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State Pension Fund Remains Strong

December 5, 2011
Around Town – By Neal Tepel

The New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund) was valued at $133.8 billion after Fund investments posted an estimated negative 7.48 percent rate of return through September 30, 2011, the end of the Fund’s second fiscal quarter, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

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Tax Credits Awarded to 13 Affordable Housing Projects to Generate 1,400 Jobs

November 28, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

“The creation and preservation of affordable housing is an economic engine for the City, strengthening our neighborhoods and providing housing for New Yorkers with a range of incomes,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “These tax credits allow us to leverage private sector investment to fund 737 units in 13 projects, creating nearly 1,400 construction and construction-related jobs.”

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Teamsters Joint Council 16 Demands Diana Taylor Resign from Hudson River Park Trust Over Sotheby's Comments

December 5, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

Teamsters Joint Council 16 has called for Diana Taylor, the mayor's partner and a member of the board of directors at Sotheby's, to resign as chair of the Hudson River Park Trust over her comments to Sotheby's art handlers at an HRPT meeting.

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Legislation Supporting Pediatric Physicians Introduced in Congress

November 27, 2011
Around Town By Neal Tepel

House Representatives Lee Terry of Nebraska and Diana DeGette of Colorado has  introduced bipartisan legislation that would increase access to podiatric care and save billions of dollars in the process. The Equity and Access for Podiatric Physicians Under Medicaid Act (HR 3364) would identify podiatrists as physicians under Title XIX (the Medicaid Provision) of the Social Security Act, making it easier for low-income individuals to get the foot care they need.

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DC 1707 City Hall Press Conference Monday December 5th - Cuts to Day Care Lawsuit

December 1, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

On Monday December 5, members of District Council 1707 AFSCME will hold a press conference on the City Hall Steps to announce a lawsuit against New York City to stop Mayor Bloomberg’s so-called “EarlyLearn” proposal which will remove day care and Head Start programs for more than 10,000 currently enrolled children. DC 1707 contends that the “EarlyLearn” proposal is in violation of federal law.

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Amalgamated Life Takes Home the Gold

November 22, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

Amalgamated Life Insurance Company, a leading provider of life and health insurance, was recently recognized as a Gold Award winner in the prestigious MarCom Awards program, one of the oldest, largest and most respected international competitions in the creative industry.  The organization’s “Amalgamated Family of Companies” corporate brochure package took home the gold in the “Brochure/Business to Business” category. The award was won in a field of 6,000 competitors which included media conglomerates and Fortune 50 companies.

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Minor League Baseball Umpires Ratify Agreement

November 29, 2011
Around Town – By Neal Tepel

The Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU)/Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Guild 322, announced that its more than 200 members voted to approve a new five-year labor agreement with Minor League Baseball. “It is exciting to have such a good contract and get it done before the December holidays,” said Shaun Francis, AMLU president. “In this deal we have more money and a better overall contract than what we were able to get last time after a strike.

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OPEIU Contributes to NAPAA Legal Fund Supporting Lawsuit Against Allstate

November 22, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), is assisting the National Association of Professional Allstate Agents (NAPAA) fight back against Allstate’s efforts to terminate profitable, long-standing agents who don’t meet the company’s arbitrary ‘Expected Results.’

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