Federal Contractors Must Be Accountable

August 4, 2014
By SEIU President Mary Kay Henry

Washington, DC - Following President Obama's announcement of an executive order relating to monitoring and reforming the performance of government contractors, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement:

Companies Join NYS Start-Up Project and Create Jobs

July 30, 2014
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - Governor Cuomo has announced that five businesses will expand or locate in Binghamton as a result of START-UP NY. The commitment by these companies represents the latest wave of businesses participating in this initiative that creates tax-free areas associated with colleges and universities across the state.

Schneiderman Investigates Manhattan Club Timeshare Scam

July 29, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced that he obtained a court order halting sales of timeshare interests at the Manhattan Club, a luxury hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The order requires that the club’s principals, Ian Bruce Eichner, Leslie H. Eichner, and Stuart P. Eichner, testify in court about the club’s practices and produce documents to the Attorney General’s Real Estate Finance Bureau about allegedly fraudulent sales tactics.

NAACP Backs Fast-Food Workers’ Fight for $15

July 23, 2014
By Stephanie West

Las Vegas, Nevada - The NAACP unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday July 15th at its convention in Las Vegas supporting fast-food workers’ historic fight for $15 and a union.

Citigroup Fined for Misrepresenting Public

July 22, 2014
By Stephanie West

Washington DC - Citigroup, has acknowledged it made serious misrepresentations to the public. This included the manner in which Citigroup marketed and sold residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS). The settlement requires Citi to pay $4.5 billion in hard dollars and provide $2.5 billion in consumer relief. New York State will receive $182 million: $92 million in cash and a minimum of $90 million in consumer relief for struggling New Yorkers.

Summertime is the right time to take a vacation – your health depends on it!

July 15, 2014
By Salvatore J. Armao, CPA/PFS, CFP, CFE, CGMA
Managing Partner, Armao LLP

Vacations aren’t just for fun…they are key to providing a variety of health benefits. According toSteve Blake, vice president of Clinical Operations at Managed Health Network, Inc., a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc., “A number of studies have shown that taking time away from the job can have physical and psychological health benefits. Workers who don't take advantage of the vacation time that they're eligible for could be shortchanging themselves in terms of benefits to their health."

Why the Minimum Wage is Important

July 9, 2014
By Oren M. Levin-Waldman

Amidst the debate over whether the minimum wage really helps those at the bottom or whether it causes more unemployment, we often lose sight of why it was needed in the first place. Today the debate over the minimum wage has become a side show between those who argue that it results in disemployment and those who argue that it benefits the poor.

Former Corning Clerk Stealing Public Funds

July 8, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has announced the arrest of former city of Corning clerk Stephanie Burlew. She was charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a class D felony, for allegedly misappropriating more than $5,000 in public funds by pocketing parking permit fees; code enforcement fees; utility receipts; water and sewer fees; and parking summons fees.

NYS Free Business Support Services

July 7, 2014
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY -  New York State is partnering with the Department of Labor and more than 100 regional chambers of commerce throughout the state as part of a strategic approach to help businesses access capital incentives, grow their workforce and manage their operations. Combined, the chambers of commerce will relay the no-cost business support services to over 50,000 businesses across the state.

Changing Demographics in Manhattan's Office Workforce

July 3, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY -- New York City’s changing population and economy have altered who works in Manhattan’s office buildings, according to a new analysis of workplace demographics, salaries and occupations released by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.

Save NJ Showboat

June 30, 2014
By NJS AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech

Trenton, NJ - New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech said that the state labor movement is determined to do whatever is necessary to save the 2,100 jobs jeopardized by Caesars Entertainment’s announcement to close Atlantic City’s Showboat Casino.

Fear of a Cat-Food Diet: Facing New York’s Retirement Crisis

June 25, 2014
By Steven Wishnia

New York — New York City and the United States are facing a “slow-motion retirement crisis,” says AFL-CIO national policy director Damon Silvers. With employers cutting pensions and middle-aged people sacked in the Great Recession unable to regain their incomes, the traditional “three-legged stool” of pensions, savings, and Social Security has been splintered for millions of people.

New Yorkers Support Carriage Drivers and So Does LaborPress

June 24, 2014
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Publisher LaborPress Editorial

New York, NY - Many progressives and unionists were ecstatic about the election of Mayor de Blasio. His calls for universal pre-kindergarten, a massive investment in affordable housing, and combating inequality were music to our ears.

Mayor Appoints Gutman Brooklyn Navy Yard Chair

June 24, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY — Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the appointment of Henry (Hank) B. Gutman, a long-time Brooklyn resident, civic leader, and accomplished attorney, as chairman of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC). The Brooklyn Navy Yard is the leading industrial park in New York City and houses more than 300 businesses employing 7,000 people.

Met Council Chief Sentenced in Kickback Scheme

June 23, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - Herbert Friedman, former Met Council chief financial officer has been sentenced to a felony conviction and will serve 4 Months in Jail and pay $775,000 in restitution. Friedman, together with other co-conspirators, stole over $9 million from the taxpayer-funded nonprofit organization in a 20-year grand larceny and kickback scheme.

NJ Required to Fund Public Employee Pensions

NJ Required to Fund Public Employee Pensions

June 19, 2014
By NJ AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech

Trenton, NJ - Charles Wowkanech, President of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, released the following statement in response to Senate President Steve Sweeney's announcement that the Senate Democratic Majority will introduce a state budget that includes full funding for public employee pensions.

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