Law and Politics

‘We Will Win!’
Building Trades, Features, Law and Politics, New York

‘We Will Win!’

New York, NY – After a hot summer demonstrating against billionaire developer Stephen Ross and so-called “open-shop” development at Hudson Yards, members of the #CountMeIn campaign are vowing to turn up the heat heading into this year’s Labor Day Parade on September 8. 

‘No Movement’ From Company in National Grid Lockout
Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Labor News Briefs, Law and Politics, National

‘No Movement’ From Company in National Grid Lockout

HAVERHILL, Mass.—The lockout of more than 1,100 National Grid gas workers in Massachusetts is now well into its second month with no sign of an end, union members say. “Every time we’ve met with the company’s negotiating team we’ve asked two questions,” Jeff Hamel of United Steelworkers Local 12012-04 told the Eagle-Tribune. “If they’ll allow…

U.S. Labor Dept Allows Employers to Avoid Prosecution
Building Trades, Features, Finance, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

U.S. Labor Dept Allows Employers to Avoid Prosecution

NEW YORK, N.Y.  – New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor for failing to respond to her requests to review records  concerning a new program that allows employers who violate labor laws to  avoid prosecution and penalties. The suit asks the court to compel the Federal…

Nassau County Opens Hotline for Wage-Theft Complaints
Features, Finance, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

Nassau County Opens Hotline for Wage-Theft Complaints

MINEOLA, N.Y.—Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman announced on Aug. 2 that the county was launching a hotline for workers to report county vendors that are failing to pay their employees the county’s “living wage.” The number, (516) 571-WAGE, is available in both English and Spanish. Staff at the comptroller’s office will answer it during business…

California Court Rules San Diego Pension Cuts Shouldn’t Have Been on Ballot
Features, Finance, Labor News Briefs, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

California Court Rules San Diego Pension Cuts Shouldn’t Have Been on Ballot

SAN DIEGO, CA.—The California Supreme Court ruled that San Diego’s 2012 initiative eliminating pensions for future city workers was not legally placed on the ballot. The court held that the measure, which replaced pensions with 401(k)-style plans for all newly hired city workers except police officers, should not have been on the ballot because then-Mayor…

1199 and NYC Hospitals Settle Contract
Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

1199 and NYC Hospitals Settle Contract

NEW YORK, N.Y. – 1199 SEIU and the League of Voluntary Hospitals have settled a contract covering over 112,000 healthcare workers in New York City. The agreement protects health and childcare benefits, increases money to a struggling pension, and adds temp workers to the union. The  agreement includes an outstanding healthcare plan free of  co-pays or premiums….

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