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NYC Central Labor Council’s Response to Mayor Bloomberg’s State of the City

By John T. Ahern, President, NYCCLCFebruary 8, 2011 Reprint, January 21, 2011 – www.nycclc.org In his remarks yesterday (1/19/2011) Mayor Bloomberg took up what has become a trendy political mantra – blame working Americans for the current state of economic affairs.  He essentially called for forced concessions as a prerequisite for new contracts.  We strongly…

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Mulgrew’s Response to the Budget

Michael Mulgrew, President, United Federation of TeachersFebruary 3, 2011 UFT President Michael Mulgrew said: The Mayor has threatened to lay off a quarter of the teaching force, but Governor Cuomo made it clear today that there is nothing in the proposed state budget that would require local layoffs. The Governor’s planned cut to New York…

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State of the Union Sans States?

By Bob HennellyJanuary 28, 2011 President Obama did a low energy version of President Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” when he proclaimed the “worst of the recession is over.” While 44 of the nation’s states are looking at a $125 billion dollar shortfall and hundreds of billions of dollars in unfunded pension and health care liabilities, they…

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The Zadroga 9/11 Compensation Act of 2010

By Troy G. Rosasco, Esq.January 27, 2011 On January 2, 2011, President Obama signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, providing a total of $4.3 billion in health benefits and financial compensation for victims, responders, and other harmed by the attacks of September 11th.  The majority of those benefitting from the new law…

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Bloomberg Targets Unions in State of the City

By Courtney GrossJanuary 22, 2011Reprint from Gotham Gazette, 1/20/2011 Labor leaders, duck and cover. Mayor Michael Bloomberg fired off some of his feistiest rhetoric at the city’s unions Wednesday during his annual State of the City speech — adding one more voice to a growing national cacophony that targets the cost of pensions and perks…

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