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Via The New York Daily News: NYS Attorney General’s Office Says Three Queens Construction Companies Must Pay 150 Workers A Total Of $400,000 In Unpaid OT

Published on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(QUEENS, NEW YORK) - Three Queens construction companies convicted of stiffing a combined 150 Workers on Overtime Pay will have to cough up nearly $400,000 in restitution, authorities announced last week. The Queens companies intentionally misclassified the Carpenters and Painters as Independent Contractors to avoid paying them overtime wages, the Attorney more»

Via New York City Files Amicus Brief To Defend Labor Unions’ Right To Collect Fees

Published on Friday, February 9, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City has filed an Amicus Brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, et al., to defend a legal right that Labor Unions view as crucial to their success and survival. The City’s Amicus Brief, was added to the hundreds of briefs filed from across the more»

NYSUT Celebrates Rising Graduation Rates, But Points To The Need For A ‘Sustained’ Investment By New York State

Published on Thursday, February 8, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) says a nearly 12 point increase in the State Graduation Rate over the last decade and a narrowing achievement gap reflect the incredible dedication and professionalism of Teachers and Staff across New York, and added that a sustained investment in State Aid is needed to continue the incredible more»

In New Jersey, An AFSCME Member Is Fighting Homelessness ‘One Dinner At A Time’

Published on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(TRENTON, NEW JERSEY) - Homelessness has been on the decline in New Jersey’s capital over the last few years, thanks in part to a local American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union Member. Brian Blakely is an active member of Local 2287 (AFSCME New Jersey), but while he’s not spending time with the Union, he and more»

UCATS Ratifies New Contract - The New Contract Was Reached After 17 Bargaining Sessions & Many Rallies By The Union

Published on Sunday, February 4, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Union of Clerical, Administrative and Technical Staff (UCATS) at New York University (NYU) has elected to ratify a Tentative Contract Agreement, which was reached in December, Union Officials announced. “UCATS Local 3882 is pleased to announce that the Tentative Contract Agreement we reached with NYU on (December 5th, 2017), has more»

Columbia Grad Students’ Unionization Case Heads For Court As Teaching Assistants & Graduate Assistants Head For New York City Street Protest

Published on Thursday, February 1, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The long-running effort by Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Graduate Assistants at Columbia University to Unionize with the United Auto Workers (UAW) is headed for the courts, thanks to the university’s administration - and the Teaching and Grad Assistants themselves are headed for the streets, with a mass protest in front of the more»

CSEA’s Bronx Psychiatric Center Local President Once Again Raises Concerns About NYS Providing Adequate Resources To Treat People With Mental Illness & Ensure Public Safety

Published on Sunday, January 28, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(THE BRONX, NEW YORK) - The recent arrest of a client residing at the Bronx Psychiatric Center has once again raised concerns about New York State providing adequate resources - not only to treat people with mental illness, but to ensure public safety. The client, a Registered Sex Offender with numerous rape and sexual abuse convictions, was arrested for more»

Via Death Continues To Stalk New York City Construction Workers In 2018

Published on Thursday, January 25, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - It’s happened, again - another New York City Construction Worker left for work this week and never made it home. Brooklynite Jucong Wu, 33, died shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday (January 23rd) after plummeting nine stories down an elevator shaft at 111 East 24th Street - the site of Developer Sam Chang and McSam Hotel Group’s new more»

Via The New York Daily News: IBEW-Represented Spectrum Strikers ‘Dig In’ As Union Battle Enters 10th Grueling Month

Published on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 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 has more»

Via The Most Successful Union Organizer In America Thinks Traditional Organizing Is A ‘Lost Cause’

Published on Sunday, January 21, 2018 in New York City Labor News
If anyone has shown a keen understanding of how to Unionize Workers in America, it’s David Rolf. In the 1990s, he was a key player in the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) winning the right to represent some 74,000 Home Care Aides in Los Angeles - the largest Union Organizing Campaign since the 1940s. In his present post, as President of more»

Via Anybody Out There Got A Stick To Crack Charter/Spectrum?

