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RWDSU Endorses President Barack Obama

November 21, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU, UFCW), which represents 100,000 U.S. and Canadian workers in retail, food processing, and other fast-growing industries, has announced it is endorsing President Barack Obama for re-election. “President Obama has done more for working people than any President in recent memory,” said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the RWDSU. “When you examine his biggest victories—economic stimulus, healthcare reform, auto industry recovery, financial reform, pay equity reform, middle class tax relief, restoration of collective bargaining rights—it is clear that he has delivered on his central promises of hope and change".

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"Jobs Express" Website

November 4, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has launched "Jobs Express," a website designed to help New Yorkers who are seeking employment.
The Jobs Express website makes it easier to learn about what jobs are available in the state and to know where to find them.

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DC 37 Opens Contract Negotiations

November 14, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

District Council 37opened negotiations with the City of New York to demand much needed wage increases for its members.  Noting that city workers have not had a raise since March 2009, Roberts said, “Over the past few years, layoffs and attrition have reduced the city’s workforce by thousands, forcing our members to do more with less. We’ve risen to meet this challenge. Our members are working harder than ever, and the cost of living is on the rise. Our members need a wage increase, and that is why we’ve requested to begin negotiations.”

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City's Labor Leaders Unite Around Millionaire's Tax

October 26, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

Labor Leaders and community activists came to City Hall October 17th hoping to "stop payment" on New York State's coming $5 billion outlay to the State's wealthiest taxpayers. With a large check showing a $5 billion payment drawn from the 99 percent and payable to the 1 percent, as a prop, leaders including Mike Mulgrew of the UFT, TWU Local 100's John Samuelsen, DC 37's Lillian Roberts, and George Gresham of 1199 demanded that the State keep progressive taxation alive.

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Walmart Continues Cutting Worker Benefits

November 8, 2011
Around Town By Neal Tepel

Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, has made dramatic cuts to the health care options it provides to associates. Premiums are going up by 20-60% for full time associates and new part timers (less than 24 hours a week) won’t be eligible for coverage at all.

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Preschool of America Employees Unionized

October 26, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

Employees at two sites of Preschool of America voted to join District Council 1707 more than a year after the owners of the pricey day care center fired 13 employees after a previous National Labor Relation Board supervised election. At the West End Avenue Center on 64th Street at on the upper west side of Manhattan, the union won 10-1. At the upper east side location on Lexington and 96th ‘Street, the union won 6-1. The election was for the head teachers at both centers.  The union previously won the election for the assistant teachers more than a year ago.

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IBEW Endorses Single Payer Health Plan

November 7, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

The 38th convention of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has endorsed single payer health as a solution to the nation's health care crisis. The 3,000 delegates who attended the IBEW convention called upon “…our international officers (to) do everything in their power and authority to work with other groups and elected officials to build support and action for universal single payer health insurance….”

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NYC Electricity Supply at Risk in the Future

October 24, 2011
Around Town by Neal Tepel

Absent new sources of generating capacity, New York City’s electricity supply could fall below the thresholds needed to ensure reliability and prevent price spikes starting in 2016, according to electricity Outlook: Powering New York City through 2030, a report issued today by the New York Building Congress.

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