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CWA 1182 Updates Members on Gains

November 30, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - Facing more than 400 rank-and-file members at a union meeting Nov. 5, CWA Local 1182 President Syed Rahim celebrated winning step pay, gain-sharing, and an annuity plan in its most recent contracts, for the first time ever.

Progress on Recycling Makes $ense

November 23, 2016  
By Corey Bearak, The Public Ought To Know

Queens, NY – This past weekend I participated in recycling in a new old way.  After the 1989 enactment of Local Law 19, also known as “The New York City Recycling Law,” New Yorkers expected to experience a 25% reduction or recycling of all non-hazardous solid waste by tonnage by the December 31, 1993 (emphasis intended); four years later anticipated New York City achieving 40% recycling.  New York City today recycles a bit more than one-third what we believed attainable one quarter century ago.

Connecticut Submarine Draftsmen OK Four-Year Deal

November 19, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Groton, CT - The union representing more than 2,000 designers, draftsmen, technical aides, and engineering support administrative personnel at the Electric Boat shipyard voted Nov. 10 to ratify a four-year contract that will give them 3% annual raises and a $1,000 signing bonus.

Buses Support Smart Development

November 16, 2016   
By Corey Bearak, The Public Ought To Know

Queens, NY – Attend a meeting and you never know what ideas come your way.  Just that way last Thursday when I responded to an invite to attend a program hosted by the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors in Plainview, Long Island.

Honeywell Offers New Contract Deal to Locked-Out Workers

November 12, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

South Bend, IN - United Auto Workers members will vote Nov. 12 on a contract proposal from Honeywell Aerospace that could end the six-month-long lockout at two aircraft-parts plants in Indiana and upstate New York.

D.C. Transit Union Rips ‘Death Spiral’ Budget Cuts

November 11, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The union representing workers in DC’s Metro subway system has sharply criticized massive budget cuts and layoffs the system’s general manager proposed Oct. 31.

Philly Transit Strike Ends

November 9, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA - The strike that stopped Philadelphia buses, trolleys, and subways for six days ended just before 5 a.m. Nov. 7, when Transport Workers Union Local 234 signed a tentative five-year contract with the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

Cincinnati Transit Union Sues Over Living-Wage Violations

November 9, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Cincinnati, OH, USA Amalgamated Transit Union Local 627 has filed a lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), charging that they are violating the city’s April living-wage law by paying some workers less than $15 an hour.

Pensions, Schedules, Health Care Main Issues in Philly Transit Strike

November 7, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA - The strike that stopped subway and bus service in Philadelphia entered its third day Nov. 3, as talks broke down between Transport Workers Union Local 234 and the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

Loss of Manufacturing Devastating to America’s Cities

November 6, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC -  A new report Unmade in America: Industrial Flight and the Decline of Black Communities, explores the devastating effects to American cities caused by the loss of Manufacturing jobs. Employment in the manufacturing industry has provided a path to the middle class for millions in our cities.

 Uber Drivers Split Class-Action Suit Into Two Parts Over Arbitration

November 5, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - The ten Uber drivers who filed a federal-class action suit in June contending that the company cheated them out of minimum-wage and overtime pay by classifying them as independent contractors have divided their case into two separate suits.

School Bus Drivers Reach Contract Deal, Averting Strike

November 2, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

Brooklyn, NY - The union representing the 900 drivers and attendants at two Brooklyn school-bus companies reached a tentative contract deal late on the night of Oct. 31, averting a strike that could have begun the next morning.

An Approach to Address the L Shutdown

October 30, 2016 
By Corey Bearak, The Public Ought To Know

Queens, NY – Imposing a toll-tax scheme on the free Brooklyn East River crossings to Manhattan provides absolutely no relief to the commuters and businesses impacted by the planned L train shutdown.  The “fairly” scheme proposed in a recent media piece offers neither net revenues nor traffic relief. 

900 School-Bus Workers Vote to OK Strike

October 28, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

Brooklyn, NY - Drivers and attendants at two of the city’s leading school-bus contractors voted Oct. 26 to authorize a strike, possibly when their current contract extension expires on Tuesday morning, Nov.

Will Denver Airport Renovation Jeopardize Jobs?

October 22, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Denver, CO - Worried that the coming renovation of Denver International Airport will privatize their jobs out of existence, more than 50 food and retail workers wearing red “Am I fired?” T-shirts rallied there Oct. 14.

ATU's Strategic Approaches to Bus Public Transit

October 20, 2016  

By Corey Bearak

Queens, NY – Part three of this four part series of The Public Ought To Know recommended a strategic look at public bus transit.

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