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9/11 Fire Captain: It's D.C.'s Turn To Show Some Backbone

By Joe Maniscalco
October 1, 2014

[Editors Note: This is part one of an exclusive LaborPress interview with UFOA President Jake Lemonda]

UFOA chief Jake Lemonda.

New York, NY -  For Jake Lemonda, new head of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association [UFOA], there are times when September 11, 2001, seems like a long time ago - and other times it feels like only yesterday when the air was “filled with poison and the ground was still shaking with terror.”

East Bridgewater Employees Vote Teamsters

October 1, 2014
By Stephanie West

East Bridgewater, Mass. - Employees of the East Bridgewater Department of Public Works have secured their first Teamster contract in a recent vote. The workers in the department voted unanimously for the three-year contract with Teamsters Local 653. The East Bridgewater employees join the more than 250,000 public service employees nationwide which are part of the Teamsters Public Services Division.

de Blasio Increases Living Wage

October 1, 2014
By Amanda LoMonaco

New York, NY — Mayor Bill de Blasio on September 30th signed an executive order enacting a sweeping expansion of New York City’s Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. Commercial tenants at projects that receive more than $1 million in City subsidy will be covered by Living Wage provisions, and the Living Wage itself will be raised to from $11.90 to $13.13 per hour—likely reaching $15.22 per hour by 2019.

Union Wins: 9,000 New Postal Jobs

September 30, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The American Postal Workers Union has won a major victory on staffing in post offices  – a victory that will result in the creation of over 9,000 new positions within 90 days.

Former Fire District Treasurer Arrested for Stealing Public Funds

September 29, 2014
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - Former treasurer of Pulteney Fire District #2 in Steuben County. Lisa Stone, 44 of Hammondsport, was charged with grand larceny in the third degree (class D felony) and falsifying business records. The investigation was conducted by the New York State Comptroller.

NYC Underground Infrastructure Upgraded

September 25, 2014
By Amanda LoMonaco

New York, NY — New York City will undertake a comprehensive program to upgrade essential underground infrastructure. The project has begun at four locations around the city, with dozens of other locations currently under consideration for future work. In June, the administration released the Underground Infrastructure Report, which called for improving the way that street work is conducted by the City and private utilities. 

The Economy, Education and What America Deserves!

September 24, 2014
By Matthew D’Amico

With the school year underway and children getting ready to learn new things about the world, there is great worry as to the state of education in America today. As the father of an 8-year-old boy who attends public school, I know the concern parents have about their children doing well in school. And as a political coordinator for a labor union representing public employees throughout New York State, I’ve seen that working men and women are deeply troubled about our economy.

NYC Performance Indicators Up

September 18, 2014
By Amanda LoMonaco

New York—The de Blasio administration has released the Mayor’s Management Report (MMR) for fiscal year 2014, an analysis of City agencies’ performance from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, spanning both the Bloomberg and de Blasio administrations.


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