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Labor Perspective From IUOE Local 94 Mental Health First Aid Instructor Ben Kimmel: COVID ‘Cannot Stop’ Santa Claus

Published on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 in New York City Labor News Editor’s Note: Ben Kimmel is Member of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 94, as well as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, a Certified Recovery Coach, a Certified Professional Life Coach and Peer & Wellness Advocate. Eight months have moved by pretty quickly. At this point, New York has done its more»

Restaurant Workers Across New York State Call On ‘Elena the Essential Worker’ In Their ‘Fight To Scrap’ A Sub-Minimum Wage

Published on Sunday, November 29, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - In front of a towering cardboard cutout dubbed “Elena the Essential Worker” - a woman with long braids and an apron, flexing her biceps in a Rosie-the-Riveter pose - the One Fair Wage Coalition has launched a statewide campaign to end New York State’s Sub-Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers. Food Service Employees who more»

The UFCW Announces COVID-19 Tri-State Hazard Pay Deal For Shoprite Workers - Impacts Nearly 50,000 Grocery Workers In New Jersey, New York & Connecticut

Published on Friday, November 27, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Nearly 50,000 ShopRite Grocery Workers in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut will receive Hazard Pay after the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) reached an agreement with the grocery chain. The UFCW, which represents 1.3 million Food and Retail Workers nationwide, announced the agreement with ShopRite, more»

Long Island Rail Road Union Leader Calls For The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s ‘Hatchet Man’ In Charge Of Job Cuts ‘To Be Fired’

Published on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK) - A Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Exec hired to slash thousands of jobs now has one of New York’s biggest Transit Union Leaders calling for his own ouster. Anthony Simon - who leads the Long Island Rail Road’s largest Union - sent a letter to MTA Chairman Pat Foye demanding he fire Anthony McCord (pictured more»

Huge East Harlem Development Announces Union Deal To Hire Local Workers

Published on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(HARLEM, NEW YORK) - The enormous Sendero Verde Affordable Housing Complex being built in East Harlem marked two milestones in the past week, reaching peak height on its initial two buildings and announcing a new deal to hire local residents as Construction Workers. The project's first phase, consisting of a 15-story and 10-story building, will include 361 more»

Actors' Equity Association Diversity Study Finds Only “Gradual, Inconsistent” Improvement

Published on Monday, November 23, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Actors' Equity Association has released its second-ever Diversity and Inclusion report, tracking the demographics of how its Members are hired for acting and stage management work, and how much they were paid from the years 2016 through 2019. In short, there has been modest improvement since the first study in 2017 - meaning that there more»

New Jersey-Based Company Is ‘Violating’ Long Island First Policy, Laborers Local 66 Political Coordinator Says

Published on Sunday, November 22, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(MELVILLE, LONG ISLAND) - Members of Laborers Local 66 protested outside the former Newsday building in Melville last week after learning the new property owners, despite receiving generous tax breaks, will not be using local demolition services on the construction site. The Union believes Hartz Mountain Industries Incorporated, a New Jersey company, more»

Hospital Laundry Workers' Union Holds Two-Day Strike Over Pact - Virus Protection Among Workers’ Demands

Published on Friday, November 20, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Union representing Employees of one of New York's largest hospital laundry and medical uniform companies launched a two-day strike earlier this week to protest what it maintains were "illegal threats of termination" by the company that are being investigated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The dispute with Unitex more»

‘They Need It Now’ - 32BJ SEIU Calls On Governor Cuomo To Sign Healthy Terminals Act

Published on Thursday, November 19, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Standing on circles chalked six feet apart, Members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ and supporters rallied at LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday (November 17th) to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign a Bill that would require airport employers to subsidize Workers’ health insurance. The Bill, the Healthy Terminals Act, more»

Mayor De Blasio & New York City Sanitation Workers Union Come Together To Find More Savings In Order To Avoid Layoffs

Published on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – New York City’s Sanitation Union has agreed to defer $27 million in pay and benefits over the next year to avoid looming layoffs caused by COVID-19 and its fiscal fallout. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the agreement with the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association, noting the city has now secured a total of $722 million more»

Phil Cohen Memoir ‘Chronicles His Fight Against Union Busting’ In North Carolina

Published on Monday, November 16, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Phil Cohen, a Veteran Union Organizer, was called out of retirement in 2017 by Workers United/Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to investigate and expose an illegal Union-Busting plot by Mohawk Industries at its North Carolina carpet mill. Cohen’s account of his fight to prove that management was behind an unlawful more»

