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CSEA-Represented Library Workers Are ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ As Libraries Reopen After A 10-Week Shutdown Due To The Coronavirus Pandemic

Published on Friday, August 14, 2020 in New York State Labor News
CSEA News Editor’s Note: Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) City of Rochester Library Workers Unit President Margaret Chatterton (pictured above) is glad to be back on the job. Chatterton is a Library Clerk at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and has been a City Employee since 1998. (Photo by Ove Overmyer, CSEA more»

The New York State United Teachers’ Board Of Directors Passes Resolution ‘Demanding A Responsible Plan’ For Reopening Schools

Published on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union is working closely with New York State Officials to ensure its Members' concerns are front and center in all discussions regarding the reopening of schools during the COVID-19 Pandemic. While the value of in-person instruction is undeniable, the safety and well-being of students and more»

Returning Workers Are ‘Still Questioning’ Workplace Safety As Pandemic Continues

Published on Monday, August 10, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Three weeks into Phase 4 of New York City’s reopening plan and more Workers are making their way back to the job. While many have welcomed the opportunity to return after months of COVID-19 quarantine, they still have questions about the safety guidelines and protocols that their employers should be implementing to maintain more»

NYSUT Poll: 81% Of Union Members Say Health & Safety ‘Should Drive School Reopening’

Published on Friday, August 7, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Eighty-one-percent of New York School Staff Members say the health and safety of students and Staff should be the deciding factor in reopening schools, according to a poll of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Members. In fact, 50% of NYSUT Members say they are reluctant or unwilling to go back to in-person instruction this Fall more»

Students, Community Groups, United University Professions Members Participate In A Virtual Rally For The ‘Safe Reopening’ Of State University Of New York Campuses

Published on Thursday, August 6, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Hundreds of United University Professions (UUP) Union Members, students and lawmakers around New York rallied Wednesday (August 5th) to demand a safe reopening of State University of New York (SUNY) Campuses and Facilities, through testing and tracing, social distancing, the mandatory wearing of masks in all close-contact settings; and more»

NYSUT & The UFT ‘Demand A Clear Statewide Policy’ For Building Shutdown, Tracing & Quarantine Protocols In The Event Of Positive COVID-19 Cases In Schools

Published on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - As New York State prepares to make decisions regarding reopening school buildings this week, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) today (Wednesday, August 5th) demanded that State Health Officials issue clear protocols for how and when school districts must close their buildings, and how more»

On The Jewish Labor Committee’s National Day Of Mourning, Labor Leaders Warn That ‘We Must Build A Better World’

Published on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Association of Flight Attendants (AFA)-Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Sara Nelson joined with National Nurses United (NNU) President Jean Ross, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) President Stuart Appelbaum and Front Line Workers for the recently-held Jewish Labor Committee’s National Day of more»

Workers Employed At The Auburn Xylem Pump Factory Go On Strike - Pension & Medical Benefits Are ‘Main Sticking Points’ For Workers

Published on Sunday, August 2, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(AUBURN, NEW YORK) - Citing the need for better Retirement Benefits for its younger Members represented by United Steelworkers (USW) Local 9832 and the proposed elimination of free medical benefits for older Workers and Retirees, Workers at the Auburn Xylem Incorporated Plant in Central New York have gone out on Strike. The 175 Workers began striking as more»

The President Of The Retail, Wholesale And Department Store Union Says Retail Workers ‘Shouldn't Be Tasked With Enforcing’ Store Mask Rules

Published on Friday, July 31, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Stores need to hire Security Guards and give management the go-ahead to crack down on shoppers who refuse to wear masks, says Stuart Appelbaum, who serves as President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Appelbaum and the RWDSU made the call after a series of sometimes violent incidents in which Cashiers, Stock more»

United University Professions President Tells State Lawmakers SUNY Reopening Plans Are “Inadequate”

Published on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The President of United University Professions (UUP) says the reopening plans being released by individual State of New York (SUNY) Campuses for the Fall Semester do not go far enough to promote safety during the Coronavirus Pandemic, and that UUP believes the New York State should mandate testing, contact tracing and mask-wearing more»

