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Amazon Fires Staten Island Warehouse Worker Who Organized Walk-Out Protest Over Lack Of Coronavirus Protections

Published on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK) - Dozens of Amazon Workers at a Staten Island warehouse walked out of work Monday (March 30th) to protest the company's "lack of safety protocols during the COVID-19 Pandemic," demanding the location be shut down for at least two weeks - and the man who organized the walk-out was fired, according to a report. Chris Smalls, a more»

Meet New York City’s Front-Line Workers In Public Transit, Health Care, Child Care, Grocery, Pharmacy, Sanitation, Janitorial, Utility & Delivery Industries

Published on Monday, March 30, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has released a comprehensive report of New York City’s essential Front-Line Workers helping battle the COVID-19 Pandemic, including those professionals work in public transit, health care, child care, grocery, pharmacy, sanitation, janitorial, utility and delivery industries. “As our more»

Coronavirus Takes Deadly Toll On New York City’s Front-Line Workers

Published on Sunday, March 29, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - In a week where the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York City multiplied to more than 27,000, two Transit Workers, a High School Principal and a Parking Meter Collections Assistant became the first City Employees confirmed to have died from the lung-afflicting virus. Peter Petrassi, 49, a Subway Conductor who had been working in more»

1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers Need Our Help! ‘Channel Your Inner Norma Rae’ & ‘Use Your Voice To Call For More’ Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) To Aid In The Fight Against COVID-19

Published on Friday, March 27, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) - 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has launched a new social media photo push, urging Health Care Workers and everyday Americans to channel their inner "Norma Rae," to call for more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to aid in the fight against COVID-19. There is a nationwide shortage of masks, gloves, gowns, and more»

Coronavirus ‘Heaps Further Hardship On Vulnerable’ Construction Workers

Published on Thursday, March 26, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is under increasing pressure to institute a city-wide moratorium on all non-essential building - the Coronavirus Pandemic is already impacting the most vulnerable Construction Workers in the industry. Non-represented Non-Union Construction Workers, already especially vulnerable to wage theft, more»

While The Coronavirus Cancelled Plans For People To Gather To Mark The 109th Anniversary Of The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire In New York City, The New York AFL-CIO Offers A Podcast: ‘A Day In History That Changed Workplace Safety’

Published on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - While the Coronavirus cancelled plans for people to gather to mark the 109th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York City today (Wednesday, March 25th), the New York AFL-CIO is offering a podcast: A Day In History That Changed Workplace Safety. Normally on this day, large crowds of Union Members and others would gather at more»

The Heads Of New York City Unions ‘React To The Growing’ Coronavirus Crisis

Published on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - As Workers from various professional backgrounds throughout New York City try to stay afloat during the Coronavirus Pandemic, Union Leaders are stepping up to do whatever they can to protect them and stay abreast of their needs - despite the Federal Government’s initial response to the crisis. “I ‘don’t more»

The City’s Union-Represented Doormen - Deemed ‘Essential’ Workers - ‘Are On The Front Lines’ Of The Coronavirus Pandemic

Published on Monday, March 23, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Back in December, before the coronavirus was even named, and long before it shut down the world, New York Magazine spoke to New York City Doormen at a meeting of their Union - 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU) ⁠- mostly about what it was like to serve the sometimes very entitled people in their buildings. As Duilio more»

The Coalition Of Broadway Unions And Guilds Calls On New York City & The State To Provide Emergency Assistance To Arts Workers

Published on Sunday, March 22, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - As individual Unions continue to push for emergency funding, the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds (COBUG) have called on New York City and state officials to provide assistance to the more than 100,000 Art Workers whose employment has been impacted by shutdowns caused by COVID-19. As such, COBUG released the following statement: more»

Coronavirus In NYC: Construction Workers ‘Keep Building, Even If Sick’

Published on Friday, March 20, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Big Apple’s Construction Trades Workers are still showing up for work - sometimes even while sick - putting new pressure on City Hall to close down job sites as it battles the spread of Coronavirus, The New York Post has learned. The developments come as Construction Union Officials and sources told the paper that Mayor Bill de more»

