Municipal Government

New City Budget Could Ax 1 Out of Every 15 City Workers
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New City Budget Could Ax 1 Out of Every 15 City Workers

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The coronavirus-austerity budget passed by the City Council July 1 could result in one out of every 15 city workers being laid off if labor costs aren’t cut by $1 billion within three months—and the unions representing them aren’t happy about that. “That’s a thank-you we get for fighting the virus,” Uniformed Sanitationmen’s…

Exposing the Bad Apples
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Exposing the Bad Apples

The State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on June 25. The suit alleges Grewal’s orders to expose “Bad apple” cops will have a dangerous impact on those whose names have been disclosed. A directive given by Grewal required the New Jersey Division of State Police, the…

Wellness Where It Counts
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Wellness Where It Counts

Due to the pandemic, the U.S. unemployment rate, according to tradingeconomics.com, went from 3.6% in March 2020 to 14.7% in June. This means roughly 1 in 7 workers are unemployed, excluding off-the-books workers and 1099 contractors. Couple this with the statistical rate of 1 in 5 people that struggle with mental illness in our Country…

No Zeros for Heroes: MTA Contract Stance is a Slap in the Face to ATU Workers on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic
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No Zeros for Heroes: MTA Contract Stance is a Slap in the Face to ATU Workers on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

New York, NY – Hundreds of Amalgamated Transit Union [ATU] members rallied in front MTA Headquarters Wednesday because they’ve been working without a contract since May 2019, even though the union that represents the largest number of employees at NYC Transit, TWU Local 100, negotiated a new contract in December 2019. According to Danny Casella,…

$1 Trillion Needed to Prevent Public Services Collapse, Saunders Says
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$1 Trillion Needed to Prevent Public Services Collapse, Saunders Says

WASHINGTON—Congress needs to enact “at least $1 trillion” in federal aid for state and local governments in order to prevent public services from collapsing, AFSCME President Lee Saunders declared this month. Speaking on a June 18, telephone press conference organized by the union, he said about 1.6 million public-sector workers have lost their jobs since the COVID-19…

The Entertainment Industries ‘Safe Way Forward’
Entertainment, Finance, Health and Safety, Municipal Government, New York

The Entertainment Industries ‘Safe Way Forward’

New York, NY –  Entertainment unions collaborated in the development of The Safe Way Forward. This multi-union report on Covid-19 safety guidelines is the document to be utilized as film and theaters open their doors.  This critical document has been prepared with input from Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), and Screen…

32BJ President Kyle Bragg on Juneteenth: ‘We Have to Agitate and Take to the Streets!’
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32BJ President Kyle Bragg on Juneteenth: ‘We Have to Agitate and Take to the Streets!’

Brooklyn, NY – Labor unions — if they aren’t already in the streets following the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many other unarmed people of color — need to stand with the community activists confronting police brutality and “brining the heat for change in this country.”  That’s the message 32BJ SEIU…

Transit Union Head to New Yorkers: ‘The Virus is Still Here – Wear a Mask!’
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Transit Union Head to New Yorkers: ‘The Virus is Still Here – Wear a Mask!’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—With subway and bus ridership recovering from its early-April nadir, Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano says his main concerns are “the crowding situation and social distancing.” Subway trains are cleaner and transit workers now have adequate personal protective equipment, Utano told LaborPress, but they are still at risk of being…

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