Beyond Yellow: Can NYC Help Livery Cab Drivers?

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Much attention has been paid to the way the arrival of app-based taxi services has battered the yellow-cab business. Much less has been paid to the plight of livery cabs, the car services that have long ferried passengers in upper-Manhattan and outer-borough neighborhoods where yellow cabs are rare. “The crisis in New York…

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Sepúlveda Throws Support Behind Public Works Bill

New York, NY – Within a few short months State Senator Luis Sepúlveda has done an about-face in regards to the Public Works Bill [S1947]. Three months ago, members of labor union Laborers Local 79, which represents construction workers, rallied against Sepúlveda outside his office in the Bronx for not supporting the bill and on…

Teamsters Local 237 Executive Board Sworn In

New York, NY – Teamsters Local 237 inducted the seven elected members of its Executive Board on Friday, January 17. The slate includes Gregory Floyd, president; Ruben Torres, vice-president; Donald Arnold, secretary-treasurer; Jeanette Taveras, recording secretary; Curtis Scott, trustee; Ben Carenza, trustee; and Catherine Rice, trustee. Local 237 is the largest local union in the…

House Bill Aims to Help NYC Cabbies Survive Underwater Medallion Loans

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Representative Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) introduced a bill January 16, to exempt debt relief for taxi drivers from federal taxes. The measure, cosponsored by all of the city’s House members plus Long Island Republican Peter King, is a second front in the struggle to win relief for yellow-cab owner-drivers who owe hundreds of thousands…

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Beyond Yellow: Can NYC Help Livery Cab Drivers?

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Much attention has been paid to the way the arrival of app-based taxi services has battered the yellow-cab business. Much less has been paid to the plight of livery cabs, the car services that have long ferried passengers in upper-Manhattan and outer-borough neighborhoods where yellow cabs are rare. “The crisis in New York…

FedEx Ran Massive ‘Union Avoidance’ Campaign

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—FedEx ran a massive campaign to ward off attempts by drivers to organize with the Teamsters over the past five years, spending at least $837,000 on union-avoidance between 2014 and 2018. According to recordings and videos obtained by the U.K. Guardian, workers at captive-audience meetings were told that union supporters were “very ungrateful,” and…

32BJ Rallies for $15 Minimum Wage in Delaware

DOVER, Del.—The 32BJ SEIU property-service workers union, which won a contract last month that will raise members’ wages in the Philadelphia-Delaware area to $15.35 an hour in 2021, rallied on the steps of the Delaware Capitol Jan. 14 to urge legislators to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15. “We won’t stop until all workers…

REBNY Posthumously Honors Hector Figueroa

New York, NY – On January 16th, New York City’s real estate industry gathered with City and State dignitaries at the Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) 124th Annual Banquet and former 32BJ President Hector Figueroa received special tribute. The two posthumous honorees, Héctor Figueroa and Jay Kriegel were given special recognition for their commitment to…

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FedEx Ran Massive ‘Union Avoidance’ Campaign

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—FedEx ran a massive campaign to ward off attempts by drivers to organize with the Teamsters over the past five years, spending at least $837,000 on union-avoidance between 2014 and 2018. According to recordings and videos obtained by the U.K. Guardian, workers at captive-audience meetings were told that union supporters were “very ungrateful,” and...
Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Labor News Briefs, Municipal Government, National

32BJ Rallies for $15 Minimum Wage in Delaware

DOVER, Del.—The 32BJ SEIU property-service workers union, which won a contract last month that will raise members’ wages in the Philadelphia-Delaware area to $15.35 an hour in 2021, rallied on the steps of the Delaware Capitol Jan. 14 to urge legislators to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15. “We won’t stop until all workers...
Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Labor News Briefs, Law and Politics, National

Asarco Strikers Ask Arizona Government to Intervene

PHOENIX, Ariz.—Striking workers at the Asarco copper-mining company rallied at the Arizona Capitol Jan. 13, calling on Gov. Doug Ducey and state legislators to intervene to protect them. More than 1,700 workers at the company, an Arizona-based subsidiary of the Grupo Mexico conglomerate, have been on strike for three months. Elected officials “have a choice...
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Delaware Legislative Staff Announce Plans for Union

DOVER, Del.—Delaware legislative staff announced their plans to form what they call the first bipartisan state legislative union in the country Jan. 14, just before the opening of the 2020 legislative session. The Delaware General Assembly Union said it would affiliate with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 81, and asked...
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The General Contractors Association of New York

WASHINGTON—The United Steelworkers filed a lawsuit in federal court Jan. 9 to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from weakening its regulations to prevent chemical disasters. The union is asking the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to remove changes the agency made to the Obama-era Chemical Disaster Rule, which the Trump administration...