What It Takes To Earn $100,000 A Year As An Ironworker In New York

Published on Sunday, November 15, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Memesha Davis is a Brooklyn native, a mother of two and a Structural Ironworker - a job that she says has changed her life. “Prior to ironwork, I had every job that you could possibly think of: Customer service… retail… hostess - and nothing ever fulfilled what it is that I wanted to do, so I’ve always tried to more»

CWA Local 1180 Reaches Agreement With New York City To Prevent Layoffs

Published on Friday, November 13, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1180 has negotiated an agreement with the City of New York that will prevent the layoffs of Members through at least June 2021. Local 1180 President Gloria Middleton said the agreement will save the City $15.9 million by deferring payments to both the Union’s Active and Retiree Welfare more»

UNITE HERE Secretary-Treasurer Gwen Mills: “We Believe The Saviors Of Democracy Are Working People” - Union Members ‘Turned Out Massive Vote’ To Elect Biden/Harris

Published on Thursday, November 12, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - As the “saviors of democracy” who not only helped Democrat Joe Biden win the White House in key Battleground States but who are now also fully prepared to protect that victory from Republican President Donald Trump’s ongoing protestations - Essential Union Workers from across the country should have tremendous clout more»

57th Street Crane Crash ‘Happened On Notoriously Anti-Union’ Job Site

Published on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Billionaires’ Row building where a spinning crane knocked large chunks of metal and glass onto the street below just before the end of October is the tallest structure ever built in New York City with Non-Union Labor - and the accident was a sign that the developer was cutting corners, Laborers Union’s Cement and Concrete more»

Looking Back On The November Election: California App-Based Lyft & Uber Drivers ‘Lose Ground In The Midst Of A National Turmoil’ While Other Workers ‘Score Victories’

Published on Sunday, November 8, 2020 in New York City Labor News
California voters approved a ballot initiative that will lock App-based Transportation and Delivery Workers into Non-Union Independent-Contractor status on Election Day, but Florida voted to raise the state’s Minimum Wage to $15 an hour over the next six years - and Colorado passed a measure that will give Workers 12 to 16 weeks of Paid Family Leave. more»

NBC New York Reports Workers At One Of Nation's Biggest Food Distributors Threaten To Go Out On Strike Over Virus Safety In The Tri-State Area

Published on Friday, November 6, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - As the Coronavirus continues to spread across the U.S., setting another daily record number of cases, a Strike looms at one of the Nation's biggest food distributors - which threatens to disrupt supplies to major grocery stores across the Tri-State Area. Warehouse Employees and Delivery Workers at United Natural Foods (UNF) say the more»

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Starts COVID-19 Testing For Thousands Of Front Line Transit Workers

Published on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) started testing thousands of Workers per week, beginning this week, for COVID-19. Testing will take place at a rotating set of workplaces, including train and bus depots, as well as at medical assessment and occupational health services centers, officials said. “Our brave Front Line more»

Labor Perspective From 32BJ SEIU Assistant to the President Lenore Friedlaender – ‘Fear And The Reaper In The Era Of Trump’

Published on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 in New York City Labor News Editor’s Note: Lenore Friedlaender is Assistant to the President, 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and leads the member representation work for Hudson Valley and Long Island. When President Donald Trump returned from the hospital and said: “Don’t be afraid of COVID. Don’t let it dominate your more»

“(Trump) Is Unfit For Office And Must Be Voted Out On November 3rd” - ‘Heroic Front Line Nurses Challenge’ Trump After ‘Unfit’ President ‘Dismisses’ COVID-19 Deaths

Published on Sunday, November 1, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Nurses throughout the New York City, New York State and across the United States were appalled when Republican President Donald Trump and his Chief of Staff Mark Meadows spent their time during a rally in Wisconsin, just days before the November 3rd general election, accusing Medical Staff at hospitals of intentionally inflating more»

De Blasio Finds $164 Million In New York City Labor ‘Savings’ By Pushing Union Payouts To 2022

Published on Friday, October 30, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Mayor Bill de Blasio is kicking New York City’s Coronavirus-induced budget crisis down the road to the next administration by deferring $164 million in Union payments until next Summer. The agreement with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCEM) District Council 37, the city’s second-largest more»

