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NYS Payroll Card Act to Protect Workers

June 19, 2014
By Stephanie West


Albany, NY – NYS legislation is proposed regulating the use of payroll cards to increase protections for workers. Payroll cards can provide a convenient method for workers to access their pay.

NYC Comptroller: Flexible Work Arrangements Improve Bottom Line

June 18, 2014
By Stephanie West


New York, NY—Flexible work arrangements can improve productivity and job satisfaction while helping New York City maintain its status as a magnet for top talent, according to a report released by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.  Stringer recommended best practices for flexible work arrangements (FWAs) and highlighted lawmakers at the federal, state, and city level who have proposed legislation for the “Right to Request,” a formal mechanism for workers and employers to discuss workplace flexibility issues.

Faith Leaders Urge Minimum Wage Raise

June 17, 2014
By Stephanie West


Albany, NY - More than 60 faith leaders from across New York has issued a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Legislative leaders calling for an immediate hike in the minimum wage, saying “It’s the right thing to do – and it is our moral obligation.”

NYC Comptroller Urges Raising Minimum Wage

June 17, 2014
By Stephanie West


New York, NY – Raising the minimum wage to $13.13 in New York City would benefit nearly 1.2 million City residents by an average of $100 a week, according to an analysis released today by Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.

Keep Fighting to Save Pensions in Detroit

Keep Fighting to Save Pensions in Detroit

June 17, 2014
By Michael Mulholland, Acting President, AFSCME Local 207


Detroit, Michigan - As a retiree from the City of Detroit, and acting president of AFSCME Local 207, I oppose the so-called grand bargain. Every dollar stolen from us will not be given to the people of Detroit, but merely help the greedy banks cut their losses. They expect us to bail them out with our modest pensions. This deal should be called the grand larceny.

Introducing Collective Bargaining Service

June 16, 2014
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During his 40-year career as a union activist, negotiator and official, Tom Jennings has had the opportunity to closely work with some of the most vibrant labor organizations in the country - including AFSCME, DC37, AFGE and the New York State Nurses Association. Now, Jennings has taken that vast reservoir of labor expertise, drawing on both the public and private sector, and launched Collective Bargaining Service (www.collectivebargainingservice.com) - an independent consulting firm dedicated to securing fair and equitable contracts for fellow unionists. 

NYC Mayor Settling Labor Contracts

June 16, 2014
By Neal Tepel


New York, NY - The recent labor agreement between New York City and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) removes the largest uncertainty that had been facing the city's budgetary outlook. But the city still faces challenges, including reaching labor agreements with the other municipal unions, obtaining anticipated health insurance savings and closing future budget gaps.

Poll Supports Carriage Drivers and Teamsters

June 12, 2014
By Stephanie West


New York, NY – Central Park’s carriage drivers cheered the latest Quinnipiac poll, showing growing opposition to the proposed ban on the iconic New York industry. 

A Quinnipiac press release stated that “New York City voters say 66 - 26 percent that de Blasio should not ban horse-drawn carriages, compared to 64 - 24 percent support for carriage horses in a March 19 Quinnipiac University poll. Support for the horses is strong across party, gender and racial lines.”

CWA President Larry Cohen: The Fight Against Income Inequality

June 12, 2014
By Neal Tepel


Washington, DC - In a passionate speech to the Economic Policy Institute on June 4, CWA President Larry Cohen talked about policies to close the income gap between the rich and everyone else in America. In his introduction to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, at the EPI's conference, President Cohen had many pointed and important remarks regarding income inequality. He mentioned the need for workers to band together in the fight against stagnating wages and income inequality.

Labor Dept Wage Thefts Investigations Backlogged

June 10, 2014
By Stephanie West


Albany, New York - The state Department of Labor doesn’t complete many of its wage theft investigations in a timely manner, allowing thousands of cases to remain unresolved for a year or more, according to an New York State Comptroller audit

Buy American: The Job You Save May Be Your Own

June 6, 2014
By New York State AFL-CIO


Albany, NY - New York State lost over 300,000 manufacturing jobs in the last decade, and rather than being part of solution, the state is contributing to the problem by outsourcing materials for infrastructure projects to foreign countries. Foreign companies have been awarded contracts for subway repairs, commuter rail projects and bridge work including just last year when the MTA spent over $34 million in public money on Chinese steel for repairs to the Verrazano. It's shameful.

NYS Jobs Express Lists 100K Available Jobs

June 6, 2014
By Stephanie West


Albany, NY - Almost 100,000 jobs are currently available and listed on the State’s Jobs Express website (www.jobs.ny.gov). The site sorts thousands of jobs by region and occupation, and also allows users to search jobs based on zip code and travel distance.

Seattle Workers Show the Way by Winning $15/Hour Wage Floor

June 5, 2014
By SEIU President Mary Kay Henry


Washington, DC - "Like working Americans across the country, the 2.1 million members of SEIU are tremendously inspired by the breakthrough vote by the Seattle City Council to lift the wage floor there to $15 per hour. Congratulations to everyone in the coalition who fought to make this victory possible.

Tech Industry Rapid Growth in Brooklyn

June 4, 2014
By Stephanie West


Brooklyn, NY - The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has released its Spring Labor Market Review report, “IT Grows in Brooklyn,” which examines the growth of the tech industry in Brooklyn since 2004. The tech sector has seen astounding growth in terms of the number of firms and employees located in Brooklyn. It's the fastest growing IT sector in New York City.

Open a College Savings Account for Children

May 30, 2014
By Stephanie West


New York, NY - New York State’s 529 College Saving Program has helped New York residents pay for more than $230 million in college-related expenses in 2014. The investment program is designed to help parents save for college and offers tax deductions up to $10,000 annually.

NYC Economy Outpaces the Nation

May 28, 2014
By Stephanie West


New York, NY—New York City’s economy grew almost three percent while the country’s economic growth was a sluggish 0.1 percent in the first quarter of 2014, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer found in his first quarterly update on the City’s vital economic stats released May 28, 2014. The City’s Real Gross City Product (GCP) made up four percent of the entire country’s economic output.

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