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“We Can Do Better” - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Nurses ‘Picket For More Staffing & Services’

Published on Friday, September 24, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK) - Members of the University of Vermont Healthcare Network Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital’s (CVPH) Nurses’ Union again demonstrated outside the hospital earlier this week, calling for more staffing and better patient care. Wednesday’s (September 22nd) picket by CVPH’s Beekman Street entrance was joined more»

Part-Time Library Workers On Long Island ‘Go Union’ With The CSEA

Published on Thursday, September 23, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(MIDDLE ISLAND, NEW YORK) - After six months of dedicated organizing efforts, the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) is proud to welcome 89 new part-time Longwood Public Library Workers, who voted to join CSEA by an overwhelming majority. The newest CSEA Members were eager to Go Union because they are seeking parity with the full-time Longwood more»

New York Health Care Workers In Utica ‘Go Union’ With UFCW Local One

Published on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(UTICA, NEW YORK) - Service and Maintenance Division Workers at the Faxton-St. Luke’s Health Care Medical Center in Utica have voted to join United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local One. The Faxton-St. Luke’s Health Care Medical Center is affiliated with the Mohawk Valley Health System and the 290 new Members of UFCW Local One are more»

Six Laid-Off Watertown Radio Station Workers To Be Reinstated, Union Says

Published on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(WATERTOWN, NEW YORK) - The Union representing six Workers who were laid off three years ago by Stephens Media in Watertown says the broadcast company has agreed to reinstate the positions. National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications Workers of America (NABET-CWA) Local 51024 has been engaged in a legal battle since the six more»

‘While Some Resist,’ Other NYC Home Care Agencies ‘Settle’ Back-Pay Claims

Published on Monday, September 20, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - With a 2019 decision by the state Court of Appeals giving Home Health Aides the right to claim full pay for some 24-hour shifts, several home-care agencies have agreed to settle class-action suits for alleged Minimum Wage violations. The Incare Home Health Care Group, Emanuel and Renaissance agencies have agreed to give their Attendants more»

Cuba-Rushford’s Carly Santangelo Named New York State’s 2022 Teacher of the Year

Published on Friday, September 17, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union congratulates Cuba-Rushford Middle-High School Teacher and Cuba-Rushford Teachers Association Member Carly Santangelo on being named the 2022 New York State Teacher of the Year. Santangelo - an Agriculture Teacher whose work spans the subjects of Agri-Science, welding and small more»

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks New York State’s Vaccine Mandate For Health Care Workers

Published on Thursday, September 16, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - A Federal Judge granted a temporary restraining order earlier this week that prevents New York State from enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Health Care Workers, just days before the requirement is due to take effect. Judge David Hurd's order comes in response to a lawsuit filed Monday (September 13th) by a group of 17 Health more»

1199 SEIU-Represented Cayuga Ridge Nursing Home Workers In Ithaca Publicly Rally To ‘Demand A Fair Contract Without Concessions’ From Its Downstate Owners - Local Health Care Heroes Say They ‘Won’t Accept Cuts To Their Benefits’

Published on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ITHACA, NEW YORK) – Union-represented Nursing Home Workers employed at the Cayuga Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Ithaca rallied this week to publicly protest the lack of a fair contract and management’s concessionary proposals. The Caregivers - who work as Unit Clerks, Grounds Keepers, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), more»

IATSE ‘Considers Strike’ As Negotiations With Studios ‘Stall Over Paltry’ Streaming Rates

Published on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the major Labor Union for Film, Theater and Television Workers, is mulling a possible Strike amid ongoing negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The Union, which represents 150,000 Workers across 13 Hollywood Locals, has more»

World Trade Center Health Program ‘Links’ Physical & Mental Woes From 9/11 - Many Participants ‘Suffer From Both’ Conditions

Published on Friday, September 10, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The 20th anniversary of 9/11 provides an opportunity to examine the success of the Fire Department World Trade Center Health Program that's based on a "holistic approach that integrates physical and mental health," according to Dr. David Prezant, the department's Chief Medical Officer. Of the 15,200 FDNY Active Duty and Retired more»

