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‘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»

America’s Largest Media Union Launches Historic Advocacy Campaign To Save News Industry - Effort To Gin Up Political Support To Help Stave Off The Economic Crunch

Published on Friday, May 22, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – The top Media Union in North America is launching a historic Advocacy Campaign in an effort to gin up political support to help stave off the economic crunch on the News Industry. The effort being undertaken by the 30,000-plus Member NewsGuild-CWA will involve a six-figure digital ad campaign, direct lobbying on Capitol Hill, and a more»

Twitter Staff ‘Can Continue Working From Home’ - ‘Permanently’

Published on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA) - Earlier this month, Jack Dorsey sent an email to Twitter Staff, notifying Employees they will be able to continue working from home as long as they see fit. The CEO notes Twitter was an early adopter of a work-from-home model, though - like much of the rest of the world - that push has been accelerated by COVID-19 stay at home more»

A Message From Civil Service Employees Association Statewide President Mary E. Sullivan: Connecting The Dots

Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in New York State Labor News
First, I want to offer my own personal thanks and the thanks of our entire Union to all the brave Members who are continuing to work and provide essential public services during this pandemic. As Public Service Workers, you are the everyday Heroes keeping our state and local governments functioning, and your services matter to every resident in our more»

SEIU & The Greater Hudson Valley Health System Reach Deal On COVID-19 Hazard Pay

Published on Monday, May 18, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(TOWN OF WALLKILL, NEW YORK) – The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS) and the Union representing its Employees at the Orange Regional Medical Center, the Catskill Regional Medical Center, the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health and associated medical groups have reached an agreement on Hazard Pay for Staff for their work during the local peak more»

Frontier Communications Delays $153 Million In Pension Contributions

Published on Sunday, May 17, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NORWALK, CONNECTICUT) – Frontier Communications - whose Workers are represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in New York State, has announced it plans to postpone its U.S. Pension Contributions totaling $153 million under the provisions of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act. The Norwalk, more»

Andy Pallotta Re-Elected To Second Term As President Of The New York State United Teachers Union

Published on Friday, May 15, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Andy Pallotta has been re-elected to a second three-year term as President of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union, which represents more than 600,000 Members in education, human services and health care across New York. Pallotta (pictured above), a former New York City Elementary School Teacher, was re-elected as part of more»

American Workers ‘Are Being Hung Out To Dry’ During The Pandemic

Published on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in New York State Labor News
Across the US, Front-Line Workers are facing down dangerous conditions caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. An outbreak that started at a Smithfield Food Processing Plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has resulted in more than 1,000 linked cases and is one of the largest identified outbreaks of COVID-19 cases in the Nation. An investigation by Buzzfeed more»

COVID-19 ‘Highlights The Need For Prison Labor Reform’

Published on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 in New York State Labor News
For decades, prisoners in American Correctional Facilities have worked for no wages or mere pennies an hour. As the United States attempts to reduce transmission of COVID-19, more than a dozen states are now relying on this captive Labor Force to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is badly needed by Health Care Workers and other more»

“I ‘Just Wanted To Find A Way To Keep Her High School Students Active.’” - Binghamton Teachers Association-Represented Physical Education Teacher’s Exercise Videos ‘Have Surprising Reach’

Published on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK) - When schools closed in mid-March, Binghamton Physical Education (PE) Teacher Melinda Ligeikis just wanted to find a way to keep her high school students active. Like many PE teachers, the Binghamton Teachers Association (BTA) Member ventured into the video world, posting one- and two-minute fitness challenges every day on Google more»

Coronavirus Pandemic Gives CSEA-Represented DOT Workers ‘A Special Mission’

Published on Monday, May 11, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(MONTICELLO, NEW YORK) - It’s not uncommon for Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Members working for the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to deploy to other regions after natural disasters or extreme winter weather, but some have been traveling the state recently for an entirely new mission. They’re getting materials more»

