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Via Unions Mobilize Against Proposed New York State Constitutional Convention

Published on Sunday, October 29, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The first thing you see when you click on American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 37’s web site is a green and yellow pop-up declaring “NO Con Con!” And the cover of the New York State United Teachers’ (NYSUT) November magazine reads: “VOTE NO” about 20 more»

Via The New York Post: 14 Arrests Made For Bribery Scheme Involving NYC Building Inspectors

Published on Thursday, October 26, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Fourteen people – including two City Inspectors and a Certified Asbestos Investigator – were busted Wednesday (October 25th) in three bribery schemes that resulted in shady inspections and construction work at properties across the city. The Inspectors were paid off with cash or gifts by property managers, owners and more»

Via The New York Daily News: Labor Groups Say 'Sham Unions' Undercut Other Organizations ‘To The Benefit Of Themselves & Employers’

Published on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - At a time when Unions are under assault by everything from pension-busting employers to the Right-To-Work (for less) steamroller, they also have to fight off an enemy within - unaffiliated, employer-friendly rivals called “Sham Unions” by traditional Labor Organizations. Take the Brooklyn-based “League of International more»

Via How Trump Is Making The Workplace ‘Scarier’ For Women

Published on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Harvey Weinstein’s day of reckoning may be casting a much-needed spotlight on the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, but it should also be helping to illuminate the long-standing, systemic and entrenched problem of sexual harassment that Tipped Workers and other Female Employees in the restaurant more»

Via New York City Calls For Law To ‘Increase’ Yellow Cabs

Published on Monday, October 23, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - With plummeting medallion values threatening hundreds of Yellow Cab Owners with bankruptcy, New York City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez is introducing a Bill that would let owners operate two taxis off one medallion. “Should ‘we save this industry?,’” he asked at a press conference and rally outside City Hall more»

Via Transport Workers Union Locals Hold Massive Demonstration Against American Airlines’ Outsourcing Of U.S. Jobs

Published on Friday, October 20, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - On Wednesday (October 18th) Members of the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) held a massive demonstration in Times Square to protest American Airlines’ (AA) outsourcing of U. S. jobs. Members from TWU Locals 591, 513, and 501 - representing Aircraft Maintenance, Fleet Service, Facilities/Ground Support and Stores, as well as more»

Via The UCOMM Blog: Newly-Signed New York City Law Mandates That All Construction Workers Must Take Safety Courses

Published on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - With construction deaths on the rise in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed a new bill into law that will drastically increase the amount of Safety Training a Construction Worker must have before they can begin working on a job site. The bill will require Construction Workers who work on buildings 10 stories or taller must go more»

National Conference Of Firemen & Oilers Reach Tentative Agreement With The Metropolitan Transportation Authority-Metro North Railroad

Published on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – The National Conference of Firemen & Oilers (NCFO), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ has reached a Tentative Agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)-Metro North Railroad, the Union has announced. “This agreement ‘not only provides’ wage increases, ‘but it also more»

A Labor Perspective From Wayne State University Director Of Labor’s Marick Masters Via The Chicago Sun Times: Why It Is ‘Only Right’ Non-Union Workers Pay Dues In An Agency Shop

Published on Monday, October 16, 2017 in New York City Labor News
The Chicago Sun Times’ Editor’s Note: Marick F. Masters is Director of Labor@Wayne at Wayne State University, which includes the Douglas A. Fraser Center for Workplace Issues. He is also a Professor of Business and an Adjunct Professor of Political Science. His Labor Perspective can be directly accessed at: more»

Via On The Ground In Puerto Rico With The Teamsters & Other Union Volunteers

Published on Friday, October 13, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – “It’s like a war zone with most of the island still without power.” - That’s how Teamsters Local 445 Truck Driver Daniel Maldonado, 40, described the scene in San Juan, Puerto Rico earlier this week - three weeks after Category 4 Hurricane Maria smacked the island with 155-mile-per-hour winds. more»

32BJ SEIU Blasts Trump’s Immigration Proposals For DACA, Calls Them A “Betrayal Of Core American Values”

