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DC1707's Dramatic Turnaround

April 19, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Raglan George with supporters last fall.

New York, NY - After suffering a decade of shuttered programs and lost jobs, the union representing the city’s child care workers is poised to undergo a dramatic turnaround over the next two years, as the de Blasio administration looks to more than double the number of available pre-K seats citywide and hire as many as 2,000 more teachers. 

OCB Creates One Traffic Enforcement Bargaining Unit

April 15, 2014

By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—The Office of Collective Bargaining issued a decision in January that creates one bargaining unit for all of the city’s traffic enforcement titles. It’s a decision the leadership of CWA 1182 has been waiting on for a long time.

Pressure on Progressives To Get It Right, Says Constantinides

April 9, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Councilman Costa Constantinides.

Queens, NY - New York City Councilman Costa Constantinides [D-District 22] is serving his freshman term in office as part of the progressive wave that easily swept Mayor Bill de Blasio into Gracie Mansion - but the legislator from Astoria says that there is still a lot of pressure on progressives to get it right. 

NJ Senator Endorses Ras Baraka for Newark Mayor

Nj Senator Ron Rice endorses Ras Baraka to be Newark's next mayor.

March 27, 2013
By Marc Bussanich 

Newark, NJ—The race for the next mayor of Newark is heating up as fellow politicians and organizations endorse their preferred candidate. Councilman Ras Baraka won the endorsement of Senator Ronald Rice on Tuesday in Ivy Hill, who said Baraka is the better candidate because he’s always stood up for working people. Video

And the City Council's Champion for Workers' Rights Is...

March 27, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.

New York, NY - Who’s the best friend working men and women have in the New York City Council? According to a newly-released report card compiled by the Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center, that distinction goes to Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez [D-District 10] of Manhattan.

Growing Calls for David Samson to Resign

March 21, 2014David Samson about to leave public meeting.
By Marc Bussanich 

Jersey City, NJ—At Wednesday’s Port Authority Board of Commissioners meeting here the public and some New Jersey officials joined the chorus of organizations and editorial boards calling for the PA’s chairman, David Samson, to resign. Video 

Mazel Tov, Greg Floyd!

March 21, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Local 237 President Greg Floyd.

Astoria, NY - This week, Greg Floyd, president, Local 237, International Brotherhood of Teamsters [IBT], is being hailed as a “warrior,” and “one of the smartest and hardest-working labor leaders this city has ever had.”

Biz Still Needs Clarity on Paid Sick Law

Gale Brewer first introduced paid sick time in 2009.

March 18, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—Expansion of the paid sick law takes effect in two weeks. The sponsor of the original bill, Gale Brewer, said there are no outstanding issues as the implementation date nears, but an attorney representing city businesses said at City Hall the business community still has unanswered questions. Video 


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