The road from virtual to real

A little more than one year has gone by since the first reported death in New York City caused by COVID-19; 30,000 more deaths were to follow to mark this somber anniversary.

A proposal that only leaves room for disaster

As president of Local 237, which represents School Safety Agents (SSAs), I recently spoke at a hearing of the New York City Council’s Education Committee.

Climbing that hill

At the inauguration ceremony of President Joe Biden, Amanda Gorman, the 22 year-old poet laureate, read her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” which begins with the words: “We ask ourselves when can we find light in this neverending shade?”

The deal is done: Hunts Point workers & market owners agree on a new contract

They’ve been essential to keeping the city going. Now, workers at the Hunts Point Produce Market feel essential.

As long as we have wee

In 1974, during the Watergate scandal, renowned children’s book writer Dr. Seuss sent a copy of his book, “Marvin K. Mooney” to newspaper columnist Art Buchwald, in which “Marvin K. Mooney” had been crossed out and replaced with “Richard M. ...

Be a protester: Vote!

The Pew Research Center recently issued a report that found 6% of American adults––equaling around 15 million people––attended summer rallies to protest racial injustice.

Seasons change. The crisis remains.

though the season may have changed, the horrors and hardships of the pandemic crisis have not. Its brutality continues to cost lives and livelihoods

WE GET UP: City workers staying strong

At a time of unimaginable grief, when a sudden, highly contagious virus rocked the entire world—and our own personal, little world—city workers, including members of my union, Local 237, didn’t give up, they got up and went to work.

We the people

Some have said that the tragic murder of George Floyd, a Black man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis, and the ensuing protests, represent an awakening in America.

Right out of Hollywood? Living in a coronavirus world

Indeed, in all of this darkness, there are many examples of the best of people on display. Health care professionals, first responders, transit workers, to name just a few, are among those who risk their lives to save the life ...

Why unions matter

It’s hard to believe, but five years have passed since I was sworn into office. Standing in the same spot and having the oath administered again by our General President James P. Hoffa, still conjured up that same feeling of ...

Teamsters praise mayor for private carting legislation

Last week, the New York City Council passed Intro 1574 to reform the city’s private carting industry.

When the American Dream becomes a mall in New Jersey

Has the American Dream become just a mall in New Jersey?

Skip the greeting card—no presents needed: Labor Day, a holiday like no other whose importance lasts beyond a single day

It’s not so easy to find a holiday that crosses all religious, racial, ethnic and gender lines. Your political party, favorite color and years of education matter little too.

Now is the time

Here’s a sad but true fact: labor unions in America are weaker than in other industrialized nations. Today, in America, just 10.5 percent of all workers are in a union, and in the private sector, only one in 16 workers ...