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Yonkers Teacher & NYSUT Member Mitchell Polay Saluted For Human Rights Work

Published on Monday, May 15, 2017 in New York City Labor News
NYSUT Editor’s Note: Pictured above, joining Yonkers Teacher Mitchell Polay (second from left) in celebration are, from left to right; His mother, Anita Carangelo; Regent Judith Johnson; Chancellor Betty Rosa; and Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. (Photo provided by the New York Stated Education Department) (ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Yonkers Teacher more»

Teamsters’ Strike Update: Clare Rose Beer Distributors In New York City Metropolitan Area Hit With Unfair Labor Practice Charge

Published on Saturday, May 13, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(EAST YAPHANK, NEW YORK) - Teamsters Local 812 has filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Charge against Clare Rose, the Budweiser distributor for Long Island, with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) - the fifth charge the Union has filed over the last month. The NLRB is currently taking testimony and investigating the other charges. The latest more»

Via A Dozen Non-Union Ironworkers Walk Off Brooklyn Navy Yard Job To Get A ‘Fresh Start’ With Union Ironworkers

Published on Friday, May 12, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) - A dozen Non-Union Ironworkers helping to erect a 16-story office building inside the Brooklyn Navy costing hundreds of millions of dollars walked off the job early Wednesday (May 10th) afternoon, citing dangerous working conditions, poor pay and lack of benefits. “I’m ‘trying to do what’s best for me and the more»

Via 1199 SEIU Denounces Trump Health Care Plan

Published on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East is denouncing the health plan passed by Congressional Republicans. “The Republican plan is ‘about slashing care’ for children, seniors, Working Families and people with disabilities ‘at the expense of giving’ a ($600 more»

United University Professions President Kowal Criticizes The Votes Of Seven New York House Republicans Who Approved ‘Trumpcare’ - The American Health Care Act

Published on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - United University Professions (UUP) President Fred Kowal is criticizing the votes of seven New York House Republicans to approve TRUMPcare - the American Health Care Act. “We will ‘not forget,’” says Kowal of those who “turned their backs on New Yorkers by ‘severing their access to decent, more»

Via New York City’s Transit Workers Union President Samuelsen Named National TWU President

Published on Monday, May 8, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - John Samuelsen, who has headed New York City’s Transit Workers’ Union for seven years, has been tapped to become the International President of the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU). The TWU International Executive Council voted unanimously last week to choose Samuelsen after incumbent President Harry Lombardo more»

UPDATE: Teamsters-Represented Beer Delivery Strikers Rally Outside Long Island Brewery

Published on Sunday, May 7, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(PATCHOGUE, NEW YORK) - Striking Beer Delivery Drivers on Long Island rallied outside the Blue Point Brewery Saturday (May 6th), calling on the brewers’ distributor to end Labor abuses. Clare Rose, whose Workers are on Strike over wage and pension cuts, is the sole distributor of Blue Point products on Long Island. “Clare Rose ‘cannot more»

Via New York City Workers ‘Rise Up & Jab Back’ At Trump

Published on Friday, May 5, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - If this week’s May Day rallies around town were about anything, they were about opposing Donald Trump’s virulently Anti-Immigrant Agenda and letting endangered Workers know that Organized Labor has their backs. At Foley Square, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ President Hector Figueroa stood with Yahaira more»

Via UPDATE: Bloomingdale’s Workers Ratify Contract

Published on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - After negotiations carried on more than 12 hours past their Strike Deadline Monday (May 1st), Union-represented Workers at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street flagship store ratified a contract they say will “begin to remedy” the income they’ve lost to on-line sales. Members of Local 3 of the Retail, Wholesale and more»

Via NBC Studios Food Service Workers Have ‘No Appetite’ For Trump

Published on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Late last week, Food Service Workers from NBC Studios in Rockefeller Center joined with fellow UNITE HERE Local 100’s Members ahead of Monday’s May Day job actions to oppose the Trump administration’s ongoing Anti-Immigrant Agenda. “It ‘doesn’t make any sense,’” Laurel Ward told more»

