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Nine NYPD Members Honored Who Died Responding to 2001 World Trade Center Attacks

October 24, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

“In the weeks and months after September 11th, hundreds of members of the NYPD devoted long hours to rescue and recovery efforts amid the smoking wreckage there – and also at the Fresh Kills landfill,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “And tragically, in the years since, some have seen their health decline, and even fail. Today, we add the names of nine New York City police officers to the honor roll here. We honor their bravery and devotion and their unselfish sacrifice. They truly exemplify what is finest about our Finest. May God truly bless their memories and may God bless and protect all those who wear the uniform of the finest police force in the world.”

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NYC Council Passes Law to Limit Contracting

October 10, 2011
Around Town By Neal Tepel

At the October 5th NYC Council Stated Meeting the Council approved a strengthening of Local Law 35 of 1994. This common sense legislation will increase transparency and maximize cost efficiencies when entering into contracts that could displace City workers.

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James Earl Jones Recipient of Actor's Equity Award

October 17, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

Actors’ Equity Association has announced James Earl Jones as the recipient of the 2011 Paul Robeson Award. Created in 1971, the Award recognizes a person who best exemplifies the principles by which Mr. Robeson lived. Jones joined Equity in 1955 and made his Broadway debut in 1957in Sunrise at Campobello. Legendary producer Joseph Papp gave Jones one of his first major breakthroughs, casting him as Michael Williams in Shakespeare’s Henry V. This marked the beginning of Jones’s long affiliation with the New York Shakespeare Festival, eventually counting the title roles of Othello, Macbeth, and King Lear among his many distinguished performances for the company.

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NYS Expands Computer Technology Jobs

October 7, 2011
By Neal Tepel

New York State has entered into agreements providing for investments valued at a total of $4.4 billion over the next five years from five leading international companies to create the next generation of computer chip technology:  Intel, IBM, GLOBAL FOUNDRIES, TSMC and Samsung. This initiative will result in the creation and retention of approximately 6,900 jobs. No private company will receive any state funds as part of the agreement. Research and development facilities will be located in Albany, Canandaigua, Utica, East Fishkill and Yorktown Heights.

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Bronx BP Diaz to Host ED Summit

October 13, 2011
Around Town By Neal Tepel

“From Cradle to Career,” will be taking place on Saturday October 15, 2011 at Lehman College, hosted by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz. Dr. Diane Ravitch, widely considered to be the preeminent education expert in the United States, will offer the keynote address in the morning. The day will begin with greetings from Borough President Diaz and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott of the New York City Department of Education, followed by Dr. Ravitch’s keynote address.

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Legislation to Protect Retiree Healthcare Benefits

October 7, 2011
By Neal Tepel

The national retiree advocacy organization ProtectSeniors.Org is applauding the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 827 for actively and aggressively seeking passage of federal legislation to protect earned retiree health care benefits.

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Actors' Equity and Broadway League Reach Tentative Agreement

October 11, 2011
Around Town by Neal Tepel

Actors' Equity Association (Equity), the national union of professional stage actors and stage managers, and The Broadway League (League), the national trade association for the Broadway and touring industry, have successfully reached a tentative agreement for the Production Contract. This collective bargaining agreement outlines the terms and conditions of employment for stage actors and stage managers working in commercial Broadway and touring productions.

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Protect Retiree Earned Healthcare Benefits

October 3, 2011
Around Town, By Neal Tepel

The national retiree advocacy organization ProtectSeniors.Org is applauding the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 827 for actively and aggressively seeking passage of federal legislation to protect earned retiree healthcare benefits.

In a letter to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, East Windsor-based IBEW Local 827, which represents over 5,200 active union members and 8,000 retirees across New Jersey, is advocating its support for the Earned Retiree Healthcare Benefits Protection Act of 2011 (HR1322). The legislation would prevent employers from making post-retirement cuts to benefits that their retirees earned and paid for during their working years.

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