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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.

NYS Payroll Card Act to Protect Workers

June 19, 2014
By Stephanie West


Albany, NY – NYS legislation is proposed regulating the use of payroll cards to increase protections for workers. Payroll cards can provide a convenient method for workers to access their pay.

NYC Comptroller: Flexible Work Arrangements Improve Bottom Line

June 18, 2014
By Stephanie West


New York, NY—Flexible work arrangements can improve productivity and job satisfaction while helping New York City maintain its status as a magnet for top talent, according to a report released by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.  Stringer recommended best practices for flexible work arrangements (FWAs) and highlighted lawmakers at the federal, state, and city level who have proposed legislation for the “Right to Request,” a formal mechanism for workers and employers to discuss workplace flexibility issues.

Faith Leaders Urge Minimum Wage Raise

June 17, 2014
By Stephanie West


Albany, NY - More than 60 faith leaders from across New York has issued a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Legislative leaders calling for an immediate hike in the minimum wage, saying “It’s the right thing to do – and it is our moral obligation.”

NYC Comptroller Urges Raising Minimum Wage

June 17, 2014
By Stephanie West


New York, NY – Raising the minimum wage to $13.13 in New York City would benefit nearly 1.2 million City residents by an average of $100 a week, according to an analysis released today by Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.

Keep Fighting to Save Pensions in Detroit

Keep Fighting to Save Pensions in Detroit

June 17, 2014
By Michael Mulholland, Acting President, AFSCME Local 207


Detroit, Michigan - As a retiree from the City of Detroit, and acting president of AFSCME Local 207, I oppose the so-called grand bargain. Every dollar stolen from us will not be given to the people of Detroit, but merely help the greedy banks cut their losses. They expect us to bail them out with our modest pensions. This deal should be called the grand larceny.

Introducing Collective Bargaining Service

June 16, 2014
LaborPress Advertorial 

During his 40-year career as a union activist, negotiator and official, Tom Jennings has had the opportunity to closely work with some of the most vibrant labor organizations in the country - including AFSCME, DC37, AFGE and the New York State Nurses Association. Now, Jennings has taken that vast reservoir of labor expertise, drawing on both the public and private sector, and launched Collective Bargaining Service (www.collectivebargainingservice.com) - an independent consulting firm dedicated to securing fair and equitable contracts for fellow unionists. 

NYC Mayor Settling Labor Contracts

June 16, 2014
By Neal Tepel


New York, NY - The recent labor agreement between New York City and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) removes the largest uncertainty that had been facing the city's budgetary outlook. But the city still faces challenges, including reaching labor agreements with the other municipal unions, obtaining anticipated health insurance savings and closing future budget gaps.

Poll Supports Carriage Drivers and Teamsters

June 12, 2014
By Stephanie West


New York, NY – Central Park’s carriage drivers cheered the latest Quinnipiac poll, showing growing opposition to the proposed ban on the iconic New York industry. 

A Quinnipiac press release stated that “New York City voters say 66 - 26 percent that de Blasio should not ban horse-drawn carriages, compared to 64 - 24 percent support for carriage horses in a March 19 Quinnipiac University poll. Support for the horses is strong across party, gender and racial lines.”

CWA President Larry Cohen: The Fight Against Income Inequality

June 12, 2014
By Neal Tepel


Washington, DC - In a passionate speech to the Economic Policy Institute on June 4, CWA President Larry Cohen talked about policies to close the income gap between the rich and everyone else in America. In his introduction to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, at the EPI's conference, President Cohen had many pointed and important remarks regarding income inequality. He mentioned the need for workers to band together in the fight against stagnating wages and income inequality.

Labor Dept Wage Thefts Investigations Backlogged

June 10, 2014
By Stephanie West


Albany, New York - The state Department of Labor doesn’t complete many of its wage theft investigations in a timely manner, allowing thousands of cases to remain unresolved for a year or more, according to an New York State Comptroller audit

Buy American: The Job You Save May Be Your Own

June 6, 2014
By New York State AFL-CIO


Albany, NY - New York State lost over 300,000 manufacturing jobs in the last decade, and rather than being part of solution, the state is contributing to the problem by outsourcing materials for infrastructure projects to foreign countries. Foreign companies have been awarded contracts for subway repairs, commuter rail projects and bridge work including just last year when the MTA spent over $34 million in public money on Chinese steel for repairs to the Verrazano. It's shameful.

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