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Unions Go To Court Over Trump’s ‘Failure To Provide’ COVID Protection For Front Line Workers

Published on Monday, October 19, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Labor Unions and environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the Federal Government over its failure to provide adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Essential Workers. The Unions include the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), the Transport Workers Union (TWU), the National AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), more»

SEIU-Represented New Jersey Property Workers ‘Hit The Streets Over Unresolved’ Hazard Pay & Paid Sick Leave

Published on Sunday, October 18, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(PARSIPPANY, NEW JERSEY) - As multi-family owners and residents around the country ask what they can do for their Property Workers while the world enters its second half of a year in the grips of the coronavirus crisis, Building Staff employed by Parsippany-based Planned Companies went on strike last month to demand an end to what they claim are more»

New York State Nursing Home Workers ‘Put In Tough Spot After Lengthy Stay On Unemployment’ During Coronavirus Pandemic

Published on Friday, October 16, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ACROSS NEW YORK STATE) - The Coronavirus Pandemic has crippled the economy and working eligible Labor forces across the Nation, especially in New York State, which has accrued a 12.9% unemployment rate statewide according to the state’s Department of Labor latest report from August. Bill Corino is just one of thousands of New Yorkers who are more»

The Rochester Labor Council Calls for ‘Country-Wide’ General Strike ‘If’ Trump Steals The Presidential Election

Published on Thursday, October 15, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - The 70,000-Member Rochester AFL-CIO Central Labor Council has become the first regional AFL-CIO body in the United States to call for a General Strike if Republican President Donald Trump does not respect the outcome of this year’s election. “Therefore, now be it resolved that the Rochester Labor Council, AFL-CIO, more»

New York City Matches New York State’s Sick Leave Requirements & Adds More

Published on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - New York City recently amended its Earned Safe and Sick Time Act to match New York State’s recent changes to the Labor Law requiring all employers to Provide Sick Leave to Employees (For more, read: Empire State Requires All Employers to Provide Sick Leave; Act Now! Changes to New York Sick Leave Are Here). New York City’s Act more»

LABOR NEWS UPDATE: NewsGuild of New York Members at The New Yorker ‘Win Just Cause With No’ Exceptions

Published on Monday, October 12, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - After a marathon bargaining session, NewsGuild of New York Members of The New Yorker reached a tentative agreement on Just Cause for the Union’s first contract. Members achieved true Just Cause without an editorial exception - a loophole that Condé Nast and other media companies have been using in an attempt to undermine a more»

CSEA Endorses Joe Biden For President

Published on Sunday, October 11, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) President Mary Sullivan has announced the 300,000-Member New York State Public Employees Union has endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for President. “Joe Biden clearly aligns with the majority of issues that concern our Union and impacts Union Members, and we’re going to do more»

AFM-Represented TV Musicians Rally & March Through Times Square ‘To Demand A Fair Contract’ From ABC, CBS & NBC

Published on Friday, October 9, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - More than 75 American Federation of Musicians (AFM)-represented Members joined together in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater earlier this week (on Tuesday October 6th) to call out CBS and the other Television Networks as Musicians escalated efforts to secure a fair contract, gain wage increases, broader health care coverage, and secure more»

The Civil Service Employees Association’s Monroe County Employees Union ‘Stands Firmly Behind’ County Clerk Jamie Romeo

Published on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) – Despite attempts by Monroe County Legislator Karla Boyce to paint an ugly picture of the County Department of Motor Vehicle’s services, nothing she says resembles the truth, Representatives of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Monroe County Employees Union say, adding all you have to do is ask the more»

Front Line Workers ‘Face Uphill Battle’ For Workers Comp After Contracting COVID-19

Published on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Like her late colleague, Paramedic Paul Cary, Julie has transported numerous Coronavirus patients for the private Ambulanz Company to Jamaica Hospital throughout the pandemic. Cary died of the illness and Julie wound up contracting COVID-19 as well. Fortunately, she survived a two-week ordeal, but her employer said she didn’t more»