Published on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Despite 10 months on Strike and tough-talking rhetoric from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and others - Telecom Giant Charter/Spectrum refuses to back off on its demand Workers give up their Union Medical Plan and Defined Benefit Pension Fund - all of which begs the question: Doesn’t anybody out there have a stick big more»

Via New York City Unionists Confront Trump’s Racism

Published on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Hundreds of Union Members teamed up with elected officials in Times Square on Martin Luther King Day to publicly denounce the “Racist-in-Chief” and his latest insults targeting People of Color. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was in Memphis, Tennessee 50 years ago, helping to support striking Sanitation Workers when an more»

Construction Unions’ President Blasts Non-Union Contractors' Push For New York City Subway Work

Published on Monday, January 15, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – In a response to an Anti-Union Group’s letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking that New York State allow Non-Union Contractors to perform New York City Subway Projects, the head of the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York is firing back, calling their reasoning “lies and ignorance.” In a more»

Via New York City Fast Food Workers Notch Another Win!

Published on Friday, January 12, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Low-Wage Earners, who utilized passage of last year’s Fast Food Worker Empowerment Bill to create a first of its kind Non-Profit Advocacy Group funded through automatic paycheck deductions, are vowing to agitate for a lot more than a $15 an hour Minimum Wage in the coming years. Fast Food Justice needed just 500 Low-Wage Workers to more»

NYSUT Congratulates 118 New National Board Certified Teachers Across The State Of New York

Published on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(ACROSS NEW YORK STATE) - New York State has a bumper crop of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) for 2017, with 118 NY Teachers recently notified they have achieved the prestigious National Credential. This week, National Board is celebrating #TeamNBCT, encouraging Educators to share their pride on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The National more»

Via Home Care Workers Call On New York State To Pay Them For Full 24-Hour Shifts

Published on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Home Health Care Workers who stay with their clients 24 hours a day have appealed to the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals to order them paid for the full shift, urging it to void an emergency regulation issued by the State Department of Labor (DOL) last October that says they should only get paid for 13 hours a day. The Board more»

Via The NY Daily News: A 10-Month-Long Strike Involving Cable Giant Spectrum & IBEW Local 3 Is Being Compounded By Charges That African-American Workers Routinely Face Racism From Co-Workers

Published on Monday, January 8, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The 10-month-long strike involving cable giant Spectrum and members of Local 3, IBEW, has been compounded by discrimination and racist on-the-job behavior, one Union Member said over the weekend. Electrician William Hargraves, speaking at the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in Harlem, claimed that Black Members of the more»

Via Striking IBEW Workers & Supporters Disappointed In Governor Cuomo For Not Taking Charter/Spectrum To Task During His State Of The State Address

Published on Friday, January 5, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Governor Andrew Cuomo disappointed striking International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 Workers and supporters who had hoped the State’s top executive might take Charter/Spectrum to task during his 2018 State of the State address on Wednesday (January 3rd). Back in September, Cuomo stood with the striking Union more»

New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento ‘Applauds’ Governor’s Cuomo Stated Public Support for Unions In His State Of The State Message

Published on Thursday, January 4, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento, who heads the Statewide Labor Federation whose Affiliated Member Unions combine to represent 2.5 million Union Members, is applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s support for Labor Unions, which the Governor underscored in his State of the State Message. “As the ‘most more»

NYSUT VP Philippe Abraham Travels To Foreign Countries Over The Holiday Season, Using His Own Time & Money In An Effort To Help Promote Cultural, Education & Humanitarian Involvement

Published on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 in New York City Labor News
Multilingual Philippe Abraham is an assured world traveler who thrives on visits to foreign countries. Over this Holiday Season, Abraham – who serves as the First Vice President for the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union - was not traveling for business or simple pleasure. Instead he was using his own time and money to journey to accompany more»

Via ‘Tools & Tiaras’ - Teaching Girls Construction Basics

Published on Friday, December 29, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Tools and Tiaras’ web site features a video of girls in a London Elementary School drawing firefighters, surgeons and pilots as almost exclusively male - and then being presented with women in those jobs. Now, the organization is trying to do the same stereotype-cracking work for the Building Trades. Since last June, it’s more»

