February 13, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco The president's pronouncement that the existing federal minimum wage should be boosted to $9 an hour – and tied to inflation – is heartening both labor groups and grassroots organizations in New York who have long been pushing hard for the much-needed change. (READ MORE)
February 7, 2013 Marc Bussanich and Joe Maniscalco In January 2012, 300 field technicians working for Cablevision in Brooklyn voted to join the Communications Workers of America. On the one-year anniversary of the vote, 22 technicians were fired by Cablevision because the company claims they refused to work. Read More and Watch Video
February 6, 2013 Marc Bussanich and Joe Maniscalco Three months after car wash workers at Lage Car Wash in SoHo joined the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, the owner abruptly informed the union last week that he will be shutting down the car wash on February 22. Read More and Watch Video
News from UFCW February 5, 2013 Caremark and the United Food & Commercial Workers have signed a cooperation agreement giving CVS/pharmacy employees at approximately 500 stores in the metropolitan Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego areas the opportunity to vote on whether or not they want to be represented by the union.
January 30, 2013 By Stephanie West The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial (TSFFM) has named nineteen Triangle Scholars for the Academic Year 2012-13. Each grant is in the amount of $2,000 bringing TSFFM's total awards to $344,000 since inception of the program in 2003.
January 22, 2013 Joe Maniscalco Underpaid workers owed about $500,000 from local supermarket owner Sonny Kim got an extra boost of support from the Green Party of Brooklyn on January 19, as vocal members of the political party joined a sidewalk boycott in front of the Golden Farm grocery located at 329 Church Avenue in Kensington.
January 16, 2013 Marc Bussanich Just weeks after the tragic fire in a Bangladeshi factory producing apparel for Walmart, CEO Mike Duke visited New York to speak about sustainable growth and job creation where he was greeted by a coalition of labor and community groups outside the offices of the Council on Foreign Relations.
December 20, 2012 By Marc Bussanich Despite strong opposition to Wal-Mart’s entry in New York City, the company’s CEO, Mike Duke, visited New York recently to speak at the Council on Foreign Relations about corporate responsibility.