Five-Year-Old Tyler Pawlowski ‘Sends A Message’ To The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority:

August 3, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell

Buffalo, NY - You couldn’t miss five-year-old Tyler Pawlowski standing out in front of the Downtown Buffalo Bus Terminal on Thursday (July 28th) with his father - an Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1342-represented mechanic employed by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) - wearing a t-shirt that read on the front: ATU Kid! - while holding a sign with a clock on it that read: Time’s Up NFTA!  Fair Contract!  Full Service Now!

Democrats’ Pressure Averts Philly Airport Strike

August 3, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA - Subcontractor workers at Philadelphia Airport announced July 22 that they would not go on strike during the Democratic National Convention, as American Airlines agreed to begin talks with Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ.

Union Helps Prep TEAs for Life on the Streets of NYC

August 1, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

CWA Local 1182 President Syed A. Rahim.

Queens, NY - Over the next 13 weeks, the latest class of NYPD Traffic Enforcement Agents will learn how to keep the City of New York moving, directing heavy traffic, issuing summonses, responding to emergencies and more. And on Friday, the latest 117 men and women to step up to those daunting challenges were introduced to the union dedicated to their ongoing health and welfare.

Improved Bus Service Remains Best Investment

July 27, 2016 
By Corey Bearak, The Public Ought To Know

Queens, NY – The recent so-called NYC Bus Coalition report on improving bus service basically adopted recommendations advanced by MTA bus unions including in testimony and commentary here.

Landmark Lawsuits Against Volkswagen

July 27, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - Landmark lawsuits against Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche, have been announced by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

Privatization Won’t Fix D.C. Transit

July 21, 2016 
By Jeremy Mohler

Washington, DC - Transportation is the backbone of a thriving and sustainable economy. Therefore, a public transit system should be judged by how it treats those that need it most, especially people with disabilities and our most marginalized communities.

U.S. Trade Representative Takes On China Over Unfair Export Duties

July 19, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Washington, DC - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is challenging China over export duties on raw materials crucial to the automobile, aerospace and other U.S. industries, saying they give Chinese manufacturers an unfair advantage. 

NYC Concrete Drivers Win Contract

July 19, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY -  New York City’s concrete truck drivers ratified a new contract with the New York City Concrete Producers Coalition at a union meeting last night.

Aircraft Painters Join Machinists

July 18, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Portland, OR - Workers at a subcontractor that paints planes for Boeing voted July 8 to join the International Association of Machinists. The union supporters at Commercial Aircraft Painting Services here prevailed by an 80–68 margin, despite the company hiring the American Labor Group union-avoidance consulting firm.

Philly Airport Workers Approve Strike During Dem Convention

July 15, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA - Service workers at Philadelphia International Airport voted overwhelmingly July 12 to strike sometime during the Democratic National Convention July 25-28.

In NYC, Uber Gets Love While 'Dollar Vans' Get Grief

July 13, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco 

Council Members Peter Koo, Jumaane Williams and I. Daneek Miller stand with commuter van operators.

New York, NY - Advocates hoping to strengthen New York City’s private commuter van industry through new legislation are charging that Johnny-come-lately services like Uber and Lyft have been granted favored status while mostly minority-operated “dollar van” lines that have consistently filled gaps in the town’s transit system must continue to fight for respect. 

Summertime Shake-Up for NYC 'Dollar Vans'

July 13, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

A package of new bill seeks to reform the private commuter van industry. Photo credit: Sandman Design via VisualHunt

New York, NY - A group of council members hoping to “bring the hammer down” on rouge commuter van drivers, while also strengthening legitimate vehicles servicing underserved communities through NYC, is betting that a package of four new bills is just what the industry needs.

Machinists Ratify Lockheed Contract

July 12, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Fort Worth, TX - International Association of Machinists District Lodge 776 voted 1,496 to 372 July 9 to ratify a new contract with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

Florida Bus Drivers Win Raise

July 8, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Panama City, FL - Paratransit and bus drivers in this Florida Panhandle resort town reached a tentative contract deal with the First Transit bus company July 6, after a late-night session with a federal mediator.

USW: Unfair Truck Tire Imports from China

July 7, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Pittsburg, Penn - Leo W. Gerard, USW International President, said: “The federal determination confirms what our petitions alleged – that Chinese tire producers are receiving a wide array of government subsidies and exporting those subsidized tires to the United States.

Feds, Prosecutors Probe Ironworker’s Fatal Fall

July 6, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Pennsauken, NJ - The Federal Railroad Administration and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office are investigating the death of ironworker Walter Lenkowski III, 25, who fell off a bridge tower June 5.

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