Law and Politics

B'way Casting Directors Defy Attempt to Break Union

June 22, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Casting directors vow to fight on.

New York, NY - The organization representing Broadway producers and theater owners is crying foul after the top casting directors in the industry and their supporters rallied outside Radio City Music Hall earlier this month, demanding union recognition and a fair contract. 

The New Threat Facing Union Organizers

June 17, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

The GOP is at it again.

New York, NY - The job of union organizers could soon get a lot tougher if House Republicans are successful enacting a trio of new bills being sold to the American public as a package of necessary “Labor reforms.” 

Workmen's Circle Leader Urges Stronger Coalitions to Counter Hate

June 15, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

New York, NY - The head of the more than century-old institution founded to help Jewish immigrants make it in the USA is urging stronger, more diverse coalitions between organized labor and other progressive groups to better confront the torrent of xenophobic bile currently spewing out of Donald Trump’s White House. 

6 Reasons Curtis Ellis Is a Terrible Pick for Trade Post

May 31, 2017 
Kenneth Quinnell

Washington, DC - News has emerged that Curtis Ellis is being considered by President Donald Trump as one of the finalists to run the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB).

Trump's Budget Would Hurt Everyone – Except the Wealthy

May 30, 2017 
By Omar Tewfik

Reprinted: AFSCME.ORG

Washington, DC - The White House’s plan, released last night, would provide huge tax cuts to rich people like Trump and corporations and slash funding for many of the programs that millions of lower- and middle-class Americans depend on every day.

Why Lulus Might Be Trouble for Everyone

May 23, 2017 
By Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein

New York, NY - Right now, the top news in the New York politics is the story of the State Senate’s lulu payments, the extra money that legislators in leadership positions earn.

Critic Calls on Labor to Help Take Down REBNY 'Bullies'

May 19, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

'REBNY Bullies' on Blue Collar Buzz

New York, NY - A corporate watchdog intent on upending the powerful Real Estate Board of New York’s grip on city politics is calling on organized labor to help “divide and conquer” the more than 120-year-old organization. 

City Council to Probe Spectrum Standoff With Workers

May 19, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Pressure is mounting on Spectrum.

New York, NY - A Queens councilman on Thursday promised striking Spectrum/Charter Communications workers rallying outside the multi-billion dollar telecom's 23rd Street offices that hearings will soon be held looking into the company’s activities during the almost two-month-old standoff with IBEW Local 3 members.  

Gottfried Tells Blue Collar Buzz: Whatever They Do In Washington Will Only Make Healthcare Worse!

May 18, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Blue Collar Buzz: Assembly Member Gottfried.

New York, NY - The health insurance scheme being concocted in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will only make the nation’s already broken healthcare system much worse -- and the only way out is universal single-payer healthcare, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried recently said on an episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970. 

New TWU Leader: Democrats Need 'Class-Based Message'

May 13, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

John Samuelsen.

New York, NY - John Samuelsen, newly tapped president of the Transportation Workers Union of America, [TWU] says he will bring the same kind of “working class progressivism” he was known for as the outspoken leader of TWU Local 100 in New York City, to his new role as head of the 140,000-member national organization.

Trumka Calls Talks With Trump 'Not Very Satisfying’

May 12, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Pittsburg, PA - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said May 6 that his recent talks with President Donald Trump about how to revive manufacturing in the United States were “not very satisfying.”

Is President Trump a Working-Class Hero? Hardly

May 11, 2017 
By Larry Cary

Well, it’s been a bit more than 100 days.  That’s enough time to see the outline of where President Trump stands on helping working people, the group that abandoned the Democratic Party in three key states and gave him a victory because they wanted someone to “shake-up” the establishment.

Congress Repeals Rule Allowing State-Run Retirement Plans

May 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Senate voted May 3 to repeal an Obama-era rule that lets states sponsor their own retirement-savings programs for low-income workers.

Senate Confirms Acosta as Secretary of Labor

May 3, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Senate voted 60-38 to confirm Alex Acosta as Secretary of Labor Apr. 27. Eight Democrats and independent Angus King of Maine joined 51 Republicans in approving Donald Trump’s second nominee to the post.

House GOP Pushes Overtime-Pay Substitution

April 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - House Republicans are quietly advancing a bill called the Working Families Flexibility Act that would end the federal requirement of time-and-a-half pay for overtime and let private-sector employers offer comp time off instead.

Attorney for 9/11 Workers: Deadline Approaching for Federal Compensation Protection

April 26, 2017 
By: Michael Barasch, 
Managing Partner, Barasch McGarry
Lawyer for the 9/11 Community

Throughout 2015, a union coalition fought for and achieved the permanent reauthorization and funding to secure Congressional passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.  This critical federal law provides healthcare and $7.3 billion in compensation for those sickened in the aftermath of the attacks.

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