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Prendergast Nominated to Serve as MTA Chairman
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Prendergast Nominated to Serve as MTA Chairman

April 16, 2013 By Stephanie West Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has nominated Thomas F. Prendergast to serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Mr. Prendergast has served more than three years as president of MTA New York City Transit, which runs the subway and bus system in New York…

Quinn Proposes Transit Alternatives, Shuns Subways
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Quinn Proposes Transit Alternatives, Shuns Subways

April 12, 2013 By Marc Bussanich Queens, NY—Council Speaker Christine Quinn presented her transportation vision on Thursday at LaGuardia College. She wants to reduce commuting times to no more than an hour in both directions. She also supports mayoral control of the MTA and acknowledged she’s wary of supporting the remaining build-out of one of…

Mississippi Longing: Auto Workers Demand a Voice
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Mississippi Longing: Auto Workers Demand a Voice

April 8, 2013 By Marc Bussanich New York, NY—On the last weekend of the New York Auto Show two autoworkers from Canton, Mississippi who work for Nissan spoke to passerby about their multi-year struggle to join the United Auto Workers. Lee Ruffin and Christopher Milton have been working at the plant when it opened in…

JFK Workers Low While Delta Flies High On Bonds!
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JFK Workers Low While Delta Flies High On Bonds!

April 8, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco New York, NY – In less than two short months, Delta Airlines will debut its new $1.2 billion international hub inside Terminal Four at JFK Airport – courtesy of a plethora of tax-free bonds from the NYC Industrial Development Agency [IDA]. But even with so much money infused into…

AFL-CIO Prez: ‘Nissan Workers Will Have a Union!’
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AFL-CIO Prez: ‘Nissan Workers Will Have a Union!’

April 5, 2013 By Marc Bussanich New York, NY—For over a year about 3,000 workers at a Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, have been trying to organize a union. The United Auto Workers has previously tried to organize foreign automakers’ U.S. plants, especially in the South. (Watch Video)

Amtrak to Congress: All Aboard, or Else!
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Amtrak to Congress: All Aboard, or Else!

March 6, 2013 Marc Bussanich Amtrak’s CEO, Joseph Boardman, said at a Congressional transportation hearing that the national passenger rail service will not be able to grow unless Congress commits to billions of dollars of capital investments to upgrade and build new infrastructure along the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak’s and the nation’s busiest rail corridor. (Read…

Mayoral Pack Rejects Rise in Transit Funding
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Mayoral Pack Rejects Rise in Transit Funding

February 25, 2013 Marc Bussanich (Photo courtesy of TWU Local 100) Single-ride and monthly Metro Cards are slated to go up next month but the MTA is cost cutting and forecasting long-term financial challenges to achieve balanced budgets. Seven 2014 mayoral hopefuls were asked at a transit forum at CUNY whether they would support an…

Mr. Mayor: It’s Time to End the Bus Strike
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Mr. Mayor: It’s Time to End the Bus Strike

February 13, 2013 By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Publisher Photos by Stephanie West I arrived at 250 Broadway on Friday morning February 8, 2013 around 10AM to attend an 11AM New York City Council hearing regarding the school bus strike. As I approached the building hundreds of people were outside the facility waiting in line to…

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