Via AFSCME District Council 37 Fights State Workers’ Compensation Changes

Published on Monday, December 25, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 37, the largest Public Employee Union in the Nation’s largest city, is taking part in an all-out effort to fight proposed changes to the Workers’ Compensation System in New York State - changes that affect all Workers injured on the more»

A Labor Perspective Via What Do Unions Do? & Why Organized Labor Is Definitely Relevant To Your Life

Published on Friday, December 22, 2017 in New York City Labor News
Earlier this month, Twitter was in a heated debate after the CEO of BuzzFeed, Jonah Peretti, appeared to be trying to talk his Employees out of Unionizing, while offering them some company swag and a $250 Holiday Bonus. Writers and Editors might not be the first group of Employees you think of when it comes to talking Unions - Teachers, Construction more»

Via Starting January 1st, New York State Launches One Of The Most Comprehensive Paid Family Leave Policies In The Nation

Published on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(ACROSS NEW YORK STATE) - Starting January 1st, New York State will launch one of the most comprehensive Paid Family Leave policies in the Nation. New Yorkers will have job-protected paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition or help relieve family pressures when a loved one is called to active Military more»

Via Meet The Union Tradespeople ‘Who Help Make The Christmas Magic’ At New York City’s Radio City Music Hall

Published on Monday, December 18, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Each year, excited families from around the country and around the world look to Radio City Music Hall for the quintessential New York City Christmas experience - but if they had to solely rely on Santa’s elves to pull it all off, the annual Christmas Spectacular, starring the Radio City Rockettes, might never happen. That’s more»

Via Brooklyn’s Maimonides Workers Protest To Stop 200 Staffing Cuts

Published on Friday, December 15, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Chanting “They’re Talking Staffing Cuts, They Gotta Be Nuts,” about 60 Workers picketed outside Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn earlier this week, demanding the hospital’s management rescind planned layoffs it announced just before Thanksgiving. Local 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU), more»

Via Charter/Spectrum Ignores Its Responsibility To Be ‘A Good Corporate Citizen’ - Entices IBEW-Represented Workers To ‘Give Up’ Nine-Month-Long Strike

Published on Thursday, December 14, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - After nine months striking, the roughly 1,800 Charter/Spectrum Workers represented by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 are headed into the Holiday Season still unsure about their survival - but the multi-billion-dollar Telecom Giant that employs them doesn’t want to talk about what it means to be a more»

United Steelworkers-Represented B&H Photo Video Workers In New York City Ratify First Union Contract – Three-Year Agreement With Electronics Retailer Calls For Increased Wages & Provides Better Job Security

Published on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The United Steelworkers (USW) announced Monday (December 11th) that about 80 members of its Bargaining Unit at B&H Photo Video's midtown Manhattan store have ratified their first Union Contract with the electronics retailer. USW District 4 Director John Shinn said that the three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement increases wages, more»

Do You See The Irony In This? Via The New York Daily News: Broadway Casting Director Booted From ‘Norma Rae’ Musical After Union Push

Published on Monday, December 11, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Norma Rae wouldn’t take this sitting down. A Broadway Casting Director lost out on a reading for a new musical based on the iconic 1979 film Norma Rae because she wanted producers to make contributions to a Teamster Health and Pension Fund, The New York Daily News has learned. Cindy Tolan, one of 40 Theater Casting Directors more»

Via UCOMM Blog: “They Rejected Our Offer To End The Strike” - Nine Months Into IBEW Local 3’s Strike Against Spectrum In New York City, The Company ‘Coldly Rejects’ Union’s Offers

Published on Thursday, December 7, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Since March, 1,800 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)-represented Telecom Professionals at Spectrum have been out on Strike - fighting for a fair contract and their very survival. While the IBEW Local 3 Bargaining Team and Union Leadership continue to keep up morale and the pressure on this Telecom Giant, more»

Via After Six-Year Contract Fight, CUNY Faculty & Staff Are Battling Again

Published on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The last time Faculty and Staff at the City University of New York (CUNY) tried to secure a fair contract, it took them six interminable years to get a deal done, but on Monday night (December 4th) they held rallies and marched on CUNY Trustees determined to avoid a similar agony. That previous six-long-year battle might have resulted in more»

Via New York City Area Contractors Indicted By NYS Attorney General For Failing To Pay Nearly $300,000 In Prevailing Wages

