Municipal Government

More Protection for Traffic Enforcers

NYC Commissioner Raymond Kelly and CWA Local 1182 President James Huntley  By Bendix Anderson
October 4, 2010
The fractured skull of traffic enforcement officer Edgar Saeteros a member of the NYPD Parking Control Unit, is a brutal reminder how dangerous it is to give out parking tickets in New York City.
The job has become much safer in recent years -- but there is still much left to do before assaults like the September 29 attack on Saeteros become a thing of the past.
"We have a long way to go," said James Huntley, president of CWA Local 1182, a union which includes many New York City uniformed traffic enforcement agents, though not Saeteros, whose unit is represented by the Teamsters Local 237 and was unavailable for comment.

Hanley Wins, Becomes ATU's 9th President

Larry HanleyOctober 1, 2010

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 -- New York's own Larry Hanley, well known here as the combative President of ATU Local 726 on Staten Island, has been elected to the top job at the Amalgamated Transit Union, America's largest union of transit workers. The vote in favor of Hanley over incumbent Ronald Heintzman was announced shortly after 1PM at the ATU International Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Taking the gavel as the ATU's ninth International President, Hanley is expected to continue his aggressive national campaign to raise the profile of mass transit as an essential service and obtain more federal funding for bus, schoolbus, subway, light rail, paratransit, and rail operations across the United States.

Senate Leader Pushes "Fiscal Responsibility" at ABNY

John L. Sampson, New York State Senate Democratic Conference LeaderBy Bendix Anderson
September 30, 2010

John Sampson's remarks to the Association for a Better New York September 22 held some clues to how he, as Majority Conference Leader for the New York State Senate, plans to resolve the state's budget problems.

"We have to reach out to the unions and let them know: 'You have to share in this also,'" said Sampson in response to a question from the audience on the projected budget gap for next year.

"CityTime" A $1 Billion Boondoggle

Stop CityTime!September 10, 2010

Union leaders representing over 7,000 of New York City’s engineers, architects, and technical professionals were joined by other union leaders and five members of the New York City Council today to ask New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg to pull back the CityTime payroll management system contract which has already cost the City $780 million and promises to go well over the $1 billion mark. CityTime, originally conceived as a payroll system to increase efficiency in government at a cost of $68 million, has spiraled out of control and is being audited by New York City Comptroller John Liu.
At a press conference on the steps of City Hall, Behrouz Fathi, an Engineer with New York City Transit and President of Local 375 said: “At a time when the City workers are facing layoffs and essential services are being cut, we don’t need a $1 billion boondoggle that will bleed City funds for at least another decade.”

Capital Cleaning Busted for Wage Theft

By Bendix Anderson
September 8, 2010

Capital Cleaning Contractors Inc. must pay nearly $1 million in lost wages, interest and penalties to 33 underpaid workers, thanks to recent action from the New York City Comptroller’s Office.

"These innocent employees came to work every day and performed their duties only to be cheated by their employer,” said New York City Comptroller John Liu. The money represents the largest compliance award for building services ever negotiated by the New York City Comptroller's Office.

Domestic Workers' Rights Legislation Passed

By Neal Tepel

September 6, 2010

New York Governor Patterson signed into law the first-ever U.S. law that upholds domestic workers’ rights.  Nannies, housekeepers, and  caregivers in New York are covered under this legislation. The bill includes guaranteed sick days, overtime pay, protection from discrimination, and notice before termination.  Six years of campaigning by Domestic Workers United and many advocates organization paid off by the passage of this landmark legislation.

Hanley Fundraiser Adds City Sizzle

Hanley and Public Advocate DiBlasioThe Amalgamated Transit Union's Larry Hanley raised thousands of dollars in a mid-Manhattan fundraiser highlighted by a who's who of NYC labor leaders and politicians. The event, at an Irish pub on 48th and Tenth Avenue, drew a crowd that pressed back against the regulars at the bar, nursing pints of Guiness Stout. The dapper David Dinkins, a former Mayor of the City, was first to praise Hanley. He was followed by New York's third highest-ranking public official Bill DiBlasio, the public advocate. John Liu, the City Comptroller, sent a representative.

Hanley and Jackie JeterJackie Jeter, President of ATU Local 689, representing transit workers in Washington, DC, brought a number of her Executive Board members to the event, and gave a ringing endorsement of Hanley's candidacy for the top job in her international union. As Hanley stood with his wife and adult children, she said in part: "Larry Hanley is someone who can move us forward and step up to the plate to make the unpopular decisions when they have to be made. Right now, the ATU is in need of your leadership, and we want you to lead us forward. In Larry, I have found a friend I could look up to, who has the integrity to run the ATU."

MTA Refuses Federal Safety Grant

NIOSH logoLaborPress has obtained a copy of a letter from New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast refusing a $1 million program grant offer from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a federal agency charged with conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness.

The $1 million grant would have “focused on the health and wellness of transit workers in New York City,” according to a letter to Prendergast sent on June 10 from two doctors at NIOSH, Matthew Groenewold and Sherry Baron.


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