Via New York City Workers ‘Remember Their Dead, Defend The Living’

Published on Sunday, April 30, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - With many holding red roses bearing the name of a Worker killed on the job last year, about 150 people gathered outside American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 37’s Lower Manhattan headquarters on Friday (April 28th) for Workers’ Memorial Day. Some 50,000 American Workers a year more»

Via The New York Daily News: Transport Worker Union Local 100 President Joins Fight To Reduce MetroCard Fares For The Poor

Published on Friday, April 28, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The head of New York City’s Transit Workers Union is putting his muscle behind an effort for reduced-fare MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers. Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 President John Samuelsen attended a City Hall rally earlier this week in support of a budget that has money to cover half-priced MetroCards for more»

Via Bloomingdale’s Workers OK May 1st Strike

Published on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Unionized Workers at the Bloomingdale’s Department Store on East 59th Street in New York City voted back in April to go on Strike if they don’t get an acceptable contract by May 1st. Members of Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) Local 3, which represents about 2,000 Workers at the store, authorized the more»

Via UCOMM Blog: Spectrum Strike's New Battleground - IBEW Local 3 in New York City To ‘Bring The Fight Against Corporate Greed’ To Company Shareholders

Published on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - For the last month, 1,700 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 Members have been on Strike against Cable Giant, Spectrum. These Local 3 Members have walked the picket line every day, throughout New York City and Bergen County, New Jersey to prevent givebacks and cuts to their contract. While the Members have more»

Via The Staten Island Advance: 3,000 Workers Will Be Trained For New York City 'Green' Jobs

Published on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK) - Over the next three years, 3,000 New York City Workers will be trained for Green Jobs, said Mayor de Blasio during a weekend news conference held with the 10,000-Member Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC) in an announcement that coincided with Earth Day festivities. The Pre-Apprenticeships will be more»

A New Construction Group - Laborers-Employers Cooperation And Education Trust & IUPAT District Council 9 - Are Campaigning For Stalled NYC Safety Law To Stem Hard Hat Deaths

Published on Monday, April 24, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A new coalition of Construction Trade Organizations – notably the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust and the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 9 – is taking aim at safety legislation for hard hats that’s stalled in the New York City Council. Intro 1447 would more»

Reality TV Writers Stage Walkout In New York City As Writers Guild Of America Contract Negotiations Continue

Published on Sunday, April 23, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Writers for several popular reality TV shows - including Pawn Stars, Tiny House Nation and Forged in Fire - walked off the job on Wednesday (April 19th) in New York as part of an effort by the Writers Guild of America, East to Unionize more unscripted shows. The one-day walkout, which drew an estimated 200 Writers, occurred during the more»

Via The Uniformed Firefighters Association Mourns The Death Of A Firefighter Killed In Queens Blaze

Published on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City’s Firefighters are mourning William Tolley of Ladder 135, who died on Thursday (April 20th) while fighting a fire in Queens. “Firefighter Tolley ‘died a hero,’ living up to the title of ‘Bravest,’ Uniformed Firefighters Association President James Slevin said. “His death is a more»

Will the Marijuana Industry Be Unionized? Yes, It Already Is – ‘Thanks’ To The Teamsters & The UFCW

Published on Friday, April 21, 2017 in New York City Labor News
With each election cycle, marijuana is legalized in another batch of States. California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada have all legalized recreational marijuana, while Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota have approved marijuana for medicinal use. As legal weed becomes commonplace, it is the duty of cannabis advocates to look to the next battles. And in more»

Via Unionized Bloomingdale’s Department Store Workers Demand End to ‘Exploitative’ Commissions

Published on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Carrying signs that read: “Good Wages and Benefits Are Always in Style” in Bloomingdale’s big brown bag font, more than 250 people turned out for a lunch-hour rally held outside the New York City department store on Tuesday (April 18th) in a show of support for the Workers there who are demanding a fair contract. more»

Via More Than 40 New York State Unions – Including the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation - Push for State ‘Medicare for All’ System