UFCW ‘Seeks Stronger COVID-19 Protection’ At Long Island Furniture Factory

Published on Thursday, October 29, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(ISLANDIA, NEW YORK) - A spate of Coronavirus infections at an Islandia factory and warehouse illustrates the need for employers to take stronger measures to protect Workers and stop the spread of the virus, officials with the Union representing Facility Employees said. Tomás Domínguez, 51, a Shop Steward for United Food & Commercial more»

New York City Construction Workers Start Community Campaign Against ‘Low Wages & Working Conditions’ At Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus

Published on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Citing wages below area standards, insufficient health benefits and the University’s refusal to participate in New York State Apprenticeship Programs, the New York City District Council of Carpenters (NYCDCC) has taken up in protest against Columbia University to demand fair Labor practices for Non-Unionized, Subcontracted more»

‘Reinventing Solidarity’ - City University Of New York’s School Of Labor And Urban Studies Launches New Podcast

Published on Monday, October 26, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – The City University Of New York (CUNY) School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) and its nationally recognized journal, New Labor Forum (NLF), have launched a new podcast, Reinventing Solidarity. The podcast features scholars, activists and artists on the front lines of movements for social and economic justice, and asks essential more»

Nearly One-Quarter Of New York City Transit Workers Report Having Had COVID-19

Published on Friday, October 23, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A survey of New York City’s Bus and Subway Workers finds that 24% report having contracted COVID-19 and 90% fear getting sick at work. The pilot study, conducted by researchers at NYU School of Global Public Health, in coordination with Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100, helps document the toll the pandemic has taken on the more»

Labor 411 Compares The Biden & Trump Campaign Websites - Here’s What They ‘Actually Had To Say’ About Unions & Workers

Published on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 in New York City Labor News
Labor 411 looked at the two official campaign websites for Republican President Donald Trump and former Vice President and Democrat Joe Biden to see what the candidates’ platforms for Labor Unions and Workers were. The Trump-Pence site,, has virtually nothing to say about Workers and unions. The closest he comes to talking about more»

Emergency Medical Technicians’ Unions ‘Alarmed By Five Members From Same Station’ Getting Coronavirus

Published on Monday, October 19, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Confirmation that five members from the same Emergency Medical Service Station in Astoria, Queens have been diagnosed with COVID-19 has their Unions concerned it’s a harbinger of a second wave of the virus. A spokesman for the Fire Department confirmed that they had been placed on medical leave from Station 49, but denied that there more»

Union Ironworkers ‘Call Out’ Long Island Hospital ‘For Hiring Company With A History Of Wage Theft’

Published on Sunday, October 18, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(OCEANSIDE, NEW YORK) - Under the rubbery scowl of Scabby the Rat, about 100 Union Ironworkers protested outside Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital last week, demanding the hospital stop using a Brooklyn subcontractor with a history of cheating Workers to build the steel framework for its new utility plant. The hospital is using $158 million in Federal more»

‘Few Have Experienced Its Human Toll In Quite The Same Way’ - As The Coronavirus Pandemic ‘Ravaged’ The New York City Region, This CSEA-Represented Morgue Worker In Nassau County ‘Refused To Quit’

Published on Friday, October 16, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK) - There are parts of Mike Vikara’s job that he can’t talk about with just anyone and it’s not because he’s a Government Employee with top secret clearance or a mathematical physicist who deals with concepts few would understand. It’s because he works in a morgue. Vikara (pictured below) is a Forensic more»

Municipal Workers & Their Unions Find Themselves ‘In The Crosshairs’ With New York City's Economic Future ‘In Doubt’ – The Questions Is: ‘Can Those Unions Stop the Cuts?’

