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TWU Local 100 Pushes for Transit Manufacturing

October 3, 2011By Marc Bussanich The towering cranes that used to build warships at the Brooklyn Navy Yard have sat idle for a long time. But the yard has made a lot of economic headway since the city purchased it in 1967. Today the yard is home to a wide range of different businesses that do…

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A Major Setback to the Campaign for Jobs

October 3, 2011By Harry KelberIt’s been nearly four years since we were being told that the economic recession was officially over; yet today, there are 14 million people who are still listed as unemployed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). (And we’re not counting the additional 12 million who are part-timers and temporary…

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Future Jobs

September 30, 2011Around Town, By Neal TepelIs a new era of electric car assembly coming to the Bronx? The New York City Industrial Development Agency has proposed subsidies for Smith Electric Vehicles. Smith, a Missouri-based company, is considering a location in the Bronx to build a manufacturing and distribution facility for its zero-emission commercial electric…

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Laborers Local 79 Discuss Career Opportunities with Youth

September 28, 2011Neal Tepel Members of Laborers Local 79 spent time Saturday afternoon Sept 24th at Queensbridge Park explaining career opportunities in the construction industry to many young people in the park. Also on hand was Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and representatives from NYCHA. Local 79 provides extensive training in skills development in their…

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Local 372 Wades Through Charter School Waters

September 28, 2011By Marc Bussanich The deadline to lay off 700 members of Local 372 is fast approaching. While the Department of Education (DOE) pays high-paid consultants whose titles sound intriguing but vague (“innovation managers, “achievement coaches” and “talent managers”), it wants to cut school aids, health aids, and family auxiliary paras, some of the lowest-paid…

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NLRB in the Crosshairs

September 28, 2011By Marc BussanichRepublicans and Tea Party candidates are fighting hard for small government. Each has proposed how they would shrink or eliminate entire federal agencies to meet that goal. Ron Paul said the country doesn’t need the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) despite record-breaking storms this year.

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Effective Political Messaging Needed

September 26, 2011By Marc BussanichWhile it’s important for unions to show strength when demonstrating at a rally or marching, it’s equally important for labor organizations to reach legislators by crafting persuasive political messages. Effective planning of a unions’ political action strategy requires creativity and savviness to ensure the message doesn’t fall on deaf ears. Jon Del…

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Local 100 Leads Transit Day of Action

September 22, 2011By Marc BussanichAs TWU 100 members, transportation advocates and elected officials were gathering on the steps of city hall yesterday September 20th, Mayor Bloomberg was seen walking quickly across the plaza in the opposite direction.

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