After Weeks Of ‘Treating Waves Of Patients Sickened By The Coronavirus,’ Orange Regional Medical Center Employees ‘Petition For Hazard Pay’

Published on Thursday, May 7, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(TOWN OF WALLKILL, NEW YORK) - After weeks of treating waves of patients sickened by the Coronavirus, Orange Regional Medical Center Employees are signing an on-line petition seeking bonus pay for laboring under intense pressure and risking their own health and that of their families. A human resources executive turned down the request in an e-mail to more»

Union-Represented Nurses ‘Demand’ St. Elizabeth’s Hospital ‘Bring Back’ Laid Off Nurses & Recommit To Caring For The Utica Community

Published on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(UTICA, NEW YORK) - As a surge of COVID-19 patients is expected in the Mohawk Valley in late May to early June, 77 Union-represented Nurses have been handed layoff notices at St Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Utica. About 79 Nurses could face layoffs now that Members of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) have rejected a request from the more»

New United University Professions Coronavirus Ad ‘Calls On Congress To Help’ New York

Published on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - United University Professions (UUP), the Nation’s largest Higher Education Union, has released a new ad that honors the Union’s Members on the front lines of the Coronavirus Pandemic and calls on Congress to send emergency funds to help New York and other states hit hard by the Coronavirus Pandemic. The 30-second ad - more»

From New York City To Buffalo, Syracuse And The Capital Region, Donations Of PPE Made By Members Of The New York State United Teachers Are Nearing 200,000

Published on Monday, May 4, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ACROSS NEW YORK STATE) - What started as a simple act of Union Members helping Union Members, has turned into a movement. Since the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Disaster Relief Fund began soliciting donations earlier this year to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other supplies for Health Care Members, more than $90,000 in Member more»

Retail, Wholesale And Department Store Union ‘Demands’ Macy’s Extend Contracts Through COVID-19 Pandemic

Published on Friday, May 1, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which represents 6,300 workers at Macy’s Department Stores - including Workers at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s flagship stores in Manhattan, has demanded the company extend the current contracts for Workers while the Nation weathers the COVID-19 Pandemic. After more»

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists ‘Opens Doors For Workers:’ CSEA Syracuse Area Retirees Local Activist King Davis ‘Works To Revitalize’ CBTU’s Central New York Chapter

Published on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(SYRACUSE, NEW YORK) – Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Members who have been working to revive the Central New York Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) Chapter, now have another ally looking out for their needs in their Unions and communities. CSEA Syracuse Area Retirees Local activist King Davis, the acting temporary President of more»

Cuomo Eyes Construction, Manufacturing For Regional Reopen In New York

Published on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to reopen regions of the state in coordinated phases, starting with the construction and manufacturing industries, which will impact tens of thousands of Union-represented Workers. During his daily briefing on Sunday (April 26th), Cuomo teased an outline for the state’s Economic Restart Plan more»

In A Crisis, ‘The Fight For Fairness Continues’

Published on Monday, April 27, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - The effort was unprecedented, as hundreds of Union Activists and New York State United Teachers’ (NYSUT Legislative Team traveled the state and swarmed the Capitol for weeks to make the case that this is the year to fully Fund Our Future. Even with a $6 billion deficit, the Union and a full complement of coalition partners - with more»

‘Bored’ Kids at Home ‘Getting You Down?’ How About A ‘Union-Focused’ Coloring Book Brought To You By Ullico

Published on Sunday, April 26, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - With much of the Union Workforce stuck at home, America’s only Union-owned Insurance and Investment Company has taken to Social Media with a downloadable coloring book focused on Union Construction Workers and the Labor Movement’s mission. “Working Families ‘have enough to worry about in these more»

NYSNA Says ‘Dangerous’ Work Guidelines & Protective Gear Shortages ‘Helped Spread’ COVID-19 Among Nurses, Their Families And Patients

Published on Friday, April 24, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) has filed three lawsuits against the state and two hospital systems this week, alleging that dangerous work guidelines and protective gear shortages exacerbated the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. The state’s largest Nurses’ Union filed suit against the New York Department of more»

