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ATU Local 1056 Slams Response to Snow Storm

By I. Daneek Miller, President/Business Agent, ATU Local 1056January 18, 2011 Testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Transportation On behalf of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056, thank you Chairman Vacca, members of the committee and other concerned Council Members present. I am ATU 1056 President and Business Agent I. Daneek Miller. ATU…

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Under Cover of Anti-Labor Proposals, Other Radical Measures May Sneak Through

January 17, 2011Reprint from www.progressivestates.org, 1/13/11 As we reported last week (two weeks ago), legislators and advocates in several states are gearing up to oppose legislation that would roll back long-accepted labor standards and weaken prospects for a meaningful economic recovery.  Proponents of those measures are polarizing the political climate by vilifying unions and public…

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Prendergast Defends MTA Response as City Council Demands Answers

By Kismet BarksdaleJanuary 17, 2011 City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is widely considered the second most powerful politician in the City. Yet in her January 14 confrontation with New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast and his management team, the power looked evenly balanced. Although Quinn used the strongest possible language to criticize MTA performance…

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ATU Local 1056 Slams City Hall response to Snow Storm

Statement by I. Daneek Miller, President/Business Agent, ATU Local 1056January 3, 2011 The lack of adequate response to this weather crisis in the borough of Queens represents an abomination.  Citizens abandoned, waiting on buses that have been stuck for hours – or, in most cases, never left the depot.  No one has informed the riders…

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Local 46 Versus Zell

By Bendix AndersonDecember 22, 2010 Union members from Metallic Lathers Union, Local 46, protested outside a speech given by billionaire businessman Sam Zell at the Harmonie Club in Midtown Manhattan on the icy morning of December 14. “Sam Zell Go Home!” shouted two dozen men on the sidewalk. There was a shrill chorus of traffic…

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Transit Unions, Advocates in Plea to Incoming Governor

By Kismet BarksdaleDecember 20, 2010 In a letter to Governor-Elect Cuomo released today, TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen, along with 12 other unions and 14 good-government and transit advocacy groups, called for the new administration in Albany to stop the raiding of dedicated transit funds and and insure the creation of “a vibrant transit…

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Senate GOP Kill the DREAM Act

By Kismet BarksdaleDecember 20, 2010 Saturday, December 18, 2010, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina released the following statement after the DREAM Act failed to pass the Senate by a nearly party line vote of 55 to 41. “Today, GOP Senate leadership chose partisan politics over what is good for our nation…

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Labor’s Rapid Response to CityTime Charges

By Kismet BarksdaleDecember 17, 2010 Many of the City’s top labor leaders turned out for an impromptu City Hall press conference on the same day that news reports surfaced of federal criminal charges against subcontractors working on the City’s computerized payroll system, called CityTime. The CityTime program – at a cost to taxpayers of over…

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