February 21, 2011
By Annabel Palmer
In order to appropriately address New York City's dire fiscal realities, visionary leadership and a commitment to shared sacrifice are necessary. Unfortunately, the Preliminary Budget Proposal reveals that the Administration has failed on both accounts. The $300 million dollars in cuts to Social Services outlined today are an assault on our City's working families, our City's working poor and our City's most vulnerable.
High Times in Madison
February 20, 2011
By Paul Buhle
As I moved along with the tight-packed crowd, late in the afternoon, coming out of the demonstrator-filled Wisconsin capitol building and passed the statue of Hans Christian Weg (Norwegian immigrant, Union Army officer) toward the street, I touched the engraved lettering. “Fell at Chicagmauga.” It occurred to me that my great-great-grandfather, farmer-abolitionist Ezra Fuller, did NOT fall at Chicamauga, and that makes me a lucky survivor of another civil war.
Occupational Health Clinics Network Keeps a Steady Pulse on New York’s Workforce
February 16, 2011
Assemblyman Rory Lancman
Chair of the Subcommittee on Workplace Safety
Workplace injuries and illnesses are complicated and have wide-ranging repercussions. When unsafe conditions in a workplace environment lead to injury, our task is not only to treat the injured party, but also to rectify the circumstances leading up to the event to prevent future injury. This continues to be a challenge when many workplace injuries are unreported, and therefore go unaddressed. In protecting New York’s labor force, it is critical that our workers are informed and feel confident they have somewhere to go where their needs will be met.
February 12, 2011
By Neal Tepel
The Transport Workers Union Local 100, and influential transit advocates including Transportation Alternatives, WEACT for Environmental Justice andNYPIRG's Straphangers Campaign, will kick off a new campaign against transit service cuts and fare hikes with coordinated actions on Valentine's Day.
Thecampaign's tag line, "I Can't Live Without You," will be featured on thousands of Valentines Day cards to be distributed to passengersduring both the morning and afternoon rushes.
February 11, 2011
Finding Dr. Right
It’s 9:00 at night, your child has a bad sore throat, and you don’t have a regular doctor you can call. What do you do? Hopefully if you are reading this now, you can prevent it from happening.
Choosing the right doctor can make a big difference as to whether or not you and your family gets the kind of health care you want and need. Some people look through the Yellow Pages, others ask their friends for recommendations, many go online and check their insurance company’s provider directory. You should probably do all three.
Education shouldn’t be budgetary scapegoat
February 11, 2011
By Richard C. Iannuzzi
"You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” Bob Dylan
Members of my union New York State United Teachers like many Americans, live through and see the magnitude of the fiscal crisis facing our nation and our state every day. We see it when jobs are threatened and programs are cut, and we see it in the mood of the children and patients in our care. While things are starting to turn around, we know that more is still needed.
DOB Wants to Repeal WDI
February 10, 2011
By Ed Murphy
The Governor’s budget would “repeal” existing funds from the Workforce Development Institute.
For ten years, WDI has strengthened New York’s regional economies and now DOB blindly proposes to shut us down. WDI provides workforce intelligence, technical assistance and training grants to local businesses and labor; offers safe childcare to 1,700 families, serving 2,500 children and has taken the lead in fostering partnerships between state government, business, labor and environmental advocates to create green jobs.
February 9, 2011
By Daniel Miller, Ph.D.
Immigrants living Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island were the beneficiaries of a New York City Council’s Immigrant Opportunities Initiative (IOI) to the tune of $100,000 as part of a greater funding award of $4.5 million Citywide to help local not for profit community organizations continue to educate the nation’s newest wave of immigrants.
The presentation was made in Jackson Heights on Tuesday February 8 at the offices of Make the Road New York, one of the three beneficiaries who shared this award. Attending the press conference were representatives from the four local organizations operating their programs in Councilman Daniel Dromm’s 25TH council district (25CD) in Queens and who will share the $100,000 award. They groups named to receive the money are: are Make the Road New York, Ecuadorian International Center, Queens Community House which service a mostly Latino Spanish speaking population and Sheba USA, whose main focus is to assist low-income South Asian immigrant populations. The 25th Council District has the largest percentage of immigrants living in the Borough of Queens communities that make up the district which include, Corona, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, LeFrak City, Rego Park, and Woodside. It’s estimated that about 65% of the District is made up of new immigrant arrivals.
Reprint, February 8, 2011
By Kevin Bogardus - January, 30 2011, http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/141121-labor-uneasy-as-osha-withdraws-proposed-rules
Labor is growing increasingly concerned as a number of proposed rules that were designed to protect workers' health and safety have been withdrawn by the Obama administration. They see the actions as fitting into a new tack by President Obama to soothe businesses’ concerns while the agencies fear tough new oversight from Congress with Republicans now in control of the House.
By John T. Ahern, President, NYCCLC
February 8, 2011
Reprint, January 21, 2011 - www.nycclc.org
In his remarks yesterday (1/19/2011) Mayor Bloomberg took up what has become a trendy political mantra – blame working Americans for the current state of economic affairs. He essentially called for forced concessions as a prerequisite for new contracts. We strongly object to this tactic.