Published on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - As President Donald Trump mulls ways to sabotage Obamacare after the House Republicans’ failure to repeal it last month, New York State may be inching closer to having Universal Health Care. The New York Health Act, which would create a State-run, Medicare-style, Single-Payer System, now has 30 co-sponsors in the State Senate, where more»

Via on American Labor History: The Clothes We Wear - The International Garment Workers Union Strike Of 1916

Published on Monday, April 17, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Our Labor Spotlight is focused on the International Ladies Garment Workers (ILGWU) Union Strike of 1916. Let me cut to the chase right here. They won. They got higher pay, better conditions and Union Recognition. Let’s think about that fact for a moment. The Strike was organized and orchestrated by women, who were still more»

Via The New York Daily News: Construction Worker Killed In Plunge At Times Square Site In What NYC Buildings Commissioner Says Was “Completely Preventable”

Published on Friday, April 14, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A city hardhat plummeted 18 feet to his death Wednesday (April 12th) in what city officials called a “completely preventable” construction accident in Times Square. Jose Cruz, 59, of Sunset Park, was helping remove part of a steel deck from a slab at 1604 Broadway, near West 49th Street at about 11:05 a.m., when he fell from more»

Via NYSUT Honors Alan Lubin With Union’s Highest Award

Published on Thursday, April 13, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union has celebrated Alan B. Lubin’s nearly half-century of fighting for Public Education, Civil Rights, students and Working People by presenting him with the Union’s highest honor - the Albert Shanker Award for Distinguished Service. Lubin served for decades in leadership more»

New York State AFL-CIO President Cilento Says State Budget “Advances the Agenda” Of Working Men & Women

Published on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – New York State AFL-CIO President Cilento, whose Statewide Labor Federation that he oversees represents 2.5 million Union Workers, says the new State Budget “advances the agenda” of Working Men and Women. “The Number One priority of the Labor Movement is ‘always to help’ Working Men and Women more»

From The Maine State AFL-CIO Via In These Times: We Need To Restore The ‘Frayed Alliance’ Between Unions & Progressives

Published on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in New York City Labor News
In These Times’ Editor’s Note: The authors of this Labor News Perspective are: Maine State AFL-CIO President Cynthia Phinney; Peter Kellman, past President of the Southern Maine Labor Council; and Julius Getman, Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas School of Law and author of the recent book, The Supreme Court on Unions: Why Labor Law more»

Via April Marks Three Years Of New York City’s Paid Sick Leave

Published on Monday, April 10, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - April marks three years of New York’s Paid Sick Leave Law, legislation creating the legal right to sick leave for 3.4 million Private and Non-Profit Sector Workers. Nearly 1.2 million Employees did not previously have access to this workplace benefit. Last month, New York City recorded its lowest unemployment rate since 1976, more»

Uniformed Firefighters Association Kicks Off 100-Year Anniversary With A Wreath-Laying Ceremony For Fallen Firefighters In New York City

Published on Saturday, April 8, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) kicked off its 100-year anniversary earlier this week by laying a wreath to honor all Firefighters and Fire Officers who have died in the line of duty since the Union’s inception. Over the last 100 years, more than 1,100 Firefighters and Fire Officers have lost their lives while serving more»

NYC Labor Leaders Says Helping Immigrants Avoid Deportation ‘Is A Union Issue’

Published on Friday, April 7, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The head of influential Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ celebrated the release of the undocumented husband of one of his Members from U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention this week, while at the same time publicly asserting that “it is the duty” of Organized Labor to help other more»

Via The New York Post: New Records Show SEIU Spent $19 Million In 2016 To Fund Its ‘Fight For $15’ Campaign To Raise The Minimum Wage

Published on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The nation’s largest Health Care Union spent $19 million last year in its campaign to raise the Minimum Wage, new records show. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) effort succeeded, at least in New York as Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law to gradually raise the Minimum Wage to $15 throughout the State. Of the more»

Via Amalgamated Transit Union Officials Say Ride-Sharing Uber & LYFT Need To Improve Working Conditions For Its Drivers