Published on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced an eight-count indictment of Vickram Mangru, his wife - Gayatri Mangru, and son - Ravi Mangru, of Valley Stream, for allegedly failing to pay proper Prevailing Wages to Workers and falsifying business records related to a publicly-funded New York City Construction more»

Via The New York Daily News: Ex-SEIU Bigwig Hired As Senior Adviser For New York Governor Cuomo’s Reelection Bid & The State Democratic Party

Published on Monday, December 4, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A top former Union Official has been hired as a senior adviser to Governor Cuomo’s 2018 reelection campaign and the New York State Democratic Party, The New York Daily News has learned. Mike Fishman is a former Secretary-Treasurer of the influential Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and once served four terms as president more»

Via Transit Workers Union Local 100 Leader Calls For Congestion Pricing In New York City To Finally Address Chronically Slow Buses

Published on Friday, December 1, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) – The head of New York City’s Transit Workers Union (TWU) is urging concrete action - including Congestion Pricing - to finally address chronically slow buses, saying, it’s time to “stop tinkering around the edges of this problem.” TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano’s comments come on the heels of a more»

According To Newly Unsealed Court Documents: President Trump Paid Undocumented Polish Workers As Little As $4 An Hour To Demolish NYC Department Store – Really, Is This How You Make America Great, Again?

Published on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) - President Trump employed 200 Undocumented Polish Workers who were paid as little as $4 an hour to demolish a department store where Trump Tower now stands, according to newly unsealed court documents. In 1980, Trump enlisted the crew of Undocumented Immigrants to work back-breaking shifts that lasted upwards of 16 hours a day more»

In The Face Of So Many Attacks On Organized Labor, The New York City Held Janus And Beyond Conference Urges Increased Union Member Engagement

Published on Monday, November 27, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Earlier this month, a number of Labor Leaders and Union Representatives attended a Worker Institute at Cornell and Murphy Institute convened conference that was held in New York City - Janus and Beyond: The Future of Public Sector Unions - to address the many and continuing attacks on Organized Labor and how to keep Union Members more»

Labor Perspective From Civil Service Employees Association President Danny Donohue: When Labor Unions ‘Stand Together, We Can Move Mountains’

Published on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in New York City Labor News
On Election Day, we showed what our Union can do when we stand together. The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA – with 300,000 across New York State) showed our true power in beating back the proposal to hold a Constitutional Convention. Our work in getting out the vote also helped many of our endorsed candidates get elected to local offices, more»

WGAE Negotiates Transition For Unit Employees at DNAinfo/Gothamist

Published on Monday, November 20, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The DNAinfo/Gothamist Bargaining Committee, working with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), has negotiated an agreement that includes substantial gains beyond the initial offer made by management. The agreement comes after Billionaire Joseph Ricketts - who founded DNAinfo in 2009 and bought the Gothamist last March, closed the two more»

How About This? - Via The New York Daily News: Queens Worker Wins $30,000 Settlement After Company Illegally Axed Him For Trying To Start Union

Published on Sunday, November 19, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(QUEENS, NEW YORK) - A Queens man whose life was left in shreds after his company illegally fired him for trying to form a union won a $30,000 payout from his ex-employer after a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) investigation. Erwin Espinoza, 39, (pictured above) was booted from his position on April 7th at Shred-It, a Long-Island based company with more»

Via ‘Corporate Bully Pays A Big Price’ On Long Island After Reaching A Deal With 300 Striking TWU Local 252-Represented Bus Drivers, Monitors & Maintenance Workers

Published on Thursday, November 16, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK) - More than 300 Striking Bus Drivers, Monitors and Maintenance People working for Baumann & Sons in Nassau County began going back to work this week, effectively ending a 10-day Strike that began after talks involving pay, 401(k) contributions and sick time broke down. “From the beginning, TWU Local 252 ‘sought a more»

Via The Nation: Here’s One Union That ‘Can’t Be Touched’ By Right-To-Work (For Less) Laws

Published on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - “I ‘vividly remember being so anxious and miserable at work that I was getting drinks for a table, singing a peppy show tune, and crying,’” says Meghan Doherty, who worked for six years at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, the Times Square restaurant popular with tourists because of its Wait Staff, who perform numbers more»

