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Independent Contractors and The New Economy

February 9, 2016
By Barry J. Peek and Chloe Serinsky

In June, a court decision was issued with the potential to impact the nature of modern employment relationships. In O’Connor v. Uber Technologies, a district court judge in California, in denying a motion for summary judgement filed by Uber, ruled that Uber drivers were not independent contractors as a matter of law, and that the drivers - who were arguing that they were employees entitled to protection under California law - could present their case before a jury.

De Blasio Says ‘Two Cities’ Are Transforming to One

February 7, 2016
By Steven Wishnia 

New York, NY - “We see the Tale of Two Cities transforming,” Mayor Bill de Blasio declared in his State of the City speech Feb. 4. “Our vision is one New York, working for our neighborhoods.”

Labor and Business Support Saint Dominic's Home

February 7, 2016
By Tara Jessup

New York, NY -  More than 1,400 construction, real estate, union and business leaders came together for the 35th Business and Labor Awards dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria to raise a record-breaking $1.3 million for Saint Dominic's Home, a 138 year old organization providing educational and social services to 2,300 people in the Lower Hudson Valley and New York City.

New England UNITE HERE Endorses Sanders

February  5, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - UNITE HERE's New England Joint Board, comprising 51 locals, voted unanimously Jan. 22 to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for president.

421-a’s Construction Subsidies: The Political Maze

February 3, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

By Request of our Readers We are Reposting a Special Report Part on Construction Subsidies 421-a

New York, NY - In the year before it expired Jan. 15, the 421-a program of tax subsidies for new construction was buffeted by multiple political forces with overlapping and conflicting agendas.

The real-estate industry wanted it renewed, but without prevailing-wage or affordable-housing requirements that would damage its profitability. The building-trades unions wanted it renewed, with requirements that developers receiving the subsidy pay some form of prevailing wage.

Governor Cuomo Says The Country Must Overcome Economic Injustice 

January 31, 2016
By Marc Bussanich for LaborPress

New York, NY- Governor Andrew Cuomo, joined by the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, said on Friday at the 14 Street Y that economic injustice in the United States is pervaivse. He informed the audience that the social contract between labor and managment going back to the days of the New Deal under Franklin Roosevelt is being dismantled.

IATSE Endorses Clinton

January 21, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

New York, NY- The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees endorsed Hillary Clinton for President Jan. 11, citing “her long record of fighting for workers’ rights and working families.”

Unions, Foes Face Off at Supreme Court

January 12, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

Washington, DC- Will the Supreme Court rule that collective bargaining by public-employee unions is “political speech” that nonmembers can’t be forced to pay for?

 

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