Return To Work For New York State Employees Postponed – Original Mandate That Required Workers To Either Be Vaccinated Or Tested Weekly For COVID-19 Pushed Back From September 7th To October 12th

Published on Thursday, September 9, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - A mandate that required New York State Employees to either be vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19 has been pushed back from September 7th to October 12th. Employees at state agencies also now do not have to return to work in-person until the October 12th date as well, according to a memo from the Governor’s Office of more»

The New York State Nurses Association ‘Applauds Designation’ Of COVID-19 ‘As An Airborne Infectious Disease’ Under New York State’s Hero Act

Published on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The New York State Nurses Association is applauding Governor Kathy Hochul and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker for designating COVID-19 a highly contagious communicable disease under the State's HERO Act. The HERO Act requires all employers to implement Workplace Safety Plans to prevent workplace infections and more»

On Labor Day, Governor Hochul Signs Four Pieces Of Legislation ‘To Boost’ Workplace Safety & ‘Put More Money In The Pockets Of New York State Workers’

Published on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 in New York State Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above – Surrounded by a number of Buffalo Labor Leaders and elected officials, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul returned to her home grounds to march in the city’s annual Labor Day Parade. But before doing so, she took time out to sign four pieces of legislation that will boost Workplace more»

Celebrating Labor Day - Here’s 30 Victories For Workers’ Rights That We’re Won By Organized Labor Over The Years

Published on Monday, September 6, 2021 in New York State Labor News
Today, American Workers have a host of rights and recourses should their workplace be hostile or harmful. While the modern Labor Movement works to continue to improve the working conditions for all, with big efforts around a fair Minimum Wage and end of employer wage theft, the movement has a history rich with fights and wins. It put an end to child more»

‘Honor Workers By Fighting For Their Rights’ - A Labor Day Message From The New York City AFL-CIO Central Labor Council

Published on Friday, September 3, 2021 in New York State Labor News
This Labor Day Weekend, we recognize and honor all Working People for their contributions to our Nation and give them a chance to enjoy a well-earned rest and time with their loved ones. This year’s observance is particularly meaningful, as we express our gratitude for the Front Line and Essential Workers who have worked tirelessly for their fellow more»

Memorial For Fallen Highway Workers Unveiled In Syracuse

Published on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(SYRACUSE, NEW YORK) - New York Governor Kathy Hochul has unveiled a new memorial at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse that honors Highway Workers who have been killed on the job. The memorial, which is located near the midway entrance and west of the Horticulture Building at the Fairgrounds, honors all Highway Workers who died while doing on the more»

UFCW Local One ‘Backs A Bid’ By Hamilton College Student Admission Workers Who Want To ‘Go Union’ - Filing for a Union Election ‘Said To Be The First Time Any’ Undergrad Admission Workers ‘Have Sought’ Union Recognition In The U.S.

Published on Monday, August 30, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(CLINTON, NEW YORK) - United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local One has filed a petition of recognition on behalf of Hamilton College Student Admission Workers to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Union has announced. About half of the proposed Bargaining Unit, which includes Tour Guides and Senior Admission Fellows, signed more»

NYSNA ‘Throws Its Support Behind’ Kathy Hochul - The ‘First Female Governor’ Of The State Of New York

Published on Sunday, August 29, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) - the state’s largest Union and Professional Association for Registered Nurses (RNs) that represents more than 42,000 members, is applauding Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul’s succession as the 57th Governor of New York. Hochul becomes the first Woman to hold this office in New more»

Writers Guild Of America, East Announces The Unionization Of MSNBC’s Employees

Published on Friday, August 27, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - MSNBC employees have voted to unionize in a government-supervised election, according to the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), part of a Labor-Organizing push sweeping the media industry. The mail-in ballot election, held by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), covered around 300 Staff, including Writers, Producers and more»

Union Leaders Call For Better COVID Protocols, Transparency At The City University Of New York Ahead Of The First Day Of School

Published on Thursday, August 26, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Labor Leaders representing City University of New York (CUNY) Faculty and Staff sounded the alarm earlier this week on the university system's COVID-19 preparedness, one day before students return to class - in-person. At a news conference held outside the CUNY Office of Graduate Studies in Midtown Manhattan, James Davis - the President more»