Published on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Leadership from Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1181-1061 and Drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNC), such as Uber and Lyft, discussed improving working conditions and a Union Vote for Drivers with New York City Taxi and Limousine (TLC) Commissioner Meera Joshi during a late March meeting. In September 2016, ATU Local more»

New Report Shows New York City Construction Workforce Is Trending Younger & More Diverse

Published on Sunday, April 2, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A New York Building Congress (NYBC) analysis of Census Bureau data has found New York City's Construction Workforce has become younger and more diverse. More than 250,000 union, Non-Union and "off-the-books" individuals were employed in the City's Construction Industry in 2015, and, for the first time ever, the American Community Survey more»

Via Falling Cement From A 35-Story New York City Building Sparks Building Trades Protest

Published on Friday, March 31, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The day after a concrete-form blowout spewed debris 35 stories down onto cars driving on East 59th Street, Unionized Building Trades Workers protested the developer’s use of a Non-Union contractor. “When ‘safety collides with profits, safety is nothing more than a strong talking point,’” Michael Hellstrom, more»

Via Unionized Garment Industry ‘Fights For Its Life’ in New York City

Published on Thursday, March 30, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The embattled Garment Industry in New York City is fighting to hold on to its zoning rights in the famed Garment District against pressure from real estate interests, as the city proposes major changes. Once the producer of 95% of the clothing sold in the United States, it now holds only a fraction of those numbers, around 5%, due to more»

Assemblyman Introduces Bill That Would Create A Safety/Apprenticeship Program Requirement For All Construction & Demolition Work

Published on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Newly-elected State Assemblyman Brian Barnwell from Queens has hit the ground running in Albany - introducing new legislation that would create a Safety and Apprenticeship Program requirement for all construction and demolition work four or more stories, or 40 or more feet across New York. “We have had ‘too many individuals more»

Via Remembering The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire - Then As Now, Greed Continues To Kill New York City Workers

Published on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Back in 1911, the bodies of poor Immigrant Workers who died in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire were piled up on the sidewalk outside the old Asch Building at Greene Street and Washington Place in a ghastly makeshift morgue. Flash forward to today and the bodies of Immigrant Construction Workers who overwhelming lost their more»

Labor Perspective From Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764 IATSE President Patricia White: The Workers Who Make Broadway Hum Deserve A ‘Standing Ovation!’

Published on Sunday, March 26, 2017 in New York City Labor News
Giving all due respect to Irving Berlin, it is fair to wonder exactly what he meant when he quipped, “There’s no business like show business.” A career in the theater certainly is a unique sort of job, but Broadway is a business, after all, with owners and Employees, investors and customers, budgets and deadlines and good years and bad. more»

Via UNITE HERE Local 100 Workers Rally At JFK To Demand Airport Concessionaire Negotiate Fair Contract

Published on Friday, March 24, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - More than 40 Workers from Terminal 7 and Terminal 4 at JFK Airport rallied outside Terminal 7 on Tuesday (March 20th), demanding that SSP - which operates branded catering and retail units as a concessionaire at more than 125 airports and 270 train stations worldwide, negotiate a fair contract and provide Workers job security. SSP had more»

Via The New York Daily News: U.S. Steel Mills Question Trump’s ‘Buy America’ Talk As Russian Competition ‘Revives’ New Jersey Community

Published on Thursday, March 23, 2017 in New York City Labor News
The Russians are coming to New Jersey - three times a month, with huge shipments of steel. Far from being unwelcome, NLMK - short for Novolipetsk Steel - has been greeted with open arms by New Jersey officials, who credit the Russian mega-firm with revitalizing a moribund Paulsboro port and creating more than 100 local jobs. As the flagship tenant, NLMK more»

New York Daily News Exclusive: LaGuardia Airport To Use Foreign Steel In $4 Billion Renovation Angering U.S. Industry

Published on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – LaGuardia's $4 billion facelift won’t be an all-American job, The New Daily News has learned. Chinese steel will be used in the high-profile project meant to make the city’s second-best airport great again - infuriating the U.S. Steel Industry that says it can handle the demand. A spokesman for the Port Authority of New more»

