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Transit Unions, Advocates in Plea to Incoming Governor

By Kismet BarksdaleDecember 20, 2010 In a letter to Governor-Elect Cuomo released today, TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen, along with 12 other unions and 14 good-government and transit advocacy groups, called for the new administration in Albany to stop the raiding of dedicated transit funds and and insure the creation of “a vibrant transit…

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Senate GOP Kill the DREAM Act

By Kismet BarksdaleDecember 20, 2010 Saturday, December 18, 2010, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina released the following statement after the DREAM Act failed to pass the Senate by a nearly party line vote of 55 to 41. “Today, GOP Senate leadership chose partisan politics over what is good for our nation…

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Labor’s Rapid Response to CityTime Charges

By Kismet BarksdaleDecember 17, 2010 Many of the City’s top labor leaders turned out for an impromptu City Hall press conference on the same day that news reports surfaced of federal criminal charges against subcontractors working on the City’s computerized payroll system, called CityTime. The CityTime program – at a cost to taxpayers of over…

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“Finance” Lowers the Boom on Employees

 20% of Those to be Fired are Disabled By Neal TepelDecember 15, 2010 On November 18, a memo from Department of Finance Commissioner David Frankel announced the layoffs of 129 employees, part of the wave of citywide staff cuts stemming from Mayor Bloomberg’s “November Financial Plan Update.” 105 of these jobs come from two DC…

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Back Wages Recovered by US Labor Department

By Kismet BarksdaleDecember 8, 2010 The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered nearly $339,000 in back wages for 27 electrical mechanics employed by Sant-Tec Electric Inc., a company working in both New York and New Jersey.  An investigation by the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division revealed that the company and its officials had violated…

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Labor,Clergy Petition City Council for a Living Wage

November 18, 2010 Union members joined 300 marchers, including clergy representing all of New York’s major faiths, in a silent procession from St. Peter’s Church near Ground Zero to  City Hall. The November 17th march, organized by the Living Wage Coalition, delivered over 6,000 cards to the City Council leadership, urging that body to pass…

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