The Service Employees International Union Issues Four-Point List Of Demands To ‘Protect All Workers’

Published on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Workers in the Fight for $15 and a Union Campaign are calling on private industry to Protect All Workers - rolling out a list of demands aimed at helping provide protection for Workers across a wide range of industries from airlines to hospitals, fast food restaurants and more»

Trump Administration Urges Union & Non-Union Construction Companies To Give N95 Construction Masks To Hospitals Due To Depletion Of Medical Equipment In Wake Of National Coronavirus Outbreak

Published on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Vice President Mike Pence is urging construction companies – both Union and Non-Union, to donate respiratory masks to hospitals and health centers as fears grow they will run out of essential medical equipment as the Coronavirus infects more Americans. “We would make one specific request and that is we would urge more»

In New York City, Low Wage Earners ‘Fight To Keep Their Heads Above Water In The Age Of COVID-19’

Published on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - As different levels of government push for social distancing, curfews and working or schooling at home amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, Workers who live paycheck-to-paycheck, especially in the airline and fast food industries, are feeling the brunt of the economic crunch. While the Republican Trump Administration debates giving low- or more»

NYC Airport Workers ‘Continue Push For Healthy’ Terminals Act As Coronavirus ‘Puts Jobs In Jeopardy’

Published on Monday, March 16, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Dozens of 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU) airport Workers may not have been able to take their health concerns to the streets because of the Coronavirus last week, but they still made their voices heard during a tele-conference to state and city officials when it came to fighting for the Healthy Terminals (HTA) Act. The more»

New York City IUOE Local ‘Steps Up The Fight To Save’ Workers’ Jobs At 30 Wall Street

Published on Friday, March 13, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – More than 100 Trade Unionists rallied outside 30 Wall Street on Thursday (March 12th) - the latest salvo in an ongoing struggle to win back the jobs of Building Service Workers who were unceremoniously fired and/or had their wages and benefits slashed earlier this year after managers of the post address brought in a Non-Union more»

United University Professions ‘Ready To Take On Huge Task Of Moving’ To SUNY On-Line Learning In Order To Contain Coronavirus Outbreak

Published on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - United University Professions (UUP), the Nation’s largest higher Education Union, stands ready to work with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State University at New York (SUNY) as the University System moves to shutter classes and migrate to an on-line learning format through the end of the academic year to stem the spread more»

'A Slap In The Face': AT&T Workers ‘Upset Jobs Slashed Despite’ Trump Tax Cuts

Published on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(ARCADIA, CALIFORNIA) - The day after Paul Lorenzano found out he was being laid off from his job in January as an AT&T Technician in Arcadia, California, the company sent out an e-mail to all Employees congratulating the workforce on AT&T’s profits and fiscal performance in 2019. “We met or exceeded all of our commitments for the year. more»

Carpenters Union Report Show ‘Bad’ Bosses ‘Are Cheating’ Construction Workers & The Public ‘Out Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars’

Published on Monday, March 9, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Just how badly are Construction Workers being ripped off in a town where a week’s pay often comes out of a plastic bag and the foundations of “Billionaire’s Row” are literally built on stolen wages? A new nationwide report from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) might help better gauge this more»

Coronavirus Threat Compounds Chipotle Sick-Leave Policy – New York City Workers Walk Off The Job, Hold Mini-Strike Organized by 32BJ SEIU

Published on Sunday, March 8, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Just after 6 p.m. on Wednesday (March 4th), a small cluster of Workers emerged from the front door of the Chipotle Restaurant on Sixth Avenue and West 21st Street and converged with a march of about 35 fellow Fast Food Workers and 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Organizers. “Keep your chips, keep your guac, serving more»

Frontline Airport Workers In New York City ‘Intensify Push For Healthy Terminals Act In Face Of Coronavirus Fears’

Published on Friday, March 6, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(QUEENS, NEW YORK) - As alarm over the novel coronavirus outbreak continues, beleaguered Union-represented Airport Workers rallied earlier this week in Richmond Hill for the Healthy Terminals Act (HTA). Introduced months ahead of the epidemic in May 2019, the HTA Legislation would give Airport Workers who are constantly on the frontlines during major more»