Labor Perspective From CSEA Statewide President Mary E. Sullivan: Unions Are ‘So Much More Than Just An Organization Advocating For’ Workplace Change - ‘Unions Are A Voice For The Powerless And An Advocate For Change’

Published on Monday, July 27, 2020 in New York State Labor News
CSEA News Editor's Note: Mary E. Sullivan serves as President of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), which represents 300,000 Public Employees across New York State. It’s a very interesting time to be in the Labor Movement, with a lot going on impacting us as Workers seeking justice on so many fronts. Some people have questioned why more»

14 United Food & Commercial Workers Local Unions In The States Of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts & Rhode Island ‘Condemn’ Stop And Shop For ‘Unilaterally Ending’ Essential Pay For Its Front Line Workers

Published on Sunday, July 26, 2020 in New York State Labor News
Fourteen United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local Unions in the States of New York, New Jersey and New England - which collectively represent 70,000 Stop and Shop Grocery Workers, are condemning the company’s slashing of Workers’ wages during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Just ahead of a major profit-making July 4th holiday weekend, Stop and more»

“I ‘Would Have Thought That There Would Be A Disparity, But I Didn’t Expect That It Would Be This Much’” - New Study Finds Majority Of Black Workers Employed In Tompkins County ‘Do Not Make a Living Wage’

Published on Friday, July 24, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ITHACA, NEW YORK) - Nearly three-fourths of Black Workers employed in Tompkins County make less than the Living Wage, according to new research by Cornell-Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) Buffalo and Ithaca Co-Labs - in collaboration with the Tompkins County Workers Center. Out of the 971 Black Workers over the age of 18 who live in Tompkins County, more»

CSEA, PEF, 1199 SEIU & UUP Rally For ‘COVID Pay For Essential Health Care Workers Outside Stony Brook University Hospital On Long Island

Published on Thursday, July 23, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(STONY BROOK, NEW YORK) – Four Statewide Unions - the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), the Public Employees Federation (PEF), 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and United University Professions (UUP) - joined together on Wednesday (July 22nd) to demand Hazard Pay for their Members on the front lines of the Coronavirus more»

From Dial-Up To Digital, CSEA’s Joe Acampora Led The Way - After 30 Years, Acampora Retires, ‘Leaving A Proud Legacy’ In IT For New York State’s Public Workforce

Published on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(MOUNT VERNON, NEW YORK) - You won’t see American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Members like Joe Acampora at the scene of a car accident. You won’t find him treating sick patients in a hospital. And you won’t see him driving by you in the cab of a truck, clearing snow-choked roads for your morning more»

The New York State United Teachers & The American Federation Of Teachers ‘Demand’ School Districts Follow State Department Of Health Guidance For Reopening

Published on Monday, July 20, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) are demanding school districts follow School Reopening Guidance issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) that mandates social distancing, reduced occupancy and the use of masks, among other safety measures. more»

New York State United Teachers Issues The Union’s Endorsements For The 2020 Federal & State Elections

Published on Sunday, July 19, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) - which represents more than 600,000 Members in Education, Human Services and Health Care, has issued endorsements in General Election Races for the New York State Legislature and recommended U.S. Congressional candidates for endorsements by the Union’s National Affiliates, the American more»

COVID-19 Deaths ‘Loom Over’ Airport Workers’ ‘Ongoing Fight’ For Healthy Terminals Act

Published on Friday, July 17, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(QUEENS, NEW YORK) - 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Members rallied at JFK Airport this week, just in time for an upcoming vote on the Healthy Terminals Act in the New York State Assembly, where it is expected to pass and make its way to the State Senate so that Governor Andrew Cuomo has a chance to sign or veto, by year’s end. The more»

Notorious New York City ‘Body Shop’ Settles Sexual Harassment Suit Involving 18 Female Construction Workers

Published on Thursday, July 16, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A leading supplier of low-wage Labor to major construction projects has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle sexual-harassment complaints 18 Women Workers filed with the New York State Attorney General’s office. Attorney General Letitia James announced the deal with TradeOff earlier this week. The company, based in Lynbrook, Long more»

NYSUT Says Governor Cuomo’s State School Reopening Guidance Plan Has New York State “Moving In The Right Direction”