COVID-19 ‘Is Hitting’ America’s Prisons & AFSCME-Represented Correctional Officers ‘Are Fighting To Contain It’

Published on Thursday, April 23, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(GATESVILLE, TEXAS) - In mid-March, AFSCME News interviewed Tanisha Woods, a Correctional Officer employed at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s (TCDJ) Dr. Lane Murray Unit, about prison preparedness for Coronavirus. Back then, the facility had no reported cases, but was bracing for infections. A month later, Woods’ fears came true. more»

National Shame: After Four Months & Three Bailouts, Essential Workers ‘Still Don’t Have What They Need’ To Confront COVID-19

Published on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Four months into the Coronavirus crisis and Low-Wage Workers on the front lines and those caring for our most vulnerable populations nationwide are still not getting the basic Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) they need to keep safe or the ability to take paid time off if they get sick. Joyce Barnes has been a Home Care Worker for more more»

The Coronavirus Crisis ‘Is Crushing Jobs’ In Renewable Energy - Big Job Losses In Clean Energy Sector ‘Could Top’ 500,000, Thanks To COVID-19

Published on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – The ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic is causing havoc in the Clean Energy Sector as job losses amounted to over 100,000 just in March and is expected to surpass 500,000 by the end of June if there is no additional intervention by Congress - that’s according to a just-released report by E2, a Clean Energy Advocacy Group. “These more»

Union ‘Lashes Out’ At New York State & Feds Over Wage Increase ‘Delay’ For State Workers - CSEA Tells Both: “You ‘Need Our Services During Crisis, Contractual Wage Increases For State Workers Should Be Paid’”

Published on Sunday, April 19, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - On the heels of an announcement from New York State that it will delay payment of negotiated wage increases for Unionized State Workers for 90 days, the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) – New York’s largest Public Workers’ Union, is lashing out over the state’s failure to deliver on their contractual more»

NYSUT Provides 50,000 Masks For Long Island & New York City Health Care Workers

Published on Friday, April 17, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(THE NEW YORK CITY AREA) - Three groups of Downstate Health Care Professionals got a welcome delivery in April. Thanks to generous Member donations to the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Disaster Relief Fund, the Statewide Union purchased and delivered 50,000 surgical masks for members at the Long Island Community Hospital, the Saint Catherine of more»

The ‘Next Line’ Of Defense: Visiting Nurses ‘Provide Critical Post-Care’

Published on Thursday, April 16, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK) - Visiting Nurses in Westchester County took on their first Coronavirus patients earlier this week, traveling to monitor 33 new patients just released from hospitals and rehabilitation centers. “We’re the ‘next line of defense,’” said Valerie Fitzgerald, the President of the Westchester more»

Public Employees Federation President Spence ‘Critical’ Of State Health Office's Virus Directive – ‘Opposes’ Department Of Health's Plan For Return To Work

Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) guidance outlining who should return to work and when following a Coronavirus quarantine or isolation is putting others in harm's way, Public Employees Federation Wayne Spence says. On March 28th, the Health Department sent guidelines summarizing conditions by which Essential more»

LABOR NEWS UPDATE: Amazon Fires Employees ‘Who Were Critical Of Warehouse Working Conditions’ During Coronavirus Pandemic

Published on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK) - Amazon has fired two internal critics of its response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it was revealed by The Washington Post, while another Employee has been told not to show up to work. "We support every Employee's right to criticize their employer's working conditions, but that does not come with blanket immunity against any and all more»

The ‘We Can Together’ Website: Capital Region Institute For Human Rights Offers Teens ‘A Safe Space On-Line To Navigate The New Normal’

Published on Monday, April 13, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(LATHAM, NEW YORK) - Remember high school? The excitement you felt in the weeks leading up to graduation. The anticipation of prom. Working that job you kind of hated, which made hanging out with friends even that much better as the cold, dark days of Winter faded in to the hopefulness of Spring? Well, for teens all over New York State and Nation, the more»