The ‘Future Of Construction Is Here’ & American Workers ‘Are Being Cut Out Of It’ - Modular Components Like This One ‘Are Being Prefabricated Overseas At The Cost Of Good Union Construction Jobs Here At Home’

Published on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Industry insiders are calling the tallest modular hotel in the world a “milestone” and a “game-changing symbol” - what they are not talking about is how the 26-story building rising 360 feet over Sixth Avenue in New York City, along with other similar developments around town, are shutting out American Workers on more»

Wage Theft Protesters Rally Outside Governor’s NYC Offices, Demand Cuomo ‘Stop Blocking Bill’ That Would Allow Workers To Put Property Liens On Employers

Published on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - More than 150 people rallied outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan offices on Monday (March 2nd), demanding Cuomo stop blocking a Bill that would allow Workers to put liens on the property of employers that are accused of wage theft. “The Governor ‘has once again failed to take action against wage more»

AFSCME Celebrates Black History Month Through Song

Published on Sunday, March 1, 2020 in New York City Labor News
AFSCME Editor’s Note: Pictured above, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee Saunders introduces Labor Historian Elise Bryant as Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride (on the left) looks on. (Photo by Peter Levine/AFSCME) (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Elise Bryant, the Executive Director of the Labor Heritage more»

New York City Labor Calls For ‘Expansion’ Of Right To Counsel

Published on Friday, February 28, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Earlier this week, the New York City AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2325, the Legal Services Staff Association/UAW Local 2320, and American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council (DC) 37 testified before the New York City more»

‘Is There Hope On The Horizon’ For New York’s Misclassified Workers?

Published on Thursday, February 27, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Before Trade Unionists intervened on their behalf earlier this month, more than 40 Latino Construction Workers classified as “Independent Contractors” and who were routinely paid out of a plastic bag at worksites in Manhattan and Brooklyn, felt like they had nowhere to turn when their boss decided to withhold more than $89,000 more»

New York City’s Laborers Local 79 Fights Open-Shop Apprenticeship Program

Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Construction Unions have long argued their Apprenticeship System produces better-trained Workers than Non-Union shops provide, but now a New York Construction Union is fighting an open-shop group’s effort to replicate how Organized Labor trains its Members. The turf war is over the New York Chapter of the Associated Builders and more»

On Their Tools In India - New York City Carpenter Leads All-Woman Union Delegation Overseas

Published on Monday, February 24, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Local 157 Carpenter Amanda Kay Johnson still remembers the day this past Fall when she realized the two long years she spent helping to plan the 2019 International Tradeswomen Training Exchange Delegation to Kerala, India had actually become a reality. “I remember ‘crying’ and just being like, ‘This is more»

Unionized DCINY Orchestra Musicians ‘Take Their Fight For A First & Fair Contract Public,’ Leaflet Audience At Carnegie Hall

Published on Friday, February 21, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Union-represented Musicians who perform with Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), a producer and presenter of music at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, are fighting for their first contract. Over the Summer, DCINY Orchestra Musicians voted to Unionize by an 89% "Union Yes" vote, but after three rounds of more»

NYC Housing Works Employees File For NLRB Election, ‘Confident In Union Victory’

Published on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) – Housing Works Employees striving to Unionize with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWSDSU) have officially filed for a Federal Election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) - and although it might have been just what the advocacy group’s CEO wanted all along, they are confident they will win. more»

‘Just Cause’ Bills - The ‘Next Game-Changer’ For Low-Wage Workers Everywhere

Published on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - If enacted, “Just Cause” legislation newly introduced in the New York City Council could help further change the way Fast Food Workers and all other Low-Wage Earners live and work in this town. Already buoyed by a hard-fought victory to achieve a new Minimum Wage, Fair Work Week Regulations relating to scheduling and mandatory more»

Spectrum Workers Are Still Out On Strike, The U.S.’s Longest - When Will the Company Listen?

