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DISTRICT COUNCIL 37 SCORES ORGANIZING VICTORY – Nearly 100 finger imaging workers join union ranks

New York, NY- District Council 37, the city’s largest public employee union, scored a major organizing victory on Wednesday, March 10, when 98 percent of the Automated Finger Imaging Systems (AFIS) operators at the Human Resources Administration voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the union. The mail ballot vote was tabulated by the National Labor…

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Doctors Council Lobbies Albany To Stop Healthcare Cuts

On March 9th, the Doctors Council, along with hundreds of doctors went to Albany to protest health care funding cuts.  The Doctors Council, which represents physicians and dentists employed at City Hospitals and facilities, including HHC and the Mayoral Agencies, joined with the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) at an all-day…

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Criticism Grows; MTA Mum on Union Letter

With no reply in hand to his January 26 letter to MTA Chairman Jay Walder, asking him to join with the Transport Workers Union to lobby Washington to include transit funding in the pending Obama jobs bill, Local 100 President John Samuelsen stepped up the pressure on the MTA, calling a press conference on February…

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Reid, at 768, Prepares for DOHMH Layoffs

JANUARY 29 — In an email sent out to hundreds of his members, Local 768 DC 37 President Fitz Reid attacked the Bloomberg administration’s priorities which include 141 layoffs at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). In the email blast, he said, ” I am personally surprised by the Mayor’s priorities. Just days…

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TWU to Walder: join Us in Washington

At an early-morning press conference outside MTA Headquarters, TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen called on MTA Chairman Jay Walder to join him in Washington to pursue federal assistance to avert service cuts and fare increases for students. He was joined by Councilman James Vacca, Chairman of the Transportation  Committee; Bob Astrowsky, Assistant Secretary of…

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Health Care Unions: Do No Harm

Health Advocates and Union Leaders Fight to Save Safety Net Provisions in Health Care Reform Bill  By Summer Brennan  On January 20th, labor unions and health advocates held a press conference on the steps of City Hall and urged Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to block provisions in the Health Care Reform bill that would adversely…

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Samuelsen Moves to End “Civil War” At Local 100

In an exclusive story, the January 12th edition of the New York Daily News reported that newly-elected TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen has offered a Union job to his election opponent Curtis Tate. The bruising contest for Local 100’s top job was unusually long and bitter, due to a decision made by the Local…

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TWU Local 100 Slams MTA Over Operating Budget

In the new Local 100 Administration’s first public statement, Recording Secretary Benita Johnson slammed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for diverting funds meant for operating expenses into the capital budget. This has created a crisis of service cuts and fare hikes for students which didn’t have to happen, the union says. “There are straightforward and practical…

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The Kids Aren’t All Right

by Silver Tyler The realities of what our public school kids learn in school and what politicians actually do collided like two trains going in opposite directions last Monday outside MTA headquarters. Entitled to a free, compulsory education, students will now have to pay to get to school, under the newly-adopted MTA budget for 2010….

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Could Retirees Get Shorted Again? It’s as easy as A-C-H

by Danny Burstein “Direct Deposit” is a handy way, and in many cases the only way, of getting salary and other payments into your bank accounts. For the recipient, it has the advantages of being automatically handled “behind the scenes” with no trip to the bank needed. And many financial institutions encourage the process by,…

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