United University Professions ‘Takes Steps to Protect’ Front-Line Health Care Professionals

Published on Friday, April 10, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - United University Professions (UUP), the nation’s largest Higher Education Union, has purchased 100,000 medical isolation gowns for Doctors, Nurses and Medical Staff on the front lines of the Coronavirus Pandemic at State University of New York (SUNY) Public Hospitals in Brooklyn, Stony Brook and Syracuse. The shipment of more»

Grocery Unions Protect Workers & Save Lives

Published on Thursday, April 9, 2020 in New York State Labor News
The Hill Editor’s Note: John Logan is Professor and Director of Labor and Employment Studies at San Francisco State University. He has studied Grocery Workers in almost 20 countries. Researchers have long known that Unionized workplaces – whether in mining, construction, manufacturing or warehouses – are significantly safer for more»

NYSUT Calls For Donations Of PPEs To Help Members Fight COVID-19

Published on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) is now accepting donations of PPE vis-à-vis its Disaster Relief Fund so that its 16,000 Members in health care have the resources and equipment they need to treat patients and combat the spread of the Coronavirus. The Union’s Disaster Relief Fund was started back in 2005 and has more»

New York City Construction Shutdown ‘Highlights Divide’ In Benefits, Pay Between Union & Non-Union - As Projects Shut Down Across NYC Because Of The Coronavirus, It's Clear Non-Union Workers ‘Will Be More Heavily Impacted’

Published on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - When Governor Andrew Cuomo finally decided to suspend all “non-essential” construction amid the Coronavirus outbreak in New York City, it sent contractors and the Workers they employ into a financial tailspin, putting thousands out of work and putting a multibillion-dollar dent in the development industry. But the shutdown has more»

Sandra Oxford, Ada Martinez & Shana Davis: Meet Three Women ‘Who Are Heading Labor’s Efforts & Holding The Line’ In The Capital Region Labor Movement

Published on Monday, April 6, 2020 in New York State Labor News
Albany Times Union Editor’s Note: Pictured above - Hudson Valley AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation Director Sandra Oxford (on the left); New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) Organizer Ada Martinez (on the right in the top slot); and CSEA Region 4 Treasurer Shana Davis (pictured below Martinez), who also serves as President of the Capital District more»

NYSUT-Represented Technology Educators Across New York State Helping To Close Personal Protection Equipment Gaps Experienced By Health Care Workers Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Published on Sunday, April 5, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ACROSS NEW YORK STATE) - In direct response to the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Medical Professionals, crews at different State University of New York (SUNY) campuses and K-12 schools are creating hospital-approved face shields using 3D printers and assembled pieces. “We were asked: ‘Is this possible?.’” said more»

In New York State, Representatives From The CWA & NYSUT Say Union Interest From Non-Union Workers ‘Is On The Rise’

Published on Friday, April 3, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ACROSS NEW YORK STATE) - As the Coronavirus crisis rages on, there is a bright spot for the Labor Movement - interest in Union Membership is on the rise. Over the past few weeks, Organizers from both the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) say they have received scores of new inquiries from Workers more»

Delayed New York State Paychecks Anger Union Leader

Published on Thursday, April 2, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday (April 1st) declared there was a framework deal in place for a state budget, hours after the state's fiscal year began. However, the delayed budget has meant a snag in payroll for 120,000 State Workers given the budget due date lined up with payday. So it's meant delayed direct more»

New York Attorney General ‘Threatens’ Amazon With Legal Action After Firing Of Worker Who Led Strike Over Coronavirus Precautions

Published on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK) - New York Attorney General Letitia James is considering legal action against Amazon after it fired one of its Warehouse Workers in Staten Island who had organized a protest calling for greater protections for staff amid the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. Chris Smalls and other workers at the warehouse, which is known as JFK8, walked more»