Published on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - 32BJ SEIU (Service Employees International Union) is criticizing Republican President Donald Trump’s list of proposals in exchange for extending Legal Protections for children who arrived as Undocumented Immigrants in the United States, calling them a “betrayal of core American values.” The Trump Administration signaled more»

Teamster Writes Working-Class Children’s Book About A Union Coming To The Aid Of A Sanitation Worker Who Repairs Broken Toys He Pulls From The Trash On His Rounds And Donates To A Local Shelter

Published on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Mark Torres (pictured below), a Teamster Attorney for Local 810 in New York, has written a children’s book called Good Guy Jake. The book, illustrated by Yana Murashko and translated by Madelin Arroyo, is about a Sanitation Worker named Jake, who repairs broken toys he pulls from the trash on his rounds and donates to a local more» Labor Spotlight Report: James Cahill Leads The New York State Building & Construction Trades Council With A ‘Lifetime’ Of Service

Published on Sunday, October 8, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - James W. Cahill, who presently serves as President of the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council and who is a Member of the New York State AFL-CIO’s Executive Council, has been a Union Member for 50 years. Cahill - a native New Yorker, was born in Manhattan, grew up in Queens, and currently lives in Rockland more»

Know Your Rights: Protect the NY Scaffold Law - One Of The Earliest & Best Worker Protection Statutes In New York State Is ‘Under Attack’ From The Insurance Lobby

Published on Thursday, October 5, 2017 in New York City Labor News
UCOMM Blog Editor’s Note: Richard Brandenstein is a Partner at Fusco, Brandenstein, & Rada, which specializes in Administrative Law in the areas of New York State Workers’ Compensation, New York State Disability, as well as Workplace Discrimination, General Litigation and the General Practice of Law, including Matrimonial. You can directly more»

Via LaborNotes: If We Are To ‘Grow’ Our Union Movement From Within, How About ‘Bringing the Union Meeting To The Members?’

Published on Monday, October 2, 2017 in New York City Labor News
How many Members attend your Union’s meetings? And, how do you feel about that? Whether it’s just a handful or a hundred, no activist is ever satisfied. But you can drop a whole load of frustration if you stop expecting a majority of Members to travel to the Union Hall for a two-hour monthly meeting. Thinking about Members and meetings in a more»

Via The New York Daily News: Transport Workers Union Local 100 President John Samuelsen Resigns Leadership Of New York City Local To Lead National TWU

Published on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A career that began on the subway rails has taken a new direction as John Samuelsen has announced he is resigning as president of New York City’s Transit Union to run the National Transport Workers Union. Samuelsen announced his decision late this week to step down as President of Transport Workers Local 100 two days after winning more»

Via Construction Safety Bill ‘Gets Done, Now It’s Time To Get Tough’

Published on Friday, September 29, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Now that the New York City Council has finally moved to enhance Safety Standards following the deaths of nearly 40 mostly Non-Union Construction Workers since 2015, Worker Advocates say the next step is to start getting tough on the criminal contractors who continue to put Working Men and Women in peril. Passage of this more»

Will New York’s Cable Strike Revitalize The Labor Movement Or Kill It?

Published on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - An ongoing strike by 1,800 Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 in New York, against the Cable Giant Charter/Spectrum, could well determine whether the American Labor Movement has a fighting chance for a revival. The Strike has gone on for almost six months and many of the Union Families face more»

Columbia Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants Tell Lawmakers New York City University Is ‘Stalling’ On Bargaining A Contract

Published on Monday, September 25, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Even though Columbia University’s Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Research Assistants (RAs) voted overwhelmingly nine months ago to Unionize with the United Auto Workers (UAW), the university’s administration still refuses to recognize and bargain with the Union, the students told two U.S. Representatives and other officeholders more»

Via Non-Union Construction Deaths & Their Collateral Damage

Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Two more Construction Workers died on the job site last week - one Union, the other Non-Union - and it didn’t take long for opponents of new legislation aimed at enhancing Worker safety to seize upon the twin tragedies in a cynical attempt to negate the important distinctions found on the competing worksites - saying more»

Via The New York Daily News: Union Workers Win $76 Million From Midtown Construction Firm That Used Alter-Ego Company To Skirt Collective Bargaining