CSEA/VOICE Members Mobilize, Advocate & Solve Pay Issue

Published on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Child Care Members know there is power in collective action and that working together directly pays off - literally. CSEA/VOICE Local 100A is still celebrating a huge legislative victory on an issue that plagued providers since VOICE’s founding in 2002. Thousands of Child Care more»

Here’s How The Video Game Industry Can Unionize In The Wake Of Activision Blizzard

Published on Monday, August 23, 2021 in New York State Labor News
Polygon Editor’s Note: Emma Kinema is a former Game Developer and current Campaign Lead for the Communications Workers of America’s (CWA) CODE-CWA initiative, which is organizing Tech and Game Workers through the Alphabet Workers Union, Voltage game writer strike, Change.org union, NPR Digital Media United, Glitch Union, Mobilize Union, Blue more»

‘Spread Too Thin’ - Staten Island Nurses ‘Grapple With Dangerous’ Understaffing

Published on Friday, August 20, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Nurses at Staten Island University Hospital/Northwell charge the chain that owns it is endangering patient care by refusing to replace more than 50 Nurses who left or retired over the past year. The Union Contract they recently ratified has “decent language” about staffing minimums, says Dawn Cardello, Co-President of the New more»

Long-Term Care Facilities Compete For Staff ‘As They Grapple’ With The Delta Variant

Published on Thursday, August 19, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK) - Labor shortages across the country are fueling a competition among long-term care facilities to retain and hire Staff as they grapple with the Delta Variant. With U.S. job openings hitting a record high of 9.2 million, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are losing Staff to other industries or to other nursing facilities that can more»

“Overall, We Are Seeing A Crisis In Hospital Emergency Departments That Indicates A General Lack Of Preparedness’ - NYSNA Responds To Governor Cuomo’s Announcement Of A COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate For Health Care Workers

Published on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - In response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement mandating all Health Care Workers in New York receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by September 27th, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) - which represents more than 42,000 Members across the state, has issued the following statement: With the sharp increase more»

Worker-Led Union Drive At Amazon’s Staten Island Warehouse To File For Election

Published on Sunday, August 15, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The small, Worker-led Unionization Drive that ignited on Staten Island in March 2020, after former Amazon Employee Chris Smalls was terminated for protesting unsafe working conditions at the E-Commerce Giant’s JFK8 fulfillment center, is now reportedly more than 1,000 Members strong and set to file for an official Union Election as more»

Labor Spotlight On New NYSNA President Nancy Hagans

Published on Thursday, August 12, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - In July, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) - which represents more than 42,000 Registered Nurses (RNs) across the state and is New York’s largest Union and Professional Association for RNs, announced the election of Nancy Hagans as the Union’s new President. Hagans has an impressive background - and career. more»

Organized Labor ‘Looks Forward To Working With’ Kathy Hochul – The First Female Governor Of The State Of New York

Published on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – New York’s major Labor Unions have released statements regarding the State’s new Governor, Kathy Hochul: New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento: Throughout her career in public service, Kathy Hochul has demonstrated a clear commitment to improving the lives of Union Members and all Working People across the more»

Contract Talks Begin For 2,000 SEIU-Represented Service Workers Employed At Strong Memorial Hospital In Rochester & At The University Of Rochester

Published on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - Negotiations for a new Union Contract covering more than 2,000 Service Workers represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East and SEIU Local 200 United at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester and at the University of Rochester kicked off this week. The current Collective Bargaining more»

Great Question Being Asked By Our Canadian Friends - The Advantages Of Unionization ‘Are Obvious, So Why Don’t More Workers Join Unions?’