Guggenheim Union Greets Museum Members At Reopening With Protest Over Fair Contract

Published on Monday, October 5, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Last week, a truck loaded with digital screens parked in front of the Guggenheim Museum in New York and blasted Fifth Avenue with Led Zeppelin’s 1970s hit “Kashmir.” The truck belonged to International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 30, the Union representing Art Handlers and Facilities Staff at the more»

New York State Extends Telecommute Agreement For CSEA & PEF-Represented Workers

Published on Sunday, October 4, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - New York’s largest Public Employee Unions struck an agreement late last week to extend telecommuting provisions until 2021. The Civil Service Employees Union (CSEA) and the Public Employees Federation (PEF) agreed with the Governor’s Office for Employee Relations to extend the temporary, emergency agreement a third time to more»

The City Of Utica Honors Its Front Line Workers - Unveils ‘Essential Workers Way’

Published on Thursday, October 1, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(UTICA, NEW YORK) - City of Utica Officials gathered Wednesday (September 30th) to unveil a sign to name a stretch of Kemble Street as Essential Workers Way amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Utica Common Council approved the measure to rename the section by a unanimous vote at its September 2nd meeting and the sign was placed at the intersection of Kemble more»

The New York State United Teachers Files Lawsuits Over Remote Work Denials

Published on Monday, September 28, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ACROSS THE STATE OF NEW YORK) - Picture this: You’re a Teacher and you’ve got chronic, Stage IV Kidney Disease and an auto-immune disease that requires you to take regular doses of Immuno-suppressants. Then, a worldwide viral pandemic hits. Your school closes. Businesses shutter their doors. From Buffalo, to Long Island, to the North more»

NYSNA Member & Brooklyn Wyckoff Hospital ER Nurse Amy O’Sullivan Honored As One Of TIME Magazine’s 100 ‘Most Influential People Of 2020’

Published on Thursday, September 24, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(BROOKLYN, NEW YORK) - The sound of sirens is not unusual in New York City, but this Spring, the constant wailing was almost unbearable. Luckily, there was an army of Health Care Workers on the other end - like Amy O’Sullivan, an 18-year New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)-represented Emergency Room Nurse working at Wyckoff Hospital in more»

CSEA-Represented School Mechanics Employed At Ballston Spa Central School District Say ‘Safety Is A Top Priority’ For School Workers

Published on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(BALLSTON SPA, NEW YORK) – Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)-represented School Mechanics at Ballston Spa Central School District are getting high grades for safety, with near perfect scores from the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) over the last four years. School bus safety is a top priority for school districts, so most more»

New York City Laborers Confront ‘Worker Exploitation’ At Beekman Street Construction Site

Published on Monday, September 21, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - On Friday morning (September 18th), Employees of SL Green Realty Corporation arrived at corporate headquarters on Lexington Avenue to find a big rat outside the main entrance, just a few days after a ceremonial ribbon-cutting celebration for the opening of one of the city’s tallest commercial structures at One Vanderbilt. There to more»

National AFL-CIO, 32BJ SEIU ‘Rips’ Federal Court Decision To Deport Essential Workers

Published on Sunday, September 20, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(PASADENA, CALIFORNIA) – A Federal Appeals Court has ruled the Trump Administration can end temporary protected status for Immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and the Sudan - possibly setting up more than 300,000 people to be deported beginning next year. In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in more»

“A Lawsuit Unfortunately Is The Necessary Next Step To Compel Our Leaders To Do What’s Right: Fund Our Future And Stop These Cuts” - NYSUT Files Lawsuit Against New York State Over School Funding Cuts

Published on Thursday, September 17, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) announced Wednesday (September 16th) that the Statewide Teachers Union has filed a lawsuit against the State over reductions in state school aid for districts across New York, seeking the release of money withheld in July, August and September - and an injunction against future more»

Highland Park Nursing Home Workers In The Southern Tier Plan Strike If No Deal Is Reached - Essential 1199 SEIU-Represented Workers In Wellsville Are Ready To ‘Hit The Street’ To Fight For Livable Wages & Affordable Health Insurance

