Law and Politics

The Right Wing's Hostage

February 1, 2013
Walker Bragman

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, a lone gunman boarded a school bus in Midland City, AL, and demanded two hostages. When the bus driver, 65-year-old Charles Albert Poland protested, the gunman shot him four times with a handgun and took one five-year-old boy hostage, bringing him to an underground bunker he'd apparently been constructing for years on his property. Police have been communicating with him through PVC pipe.

NYC Council Candidate Yetta Kurland Receives ATU Endorsement

January 31, 2013
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Publisher

New York, NY – Civil rights attorney, and radio show host Yetta Kurland receivedanother labor endorsement today, this time by Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International.

ATU’s Local 1181 is currently on strike in New York City demanding better conditions for their workers.

Many Positive Educational Initiatives Included in NYS Executive Budget

January 30, 2013
By Susan Smith, LaborPress Albany Bureau

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York State United Teachers commenting on the proposed executive budget has stated that it builds on positive education initiatives essential to ending the achievement gap and raising overall student performance. NYSUT noted that state aid to public schools and colleges still remains below what's needed to reverse previous budgets and the property tax cap.

I'm Running For Mayor of NYC

January 28, 2013
By Bill de Blasio

On Sunday January 27, 2013, my family and I made a very big announcement from right outside our home in Brooklyn:  I am officially running for Mayor of New York City!

A DREAM Becomes REALITY In Brooklyn

January 25, 2013
By NYS Senator Kevin Parker

(Brooklyn, NY) Brooklyn’s own Loews Kings Theatre was a place where people went to see dreams on screen, larger than life. Many celebrities who grew up in Brooklyn worked as ushers in the theater, including Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler.

Obama II - Will We Be a Better Nation

January 23, 2013
By John Zogby

As President Barack Obama prepares for a second term as the 44th President of the United States of America, there are a few things we know for sure. There will be a monument erected in his honor somewhere along the pantheon of similar constructions that venerate the likes of Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln.

Labor Board Issues New Ruling

January 22, 2013
By Larry Cary

In a recent case, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that employer gathered confidential witness statements used to investigate worker misconduct must be shared with the union during investigation of a disciplinary grievance unless the employer can show it has an overriding confidentiality interest.  This reverses the Labor Board’s 34 year old rule allowing employers to refuse to produce such statements to the union.

GINA – Know the Basics

January 11, 2013
Max H. Sicherman

Several federal laws offer employees protection from various forms of employer discrimination. For example, an employer is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion or sex (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act), because an individual has a physical disability (Americans with Disabilities Act), or because of one’s age (Age Discrimination in Employment Act). However, employees should be aware of a relatively new federal statute which prohibits employment discrimination based on an individual’s most personal and private medical material: genetic information.

John Zogby's President Obama's Weekly Report Card (Jan. 1-6)

January 9, 2013
Sometimes, I must admit, giving grades is not an easy task. I always have to strip away personal feelings, ideology, anger from readers, and what I think people want to see. I also have to call it as I see it.

But, pity the pollster this week, Oh Reader: what on earth did I see this week? Congress self-imposed a deadline, a line in the sand. They scared the American people by defining a fiscal cliff, which then became inconvenient so it morphed in the minds of some into a 'slope', perhaps even a bump on a rug.

Workers Across the Nation Fight for Justice!

December 15, 2012
By Barbara Kestenbaum

There is something big happening in America. All across our country workers are fighting back! Their hard-won successes include:

•    The unionizing of over 500 workers at Rite-Aid’s Southwest Distribution Center in Lancaster, California by the Longshoremen’s union (ILWU).

Legislative Update: Reportable Business Relationships

December 4, 2012
By Richard Winsten and Deanne Braveman Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein

The Public Integrity Reform Act, which became effective in August 2011, contains a requirement that clients and lobbyists report any business relationships with any state person.  Though this law took effect in August of 2011 the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) released guidelines in late September 2012 on how to report these relationships as well as the forms to do so. 

Obama Needs Union Support to Win

October 31, 2012
Washington DC Bureau

Obama Needs Massive Support from Unions To Win.

If President Barack Obama hopes to be re-elected for a second term as president, he will need — and receive — enormous support from the AFL-CIO and its members. The unions played the same rescue role in getting Obama elected to his first term in the White House.

Obama Leading in Virginia, 49%-47%

October 26, 2012
LaborPress Washington DC Bureau

A brand new Zogby Poll shows President Barack Obama continues his ever-so-slight lead over GOP challenger Mitt Romney 49% to 47% among Virginia likely voters. The online poll of 832 likely voters was conducted Monday (October 22) through Wednesday (October 24) and has a margin-of-sampling error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.

Retirement Security

October 25, 2012
Reprint from AFLCIO Website

Fewer employers today provide defined-benefit pensions for their workers—and among those that do, many are offering “defined-contribution” (like 401[k]s) rather than traditional “defined-benefit” pension plans.

Non-Profits – An Expanding Workforce Providing Critical Services

October 15, 2012
By John Magisano

In the United States, there are approximately 1.6 million nonprofit organizations. Together, they employ 11.1% of the American workforce in both full-time paid and volunteer positions, and their wages make up 6.6% of our entire economy (Saloman and Sokolowski, 2006). 

Mr. President, Take Heart

October 11, 2011
By Ed Koch

I have no doubt that after his debate with President Obama, Mitt Romney was in a celebratory mood. No one expected that the first presidential debate would be a game changer. Debates rarely have a lasting or significant impact. Further, to have what we had during the first debate required a perfect storm. Not only did the challenger have to be brilliant, but the incumbent had to be really terrible. But that is what happened.

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