Published on Friday, September 22, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – A Midtown construction company accused of creating a bogus business to avoid Union Wages and Union Benefit Payments has to cough up $76 million to the Workers it cheated. In a decision with potentially far-reaching consequences for city developers, Manhattan Federal Court Judge Colleen McMahon found that Navillus Tile fraudulently more»

Unions Making A Difference In Their Communities: New York City Launches Free School Lunch Program With Help From AFSCME DC37 – The City’s Largest Public Employees Union

Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in New York City Labor News
AFSCME DC37 Editor’s Note: Pictured above -Local 372 President Shaun D. Francois I and DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido, left to right at rear, join Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina on September 6th at a press conference held at City Hall, where she announced the launch of school system’s new free school program. (DC37 Photo) (NEW more»

Update Via Striking Spectrum IBEW Members March Across The Brooklyn Bridge - Get Support From Organized Labor, Including National AFL-CIO President Trumka

Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) – Six months spent striking against Charter Spectrum’s efforts to cut vital health care coverage and pension benefits has left Employees of the Telecommunication Giant battling the blues and scrambling to make ends meet - but determined Trade Unionists marching over the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday (September 18th) told more»

Via Thousands Of Union Members From Across The U.S. Expected To March Across The Brooklyn Bridge This Afternoon In Support Of Striking IBEW Spectrum Workers

Published on Monday, September 18, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – This afternoon (Monday, September 18th), striking International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3-represented Spectrum Employees will march across the Brooklyn Bridge to bring attention to their fight for a fair contract, but this time they’ll be joined by Unions and their Members from across the nation – more»

Via New York City Labor Unions Respond As ‘Deportation Fears Grip’ Immigrant Workers & Their Families

Published on Friday, September 15, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Still reeling from last week’s brazen deportation of 54-year-old Teamster Eber Garcia Vasquez to Guatemala, New York City Labor Unions are vowing to make it tougher for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents acting under direction of the Trump Administration to seize any more Immigrant Workers within their ranks. This more»

Via Mike Hodge, President Of SAG-AFTRA New York Local, Passes At The Age Of 70

Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Mike Hodge, who served as President of the New York Local of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), died on September 9th at the age of 70. Just last month, Hodge was re-elected. He was initially elected President in 2009. Hodge was also a Broadway Actor who appeared in such more»

Via Iron Workers Local 197 - the Oldest Union In The United States - Celebrates 150th Anniversary This Weekend

Published on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Iron Workers Local 197 - Stone Derrickmen and Riggers, will celebrate their 150th anniversary this Saturday (September 16th). The Union, which is the oldest in the country, has a proud history beginning in the Knights of Labor, which pre-dates the AFL-CIO, before Unions existed. The Union began “seven months after (President more»

Via Speaking Out Against The Deportation Of Immigrants & The Fight Against The NYS Constitution Intensify New York City’s Annual Labor Day Parade

Published on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The thousands of Union Workers who marched up Fifth Avenue for New York City’s annual Labor Day Parade over the weekend had a special urgency this year: The Trump Administration’s Anti-Labor Policies, the increasing deportations of Immigrant Workers and the potential threat to Pensions and Prevailing Wage Laws from a State more»

After Decades Of ‘Pushing’ Bachelor’s Degrees, The U.S. ‘Needs More’ Tradespeople

Published on Saturday, September 9, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(FONTANA, CALIFORNIA) - At a steel factory dwarfed by the adjacent Auto Club Speedway, Fernando Esparza is working toward his next promotion. Esparza is a 46-year-old Mechanic for Evolution Fresh, a subsidiary of Starbucks that makes juices and smoothies. He’s taking a class in industrial computing taught by a community college at a local more»

An NPR Report: Labor Movement Faces Challenges Amid Growing Public Support For Unions

Published on Friday, September 8, 2017 in New York City Labor News
Ask National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka about the current climate for Unions and he starts with something positive: a new Gallup Poll showing public support for Unions at its highest point since 2003. "There's ‘much more excitement about Unions,’" Trumka says during an interview in his Washington, D.C., office just across Lafayette Square more»