Published on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union says Governor Andrew Cuomo’s school reopening guidance plan has New York State “moving in the right direction.” Schools in New York State can reopen in September if the Coronavirus infection level is 5% or lower in their region by the first week in more»

“What Happens If I Get Sick Again?” - Essential Workers Seek Expanded Protections

Published on Monday, July 13, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK) - Hope Gilmore, a Call Center Worker on Staten Island, New York, hasn't forgotten those bewildering early weeks of the coronavirus Pandemic when colleagues were getting sick, her employer didn't provide any masks or gloves and people used the elevator one at a time to socially distance. "We're ‘on the front-lines like more»

CSEA Has ‘Multiple Concerns’ With Proposed Early Retirement Incentive

Published on Sunday, July 12, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) says a recently-proposed Early Retirement Incentive (ERI) in the State Legislature excludes too many Workers to allow it to earn the Statewide Public Employee Union’s support. “Let it be clear that CSEA ‘does not generally oppose early retirement incentives, more»

NYSUT Says ‘Safety Is Paramount’ When It Comes To Opening Schools Across New York State– Releases List Of Six Actions ‘That Must Be Taken Before That Can Happen’

Published on Thursday, July 9, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union says safety must the top priority when it comes to opening schools across the state. The Statewide Teachers Union also released a list of six actions that must be taken before that can happen. “Health and safety of students, families, Educators and other School Staff, and more»

PEF To Governor Cuomo: Install COVID-Blocking Air Filters ‘For All’ State Workers

Published on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - One of New York State’s largest Public Labor Unions is calling on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to require buildings that house State Workers to meet the same air-filtration standards that the Governor recently said he will impose on large malls and potentially other private-sector businesses. The Public Employees Federation (PEF) more»

Workers Filed More Than 4,100 Complaints About Protective Gear, But Some Still Died

Published on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 in New York State Labor News
AFSCME News’ Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt of an investigative article by Kaiser Health News. To read the full story, click here. (FLINT, MICHIGAN) - COVID-19 cases were climbing at Michigan’s McLaren Flint hospital, so Roger Liddell, 64, who procured supplies for the hospital, asked for an N95 respirator for his own more»

Professional Staff Congress Sues The City University Of New York For Violating Federal Cares Act By Firing Nearly 3,000 Adjunct Faculty & Staff

Published on Sunday, July 5, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Professional Staff Congress (PSC) has filed a lawsuit against the City University of New York (CUNY) seeking immediate injunctive relief against the firing of nearly 3,000 Adjunct Faculty and Staff. The layoffs loom, even though the university received a total of $250 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic more»

JetBlue, Pilots Union Reach Agreement ‘To Avoid Involuntary Furloughs Until May 2021’

Published on Friday, July 3, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(LONG ISLAND CITY, NEW YORK) - JetBlue Airways and the Labor Union that represents the airline’s Pilots have reached an agreement that avoids involuntary furloughs through April of next year, according to a Union memo sent to Pilots this week. The JetBlue Chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association voted to approve a letter of agreement that more»

UUP Says ‘More Protections Needed’ In Order To Reopen SUNY Campuses

Published on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – New York State’s Reopening New York guidelines for reopening colleges and universities across the state is a crucial starting point, but more must be done to protect students, faculty and Staff from COVID-19 on State University of New York (SUNY) campuses, according to United University Professions (UUP) - the Union more»

NYSUT Board Resolution Calls On Union To Lead The Fight Against 'Runaway Inequality'

Published on Monday, June 29, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - In a forceful and urgent call for action, the New York State United Teachers’ (NYSUT’) Board of Directors has passed a resolution demanding local, state and Federal Policymakers immediately focus on measures to combat education, racial and income inequality - all of which have been laid bare by the COVID-19 Pandemic and more»

Amazon ‘Faces High Risk Of Workers Unionizing,’ Says Analyst - ‘If’ COVID-19 Infections & Deaths Of Amazon Workers ‘Continue,’ The Company ‘Could See Tremendous Pressure To Allow’ U.S. Workers To Unionize

