Merck Union Affiliates with OPEIU
June 22, 2012
Around Town By Neal Tepel
Merck Independent Union (MIU) in West Point, Pennsylvania has voted to join the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO. MIU represents administrative employees employed by Merck Sharp & Dohme, a pharmaceutical corporation. The 287 members of MIU voted 96 - 4 in favor of affiliation with OPEIU and will now be known as MIU/OPEIU Local 1937, which celebrates the year in which MIU was founded. MIU recently ratified a 5-year agreement with the company.
Green Party Attacks Cuomo's Policies
June 21, 2012
Around Town by Neal Tepel
The Green Party is claiming Governor Andrew Cuomo's secretive relationship with the Committee to Save New York highlights the failure of the Democratic Party over the last six years to reduce the power of money and special interests in Albany since taking back control of the Governor's mansion. According to the Green Party, gambling interests gave the Committee $2 million dollars at a time when Cuomo decided to promote casinos.
First Trade Appoints Chairman and Three New Directors
June 21, 2012
Around Town - By Neal Tepel
First Trade Union Bank, http://www.ftub.com, a full-service bank with offices in Massachusetts and New York, has appointed a new Board Chairman while welcoming three new members to its Board of Directors. Dale Stuhlmiller has been appointed First Trade Union Bank’s Chairman of the Board. Mr. Stuhlmiller, a board member since 2008, begins his duties in June 2012. Dale succeeds Harry Dow, who has served on the Bank’s board for ten years, with the last four as Chairman.
Troubling Trends for City Infrastructure
LaborPress Endorses Rory Lancman For Congress in New York’s 6th CD
June 18, 2012
By Neal Tepel, Publisher
In reviewing the candidates for Congress in New York’s 6th Congressional District, LaborPress has endorsed Rory Lancman because of his outstanding record on labor issues. Rory has been a leading voice for working New Yorkers from the moment he was elected to the Assembly. He has consistently supported issues of importance to labor and communities including advocating for a minimum wage, safety in the workplace, legislation to protect the environment, millionaire’s tax, the Wage Theft Prevention Act, and keeping Walmart out of New York City.
TWU Bus Op Joins Community Board 9
Recent NLRB Decision Makes Organizing Easier
June 13, 2012
By Larry Cary
Last year, the National Labor Relations Board issued its decision in Specialty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 375 NLRB No. 83, which radically changed the bargaining unit determination rules for the better. Many organizers have not heard about it but they should know that under the new approach, smaller specific segments of an employer’s workforce can now be organized through NLRB certification elections without having to include other employees, which, as a practical matter, may be less likely to vote for unionization.
Proper Planning Before Being Injured
June 12, 2012
By John Merlino
Recently, I came across a worker who suffered a dislocated shoulder and still went to work with a sling. While at work, he removed the sling in order to perform a task that required both hands. Needless to say, the injury worsened. In unbearable pain, he had to go home.
Spano Proposes Controling Sick Leave in Fire Department
June 6, 2012
Around Town By Neal Tepel
Mayor Mike Spano of Yonkers has announced a plan to avoid layoffs of Fire Department personnel in the new budget, while reducing overtime costs by nearly $6 million a year. Spano said the proposal will rely on controlling sick leave abuse in the Fire Department, which he claims has grown to excessive proportions. Mayor Spano said in some weeks as much as 25% of the fire department's personnel call in sick.
June 4, 2012
By Ray Parker, Staff Writer
The heat on Bus Dispatcher Earl Bryant rose by a few degrees on June 1 when NY State Senator Adriano Espaillat called for the MTA to come down harder on Bryant, who has been accused of verbal and physical harassment of MTA employees at the Kingsbridge Depot in upper Manhattan.
Bloomberg Vetoes Living Wage Legislation!
By Salvatore J. Armao, CPA/PFS, CFP, CFE, CGMA
Two areas that are often overlooked by union locals – but not overlooked by IRS auditors – are employer provided vehicles and reimbursed employee expenses. By taking note of the following information, union locals can avoid two common record keeping pitfalls when filing tax returns.
May 31, 2012
By Tom Canty, Vice President and General Manager for Labor, Government and Special Accounts at Empire BlueCross BlueShield
Empire is looking at ways to help health care evolve, and a better, healthier, more efficient and affordable future may be just around the corner. Our parent company is teaming up with IBM to create an original clinical use for their Watson technology. We envision this powerful tool helping physicians identify options in the treatment of our members by providing advanced insights and access to the very latest medical research.
The Bloomberg Executive Budget & the Early Learn Awards
May 23, 2012
By Raglan George, Jr. District Council 1707 Executive Director AFSCME International Vice President
Again Poor Management & Planning For the City’s Children and Families
After reviewing the ten-year reign of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the only ones who could be pleased by his administration’s policies regarding the “non-essential persons” living in the city could only be the very, very rich and the extremely powerful. The administration’s unbridled dismantling of the social service infrastructure will be well remembered because it occurred during the worst recession since the Great Depression beginning in 1929.