Labor Spotlight On Tom DiNapoli, The New York State Comptroller ‘With Union Lineage’ Who’s Responsible For Managing Union Members’ Pensions

Published on Monday, November 13, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is a life-long New Yorker who was raised in a Union Household. Growing up on Long Island, he saw his parents put in hard work and stretch every dollar in order to make a good life for his family. Following their example, he began his hard work in 1972, at the age of 18, when he won his first more»

Via The NY Daily News: “A Great Victory For The Workers Who Stood Together For Fair Pay And Respect:” More Than 600 JFK Security Airport Workers To Split $700,000 Payout In Class Action Lawsuit Award

Published on Friday, November 10, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - More than 600 Airport Workers who provided security services at JFK Airport in New York City will split a $700,000 payout after their employer settled a Class Action Lawsuit for Wage Violations. A Manhattan Supreme Court Judge has ordered Global Elite Group, also known as Global Security Associates, to cough up $720,000 as restitution. more»

Via Unions Rally To Support More Than 100 Gothamist/DNAinfo Workers, ‘Victims of Union-Busting’ By Billionaire Trump Donor Who ‘Shut Down’ The Two News Sites After Staff Voted To Unionize

Published on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Praising local Journalism and condemning Union-Busting, more than 300 people rallied in City Hall Park on Monday (November 6th) to protest Billionaire Joseph Ricketts shutting down the Gothamist and DNAinfo news web sites after their Reporters and Editors voted to join a Union. “Are we ‘going to mourn or are we going to more»

Via Musicians' Union Hails Repeal Of New York City’s Cabaret Law

Published on Monday, November 6, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Four months from now, New Yorkers will have much more freedom to dance and American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 802 is pleased. The New York City Council voted 44-ot-1 to repeal the City’s 1926 Cabaret Law, which prohibits dancing at bars and clubs without a Cabaret License. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed it last week and it more»

Via The New York Daily News: Queens Labor Rally Turns Bloody After Non-Union Worker Knifed Three Union Protesters

Published on Friday, November 3, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(QUEENS, NEW YORK) - A Labor Protest at a Queens worksite turned bloody Thursday (November 2nd), after a Non-Union Worker slashed three Union Demonstrators, police said. The violent scene unfolded outside the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Meridian Road in Corona where a crew with Iron Workers Local 197 was staging a pop-up protest against Non-Union work, police more»

Via IBEW Times Square Demonstration Serves As A ‘Rallying Cry For All’ U.S. Workers

Published on Thursday, November 2, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - When more than 2,000 striking Charter Spectrum Workers and their supporters packed Times Square earlier this week, they weren’t there solely to send a powerful message to a Telecom Giant that refuses to settle a fair contract after a seven-month Strike -they were there to speak directly to workers all across the nation - we are all more»

CSEA Statewide News: Nassau County Cutbacks Threaten Union Jobs

Published on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(MINEOLA, NEW YORK) - The Nassau Interim Finance Authority’s (NIFA) proposed county budget threatens to cut Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Union Jobs that are crucial to serving county residents. The budget would eliminate School Crossing Guards and privatize ambulance services to close the county’s $54 million deficit. CSEA Nassau more»

Via More Than 2,000 Rally For IBEW-Represented Spectrum Strikers In New York City, Chant “Lock Up CEO Tom Rutledge!”

Published on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - “Basically, they’re ‘trying to bust the Union,’ They ‘don’t want’ to negotiate,’” striking Spectrum Field Technician Juan Berroa told LaborPress during Monday’s (October 30th) Spectrum Strike Rally at 42nd & Broadway. If the cable-TV company could get rid of the more»

Via The New York Daily News: Union Laborers Protest The Hiring Of Out-Of-State Workers At “Unfair” Wages To Build N.Y. Wind Energy Farm

Published on Monday, October 30, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - An upstate wind energy project has ruffled some feathers with a Union that says the company’s not paying Workers a fair wage. More than a dozen Members of the New York State Laborers Organizing Fund held a rally in front of a Midtown Manhattan hotel during the middle of last week where the American Wind Energy Association Investor more»