Published on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(WELLSVILLE, NEW YORK) – If a deal is not reached on a new contract, more than 55 Nursing Home Workers represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU)/United Healthcare Workers East - who are employed at the Highland Park Nursing Home in Wellsville, will go out on Strike on Thursday (September 17th). The Union-represented Workers more»

Workers In Nursing Homes And Homes For The Developmentally-Disabled ‘Press’ New York State ‘For Urgent Staff Recruitment Drive’

Published on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – Workers who have cared for residents of nursing homes and homes for the developmentally-disabled during the COVID-19 Pandemic are warning that their ranks are dwindling - rapidly, and they're pressing New York State to mount a major recruiting and retention campaign before a second wave of the virus hits. Advocates who recently more»

Long Island Educator Mentor Jennifer Wolfe Honored As New York State’s 2021 Teacher Of The Year

Published on Monday, September 14, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union is congratulating veteran Long Island Educator and Teacher Mentor Jennifer Wolfe on being named the 2021 New York State Teacher of the Year. Wolfe, a Social Studies Teacher entering her 24th year at Oceanside High School on Long Island and a member of the Oceanside Federation of Teachers, more»

‘The Energy Future Will Be Union-Built’ – The IBEW Is ‘Excited’ About New Jersey Plan To Become The ‘Houston Of Off-Shore Wind’

Published on Sunday, September 13, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(FOLSOM, NEW JERSEY) - Hundreds of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Members could be working as early as next Spring on construction of the New Jersey Wind Port, a massive project that has Union Leaders hopeful about the potential for decades of long-term renewable energy jobs for IBEW Members and other Union Trades. “This more»

Union-Represented Rochester School Employees Rally Against Layoffs That Target ‘Essential’ Workers

Published on Friday, September 11, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - After weeks of fighting for their essential jobs, hundreds of Board Of Education Non-Teaching Employees (BENTE)/American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2419 (Council 66)-represented Workers held a rally to urge the Rochester City School District (RCSD) Board of Education and its Superintendent to more»

NYSUT Prepares Legal Action, Calls On State Leaders To ‘Stop Cuts To Schools’

Published on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - As students return to school this week, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) decried state cuts to education and called on the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to take immediate steps to stop 20% reductions in aid for school districts. Citing the state Constitution’s requirement to provide every student a sound, basic more»

Black Labor Leader Demands Immediate Dismissal Of FOX News’ Tucker Carlson For His Praise The Death of A Wisconsin Black Man Shot Seven Times In The Back By Police

Published on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Teamsters Local 2137 President Gregory Floyd, New York State Assemblyman Al Taylor of Harlem and Community Activist Willie Walker joined together in front of FOX News Studios in Manhattan to denounce the admiration shown and dangerous misinformation offered by the popular anchorman, Tucker Carlson. On Sunday August 23, 2020, more»

Pre-Labor Day Food Distribution ‘Demonstrates Union Values, Strength Of Unity’ - For The Eighth Time In 16 Weeks, Laid-Off Unionized New Jersey Casino Industry Workers Distribute Food To Fellow Workers & The Atlantic City Community

Published on Monday, September 7, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY) - For the eighth time in 16 weeks, laid-off Unionized Casino Industry Workers volunteered their day and their sweat to help distribute food kits to their fellow Workers and the Atlantic City community. “It’s a ‘great testament to solidarity, to Trade Unionism and the bonds shared among Organized Labor more»

New York State United Teachers: In ‘Absence’ Of Statewide Action, Teachers Union Says Counties ‘Should Mandate Masks In Schools’

Published on Friday, September 4, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - After calling for a statewide mandate that masks be worn at all times indoors during the school day, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) today (Friday, September 4th) said that in the absence of statewide action, county governments should mandate such a policy for school districts within their jurisdiction. The Statewide Teachers more»

Union-Backed Poll Shows Broad Support For Taxing Upper Income Earners

Published on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - The Communications of America (CWA) and the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) on Tuesday (September 1st) released a poll finding broad support for increasing taxes on the wealthy in the state amid a sharp drop in revenue. But while the poll found backing for increasing taxes on billionaires, the survey also showed majority more»