Published on Sunday, June 28, 2020 in New York State Labor News
Amid a backlash over warehouse safety, Amazon is facing a growing likelihood that U.S. Workers will eventually Unionize. Despite substantial investments in a COVID-19 response, which Amazon announced in its first quarter earnings release, reports of Worker infections and deaths have shone an unflattering spotlight on Amazon's Labor Practices. And a more»

Union-Represented Nursing Assistants Battled Coronavirus At Long Island Nursing Home Facility ‘With Most’ Coronavirus Deaths

Published on Friday, June 26, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW HYDE PARK, NEW YORK) - Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) at the nursing home that reported New York’s highest COVID-19 death toll remember how a feisty patient became lifeless after she was moved to a makeshift ward in an auditorium. They say the nursing home failed to provide adequate protective equipment and recall Workers transporting more»

CUNY Union ‘Forms Human Chain To Shield Adjuncts From Mass Layoffs’

Published on Thursday, June 25, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – More than 100 Professional Staff Congress (PSC)-City University of New York (CUNY) Members formed a social distancing line from the CUNY’s Central Office on 42nd Street to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office this week to protest the impending layoffs of possibly thousands of Adjunct Professors and hundreds more joined the more»

The ‘Power’ Of Working Class Stories: Tim Sheard’s Hard Ball Press ‘Helps’ Workers Publish ‘Their’ Stories, Which ‘Helps Build Rank & File Solidarity & Union Power,’ As Well As ‘Strengthening The Fight For Social Justice’

Published on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Tim Sheard’s proud of mentoring more than 200 Union Authors over the years, including many who’ve had their stories published by his New York City-based Hard Ball Press (, a self-described premier publisher of Working Class Life. “It’s a ‘great source of pride,’” Sheard more»

BOCES Educators ‘Go The Distance’ To Celebrate The Class Of 2020

Published on Monday, June 22, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(FORT EDWARD, NEW YORK) - With the bright June sun as their guide, a caravan of Educators traveled 300 miles past corn fields, farms, rolling hills, rivers and dusty roads to connect with the waiting, happy faces of this year’s crop of graduating seniors. The first stop for the entourage from the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex Board of more»

‘Not Treating’ Essential Workers ‘Equally’ - Off-Site 1199 SEIU-Represented Montefiore Workers Got Sick From COVID-19, ‘But Aren’t Getting Hazard Pay’

Published on Sunday, June 21, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – While some 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Members who work at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx and at its satellite facilities have received Crisis Pay during the on-going Coronavirus Pandemic, others who work in non-clinical departments in three offsite locations have not. As such, the Union believes all Members more»

NYSUT Analysis: 99% Of School Budgets Pass Across New York State

Published on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - In a strong display of support for public schools, 99% of school budgets are on track to win approval by voters, according to a preliminary analysis by New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union. Voters also elected 20 NYSUT Members to school board seats in districts across the state, according to returns available Wednesday (June more»

'We're Heroes, Too:' Hospital Janitors ‘Risk Lives To Stop Spread Of COVID-19’

Published on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in New York State Labor News
Luis Padilla, 46, stood in line at McDonald’s, excited to order his free meal. Earlier that week, the chain announced it would give Thank You meals To Front Line Workers battling the Coronavirus. Padilla, who has spent the last three years as an Environmental Service Tech at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center – the technical term for a more»

‘Growing Backlash Against Massive Cuts’ To CUNY

Published on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - At the height of the Coronavirus Pandemic, New York State Legislators granted Governor Andrew Cuomo emergency powers to control New York’s budget. Consequently, The Empire State faces approximately $10 billion in rolling cuts, but Professional Staff Congress (PSC)-The City University of New York (CUNY), the Union representing CUNY more»

In Order To Ensure The Health & Safety Of Their Members, The RWDSU ‘Steps In To Do Temperature Checks’ On Macy’s Workers In White Plains And Parkchester

Published on Monday, June 15, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Macy’s Workers have returned to work for the first time in three months and said they were eager to get back, but their employer refused to provide temperature checks at its White Plains facility so the Workers’ Union, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), stepped in. Earlier last week, Governor Andrew more»

United University Professions, The Nation’s Largest Higher Education Union, Calls For Law Enforcement, State University Of New York, Societal Reforms

