Think of the Teachers educating our children, Health Care Professionals caring for all of us, Police, Firefighters and other Public Employees, those who make our bridges strong and safe so we can pass over more»