Published on Monday, February 17, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The longest ongoing Strike in America today is happening in the media capital of the world. I t involves the people who install and repair the cables that bring the news to many of the most influential people in America. But after three long years, the Spectrum Workers of New York City are beginning to feel as though everyone has more»

Council Of School Supervisors And Administrators Announces Union Has Reached A Tentative Contract Agreement With New York City

Published on Friday, February 14, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) has reached a Tentative Contract Agreement with New York City that achieves the Union’s goals and addresses many of New York City school leaders’ pressing concerns. CSA Local 1/American Federation of School Administrators represents Principals, Assistant Principals, more»

A Message From New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento: Paid Sick Days ‘For All’ Workers

Published on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 in New York City Labor News
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has included a proposal in his Executive Budget that requires employers to allow certain Workers to accrue paid sick days. We applaud this proposal and believe it is time for all Workers to be assured they will not lose their pay as a result of becoming sick and unable to work. This is important for all Workers, but more»

LABOR NEWS UPDATE: Trade Unionists ‘Successful In Helping’ Latino Construction Workers Fight Wage Theft In Brooklyn, ‘But Exploitation Continues’

Published on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) - Trade Unionists advocating on behalf of a group of more than 40 Latino Construction Workers who were owed tens of thousands of dollars for work they did in Upper Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn have succeeded in helping to get most of those Workers paid - but the so-called model of “Open Shop” Development that allowed the more»

Vox Entertainment Union Ratifies First Contract

Published on Monday, February 10, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Writer-Producers at Vox Entertainment, the non-fiction production company affiliated with Vox Media, Incorporated, have ratified their first Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). Vox Entertainment currently produces EXPLAINED on Netflix, NO PASSPORT REQUIRED WITH MARCUS SAMUELSSON on PBS and more»

Union & Non-Union Workers In New York City Stand United Against ‘Open Shop’ Abuses

Published on Friday, February 7, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A diverse group of Union and Non-Union Workers protesting more than $70,000 in alleged wage theft rallied outside the New York Construction Alliance’s HQ in Manhattan on Wednesday (February 5th) in an ongoing protest against New Line Structures’ business practices, as well as the recent deaths of two subcontractors on Long more»

Service Employees International Union Report ‘Finds Food Safety Risks’ At New York Chipotle Stores

Published on Thursday, February 6, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.’s workplace practices and Staff incentive programs are fueling food safety risks at some locations in New York, according to a report by a consumer group and Labor Union based on interviews with 47 current and former Employees. The restaurant chain’s pay bonus program creates a “highly more»

Union Advocates Fighting For Latino Construction Workers In Brooklyn, Who Say They Are Owed More Than $89,000 In Unpaid Wages

Published on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) - The builders of new residential development going up in Downtown Brooklyn owe a group of more than 40 Latino Construction Workers in excess of $89,000 for three weeks of unpaid wages, according to Union Advocates fighting on their behalf. Members of the New York Community Alliance for Worker Justice visited the 260 Gold Street job more»

Just In Case You Did Not Know, ‘Here’s The Basics’ When It Comes To The 'Union Bug,' Politics, Candidates Running For Elected Office & Those Seeking Re-Election

Published on Monday, February 3, 2020 in New York City Labor News
A couple of years ago, a Democrat seeking election to a public office knocked on the door of my home in the Buffalo Suburb of Lancaster. He greeted me with a smile, introduced himself and handed me a professionally-printed, full-color, glossy campaign flier that touted his background and accomplishments. But while I perused his flier, I could not find a more»

Across New York State, NYSUT-Represented School Nurses And Custodians Are ‘Staring Down’ The Flu & Other Illnesses

Published on Sunday, February 2, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(ACROSS NEW YORK STATE) - The first Flu Season of 2020 has School Nurses on high alert as they care for weak and ill students, track cases and provide information to parents, School Staff and County Health Departments. Last week, there were 13,483 confirmed cases of flu in New York - up 22% from the prior week to according to the New York State Department more»

In New York City, Wall Street ‘Wipe Out Crushes’ Working Families - ‘Glimpses Of The Ugly Truth Behind The Nation’s Rosy’ Unemployment Stats

