Municipal Government

This Week’s Buzz: Eric Dean; Spectrum; Construction Safety and Apprentice Training
Blue Collar Buzz, Features, Health and Safety, Multimedia, Municipal Government, National

This Week’s Buzz: Eric Dean; Spectrum; Construction Safety and Apprentice Training

On this full episode of LaborPress’ Blue Collar Buzz, we speak to Eric Dean, general president, International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union; Melissa Shetler, board member and co-founder of the Pathways to Apprenticeship program, as well as Shi Greene and Alex Fuentes, two products of the P2K program. We also…

UFA President Gerard Fitzgerald on the Passing of Retired Firefighter Ronald Svec
Features, Municipal Government, New York

UFA President Gerard Fitzgerald on the Passing of Retired Firefighter Ronald Svec

NEW YORK CITY – UFA President Gerard Fitzgerald made the following comments on the death of retired FF Ronald Svec from 9-11-related cancers: “ We will lay to rest one of New York City’s bravest, retired firefighter Ronald Svec.  Last Friday we lost Ronnie after a nine-year battle with cancer caused by his service at the World Trade Center site…

Tips Are for Workers Not Employers
Finance, Municipal Government, New York

Tips Are for Workers Not Employers

On Monday, February 5th, Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United  delivered thousands of comments opposing a proposed federal Department of Labor rule to make tips the property of employers. Workers and activists are calling for ONE FAIR WAGE in New York State, which would create better wages and better tips. The event took place in New York…

Protesters Demand That Tim Hortons Respect Minimum Wage
Features, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

Protesters Demand That Tim Hortons Respect Minimum Wage

TORONTO, Ontario—More than 50 demonstrations took place from Vancouver to Halifax Jan. 19, urging Tim Hortons’ franchisees to rescind cutbacks they made after Ontario raised its minimum wage Jan. 1. A number of franchisees of the Canada’s most popular coffee chain had responded to the increase, from C$11.60 to C$14 (about US$11.30) by eliminating paid…

Sobeys Begins Illegal Lockout
Features, Municipal Government, National

Sobeys Begins Illegal Lockout

NEW WESTMINSTER, Canada – Sobeys has begun an illegal lockout of more than 600 Safeway workers. The complaint was  filed by UFCW 1518. The complaint comes in the wake of Sobeys’ announcement that it will close 10 Safeway stores across the lower mainland. Sobeys further stated that it would consider re-opening five of those locations if…

Charter/Spectrum: Running Over Middle-Class Workers
Features, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York, Retail

Charter/Spectrum: Running Over Middle-Class Workers

New York, NY – For months, Charter/Spectrum — the second-largest cable provider in the country — has touted a so-called “wage-rich package” replete with “22 to 55-percent” pay increases, “excellent health insurance choices” and 401K savings plans with “generous six-percent dollar-for-dollar match[es].” But, if the cable giant’s offer is so great, why are striking IBEW…

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