Via Celebrating 100 Years Of Service – New York City’s Uniformed Firefighters Association Celebrates Centennial With Gala At Chelsea Piers In Manhattan

Published on Thursday, September 7, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Earlier this week - on Tuesday (September 5th), the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) celebrated its centennial with a gala held at the Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Hundreds turned out for the event, which was marked by a formal sit-down dinner, speeches by top brass, a Marine show, music by the Emerald Society Pipe & more»

Via The Wall Street Journal: New York Construction Unions, Developers Clash Over Safety Rules

Published on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Construction Unions in New York City, one of Organized Labor’s last bastions in the U.S., are clashing with developers over a spate of construction accidents. The Unions are advocating new rules in the city that they say would protect Construction Workers, but opponents argue a bill now before the City Council is a play for market more»

New York City Teamsters Ask For Your Help: Call ICE And Tell Them To Release Teamster Eber Garcia Vasquez

Published on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Teamsters Local 813 are asking for help from fellow Unions and their Members: Eber Garcia Vasquez has been a Member of Teamsters Local 813 for 26 years. A Private Sanitation Worker at Stericycle in New York, Eber built a life here with his wife and four children. He is a Teamster through and through, but now he is in an more»

Labor Day 2017: Working People Take Fewer Vacation Days & Work More

Published on Monday, September 4, 2017 in New York City Labor News
Working People are taking fewer vacation days and working more. That's the top finding in a new national survey, conducted by polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for the National AFL-CIO in collaboration with the Economic Policy Institute (EIP) and the Labor Project for Working Families. In the survey, the majority of America's Working People more»

Labor News Update: IBEW Picketing Continues As Spectrum Strike Surpasses 5th Month

Published on Sunday, September 3, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK) - Amid a Strike dragging into its sixth month, Union-represented Workers continue to picket outside of Spectrum's Staten Island office to protest what the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IEW) calls "Unfair Labor Practice" and to "protect" their medical and pension plans. The ongoing Labor Dispute, which has now more»

The Village Voice Opts To Lay Off 13 Of Its 17 UAW-Represented Employees As The NYC Newspaper Wraps Up Their Final Print Edition In The Third Week Of September

Published on Saturday, September 2, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Earlier this week, 13 of the 17 Union-represented Employees at The Village Voice were told that they were being laid off after The Village Voice wraps up their final print edition in the third week of September. About half of The Village Voice’s Staff has been represented by United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2110 since 1977. more»

Labor Unions Are Surging In Popularity

Published on Friday, September 1, 2017 in New York City Labor News
Labor Unions are growing more popular even though Working People are coming under increasing attack from Right-Wing Lawmakers who dominate American politics. Sixty-one percent of adults approve of Unions, the highest percentage since 2003, a new Gallup Poll shows, and Union support is up five percentage points since Gallup’s 2016 survey. Support for more»

Good News For Labor: Teamsters Win Jobs Fight At NYC Furniture Dealer -Waldner’s Abandons Its Use Of Substandard Furniture Delivery Companies

Published on Thursday, August 31, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – An agreement has been reached between Teamsters Local 814 and Waldner’s Business Environments that brings to an end to the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Dispute that spread across New York City. Under the agreement, Waldner’s has committed in writing to use companies that pay their Workers fair wages and benefits and more»

A New Report From The Economic Policy Institute: Today’s Labor Unions Give Workers ‘The Power To Improve’ Their Jobs & ‘Unrig’ The Economy

Published on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in New York City Labor News
In a comprehensive new report, How Today’s Unions Help Working People, Economic Policy Institute (EPI) Researchers detail how Collective Bargaining plays an essential role in today’s Labor Market, by raising Working People’s wages and supporting a fair and prosperous economy, as well as a vibrant Democracy - and how Workers’ freedom more»

Via Laborpress.Org: Built Entirely By Union Labor & With American-Made Steel, The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Opens With Great Fanfare

Published on Monday, August 28, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK) - Built entirely by Union Labor and with American-made steel, the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge was opened with great fanfare late last week with the first span of the iconic twin-span cable-stayed crossing welcoming traffic for the first time. “The new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge ‘is much more than a magnificent, cutting-edge more»

