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UUP President Urging Energy Efficiency
Education, Environment and Energy, Features, Municipal Government, New York

UUP President Urging Energy Efficiency

Albany, NY – UUP President Frederick E. Kowal, Ph.D., delivered testimony Nov. 13 urging lawmakers to reduce NYS reliance on non-renewable energy sources and move SUNY toward meeting the mandates of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Kowal testified before a joint hearing by the Assembly standing committees on Higher Education and Environmental Conservation. The…

Uber Drivers Must be Covered by Disability & Unemployment
Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, New York, Transportation

Uber Drivers Must be Covered by Disability & Unemployment

Newark, New Jersey –  New Jersey Uber drivers have a right to disability and unemployment benefits. New Jersey is sending a message – labor laws aren’t dictated by corporations. As Bloomberg Law has reported, the New Jersey Department of Labor has found Uber drivers employees for the purposes of disability insurance and unemployment insurance. Uber is on the hook…

City Council OKs Prevailing Wage for Workers in ‘Affordable Housing’
Building Trades, Features, Law and Politics, New York, topslot

City Council OKs Prevailing Wage for Workers in ‘Affordable Housing’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The City Council voted 46-1 Nov. 14 to pass a law that would require the operators of many future “affordable housing” developments to pay building-service workers prevailing wage. The bill, sponsored by Councilmember Rafael L. Espinal Jr. (D-Brooklyn), amends the city’s 2012 Prevailing Wage Law to remove the exemption that affordable-housing projects and nonprofit…

New Jersey Rules Uber Drivers Are Employees
Features, Law and Politics, National, Retail, topslot, Transportation

New Jersey Rules Uber Drivers Are Employees

TRENTON, N.J.—The New Jersey Department of Labor has assessed Uber for almost $650 million for failing to pay unemployment and disability taxes for its drivers. The department charged that Uber evaded $523 million in taxes over the past four years by misclassifying its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, according to letters sent to…

Public Ownership of Natural Gas Systems Needed
Environment and Energy, Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, New York

Public Ownership of Natural Gas Systems Needed

“I applaud Governor Cuomo for moving to revoke National Grid’s certificate to operate its gas franchise. The Governor’s letter rightfully highlights the coercive and abusive tactics that National Grid undertook to try to drum up support for the environmentally backward fracked gas Williams Pipeline.  “It is time to recognize that National Grid and Con Edison’s…

The Tina Turner Musical
Entertainment, Features, New York

The Tina Turner Musical

The life and times of Tina Turner is engaging and foot-stomping and hands clapping musical which keeps the audience engaged.  Adrienne Warren the star of Tina-The Tina Turner Musical has the booming voice, charisma and incredible dance moves which rocks the house. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and  Kees…

AFL-CIO HIT Invests $52 Million in Bronx Betances Senior Apartments
Environment and Energy, Features, Finance, Health and Safety, New York

AFL-CIO HIT Invests $52 Million in Bronx Betances Senior Apartments

Bronx, New York –  The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) is helping to finance the $98 million new construction of the Betances Senior development in the Bronx, NY.  The eight-story project will create 152 new units of housing exclusively reserved for seniors with incomes up to 50% of the Area Median Income. There is no…

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