Moment of Truth Draws Near: Contract Covering 22K NYC Office Cleaners to Expire Soon

New York, NY – Kyle Bragg, head of the union representing 22,000 commercial cleaners across the city, has only been involved in two strikes over the course of his decades long union career — and he doesn’t expect to be involved in one now. But that doesn’t mean he and his members aren’t prepared to…

City Council OKs Prevailing Wage for Workers in ‘Affordable Housing’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The City Council voted 46-1 Nov. 14 to pass a law that would require the operators of many future “affordable housing” developments to pay building-service workers prevailing wage. The bill, sponsored by Councilmember Rafael L. Espinal Jr. (D-Brooklyn), amends the city’s 2012 Prevailing Wage Law to remove the exemption that affordable-housing projects and nonprofit…

New Jersey Rules Uber Drivers Are Employees

TRENTON, N.J.—The New Jersey Department of Labor has assessed Uber for almost $650 million for failing to pay unemployment and disability taxes for its drivers. The department charged that Uber evaded $523 million in taxes over the past four years by misclassifying its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, according to letters sent to…

Largest Nurses Union in the Country Endorses Bernie Sanders for President in 2020

WATCH – The largest nurses union in the United States is endorsing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for president in 2020. National Nurses United’s [NNU] is one of the first major labor unions in the country to announce its pick for president ahead of next year’s crucial election. 

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Moment of Truth Draws Near: Contract Covering 22K NYC Office Cleaners to Expire Soon

New York, NY – Kyle Bragg, head of the union representing 22,000 commercial cleaners across the city, has only been involved in two strikes over the course of his decades long union career — and he doesn’t expect to be involved in one now. But that doesn’t mean he and his members aren’t prepared to…

UUP President Urging Energy Efficiency

Albany, NY – UUP President Frederick E. Kowal, Ph.D., delivered testimony Nov. 13 urging lawmakers to reduce NYS reliance on non-renewable energy sources and move SUNY toward meeting the mandates of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Kowal testified before a joint hearing by the Assembly standing committees on Higher Education and Environmental Conservation. The…

Uber Drivers Must be Covered by Disability & Unemployment

Newark, New Jersey –  New Jersey Uber drivers have a right to disability and unemployment benefits. New Jersey is sending a message – labor laws aren’t dictated by corporations. As Bloomberg Law has reported, the New Jersey Department of Labor has found Uber drivers employees for the purposes of disability insurance and unemployment insurance. Uber is on the hook…

Ford Workers OK Contract; UAW Says It Ends Two-Tier Pay

DETROIT, Mich.—United Auto Workers members have ratified a four-year contract with Ford, the union announced Nov. 15. The agreement was approved by 56.3% of the voters. The deal will cover more than 55,000 workers. It will phase out the two-tier contract the UAW agreed to in 2009, Acting President Rory Gamble, head of the union’s…

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New Jersey Rules Uber Drivers Are Employees

TRENTON, N.J.—The New Jersey Department of Labor has assessed Uber for almost $650 million for failing to pay unemployment and disability taxes for its drivers. The department charged that Uber evaded $523 million in taxes over the past four years by misclassifying its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, according to letters sent to...
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Workers Jeer McDonald’s as ‘Rotten from Top to Bottom;’ Walk Out and File Class Action Lawsuit

New York, NY – Ronald McDonald’s image as America’s innocuous grinning clown took another series hit on Tuesday, November 12, after the American Civil Liberties Union and fast food workers in Michigan hit the multibillion-dollar eatery with a class action lawsuit alleging a “systemic problem” of sexual harassment in the shadow of its “Golden Arches.”...
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Philly Public-Radio Staff Votes to Join SAG-AFTRA

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—News staff at WHYY, Philadelphia’s public radio and TV station, voted 70-1 on Oct. 30 to join SAG-AFTRA. “It’s official! With 99% of the vote, we have won our union!” the WHYY Union exulted on Twitter. The union will represent almost 90 workers, but management is disputing whether 11 of them are eligible to...