Via The Chicago Tribune: New York Billionaire Calls Black Senator's Support For Teachers Unions ‘Worse Than’ Ku Klux Klan

Published on Thursday, August 24, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A billionaire hedge fund manager has apologized for an on-line post saying that a Black State Senator has "done more damage to people of color than anyone who has ever donned a hood" because of her support for Teachers Unions. Daniel Loeb issued a statement saying he regrets the language he used in the Facebook post about Senate Minority more»

Labor Unions Giving Back To Their Communities: New York City Union Carpenters Raise $200,000 For Disabled Vets’ Homes

Published on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Earlier this month, Union-represented Carpenters from New York City hung up their hammers to swing some irons at the Crystal Springs Golf Course in New Jersey in order to help support a cause they are well-suited to endorse: constructing wheelchair-accessible homes for injured U.S. Veterans. Partnering with retired pro-football star more»

Via Casting Directors Challenge Broadway League To Begin Bargaining!

Published on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Casting Directors responsible for some of the Great White Way’s most lucrative shows, marched on the Broadway League’s 7th Avenue offices on Monday (August 21st) in open defiance of the organization’s tough talk and mulish refusal to bargain for health care and pension benefits. “There has been ‘some small more»

OSHA’s Campaigns To ‘Keep Workers Safe’ In The Heat

Published on Monday, August 21, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) Our Heat Illness Prevention Campaign, launched in 2011, educates employers and Workers on the dangers of working in the heat. Through training sessions, outreach events, informational sessions, publications, social media messaging and media appearances, millions of more»

Union Sheet Metal Manufacturer To Bring 300 Union Jobs To Nassau County – Officials Say The Business Will Boost Nassau County’s Economy By About $2.7 Billion

Published on Saturday, August 19, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK) – The Delta Sheet Metal Corporation - a New York City-based Sheet Metal Manufacturer, is moving to Long Island from Queens, bringing more than 300 new Union jobs to the area. The company is relocating to a 74,000-square-foot vacant industrial space located on South Oyster Bay Road in Hicksville. “This is a ‘major more»

82-Day Teamster Strike at Clare Rose, Long Island’s Largest Beer Distributor Ends – Union Negotiates Contract Covering Drivers & Warehouse Workers

Published on Thursday, August 17, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK) – With little to no public fanfare, Teamsters Local 812 and Clare Rose, the Anheuser-Busch distributor for Long Island, have announced a tentative Contract Agreement that covers Drivers and Warehouse Workers who were out on Strike for 82 days. News of the agreement, which apparently occurred in mid-July, is just making its way more»

Via AFSCME: Paid Leave Is An ‘Investment In’ Working Families, But Trump’s Plan Falls Way Short

Published on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 in New York City Labor News
Approximately 87% of Workers receive no Paid Family Leave, a problem that the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and other advocates for Working Families have been pushing elected officials to address for years. The issue finally emerged as a policy focus in last year’s presidential elections. In a July letter to more»

‘Bad Faith & Bad Service:’ Charter ‘Turns Its Back On’ Customers & IBEW-Represented Union Employees

Published on Sunday, August 13, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Charter/Spectrum is doing just fine. The company took in $29 billion in revenue in 2016 and the stock price has gone up about 70% during the last year. Yet, it continues to make demands that would devastate about 1,800 members of New York-headquartered International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3, who’ve been on more»

Via B&H Workers Try To Stave Off Warehouse Closings

Published on Friday, August 11, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - In a last-ditch effort to save their jobs, about 15 Workers at B&H Photo Video’s two Brooklyn warehouses joined about 55 supporters for a protest outside Gracie Mansion earlier this week. B&H announced in January that it was going to close the warehouses, one in Building 664 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and a smaller one at 105 more»

Via Laborpress.Org: A ‘Dire Warning’ For New York City's Unionized Construction Workers Involving The ‘Steady Creep’ Of Open Shop Development

Published on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Rank-and-file Unionists in the Building and Construction Trades are being urged this week to help fight back against the steady creep of so-called “Open Shop” development or risk seeing the entire city go Non-Union. The Empire State’s nearly 24% Union Density Rate may still be the highest in the nation, according more»