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Liu Keeps Fighting

January 4, 2012By Bendix AndersonA federal investigation into his fund-raising efforts won’t stop New York City Comptroller John Liu from speaking out to defend the pensions of City employees. “None of that is going to stop me from doing the work you put me in office to do,” said Liu at the annual holiday event…

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32BJ Holds Firm and Reaches Agreement

January 4, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter Talks between 32BJ and the Realty Advisory Board went down to the wire, but both sides were able to sign an agreement early Saturday morning, December 31. A 32BJ spokesman said there were a couple of occasions during a 48-hour period where the union was about to break…

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Custodial Workers Are Not Expendable

January 3, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter One way Newt Gingrich is fighting hard for far right-wing votes for the 2012 Presidential Election is to make anti-union claims without bothering to learn exactly what city janitors do on the job and the training they must gain before they become custodial engineers. He caused an uproar…

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OSA’s Struggle for Collective Bargaining

December 30, 2011By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City ReporterOne could argue that the history of the Organization of Staff Analysts goes back to 1970, while another could argue that the seeds of OSA go back further to 1956, and yet another history buff could say that OSA officially represented City staff analysts in 1985, which was…

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32BJ Strike Threat Very Real

December 30, 2011By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City ReporterPhotos By Gerald Schultz Media Editor Agreement on the economic issues between SEIU 32BJ and the Realty Advisory Board remains elusive as the union that represents almost 22,000 office cleaners in the City is prepared to strike. At a rally at the Sheraton Hotel where the two sides…

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Liu Negotiates $93 Million Decrease in Technology Contracts

December 28, 2011Around Town – By Neal Tepel City Comptroller John C. Liu has green-lighted technology contracts after the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) agreed to a $93 million reduction in the cost of the contracts. This follows six weeks of negotiations between the Comptroller’s office and DoITT. “We will continue to closely…

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NLRB News

December 28, 2011By Bendix AndersonIt happens all the time — after months of planning, organizing and meetings the workers at a non-union shop present their employer with a petition: They want to join a union. But employers can resort to extreme or even illegal measures to delay an organizing drive. “They will fire an employee…

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Nurses Notify St. Lukes of Possible Strike

December 24, 2011By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter The New York State Nurses Association authorized their union’s bargaining committee to call for a strike at St. Lukes-Roosevelt, Mount Sinai and Montefiore Hospitals as the nurses claim that the three major medical centers insist on health care givebacks while their executives rake in six and seven-figure salaries….

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Locals 237 and 100 Still Waiting for Pension Details

December 23, 2011By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter The year ’11 may be remembered as the year of public pensions’ demise or rebirth. The City’s Comptroller’s Office has proposed to streamline investment decisions of the City’s pension funds by creating a new investment board imparted with the responsibility of increasing returns and reducing management costs. But…

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