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Pension Funds Investing in Infrastructure

March 22, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter The creation of a federal infrastructure bank to fund a wide range of infrastructure projects failed in Washington, D.C. because fiscal austerity for domestic programs is the dominant trend in American politics today. But some cities and states, such as Chicago, are creating their own infrastructure banks.  …

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32BJ Organizing Brigades Ready to Lead

March 20, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter SEIU 32BJ won a major contract victory with the Realty Advisory Board in December 2011, but there are still hundreds of thousands of workers who do the same work that many 32BJ members do but work as non-union. On Monday, March 19, the union kicked off an…

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Stop and Listen, NYPD

March 19, 2012By Melissa Mark-Viverito, Member New York City Council You may have heard already, but NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly appeared before the City Council and things got a bit heated. The Commissioner defended the NYPD’s Stop and Frisk policies, without exception, and further accused myself and others of not having any solutions to gun…

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Dark of Night Passage of Tier 6

March 18, 2012By Lillian Roberts, DC 37 Executive Director Governor Cuomo strong armed politicians in Albany to force through a pension bill that ultimately provided no pension reform, but instead a reduction in retirement security for some of New York’s hardest working and lowest paid women and men. It is unclear to us what the…

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Statement From Borough President Diaz Re: Hunts Point Market Entrance Identification Agreement

March 17, 2012 “I am pleased to hear that representatives at the Hunts Point Produce Market have heard my office’s plea to revoke their recent rule requiring merchants and those entering the market to provide valid government identifications. “My office, together with the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, believe this new regulation would have not only…

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Legislature Passes New Tier for Public Pensions

March 16, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo scored another political victory by passing major pension reform yesterday, March 15 at the expense of angering the city and state’s unions. He hoped to achieve $113 billion in savings over 30 years in his original proposal, but settled for $80 billion. The compromise,…

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Crow’s Socialist Challenge to US Labor

March 15, 2012By Ray Parker, Staff Writer While taking pains to emphasize his friendly comradeship with American unionists, RMT General Secretary Bob Crow, speaking a a left labor forum on Wednesday night, had an edgy message for his colleagues on this side of the pond. In some ways, his message of organize – organize —…

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Opportunity and Risk for Pension Funds’ Infrastructure Investments

March 15, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter New York’s unions and Governor Andrew Cuomo are squaring off over pension reform. The Governor wants to reduce benefits to ostensibly save billions of budget dollars, causing consternation among the state’s labor leaders and members. Public pensions were the topic of a roundtable discussion at New York University…

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DC 37 Protests Tier VI

March 13, 2012By Marc Bussanich LaborPress City Reprter DC 37 members stood on the steps of the former Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park on Saturday, March 10, and relying on the “human microphone,” they voiced their opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed Tier VI pension plan, which the union says will lead to…

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