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NYSNA Galvanizes Nurses for May Vote

March 28, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter New York State Nurses Association nurses rallied outside The Brooklyn Hospital Center on Tuesday, March 27, not to specifically protest any management shenanigans, but to rally for a stronger union. NYSNA, probably unlike any other union in the country, has a two-body governing structure that includes supervisors from…

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No Union, No Hilton

March 27, 2012By Ray Parker, Staff Writer Monday, March 26 — About 300 ironworkers and other building trades members briefly blocked traffic at noontime outside of New York’s busiest hotel construction site. 54th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue is a hive of activity, with a Hilton Hotel going up on the eastern end, a…

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State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Statement on Tier VI

March 26, 2012By Thomas P. DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller The agreement reached between the Governor and the Legislature on Tier VI will reduce pension costs for new employees. But this new tier will not significantly lower costs for local governments in the short run. I am pleased that it does not include the inadequate 401k–style plan…

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CWA Protests Verizon with National Day of Action

March 24, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter Union members around the country took action on the National Day of Action, Thursday, March 22, to demand a fair contract from Verizon. CWA union members in the City, working without a new contract since going back to work after a two-week strike last summer, rallied in front…

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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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