Published on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The COVID-19 Pandemic has killed nearly 25,000 New York City residents, but while the worst of the public health crisis may have passed, its dire toll has triggered a second crisis. Shutting down huge swaths of the economy was necessary to save lives, but the deep freeze on economic activity has plunged the city into its worst fiscal more»

Nearly 97,000 Workers Impacted By Decision To Keep Broadway Dark Through June 2021 - Actors’ Equity Says Federal Government ‘Must Act’ On Health Insurance Subsidies, Renewed Unemployment Benefits & Arts Funding

Published on Monday, October 12, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - With a possible second wave of COVID-19 cases on the horizon as the result of new hotspots of the Coronavirus emerging throughout New York City, The Broadway League announced theater performances are expected to remain postponed until June 2021. “With nearly (97,000) Workers ‘who rely on Broadway for their livelihood and an more»

LABOR NEWS UPDATE: Brooklyn Friends School ‘Drops Effort To Disband’ Union Following Teachers' Strike

Published on Sunday, October 11, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - After striking Faculty and Staff caused the Brooklyn Friends School (BFS) to close for three days last week, the administration at the Quaker private school finally ceded to the BFS Union’s demands Wednesday evening (October 8th). Students were back in school the following day, on Thursday. Head of School Crissy Cáceres and more»

New York City’s Workforce In The Face Of COVID-19: ‘We’re Still At Risk!’

Published on Friday, October 9, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York State should enact a law giving Workers a voice in setting Contagious-Disease Safety Standards for their industries, several City Unions urged at a rally in Greenwich Village earlier this week (on Wednesday, October 7th). “Who are the experts when it comes to safety in the workplace? ‘The workers,’” more»

A Labor Perspective From IUOE Local 94 Member & Mental Health First Aid Instructor Ben Kimmel: Vesey Street Scaffolding Collapse ‘Underscores Dangers’ In The Construction Industry

Published on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 in New York City Labor News Editor’s Note: Ben Kimmel is a Member of International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 94, as well as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Certified Recovery Coach, Certified Professional Life Coach and Peer & Wellness Advocate. He can be reached at A scaffolding accident at 250 Vesey Street in more»

The New Yorker Union ‘Wins Fight For Just Cause’ In Contract

Published on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The New Yorker Union celebrated Monday (September 5th) after reaching an agreement with owner Condé Nast for a specific Labor Protection in its contract shortly before a planned picket. After 95 years, Staffers at The New Yorker will no longer be at-will Employees, NewsGuild of New York President Susan DeCarava told CNN Business. more»

If The Brooklyn Friends School In New York City ‘Does Not Withdraw Its Petition To Decertify The Union,’ Teachers & Staff Say They Will Go Out On Strike, Beginning Today

Published on Monday, October 5, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Negotiating Committee of the Brooklyn Friends School Union has called for today (Monday, October 5th) as the start date for a Strike if the School does not withdraw its petition to decertify the Union. The Strike date was set after the Union voted by 96% to authorize a Strike - if necessary (120 voted yes to five no’s). The more»

Bright Horizons Leaves Students’ Favorite Teachers ‘Out In The Cold’

Published on Sunday, October 4, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - As a group of Teachers facing layoffs tried to negotiate better terms with the Bright Horizons chain of child-care centers just before the start of October, a group of parents, children and other Teachers milled about under a construction scaffold outside on West 23rd Street. A little girl sat in a stroller holding a sign that read: more»

IBEW Local 1212 ‘Demands Respect’ - Files More Than 20 Grievances Against CBS News, Accuses National News Organization Of ‘Bypassing’ Union Contract & ‘Utilizing Subcontracted-Out Non-Union’ Technicians

Published on Thursday, October 1, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Scabby the Rat made an appearance outside CBS Morning News in New York City this week, courtesy of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1212, which is demanding respect from the national News Organization after filing more than 20 grievances against the company for bypassing its Union Contract and more»

Principals’ Union Calls For Mayor De Blasio ‘To Hand Over Control’ Of New York City Schools To The State

Published on Monday, September 28, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - There’s a new standoff over safety at New York City Public Schools. On Sunday (September 28th), the Union representing Principals called for a takeover of city schools by New York State, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported. In-person learning begins on Tuesday and Thursday of this week. The Council of Schools Supervisors & more»

Live TV Musicians Sign Open Letter to Networks Demanding #RespectUs - American Federation Of Musicians Members Step Up Their Efforts To Secure A Fair Contract, Gain Parity & End Structural Racism

Published on Friday, September 25, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Musicians who perform and make music for television shows such as the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Dancing with the Stars and Jimmy Kimmel Live! have delivered a letter to the entertainment industry’s major television networks demanding fair wages, fair health coverage and equal residuals for work used on streaming platforms. more»

FDNY First Responders ‘Continue To Suffer The Legacy Of September 11th, 2001’