"Unemployment ‘Is Gone.’ ‘It Really Is.’ I Mean, ‘We're Really Struggling’" - Casino Workers Rally Outside Rivers Casino In Schenectady, Want Casinos Statewide To Reopen

Published on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK) – With their frustrations high and their bank accounts low, rallies were held across New York State late last week by Workers displaced by the closing of New York’s private casinos. "I ‘do have reserves but, you know, it's getting to that time where we're ready to go back to work, and we need that steady income and more»

CSEA-Represented Seneca Park Zoo Employees ‘Are Back On The Job’

Published on Sunday, August 30, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - The Seneca Park Zoo, which closed mid-March due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, has reopened and is back in business - thanks in part to its Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)-represented Employees. Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said the reopening was done in accordance with guidelines provided by Governor Andrew Cuomo. more»

The New York State United Teachers Union Calls On The State ‘To Make Masks Mandatory At All Times In Schools’

Published on Thursday, August 27, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union - joined by American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, local Educators and others - today (Thursday, August 27th) called on New York State to update Department of Health school reopening guidelines to make mandatory the wearing of masks at all times more»

New Yorkers Say The U.S. Postal Service Needs ‘Stamp Of Approval’ For Financial & Legislative Aid - 'Not' Cutbacks

Published on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - U.S. Army Vet Jennie Fisher delivered for her country - now she’s worried about delivery of her Veterans Administration (VA) medication through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). When the Coronavirus Pandemic hit New York hard last Spring, mail service on her block in Glendale, Queens stopped completely for nearly two weeks, she said. more»

Long Island IBEW Members ‘Power’ New Navy SEAL Museum

Published on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK) - When International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ (IBEW) Members of Long Island-headquartered Local 25 learned of a museum being built to honor a local Navy SEAL hero, they were all in. “Anytime somebody calls us to help out with any military or veteran causes, ‘we’re always happy to help’,” more»

New York State Has ‘Prevented Nearly’ $1 Billion In ‘Fraudulent’ Unemployment Claims During The Coronavirus Crisis

Published on Monday, August 24, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Cuomo Administration officials say New York prevented nearly $1 billion in unemployment fraud during the Coronavirus pandemic. New York State has identified and stopped more than 42,200 fraudulent benefit claims since mid-March, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office announced, just before lawmakers were set to grill State Department of more»

Health Care Workers Call For Eviction Ban In New York

Published on Friday, August 21, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Saying stable housing is an essential part of preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, a coalition of some 50 Health Care Providers and organizations is calling on the New York State Legislature to ban evictions for the next year and cancel rent due during the epidemic. “It is a public health matter,” Assembly Member more»

The New York State United Teachers Union ‘Demands Full Funding’ For Public Schools & Colleges

Published on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union is denouncing plans to cut funding for school districts and public higher education in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. As public schools, colleges and universities prepare for the start of a new school year, the state’s most recent financial plan includes the withholding of funds more»

New York State Migrant Farm Workers ‘Warn Of Next Virus Wave’

Published on Monday, August 17, 2020 in New York State Labor News
(SYRACUSE, NEW YORK) - To prevent another virus outbreak among highly susceptible Farm Workers, activists are calling on New York legislators to adopt laws establishing specific protocols for testing and protecting Essential Workers. Anxiety runs deep among those working on dairy farms, and picking and packing produce across Upstate New York because of more»

Are You A Union Member Who Shops At Lowe’s? Then Get This: Lowe's Is Hiring A Full-Time Union-Buster As The Company A Job Posting ‘For Someone To Lead Their’ Union Avoidance Team

Published on Sunday, August 16, 2020 in New York State Labor News
Get this: Lowe’s is looking for a Union-Buster. The national chain, which is extremely Anti-Union, is looking to hire someone in house to manage a team of investigators whose job it is to go out and look for Employees who are possibly looking to organize - and stop the effort. According to a job posting on the company’s website, the national more»

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»