March 4, 2014
By. Stephanie West
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have announced the arrest of Department of Health (DOH) contractor George Dunkel for stealing more than $87,000 by padding bills to pay for hotels, education credits and other expenses.
February 26, 2014
By Steven Wishnia
Moving convicted sexual predators into group homes in residential areas is just one example of how years of state budget cuts are slashing deep into social services, the state’s leading public-employee union says.
February 20, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco
New York, NY - Low-wage bank tellers and associated support staffers forced onto public assistance and unable to afford even a box of diapers for their children - are still too frightened to organize for better working conditions, according to a worldwide coalition now seeking to unite the downtrodden U.S. workforce.
February 4, 2014
By Steven Weiner
As Friends of Labor has described before on this blog, the unrelenting efforts by corporations (backed by some state governments) to decimate collective bargaining agreements and destroy unions have arisen because the successes of the American labor movement have cut into companies’ profits.
January 28, 2014
By Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy
Last week Governor Cuomo unveiled his proposed Executive Budget for this fiscal year. The state legislature has until March 31 to pass a budget, and assuming it will be passed on time, it will be the first time since 1973 that the State of New York passed four consecutive budgets in a row.
December 27, 2013
By Steven Wishnia
This weekend, 1.3 million Americans who have been out of work for more than six months will file for their last unemployment checks. The bipartisan federal budget deal worked out earlier this month did not continue the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which has provided those benefits since June 2008.
December 26, 2013
By Stephanie West
New York City's unemployment rate in November 2013 is higher than the state's (7.4%) and the nation's (7.0%). New York City's unemployment rate has been higher than the nation's for 26 months. New York City gained 113,700 private sector jobs since November 2012.
December 11, 2013
New York, N.Y. – City Comptroller John C. Liu made the following statement in response to questions about his vote against $42 million in tax breaks and other benefits for the planned hotel and retail development at Willets Point: “The EDC’s projected benefits of new jobs and tax benefits from the Willets Point retail development seem to ignore the negative impact on jobs and tax revenue from the surrounding retail areas in downtown Flushing and Corona, and the 20th Avenue retail complex in College Point.
December 6, 2013
By Salvatore J. Armao, CPA/PFS, CFP, CFE
Managing Partner, Armao LLP
The Department of Labor recently completed a round of audits of collectively bargained apprenticeship and other training programs and scholarship funds. The DOL focused on these particular plans due to abuses found in some routine audits, causing the department to expand its investigation. If you are involved in some capacity with a Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) or other types of industry training and scholarship programs, chances are that you experienced one of these audits.
November 22, 2013
By Harry Nespoli
“Mayor Bloomberg’s Financial Plan released Thursday November 21, 2013 is being touted as extraordinary since it projects two years of balanced budgets - FYs 2014 and 2015. The problem is that it sets aside essentially no money for wage increases. It is like a home owner developing a budget without counting the mortgage as an expense. It is misleading and avoids responsible budgeting. No Mayor has left office projecting zero increases for three years.
November 7, 2013
By Michael Fina, Vice President / Institutional Banking, First Trade Union Bank
With online and mobile platforms settling in as the preferred personal banking channels, it is important for you to understand the ways in which you can and should safeguard your sensitive information, as well as the ways which your banking provider should protect you.
October 25, 2013
“Congressman Major Owens was an intellectual giant in public service and a true believer that government exists to advance the quality of life for its residents. He will be dearly missed by all Brooklynites, especially those who were fortunate enough to benefit from his leadership. Jamie and I extend our condolences to the entire Owens family.”
October 22, 2013
By Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
New York, NY -- “The announcement that New Yorkers will be burdened with another water rate increase is unacceptable and unsustainable. “Water infrastructure, like roads, rails, energy, and airports, must be funded from Washington, as well as from Albany and New York City. The U.S. government pays about 80 percent of the costs for replacing roads, bridges, and airports.
October 4, 2013
By Stephanie West
The magazine's 2013 "Hot List," out on newsstands this week, features fast-food workers' nationwide campaign to raise wages. "Something extraordinary happened before Labor Day weekend: Workers at more than 1,000 fast-food restaurants in 60 cities went on strike," the Hot List profile on the fast-food campaign proclaimed.
October 1, 2013
By Neal Tepel
The AFL-CIO resolution regarding the Affordable Health Care Act passed at the September 2013 convention this past September put the Obama administration on notice that issues and concerns with the legislation must be addressed soon. Several unions at the convention said the Obama administration's interpretation of the Affordable Health Care Act would virtually trash multi-employer health care plans, which cover 20 million workers, retirees, and their families.
September 24, 2013
By Stephanie West
Albany, NY - Tax revenues for the first five months of the state fiscal year were $69.8 million over updated budget projections, according to the August cash report recently released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Year-to-date tax collections are up 10.3 percent from the same period last year, largely due to strong Personal Income Tax (PIT) collections in April. August state tax collections fell 5.1 percent from 2012, primarily because of fewer collection days than last August.