Municipal Government

Chicago Has ‘More Sweatshops than Starbucks’

May 26, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - Chicago has more than 180 low-wage workplaces where workers regularly experience unsafe conditions, wage theft, injuries, sexual harassment, and discrimination and are afraid to complain about it, according to a study released May 18.

NYC Just Got Closer to Unionizing the Fast Food Industry

May 25, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Up next for fast food workers: A union!

New York, NY - The City Council on Wednesday took important action that could finally bring the five-year-old “$15 and a Union” campaign to fruition by backing a package of Fair Work Week bills that includes one measure to create a non-profit worker advocacy group funded through contributions taken directly from employee paychecks.

AFGE Fights for Quality Healthcare at VA

May 24, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - A Senate bill that would allow VA managers to fire rank-and-file workers based on scant evidence of wrongdoing and with little ability to appeal is a dangerous step toward politicizing the federal government's career civil service, the head of the largest government employee union testified today.

Connecticut State Workers Try to Stop Concessions

May 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Hartford, CT - Connecticut’s State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition will resume talks with the state May 24 while trying to fend off demands for concessions from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and both Democrats and Republicans in the state legislature.

Let’s Get Organized, Again

May 22, 2017 
By Bill Hohlfeld

This Sunday on Blue Collar Buzz our Spotlight on American Labor History was focused on the organizing of Pennsylvania steel plants at the height of the Great Depression.

Metro New York Labor Communications Council Holds 42nd Annual Convention

May 17, 2017 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – The Metro New York Labor Communications Council held its 42nd Annual Convention on Friday, May 12, at the 1199 SEIU headquarters in Midtown Manhattan.

CWA Local 1168 Celebrates 35 Years Of Representing Health Care Workers…

May 17, 2017 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell    

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Buffalo, NY -  More than 1,400 Members of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168 packed the Downtown Buffalo Convention Center earlier this month (May 5th) to take part in a 35-year celebration of a Union that represents a variety of Health Care Workers across Western New York.

213,000 Letter Carriers Reach Tentative New Labor Deal With Postal Service

May 16, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

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Washington, DC - The National Association of Letter Carriers has reached a tentative new labor agreement with the U.S. Postal Service covering 213,000 active city letter carriers nationwide.

People and Profits, Are the Two Really that Difficult to Balance?

May 15, 2017  
By Bill Hohlfeld

On last night’s American Labor History segment of Blue Collar Buzz, we briefly discussed the Pullman Strike of May of 1894. There was nothing terribly complicated about it. Neither the cause nor the effect is difficult to understand, economically.

Strong Safeguards Needed that Protect Civil Service Workers

May 14, 2017 
By AFGE President J. David Cox Sr.

Washington, DC -  J. David Cox Sr. Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. released the following statement in response to President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey:"Now more than ever, we must uphold the principle that there be strong safeguards protecting the civil service from politically motivated firing.

A ‘Look Back’ At The 2017 WNY Area Labor Federation’s Annual Awards Dinner…

May 11, 2017 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell    

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Buffalo, NY - “We are in a moment of ‘unique’ attack,” American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee Saunders told the more than 500 area Labor Leaders, Unionists, Elected Leaders and Friends of Labor who attended the 2017 Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) Appreciation Awards Dinner in Downtown Buffalo, adding: “But when the Labor Movement ‘fights,’ the Labor Movement ‘wins.’

Indiana Republican Admits Prevailing Wage Repeal Hasn't Saved Money

May 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Milwaukee, WI - In April, Indiana’s House assistant majority leader, Ed Soliday, traveled to Wisconsin, where the Republican-led state Senate is considering a bill to repeal the law that workers on public construction projects must be paid a union-level prevailing wage.

Budget Deal Saves Coal Miners’ Health Fund

May 10, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC -A bipartisan congressional budget committee agreed to a deal May 1 that will bail out a health-care fund covering for 22,000 retired coal miners, including many who suffer from black lung.

Spotlight on American Labor History

May 9, 2017 
By Bill Hohlfeld

Elements of Greatness
This week’s broadcast of “Blue Collar Buzz” highlighted the passing of Walter Reuther, President of the C.I.O.  He was, to be sure, an icon of the American Labor Movement.


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