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Got Union? American Airlines’ Reps Win Representation

September 22, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

Queens, NY—After 22 years, passenger agents working for American Airlines just won representation with the Communications Workers of America. Liz Puente-Almodozar has been working as an airport reservation agent for almost 33 years at JFK Airport, first for TWA and then American Airlines. She said it was a long struggle, but she and her co-workers never gave up.

New Ferry Boats for Staten Island

September 22, 2014
By Stephanie West


New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced $191,550,000 in federal funding for two new storm resilient ferry boats on Staten Island and improvements at Staten Island ferry facilities. Earlier this month, Schumer and Gillibrand urged the Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide federal funding for these upgrades as part of the Sandy Relief Bill.

R Train Recovers from Superstorm Sandy

September 16, 2014
By Stephanie West


New York, NY - Normal R subway service between Brooklyn and Manhattan has been restored in New York City. The Montague Tube subway tunnel used by the R train daily, was inundated with salt water during Superstorm Sandy. Over 27 million gallons of water poured into a 4,000-foot stretch of the tunnel during the devastating Sandy storm. Every element of subway infrastructure was corroded from electronic signal equipment to tunnel lighting to the steel rails themselves.

Teamsters Escort Runway Models to Horse Carriages

September 4, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

Central Park, NY—Fashion week kicked off on Wednesday evening here with runway models parading through the park on horse-drawn carriages. Teamster officials with Joint Council 16 escorted the models to the carriages as anti-horse carriage advocates hounded them.

Machinists File for Mediation at Southwest Airlines

August 28, 2014
By Stephanie West


Washington, DC - After more than two years of direct talks with Southwest Airlines, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB), the federal agency that oversees contract negotiations in the airline industry.

Teamsters Ratify Stroehmann Contracts

August 25, 2014
By Stephanie West


Cheektowaga, N.Y. -- Teamsters Local 264 members at Stroehmann Bakeries and Grocery Haulers Inc. (GHI) in Olean, N.Y., have voted overwhelmingly to ratify contracts providing for significant workplace improvements. Route sales drivers and garage mechanics at Stroehmann voted in favor of a successor agreement that improves wages and maintains health care benefits.

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