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Young Working People Continue to Organize in New Media

October 7, 2015
By Sonia Huq Reprined:

Young working people organizing on the job will be a hot topic at the first ever, White House Summit on Worker Voice. To shed some light on the latest in a series of digital worker wins, I had a one on one with Alice Ollstein of Think Progress. Alice is a political reporter at Think Progress and has been writing for newspapers since her tween-years.

In the Village, the Peaceful Village…

October 6, 2015
By Bill Hohlfeld

The Sustainable Port Chester Alliance continues to be clear regarding their expectations of Starwood Capital. If the $45 billion behemoth would like to come to Port Chester to expand their already massive portfolio of real estate holdings, they are going to have to share the wealth  with those who make it possible for them to profit. A Community Benefits Agreement is a likely way to achieve that goal, and quickly became the theme of the Town Hall meeting held at the Port Chester Knights of Columbus building on Thursday, October 1.

Mine Owner Goes on Trial for Big Branch Explosion

October 6, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Former Massey Energy Company head Donald L. Blankenship went on trial Oct. 1 in Charleston, West Virginia, on federal charges stemming from the explosion that killed 29 miners at the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal on April 29, 2010.

Union for Fired FEGS Workers Asks Bankruptcy Court to Force Shuttered Social Service Giant...

October 5, 2015
By Tara Jessup

Union for Fired FEGS Workers Asks Bankruptcy Court to Force Shuttered Social Service Giant to Honor Its Contractual and Statutory Obligations

1,400 Laid Off Workers Who Cared for Most Vulnerable in City Owed Millions in Severance, Other Obligations


The union representing 1,400 workers suddenly laid off early this year when the Federation of Employment Guidance Service, a social service giant service 120,000 needy New Yorkers, shut its doors s is asking a bankruptcy court to set aside almost $7 million from FEGS’ remaining assets to meet contractual and statutory obligations on which they stiffed those workers.

The Future of Work: The Forces Against Organized Labor

October 5, 2015
By Ruth Milkman Reprinted from Racific Standard

New York, NY - Contrary to popular belief, de-unionization is not primarily due to globalization or new technology: Successful attacks on organized labor have affected many place-bound low-tech industries, like construction or hospitality, nearly as much as manufacturing. 

Finding Common Ground on the Political Landscape

October 1, 2015
By Bill Hohlfeld

If one were asked to sit and make a list of possible political candidates that would be good for labor, it is safe to assume that most people would not begin their search within the halls of a local chamber of commerce. There is, however, at least one candidate this fall that is going about the business of changing that perception,and more importantly, would like to change the reality behind the perception.

SEIU 32BJ Janitors Rally Draws Thousands

September 30, 2015
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

Philadelphia Pennsylvania – Over 2,000 janitors converged in Philadelphia Wednesday September 30th. The workers were rallying for good jobs and fair contracts. The rally was held outside a luxury high rise where new building management illegally displaced union workers.

Local 456 Commits to Excellence through Training

Sptember 29, 2015
By Bill Hohlfeld

On Thursday, September 24th, after delivering lumber or concrete or servicing oil burners all day, dozens of Teamster Local 456  Shop Stewards assembled at their union hall in Elmsford, NY to attend a training seminar. Their only visible compensation for the evening would be a slice of a six foot hero and a cup of coffee or bottle of water.


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