Building Service Workers Ready To Strike For Their Fair Share of NYC Wealth

New York, NY – The union representing building service workers across the city have put wealthy owners and contractors on notice: we are coming for what we’ve earned — and we will strike to get it.  “The building industry in booming in New York City and we have to start telling the building owners and…

Union Activism Can Be Murder; But That’s a Good Thing

Brooklyn, NY – Good murder mysteries ultimately keep you guessing “whodunit?” Tim Sheard’s Lenny Moss murder mysteries ultimately keep you guessing “whodunit?” — and “how-will-workers-secure-a-collective-bargaining-agreement-that-guarantees-area-standard-wages-and-benefits-plus-a-dignified-retirement?” “There are some people who will read my books because they like mysteries or they like medical stories, maybe they work in the health field,” the author, organizer and Hard…

Labor Supports Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth

New York, NY — On Monday, May 6th, Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth (SGHY), founded by former Councilmember Alan Gerson to honor his mother as a life-long physical educator and community activist, held its annual gala which honored CSA President Mark Cannizzaro, C. Virginia Fields, Lois Lee, Ken Paskar, Dirk McCall, Peter Yarrow and Jerry Goldman…

32BJ Workers Strike At Two Downtown Luxury Condos

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Service workers at two financial-district luxury-condominium buildings went on strike June 10, after almost two years of trying to get their first union contract. They plan to stay out “till we get a contract,” said Naim Likovic, night-shift concierge at the Setai Wall Street at 40 Broad St., as about 15 workers and…

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N.J. State Workers Rally for ‘Millionaires Tax,’ Against Benefit Cuts

TRENTON, N.J.—New Jersey public workers rallied outside the Statehouse June 13, supporting Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed tax on income over $1 million and state Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s plans to cut their pension and health benefits. “Come July 1, there will be a full accounting of who was on which side,” Communications Workers of America…

Homeless On Subway Addressed By NYC

NEW YORK, NY —  New York City is attempting to address the expanding  homelessness on the subways by offering alternative pathways off the streets into transitional and permanent housing.  The New York City Police Department, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the City’s Department of Homeless Services, will provide new options to individuals they encounter…

Gaps In NYC School Safety Planning

NEW YORK, NY – Planning requirements for shootings and emerge situations in New York City’s schools need to be more strictly enforced by New York City’s Department of Education (DOE), according to an audit released  by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.  Auditors found DOE was lax in requiring that safety plans were filed on time by…

NYC Health Department Closes Two Schools For Violating Measles Regulations

NEW YORK, NY  – The New York City Health Department has announced it has closed two schools in Williamsburg for failing to comply with an Order of the Health Commissioner in response to the current measles outbreak.  UTA of Williamsburg – Yeshiva Torah V’Yirah (590 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, NY 11249) has been closed for failing to provide…

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N.J. State Workers Rally for ‘Millionaires Tax,’ Against Benefit Cuts

TRENTON, N.J.—New Jersey public workers rallied outside the Statehouse June 13, supporting Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed tax on income over $1 million and state Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s plans to cut their pension and health benefits. “Come July 1, there will be a full accounting of who was on which side,” Communications Workers of America...
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Immigrant Workers in Construction Rising

WASHINGTON, DC – Data from the American Community Survey (ACS) indicate native-born workers are leaving the construction industry and being replaced by immigrant workers. The number of Immigrant workers in the US construction industry has been regularly rising. Foreign born workers now account for the highest recorded by the American Community Survey (ACS). According to ACS,...
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Trumka Against New NAFTA

WASHINGTON, DC – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is urging union members to lobby against the new NAFTA.  Trumka believes the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA would harm workers just as the treaty it replaced. Trumka is touring through states that have been hardest hit by anti-worker trade rules and agreements like NAFTA. His tour includes Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, swing...
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Senior Staff Changes at Cinematographers Guild

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – The International Cinematographers Guild ( IATSE Local 600) is undergoing major staff changes in both their Western and Eastern Region offices, according to National Executive Director Rebecca Rhine. Alexander Tonisson, a 14-year veteran of the labor movement, has been hired as the Guild’s new Western Region Director. He most recently served as Director of...