Finance

Cablevision’s Union-Busting Must be Addressed
Finance

Cablevision’s Union-Busting Must be Addressed

September 3, 2014 By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Editorial  In January 2012, 285 Brooklyn Cablevision workers voted to join the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1109. Three years ago these Brooklyn Cablevision technicians stood together and faced intimidation and harassment by Cablevision in order to be members of a union. Yes, it’s been three years that Cablevision…

Carpenters Sue State on Roosevelt Island Wages
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Carpenters Sue State on Roosevelt Island Wages

September 2, 2014 By Steven Wishnia Accusing it of authorizing illegally low wages for construction workers on Roosevelt Island, the New York City District Council of Carpenters has filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Labor. The suit, filed Aug. 22 in state Supreme Court, alleges that the department wrongly classified the Riverwalk 7…

LA Minimum Wage Increase Shows the Way
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LA Minimum Wage Increase Shows the Way

September 2, 2014 By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Editorial Los Angeles, California – The fight to raise the minimum wage in fast food stores has reached California. Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti has recommended the raising of the city’s minimum wage by $4.25 and plans to index it to inflation. His goal is to reach a $15 minimum…

A Strategic Political Argument for the Minimum Wage
Finance

A Strategic Political Argument for the Minimum Wage

September 1, 2014 By Oren M. Levin-Waldman The minimum wage has long been thought of as an issue that only affects the low-wage labor market, i.e. the working poor. Broader construction of the minimum wage population, however, shows that not to be the case. When the minimum wage labor market is defined as the effective…

Finance

NYS Common Retirement Fund Rises

August 22, 2014 By Stephanie West The New York State Common Retirement Fund’s (Fund) value grew to an estimated $180.7 billion in the first quarter ending June 30, 2014. The Fund had ended the state’s Fiscal Year 2014 on March 31 with a value of $176.8 billion. The net growth in the value of the…

NYC Economy Shows Fast Growth
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NYC Economy Shows Fast Growth

August 19, 2014 By Stephanie West New York, NY – While unemployment remains stuck at 7.9 percent in New York City, the economy has added tens of thousands of jobs in the private sector, pointing to a firmer labor market, stronger tax revenues and a more stable economy.

Disney Workers Ratify Contract
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Disney Workers Ratify Contract

August 13, 2014 By Stephanie West Members of the Service Trades Council Union ratified a new agreement with the Walt Disney World Resort in a vote on August 1. Workers came to a tentative agreement with the resort late on July 18. The new contract covers 21,000 workers, more than 60% of whom are represented by UNITE HERE Local 737…

Top 10 Tax Breaks You’ll Miss in 2014
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Top 10 Tax Breaks You’ll Miss in 2014

August 7, 2014 By Salvatore J. Armao, CPA/PFS, CFP, CFE, CGMA Managing Partner, Armao LLP Who’s thinking about taxes during the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer? Well, at Armao LLP, we are…and so should you! You probably didn't notice, but when the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2013, a number of popular tax…

Union Retirees Urged to “Go on the Offense”
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Union Retirees Urged to “Go on the Offense”

August 5, 2014 By Stephanie West Los Angeles, California – There has never been a time like this for the labor movement, AFT President Randi Weingarten told the opening session of the AFT Retirees Conference on July 10. "People want a union if they can get it," she said, noting that the fight for collective…

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