IBEW & AT&T Reach Agreement On Bonus For Members Working During Pandemic

Published on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ (IBEW) System Council T-3 and other Unions have reached an agreement with AT&T that will pay members a 20% bonus for time worked during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The bonus applies to all Bargaining Unit Employees working for AT&T, including Technicians, Call Center and more»

A Response To Business Leaders Across The State From New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento: State ‘Budget Decisions Will Tell If’ New York ‘Is Serious About Helping All’ Workers

Published on Monday, March 30, 2020 in New York State Labor News Editor’s Note: The New York State AFL-CIO is a Federation of 3,000 unions, representing 2.5 million Members, retirees and their families with one goal: To raise the standard of living and quality of life of all Working People. The New York State AFL-CIO and its affiliated Members Unions keep New York State Union strong by more»

Labor Perspective From New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento Via The New York Daily News: An Urgent COVID-19 State Budget Fix - What Front-Line Workers Need From Albany, Now

Published on Sunday, March 29, 2020 in New York State Labor News
All Employees in New York State who are covered by the Workers’ Compensation Law are entitled to wage replacement and medical care if they are exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace. If that workplace exposure leads to death, those Workers’ families are entitled to Survivor Benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Law. However, current more»

New York Governor Cuomo Calls Off ‘Non-Essential’ Construction Statewide

Published on Friday, March 27, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is freezing most construction statewide in response to the Pandemic Virus sweeping New York, after outcry from Workers and word of COVID-19 cases on job sites around New York City. Today (Friday, March 27th), Cuomo will decree most residential and commercial building temporarily off limits, more»

A Labor Perspective From American Federation Of State County & Municipal Employees Council 31 Director Roberta Lynch: The ‘Union Difference Is Our Nation’s Hope,’ ‘Building Stronger Unions Helps Lift Us All Up’

Published on Thursday, March 26, 2020 in New York State Labor News
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently sponsored a Summit on Poverty aimed at developing a strategy to lift all of the city’s residents out of poverty. It’s a more than worthy goal and the mayor deserves credit for putting the issue front and center. For too long, residents of communities across our state have been struggling to get by, living more»

‘Feeding The Community:’ In Ulster County, ‘It Takes A Union’

Published on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ACCORD, NEW YORK) - Not only is it full steam ahead, but it’s full team ahead for hundreds of Teachers, Bus Drivers, Cafeteria Workers, Aides and Clerical Staff in Rondout Valley In Ulster County who are joining together each day to make sure their students and families are fed while school is closed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Inside school more»

Labor Perspective From UFCW Local 1500 Secretary-Treasurer Aly Waddy: During The Coronavirus Pandemic, Supermarket & Grocery Store Workers ‘Are Extremely Critical’

Published on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in New York State Labor News
For far too long Supermarket and Grocery Store Workers have been categorized as lowly, menial Workers fulfilling a non-critical role. Now, in these unique and nationally strenuous times, this community of Workers - from Warehouse Receivers to Shelf Stockers and Cashiers - have become essential Workers in all parts of our domestic economy. While other more»

Public Employees Federation Is “Actively Looking Into” Case Of Union-Represented Nurse At Long Island Hospital Who Was Disciplined After Speaking Out Publicly Regarding The Shortage Of Personal Protection Equipment

Published on Monday, March 23, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - A Critical Care Nurse at New York State's Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island was handed a notice of discipline last week, a day after she and another Hospital Staffer were interviewed on national television by MSNBC about the shortage of protective equipment for Workers in hospitals and health care facilities. The Nurse, more»

New York State Attorney General’s Office Is On The Look-Out For Employers Who Violate’ Labor Laws & ‘Is Urging Workers To File Complaints Against’ Employers ‘That Are Ignoring’ The State’s Executive Orders

Published on Sunday, March 22, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – In the wake of dealing with the Coronavirus Pandemic, New York State Attorney General Letitia James is asking any Employee who believes their employer is in violation of Labor Laws or official directives set forth by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office to contact the New York State Office of the Attorney General’s Labor Bureau more»