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Fired Cablevision Worker Wants His Job Back

October 15, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—Jerome Thompson was a Cablevision employee for 11 years before he was fired in late August because he reportedly used the word “slavery” during a meeting to describe the poor treatment of Cablevision technicians. At City Hall on Tuesday afternoon, supported by elected officials, he said he wants his job back.

UAW Charters Local In Alabama Mercedes-Benz Plant

October 7, 2014
By Stephanie West

Tuscaloosa, Alabama  — Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) employees and the UAW — with support from the Daimler World Employee Committee and the German automotive trade union IG Metall — announced the formation of UAW Local 112. This new local union will provide representation for workers at the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Vance, Alabama., near Tuscaloosa.

JFK Skycaps Paid Below Minimum Wage

October 1, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY – Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has settled with Alstate Maintenance LLC, a contractor operating at Terminal One of John F. Kennedy International Airport, for paying nearly 40 skycaps at an hourly rate far below minimum wage. The $925,000 settlement consists of about $625,000 in restitution and another $300,000 in damages, all of which will be distributed to workers.

Reinhart Teamsters Ratify First Contract

September 29, 2014
By Stephanie West

Taunton, Mass.- More than 230 workers at Reinhart Food Service represented by Teamsters Local Union 653 ratified a first contract. The employees voted by a 2 to 1 margin to approve the collective bargaining agreement.

Got Union? American Airlines’ Reps Win Representation

September 23, 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.

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