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Flight Attendants March Worldwide for Contract
Health and Safety

Flight Attendants March Worldwide for Contract

July 17, 2015 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—Flight attendants working for United Airlines staged a day of action worldwide to pressure the airline company to make good on a pledge it made to settle a new contract after the company merged with Continental Airlines in 2010. 

Firefighters Suing Council Speaker Mark-Viverito
Health and Safety

Firefighters Suing Council Speaker Mark-Viverito

July 15, 2015 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—In the latest move by the Uniformed Firefighters Association to secure higher disability pension payments for its members, the union’s president, Steve Cassidy, announced a new lawsuit against City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, charging her with obstruction of debate and open government. 

‘TWU is Effectively Now the BikeShare Union’
Transportation

‘TWU is Effectively Now the BikeShare Union’

July 14, 2015 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—That’s what the president of the Transport Workers Union Local 100 said in a video interview after the union announced in a morning press conference that it successfully negotiated a contract after a marathon bargaining session that covers about 200 workers for the next five years. 

The Clock is Ticking Towards Transportation Funding Insolvency
Transportation

The Clock is Ticking Towards Transportation Funding Insolvency

July 8, 2015 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—So warns the president of the Transportation Trades Department, Edward Wytkind. He recently penned a commentary about what are the consequences if Congress fails to authorize new legislation that doesn’t just simply provide funding that keeps up with inflation but requires billions in new money to keep…

Bay Area Building Trades to Electrify Rail Corridor
Building Trades

Bay Area Building Trades to Electrify Rail Corridor

July 8, 2015 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—The San Francisco Building Construction Trades Council recently signed a Project Labor Agreement with the local transit agency to electrify the length of a passenger rail corridor between San Francisco in the north to San Jose in the south, ensuring that the trades’ skilled members get the…

California Labor Celebrates July 4th and High Speed Rail
Building Trades

California Labor Celebrates July 4th and High Speed Rail

July 6, 2015 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—Work is ramping up in the Fresno area as California High Speed Rail Authority contractors conducted the first concrete pour at the Fresno River Viaduct where the first aerial structure is being constructed to connect Northern and Southern California via high-speed rail.

Pension System Could Net $87M If Governor Makes Payment
Municipal Government

Pension System Could Net $87M If Governor Makes Payment

June 30, 2015 Reprinted with permission from NJ AFL-CIO New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech expressed the federation’s support for a proposal by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto calling on Gov. Christie to make the state’s annual pension payment at the start of the fiscal year, rather than waiting until…

Mixed Response to Supreme Court ObamaCare Decision
Health and Safety

Mixed Response to Supreme Court ObamaCare Decision

June 29, 2015 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—Most of organized labor exulted when the Supreme Court ruled last week in the King v. Burwell case that millions of Americans are entitled to keep the tax subsidies that help them afford insurance. But some labor unions expressed dismay that the Affordable Care Act’s benefits come…

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