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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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Nurses Protest Private Equity Management

December 21, 2011By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter Important negotiations between the NY State Nurses Association and two major medical centers in the City will occur today as both sides attempt to reach a new contract. While struggling to protect their health care benefits, NYSNA nurses joined their colleagues from National Nurses United on Park…

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32BJ Prepares for Possible Strike

December 16, 2011By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter The contract agreement between SEIU 32BJ and the commercial real estate industry will expire in 17 days, and if an agreement isn’t reached, the union that represents 22,000 doormen, porters and cleaners will go on strike. The Realty Advisory Board (RAB), the industry’s multi-employer association, will be distributing…

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New York Campaign to Stop Wal-Mart’s Entry

December 13, 2011By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City ReporterJohn Marshall, an economist with UFCW, said at a labor forum on December 7 at the Murphy Institute that in response to slow growth in the U.S., Wal-Mart’s new strategy is to build in the country’s urban areas. The company has opened stores in Chicago and Washington, D.C.,…

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Just Cause and Occupy Oakland Fight Fannie Mae and Banks

December 12, 2011Photos and Story by David Bacon OAKLAND, CA – Activists from Causa Justa:Just Cause and Occupy Oakland protested foreclosures, and demanded that banks stop foreclosures and allow families to move into foreclosed and vacant homes in Oakland. The action was one of over two dozen carried out by Occupy activists and supporters across…

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