Published on Friday, January 31, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The new decade is starting off bleak this month, for Building Service Workers in the heart of the Financial District who have either been fired outright or forced to reapply for previously good jobs suddenly recast as paltry minimum wage gigs with zero benefits. But they and their Union Brothers and Sisters at International Union of more»

Be Counted! CSEA Members ‘Urge Everyone To Respond’ To The U.S. Census

Published on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in New York City Labor News
CSEA Editor’s Note: Suzanne Needler, Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Niagara County Local Recording Secretary and Niagara County Unit Vice President, discusses her involvement in taking the U.S. Census and how it’s become a family tradition: “It’s very important that everyone gets counted in the census because it more»

Edible Schoolyard New York City Workers Win Voluntary Recognition Of Union With CWA Local 1180

Published on Monday, January 27, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Staff of Edible Schoolyard New York City has won voluntary recognition of its Union with Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1180! The Edible Schoolyard Workers run programs in New York City schools that teach young kids about food justice and healthy eating through gardening and cooking fresh healthy food. The 18-person more»

Here’s Proof ‘It Pays To Join Together In Unions:’ As Union Membership ‘Stays Strong’ In The State Of Washington, New Report Finds Union Members ‘Make 23% More Money & Have Better Benefits’

Published on Sunday, January 26, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(SEATTLE, WASHINGTON) - A recent national study ranked Washington No. 1 in its 2019 edition of its States With the Strongest Unions. The latest Federal Data on Union Membership shows why our state remains “Union Strong!” The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released its 2019 Union Membership Report and more»

New York/New Jersey Airport Workers: ‘We Need Health Insurance Now!’

Published on Friday, January 24, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Low-wage Workers who help move multitudes in and out of New York and New Jersey Airports daily, but still can’t afford the prohibitively high cost of private health insurance, are hoping this is the year legislators on both sides of the Hudson confront tight-fisted employers. Earlier this week, hundreds of Workers at JFK more»

Gig Workers’ Rights Fight Ensnares Creative Freelancers

Published on Thursday, January 23, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA) - Times are good for Garrett Camp. Even though Uber, the company he co-founded, has yet to turn a profit, he bought a Beverly Hills mansion for over $70 million last July, beating the previous home sales record in Los Angeles’s wealthiest neighborhood. But for thousands of Uber Drivers, things are not going so well. One of more»

At The SAG Awards, Actor Robert De Niro ‘Voices His Support For His Union’ & ‘Calls On Voters To Look For Candidates Who Support Unions Themselves’

Published on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA) – Legendary Actor Robert De Niro reserves his right to speak up, so that's exactly what he did in his Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards speech on Sunday night (January 19th). While accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award, De Niro voiced his support for his Union and called on voters to look for candidates who support Unions more»

Labor Perspective From Mickey Williams, President Of United Steelworkers Local 12 In Gadsden, Alabama: “Union Members Are Your Neighbors, Not Your Enemies”

Published on Monday, January 20, 2020 in New York City Labor News
The Gadsden (Alabama) Times Editor’s Note: Mickey Williams is president of United Steelworkers Local 12, which represents Union Employees at Gadsden’s Goodyear plant. I felt it important to write in response to the recent letter, “Unions Are Elephant In The Room,” that appeared in The Gadsden Times. While I will ignore the more»

House Bill Aims To Help New York City Cabbies 'Survive Underwater' Medallion Loans

Published on Sunday, January 19, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – New York City Representative Gregory Meeks (Democrat-Queens) introduced a Bill last week to exempt debt relief for Taxi Drivers from Federal Taxes. The measure, co-sponsored by all of the city’s House Members - plus Long Island Republican Peter King, is a second front in the struggle to win relief for Yellow Cab Owner Drivers more»

The Unplug Spectrum Campaign: Striking Unionized Workers Call For Creation Of A Public Internet Service Provider, Sing Carols After Nearly Three Years Walking The Line In New York City

Published on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - This Spring, hundreds of striking Unionized Charter Spectrum Technicians will hit the three-year mark just as New York City Lawmakers consider 10 more years of Spectrum, a subsidiary of telecom giant Charter Communications, which got its current franchise agreements by acquiring Time Warner Cable in 2016. When Spectrum and other more»