Published on Thursday, June 11, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - United University Professions (UUP), the Nation’s largest Higher Education Union, is calling on New York State and the State University of New York (SUNY) System to be the engine of transformation during a time when our state and country are facing multi-faceted crises: the Coronavirus Pandemic; an economic recession; and social more»

NYSUT Members Across The State ‘Rally For Justice And Action’

Published on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ACROSS NEW YORK STATE) - Maria Pacheco ended the week with blisters after walking in four rallies for racial justice, traveling with a group of grandmothers who march for their grandchildren “so people don’t look at them like a threat.” “I’m thinking of them and their future,” she said. “I go as a Latina, as a more»

NYSUT-Sponsored Virtual Vigil - 'Together We Rise For Justice, Peace and Action,' Set To Occur On Monday

Published on Friday, June 5, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)-sponsored Together We Rise: A Virtual Vigil for Justice, Action and Peace is scheduled to take place on Monday (June 8th) between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. NYSUT is asking Unions, their Members and the general public to join the Statewide Teachers Union for a virtual vigil that will call for an more»

SUNY Employee Union Suggests Guidelines For Reopening Campuses Come Autumn

Published on Thursday, June 4, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - United University Professions (UUP), a Union representing 37,000 Employees at State University of New York (SUNY) Campuses across New York State wants strict measures to protect students, Staff and visitors to be in place before reopening in the Fall. UUP President Frederick Kowal says the “core issues” include: Mandatory, more»

CSEA-Represented St. Lawrence County Public Employees Overcome COVID-19 Challenges, Secure Five-Year Contract ‘With The Help Of’ County Officials

Published on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(CANTON, NEW YORK) - When St. Lawrence County Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local President Amy Simmons and her negotiating team reached a Tentative Agreement with the county in early March, the team was unsure what sort of impact the Coronavirus would have on the ratification process - or if a ratification vote would even happen. While local more»

Caravans Gather Across New York State To Support Undocumented, Essential Workers

Published on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 in New York State Labor News
Across New York State on Sunday (May 31st), caravans of decorated cars paraded streets showing support for Farm Workers and Food Chain Workers, but the festive celebrations mark a troubling reality for Undocumented, Essential Workers. Organizations like Mujeres Divinas, Worker Justice Center of New York, Alianza Agricola and others sponsored the Caravans more»

In The Age Of COVID-19, The Labor Movement ‘Finds New Ways To Fight Back’

Published on Monday, June 1, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(COOKEVILLE, TENNESSEE) - Even during the best of times, going on Strike can be difficult - even more so after your local area is hit by tornados and the COVId-19 outbreak. But despite all the obstacles, in April, members of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 1407 stood united and fought for a fair contract at Cummins Filtration in Cookeville, Tennessee. more» - A New On-line Tool Helps Workers ‘Easily Report Unsafe Conditions’

Published on Friday, May 29, 2020 in New York State Labor News
The BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership of Labor Unions and environmental organizations, has launched a new web tool to help Workers across America safely and anonymously report unsafe work conditions, while also learning about Workers’ Rights and getting access to critical safety information during the COVID-19 Pandemic. more»

‘All’ Emergency Medical Workers ‘Should Be Eligible’ For Federal Benefits Program

Published on Thursday, May 28, 2020 in New York State Labor News
Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians and other Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Workers put their lives on the line for their communities, a fact that’s becoming amply clear during the COVID-19 Pandemic. EMS Professionals working for government agencies and private companies are saving lives and many are dying or getting seriously injured on the more»

Uninsured Airport Workers ‘Pin Hopes On Legislators Returning To Albany’

Published on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Uninsured Airport Workers at New York’s major airports may soon get some relief as some of their Elected Officials will be trying to advance the Healthy Terminals Act (HTA) when they head back soon to the Legislature in Albany. The Property Service Workers Union - 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU), held a more»

1199 SEIU Members Hold Solemn Vigils Outside Devastated Nursing Homes Across NYS

Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ACROSS NEW YORK STATE) - Workers from 36 nursing homes and long-term care facilities across New York State held silent vigils last week, demanding adequate protective gear and staffing, crisis pay and respect for the work they’ve been doing. “Workers ‘want to be recognized for risking their lives,’” 1199 Service Employees more»