Municipal Government

Public Employee Pensions Under Attack
Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Municipal Government, New York

Public Employee Pensions Under Attack

New York public servants are members of one of the eight public employee pension systems in the State and City.  Approximately 700,000 active employees are contributing to their future pensions. Approximately 500,000 members and survivors collect Defined Benefits Pensions. We are protected by the NYS constitution – current pension benefits are the state and city’s…

Professional Staff Congress Sues CUNY for Violating Federal CARES Act
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Professional Staff Congress Sues CUNY for Violating Federal CARES Act

New York, NY – The Professional Staff Congress has filed a lawsuit against the City University of New York seeking immediate injunctive relief against the firing of nearly 3,000 adjunct faculty and staff. The layoffs loom, even though the university received a total of $250 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic…

NYC Airport Workers Still Without Healthcare After Massive Industry Bailout
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NYC Airport Workers Still Without Healthcare After Massive Industry Bailout

Queens, New York – Dozens of airport workers that are members of 32BJ SEIU were in a social distancing outdoor rally in the simmering heat at the Katch Astoria Gastropub & Bar in Queens on Thursday, to advocate for the Healthy Terminals Act.  Since the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, the union lost over…

New City Budget Could Ax 1 Out of Every 15 City Workers
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New City Budget Could Ax 1 Out of Every 15 City Workers

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The coronavirus-austerity budget passed by the City Council July 1 could result in one out of every 15 city workers being laid off if labor costs aren’t cut by $1 billion within three months—and the unions representing them aren’t happy about that. “That’s a thank-you we get for fighting the virus,” Uniformed Sanitationmen’s…

Exposing the Bad Apples
Features, Finance, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

Exposing the Bad Apples

The State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on June 25. The suit alleges Grewal’s orders to expose “Bad apple” cops will have a dangerous impact on those whose names have been disclosed. A directive given by Grewal required the New Jersey Division of State Police, the…

Wellness Where It Counts
Features, Health and Safety, Municipal Government, New York

Wellness Where It Counts

Due to the pandemic, the U.S. unemployment rate, according to tradingeconomics.com, went from 3.6% in March 2020 to 14.7% in June. This means roughly 1 in 7 workers are unemployed, excluding off-the-books workers and 1099 contractors. Couple this with the statistical rate of 1 in 5 people that struggle with mental illness in our Country…

No Zeros for Heroes: MTA Contract Stance is a Slap in the Face to ATU Workers on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic
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No Zeros for Heroes: MTA Contract Stance is a Slap in the Face to ATU Workers on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

New York, NY – Hundreds of Amalgamated Transit Union [ATU] members rallied in front MTA Headquarters Wednesday because they’ve been working without a contract since May 2019, even though the union that represents the largest number of employees at NYC Transit, TWU Local 100, negotiated a new contract in December 2019. According to Danny Casella,…

$1 Trillion Needed to Prevent Public Services Collapse, Saunders Says
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$1 Trillion Needed to Prevent Public Services Collapse, Saunders Says

WASHINGTON—Congress needs to enact “at least $1 trillion” in federal aid for state and local governments in order to prevent public services from collapsing, AFSCME President Lee Saunders declared this month. Speaking on a June 18, telephone press conference organized by the union, he said about 1.6 million public-sector workers have lost their jobs since the COVID-19…

The Entertainment Industries ‘Safe Way Forward’
Entertainment, Finance, Health and Safety, Municipal Government, New York

The Entertainment Industries ‘Safe Way Forward’

New York, NY –  Entertainment unions collaborated in the development of The Safe Way Forward. This multi-union report on Covid-19 safety guidelines is the document to be utilized as film and theaters open their doors.  This critical document has been prepared with input from Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), and Screen…

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