CWA-Represented Union County Workers Rally In Elizabeth, New Jersey For Higher Wages, Better Working Conditions

Published on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY) - Communications Workers of America (CWA) Members rallied in front of offices on Westminster Avenue in Elizabeth, New Jersey on Tuesday (March 13th) to voice their demands for a wage increase and better working conditions with their employer: Union County. The CWA represents both Private Sector and Public Workers in the more»

Via New Education Fair Plugs New York City Kids Into Union Jobs

Published on Sunday, March 12, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - From Ironworkers to Actors, New York City public high school kids got a chance last week, to meet with Union Members doing jobs that are not only challenging, but pay the bills - and then some. Representatives from 26 Union Occupations met with freshmen and sophomore students at an inaugural College and Careers Fair that was held inside more»

Via 1199 SEIU Takes On ‘Trumpcare’

Published on Friday, March 10, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York’s largest Health Care Workers Union’ had begun organizing to defend Obamacare against repeal as soon as last November’s election was over. “We knew this was going to be high on the agenda,” Helen Schaub, 1199 Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) State Director of Policy and more»

New York Governor Cuomo Vows To Veto Any 421a Bill That Does Not Contain Union Labor Provisions

Published on Thursday, March 9, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vowed to veto any 421a legislation that does not include protections for Union Labor. In a speech during the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York Winter Conference last week, Cuomo said that the exclusion of a Prevailing Wage Provision is “the camel’s nose under more»

Via New York City Domino’s Workers Say ‘No Justice, No Pizza!’

Published on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - “¡Sin justicia, no hay pizza!” they chanted, which translates - pretty obviously - as “No justice, no pizza!” About 30 people picketed a Domino’s Pizza on West 181st Street late last week, one of two of the chain’s Upper Manhattan franchises where Workers were on Strike for one day to protest more»

Via Labor 411: Three Reasons Why Self-Checkout Machines Are ‘Bad for Everyone’

Published on Sunday, March 5, 2017 in New York City Labor News
If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on it's that self-checkout machines are evil. No one asked for these machines - instead, greedy corporate executives who want yet another yacht decided to force them on to us. So, here are three reasons why these machines are bad for the customers, Workers and the country as a whole: Number One: They more»

Via New York City Recycling Workers Threaten To Strike If Denied Union

Published on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Workers at the city’s largest residential recycling plant are threatening to Strike “any day now” if the company doesn’t recognize their Union. More than 70% of the Workers at Sims Municipal Recycling’s Sunset Park facility signed cards stating that they wanted to be represented by Teamsters Local 210, more»

Via New York Construction Workers Protest RXR BOMA Pinnacle Awards, Launch RXOurFuture Web Site

Published on Monday, February 27, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Members of Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46 and supporters rallied late last week outside the entrance to the Chelsea Piers in Manhattan to protest the RXR BOMA Pinnacle Awards, and to announce the launching of a web site: RXOurFuture. RXR Realty, which describes itself as New York’s leading real estate company more»

Via The New York Post: It’s A ‘Game Of Cat And Mouse’ &The Rodent Is Winning - Bricklayers Union Gets ‘Larger’ Inflatable Rat To ‘Outsize’ Building Owner’s Cat

Published on Monday, February 27, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - It’s a game of cat and mouse – and the rodent is winning. A New York City Union protesting at a Midtown construction site has erected an even larger inflatable rat, topping the blow-up cat that the building’s owner amassed to show up the Union’s first rodent. The new vermin, put up on Monday (February 26th) across more»

Via Labor New York City Transit Unions To The MTA - Negotiate!

Published on Friday, February 24, 2017 in New York City Labor News
(QUEENS, NEW YORK) - Members of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Locals No. 1179 and 1181 called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to negotiate fairly and equitably as they rallied outside the transit agency’s Two Broadway Headquarters in Lower Manhattan earlier this week (on Wednesday, February 22nd). ATU Local President Bennie more»