Published on Sunday, August 8, 2021 in New York State Labor News
The Conversation.com Editor’s Note: Stephanie Ross is an Associate Professor and Director of the School of Labor Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Larry Savage is a Professor of Labor Studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. It’s well established that Unionized Workers earn better wages and have better more»

New York State Labor On The Sudden Death Of National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Published on Friday, August 6, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ACROSS NEW YORK STATE) – New York State’s Labor Leaders have issued statements on the sudden passing of National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento: We are shocked and deeply saddened to have learned of the passing of one of the true giants of the Labor Movement, Richard Trumka. Throughout his 50 more»

Unions To Cuomo: ‘Resign Now’ - After The State AG ‘Finds Credible Complaints’ Of Sexual Harassment, New York Unions ‘Want Cuomo Gone’

Published on Thursday, August 5, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - On Tuesday (August 4th), New York Attorney General Letitia James released the findings of her office’s investigation into sexual assault and harassment allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The five-month probe talked to 179 individuals, as well as examining documents, texts, photographs, e-mails and audio files. more»

NYSUT & UUP Release Statements On The State Attorney General’s Investigation Involving Allegations Of Sexual Harassment Against Governor Andrew Cuomo

Published on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), which represents 600,000 Members across the state, and United University Professions (UUP) - which represents more than 42,000 academic and Professional Faculty and Retirees across New York, have released statements on the State Attorney General’s investigation involving more»

NYSUT On COVID-19 Vaccinations For Kindergarten-Through-Grade 12 School Staff: “What We Have Not Supported Is A Vaccine Mandate”

Published on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union has issued the following statement regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for Kindergarten-through-Grate 12 School Staff: We have advocated since the beginning of the year that any Educator who wants a vaccine should have easy access to one. We would support local efforts to encourage more»

CSEA, PEF & UUP On Governor Cuomo’s Vaccine-Or-Test Policy For State Employees

Published on Thursday, July 29, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday (July 28th) that New York will mandate COVID-19 vaccination for State Employees and Patient-Facing Health Care Workers at state hospitals. The Governor said State Employees will have the option to test regularly instead, while Health Care Workers will not. Cuomo said he is targeting Labor Day more»

PEF Members Ratify New & Retroactive 2019-2023 Contract With New York State

Published on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – Public Employees Federation (PEF) Members turned out in force to ratify the 2019-2023 PS&T Collective Bargaining Agreement, with 56% of the Membership (28,000) voting; 96% of PEF Members voted in favor of the recently negotiated agreement. “Despite an unprecedented pandemic and with New York on ‘pause,’ the more»

New York State To Unveil Highway Workers Memorial

Published on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(SYRACUSE, NEW YORK) - A memorial honoring Highway Workers killed on the job will be unveiled at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced. The memorial will honor State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Workers, as well as Thruway Authority Employees, Municipal Workers, Contractors, Consultants and Towing Service Employees. more»

Bellport First Student Workers ‘Go Union’ - Join Teamsters Local 1205

Published on Sunday, July 25, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(BELLPORT, NEW YORK) – Mechanics, Dispatchers, Yard and Clerical Workers at First Student of Bellport, New York have voted unanimously to join Teamsters Local 1205. “Local 1205 represents hundreds of New York School Bus Workers and we’re proud to welcome our newest Members into our fast-growing Union Family,” said Daniel De Crotie, more»

The New York State Nurses Association - New York’s Largest Union & Professional Organization For Registered Nurses, Releases An Updated Position Statement On The COVID-19 Vaccine

Published on Friday, July 23, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) - the state’s largest Union and Professional Organization for Registered Nurses (RNs), representing more than 42,000 Members across New York, has released an updated position statement to emphasize that NYSNA supports the recommendation that everyone be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, more»

From The Economic Policy Institute: How Today’s Unions ‘Help’ Working People – Unions ‘Give Workers The Power To Improve Their Jobs & Unrig’ The Economy

Published on Thursday, July 22, 2021 in New York State Labor News
Americans have always joined together - whether in Parent-Teacher Associations or local community organizations - to solve problems and make changes that improve their lives and their communities. Through Labor Unions, people join together to strive for improvements at the place where they spend a large portion of their waking hours: work. The freedom of more»

Labor Perspective From LaborPress.org’s Joe Maniscalco: Essential Workers ‘Are Owed A Lot More Than Empty Accolades And Parades

