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Verizon Workers Are Forced to Strike

August 15, 2011By Harry KelberVerizon’s 45,000 unionized employees went on strike Sunday, August 7, after several weeks of futile negotiations, with the company demanding dozens of costly concessions as the price of agreeing to a contract. The strike is the largest since 2007, when 74,000 General Motors workers walked out for two days. Union leaders…

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Local 375 to SAIC – “City Time is a City Crime”  

August 15, 2011By Abigail Mitchell On July 14th, members of local 375 and their supporters stormed the Science Applications International Corp. building on Broadway, calling for accountability from the Fortune 500 Company. For the past few weeks, new information has been resurfacing about the financial dealings behind CityTime, a web-based time and attendance system used…

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RWDSU Supporting Verizon Strikers

August 15, 2011 More than 45,000 members of the CWA and IBEW have gone on strike against their employer, Verizon, after the communications giant refused to drop a long list of concession demands during contract negotiations. RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum had this to say to about the dispute:

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Verizon Workers Striking in Face of Unprecedented Company Demands

August 9, 2011By Marc Bussanich   August 9, 2011—At ground zero work goes forward on the New World Trade Center site. Right next to the construction of One World Trade Center is Verizon’s corporate headquarters where approximately 1,500 Communications Workers of America 1101 members were picketing in response to the failed negotiations between the union and…

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Stuyvesant Town Union Busting Protested

August 8, 2011By Marc Bussanich “What Do We Want?” “Union!!” and “Up With The Union, “Down With The Scabs” were just some of the catcalls loudly roared at today’s rally in support of the locked out DC 9 Painters in front of the Stuyvesant Leasing Office at 252 First Avenue.  At first union officials had…

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Public and Private Institutions Invest in NYC

August 5, 2011By Neal TepelNew York City’s public and private institutions moved forward with $11.4 billion in new construction starts during the three year period from June 2008 through May 2011, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge data. Institutional construction starts reached $3.8 billion between June 2008 and May…

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The Rewards of Voluntary Benefits

August 1, 2011By John Thornton, Executive Vice President Amalgamated Life InsurancePreviously, only large organizations offered employees dental, disability and supplemental insurance. Today, small and middle-market businesses also offer these insurances as voluntary benefits. A 2009 Eastbridge Associates survey of over 500 U.S. employers’ benefits managers found that: within the 10-100 employee range, 65% offer at…

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Statement by Mayor R. Bloomberg on Resignation of Commissioner of Administration for Children’s Services John B. Mattingly

July 29, 2011 After Seven Years, Commissioner Will Step Down in September “As I’ve said countless times over the last seven years, New York City has been extraordinarily lucky to have a nationally-renowned expert, John Mattingly, ably and tirelessly leading our Administration for Children’s Services. When John came to us and said he wanted to…

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New Spending Cuts Hurt Workers

July 29, 2011By Harry KelberWhether or not Democrats and Republicans reach a bipartisan agreement on raising the nation’s debt ceiling before the August 2 deadline, American workers and retirees can expect spending cuts of at least $1 trillion, that would reduce their living standards and retirement income, as well as affect working conditions on the…

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James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

July 28, 2011 Joint Statement by Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Chair Margaret Chin “We are disheartened to learn that the Zadroga 9/11 health law will fail to cover Ground Zero responders and residents suffering from cancer. By excluding these victims from the benefits of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and…

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