Published on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The attack on the World Trade Center may have been nearly 20 years ago, but the aftermath of 9/11 still reverberates for those who were tasked to put out the fires and clean up the rubble from what was left of the iconic buildings in lower Manhattan. Earlier this month, 27 Members of the FDNY who died from 9/11-related diseases related to more»

With ‘No’ Tourists Coming To The ‘Big Apple,’ New York City Taxi Drivers Who Are ‘Drowning In Debt’ Shut Down Brooklyn Bridge In A ‘Desperate Plea’ To Mayor de Blasio To Provide Them With Relief

Published on Monday, September 21, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Dozens of Yellow Taxi Cab Drivers shut down Manhattan-bound traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge late last week (Thursday, September 17th) in a desperate call for relief from Mayor de Blasio. With tourism all but gone in the city and the bulk of Manhattan’s offices nearly empty, Yellow Taxi Driver-Owners have found it impossible to make more»

Hunter College Educators, Parents ‘Demand’ COVID Testing, Ventilation Inspections & Contact Tracing

Published on Sunday, September 20, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Last week, angry Hunter College Educators rallied outside the campus demanding random COVID-19 testing, room-by-room ventilation inspections and contact tracing. “Why are Hunter Campus Schools students, Teachers and Staff ‘not entitled to the same safety standards as all other New York City public school students?’ more»

“Only When It's Safe” – Parents & Union-Represented Teachers Unite Against ‘Super-Spreader’ School Re-Openings

Published on Friday, September 18, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – New York City may have agreed to delay in-person classes for 10 days amid a potential Strike from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), but for some parents it’s not enough to ensure the safety of their youngest loved ones. Earlier this month, Tanesha Grant, the former Administrator for the Wall of Moms Chapter in New York, more»

New Correction Officers Benevolent Association President Challenges ‘Revolving Door Justice’ & A ‘Poor Response’ To COVID-19 Crisis

Published on Thursday, September 17, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Correction Officers Benevolent Association (COBA) Leader Benny Boscio may just be two months into his presidency, but he’s ready to see some changes to the Incarceration System, especially as his Members have to currently work through the COVID-19 Pandemic. “I’ve ‘been a part of the Union for three-quarters of my more»

‘Modern Day Slavery’ Inside New York City’s Construction Industry

Published on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Wearing orange-and-black facemasks and waving “I AM WORTHY” signs that evoked the landmark 1968 Strike by Sanitation Workers in Memphis, more than 200 Construction Workers rallied in Manhattan on Tuesday (September 15th), as Laborers’ Local 79 and the Mason Tenders District Council launched a campaign against the more»

There Are ‘Millions Of New Jobs If We Go Green,’ Says Climate Data Analyst

Published on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Presidential Election of 2020 is just weeks away and to garner more votes, Danielle Deiseroth - a Climate Data Analyst for Data for Progress and recent panelist for the DNC Climate Council, believes Democrats need to campaign on Green Jobs now more than ever. “We tested the figures,” she said, “(and there are) more»

New York City ‘Can’t Rebound Without’ Broadway And Broadway’s ‘Road Back Is Uncertain’ – The American Federation Of Musicians Tells New York State That There ‘Should Be No Restrictions’ On Ticketed Or Advertised Shows

Published on Monday, September 14, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - For months now, Thomas Schumacher's dining room table has been taken over by a master list of every Broadway show that's seeking to reopen or schedule an opening night - from the established "The Lion King" to the new "Diana: A True Musical Story." Since the COVID-19 Pandemic-related shutdowns, the Disney Theatrical Group President and more»

Local One Elevator Constructors ‘Provide The Lift That New York City Needs’ During The COVID Crisis

Published on Sunday, September 13, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Local One Elevator Constructors have been crucial to the shaping of New York and New Jersey’s skylines for over a century. The Union represents about 3,200 Members living and working across the five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester County, Rockland County and New Jersey. Their trained and certified Members specialize in more»

“It’s Disgraceful” – The New York Daily News Reports The Trump Administration ‘Secretly Withheld’ Millions Of Dollars From The FDNY 9/11 Health Program

Published on Friday, September 11, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Trump Administration has secretly siphoned nearly $4 million away from a program that tracks and treats FDNY Firefighters and Medics suffering from 9/11 related illnesses, The New York Daily News has learned. The Treasury Department mysteriously started withholding parts of payments - nearly four years ago - meant to cover medical more»