Published on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – New York City threw Essential Workers a ticker tape parade along the Canyon of Heroes earlier this month and somehow, Gotham’s gilded oligarchs were spared the unsavory sight of marchers wearing “I Saved Your Asses From COVID-19 And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt” gear. Exhausted Health Care Workers and their more»

New York State Labor Leaders Join With U.S. Senators Gillibrand & Schumer To Call For The Passage Of The PRO Act

Published on Monday, July 19, 2021 in New York State Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Pictured above, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, New York State AFL-CIO Labor Federation President Mario Cilento, and Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) President Stuart Appelbaum all took part in a weekend news conference held in Midtown Manhattan to call for the urgent need to more»

"When Unions Come Together And Collaborate, They Can Make The Workplace Safer For Everyone” - Actors’ Equity & The National Energy Management Institute Collaborate On New Ventilation Protocol

Published on Sunday, July 18, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The National Energy Management Institute (NEMI) - the Ventilation, Indoor Air Quality and Air Balancing Arm of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) Workers, and Actors’ Equity Association - the National Union representing more than 51,000 Professional Actors and Stage Managers in live more»

New York State Added 9,800 Jobs In The Month Of June As Unemployment ‘Dips Slightly’

Published on Thursday, July 15, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - New York's Private Sector job count grew by 0.1% in June, adding 9,800 jobs to the economy, and the unemployment rate fell slightly from 7.8% to 7.7%, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) announced today (Thursday, July 15th). Nationally, the spate of job growth was faster last month, with the Private Sector job count more»

What Academic Labor ‘Wants’ - Summit Of Dozens Of Leaders Of Faculty & Staff In Higher Education, Including UUP, ‘Develops An Ambitious Agenda’

Published on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 in New York State Labor News
Organized Labor in higher education - representing Faculty Members on the tenure track and Adjuncts, Graduate Students and other Employees, recently came together for the first Higher Ed Labor Summit: Building a Movement to Transform U.S. Higher Education. Those in attendance issued a platform for consideration by the 75 individual Unions Locals, which more»

NYS Attorney General Recovers $590,000 For Airline Workers Subjected To Minimum Wage Violations - Eulen America Agrees To Repay Employees ‘Who Were Illegally Forced To Pay Laundry Costs For Required Uniforms Out Of Pocket’

Published on Monday, July 12, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York Attorney General Letitia James has announced an agreement with Airline Service Company Eulen America (Eulen) for failing to reimburse Employees more than half a million dollars for the laundering costs of their required uniforms that was unlawfully deducted from their paychecks. Under the agreement, Eulen - which provides more»

Fast Food Workers In NYC ‘Now Have A Slew Of New’ Legal Protections

Published on Sunday, July 11, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Some new protections for Fast Food Workers in the Big Apple are now in place, including provisions that prevent employers from reducing hours, firing or laying off Workers without just cause or legitimate economic reasons. Employers must also give a written explanation for any of those job actions and offer laid off or current Workers more»

Schenectady County Probation Department CSEA Members ‘Are Helping Their Community During Time Of Need’

Published on Friday, July 9, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK) – Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Members employed by the Schenectady County Probation Department have been playing a key role in a large, multi-month COVID emergency response operation that continues. Late last Winter, efforts surrounded a large-scale food distribution program that saw County Employees, volunteers more»

‘First-Of-Its Kind’ Apprenticeship Program In The Capital Region ‘Aims To Fill’ Teacher Shortages

Published on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - A new Teacher Apprenticeship Program, which includes two years of on-the-job teaching experience, tuition assistance and a housing stipend, is looking to put an end to a continuing Teacher shortage being felt in the Capital Region, as well as statewide. The program, called Classroom Academy, first launched in 2016, but this year it is more»

Pharmaceutical Industry’s ‘Commitment To Unions’ Worth $1.5 Billion - New Study ‘Shows The Economic Benefits Of Building Union’

Published on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 in New York State Labor News
The Pharmaceutical Industry Labor-Management Association has released an update to its first-of-its-kind report on the economic impact of the long-standing partnership between Skilled Craft Unions and the bio-pharmaceutical industry in Illinois and 13 other states. The report found that Illinois Building Trades helped drive $1.55 billion in investment on more»