New York

Prevailing Wage Underpayments Recovered by NYS
Building Trades, New York

Prevailing Wage Underpayments Recovered by NYS

August 12, 2017 By Stephanie West Albany, NY – Over $307,560 in civil penalties have been assessed against employers who violated prevailing wage law with $5,287,405  returned to 2,285 workers in the first six months of 2017. “We have zero tolerance for those that seek to strip New Yorkers of the pay they worked so…

DC 1707 Endorses  Bill de Blasio for Mayor
Education, New York

DC 1707 Endorses Bill de Blasio for Mayor

August 12, 2017  By Stephanie West New York, NY –  AFSCME District Council 1707 endorsed Mayor Bill de Blasio for a second term at the Medgar Evers Head Start Center in East New York.  The Mayor has fulfilled campaign promises to expand community-based child care in the five boroughs.  While the gains have not repaired…

UFCW Attacks Baltimore Seafood Chain for Indonesia Labor Abuses
National, New York, Retail

UFCW Attacks Baltimore Seafood Chain for Indonesia Labor Abuses

August 12, 2017 By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Baltimore, MD – An international federation of food-industry unions has launched a campaign against the Phillips Seafood restaurant chain, charging that its Maryland-style crab cakes are made from crabs shelled by Indonesian women working for subpoverty wages. Unlike other seafood processors in the Indonesian city of…

Ontario Auto Mechanics Strike
National, New York, Transportation

Ontario Auto Mechanics Strike

August 12, 2017 By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Thunder Bay, Ontario, – Mechanics and technicians at the Lakehead Motors car dealership went on strike Aug. 3, after it failed to respond to a contract proposal by International Association of Machinists Lodge 1120. “We were left with no other option and that is why we…

B&H Workers Try to Stave Off Warehouse Closings
Features, New York, Retail

B&H Workers Try to Stave Off Warehouse Closings

August 11, 2017 By Steven Wishnia New York, NY – In a last-ditch effort to save their jobs, about 15 workers at B&H Photo Video’s two Brooklyn warehouses joined about 55 supporters for a protest outside Gracie Mansion Aug. 8. B&H announced in January that it was going to close the warehouses, one in Building…

Title X Family Planning Program Critical
Health and Safety, New York

Title X Family Planning Program Critical

August 11, 2017  By Stephanie West New York, NY – With the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress working to undercut family planning and other preventive health care services, Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has unveiled a new report that breaks down for the first time the significance of Title X National Family Planning Program funding…

Americans Should be Working in U.S. Call Centers
Features, New York, Retail

Americans Should be Working in U.S. Call Centers

August 11, 2017  By Communications Workers of America  The Democratic Party’s plan for a better deal on trade and jobs outlines real policies to help working families fight back against corporations that want to shift more jobs overseas and cut wages and benefits for working Americans. For the first time, lawmakers are recognizing the impact of…

Puerto Rico Teachers Join AFT
Education, National, New York

Puerto Rico Teachers Join AFT

August 11, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel San Juan, PR -Vowing to “fight against austerity and privatization,” Puerto Rico’s teachers union signed an agreement Aug. 3 to join the American Federation of Teachers for a three-year trial affiliation. The Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, which represents the island’s 40,000 teachers, has been…

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