Municipal Government

Jail Time for Boss that Stole from Workers
Features, Finance, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

Jail Time for Boss that Stole from Workers

SOUTHAMPTON, NY – Richard Bivona, the owner of Southampton Princess Diner (“Princess Diner”), and John Kalogeras, former manager of Princess Diner, were charged with failing to pay restaurant workers. Together, Bivona and Kalogeras misappropriated a total of over $132,000 from 23 workers. Bivona was sentenced to six months in jail. Bivona has been required to pay $88,428 to 15 workers…

Kohler Workers OK Contract That Shrinks Two-Tier Gap
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Kohler Workers OK Contract That Shrinks Two-Tier Gap

KOHLER, Wisc.—Production workers at the Kohler plumbing-products company here overwhelmingly ratified a contract Dec. 2 that will eliminate most of the two-tier pay differences established in 2010. The five-year deal won approval from 87% of the more than 1,000 United Auto Workers Local 833 members who voted—in contrast to 2015, when the company’s insistence on…

NYC Emergency Management Distributes Coats
Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Municipal Government, New York

NYC Emergency Management Distributes Coats

NEW YORK, NY – On Wednesday December 5th, the New York City Emergency Management Department and New York Cares  distributed more than 300 winter coats at the Salvation Army in Harlem. “Each winter, many New Yorkers face the extreme cold without a warm coat. Prolonged exposure to cold weather can lead to hypothermia, frostbite, and can…

Teamsters OK Deal With 40% Raise for Frontier Air Maintenance Controllers
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Teamsters OK Deal With 40% Raise for Frontier Air Maintenance Controllers

DENVER, Colo.—Teamsters Local 455 has ratified its first contract with Frontier Airlines, giving the 12sters maintenance controllers covered a 40% raise. The five-year deal, announced by the union Dec. 3, includes up to ten years of pay increases. It will bring the average pay for maintenance controllers, who manage the airline’s maintenance schedule, from about…

UAW Says New Trade Deal Won’t Stop GM Seeking Cheap Labor in Mexico
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UAW Says New Trade Deal Won’t Stop GM Seeking Cheap Labor in Mexico

DETROIT, Mich.—The United Auto Workers says General Motors’ plans to close five plants in the U.S. and Canada might be part of a strategy to take advantage of cheaper labor in Mexico—and the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement isn’t going to stop that. “We were hopeful that this new agreement would rein in the corporate greed that…

Connecticut Unions Denounce Execs’ Call for Wage Freeze
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Connecticut Unions Denounce Execs’ Call for Wage Freeze

HARTFORD, Conn.—Connecticut labor unions denounced a state commission report calling for a wage freeze for state employees and teachers while cutting taxes on the rich. The Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth’s report on the state’s fiscal health, released Nov. 28, says that in order to reduce its budget deficit, Connecticut should cut $1…

Charter Boycott Back On After Negotiations To End 20-Month-Old Strike Break Down
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Charter Boycott Back On After Negotiations To End 20-Month-Old Strike Break Down

New York, NY – Striking Charter/Spectrum workers, on Monday, resumed their Governor Cuomo-backed boycott of NY1 and other corporate-run cable-TV channels following the breakdown of negotiations that could have finally ended IBEW Local 3’s nearly two-year standoff with the multi-billion-dollar telecom giant. 

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