Union Matters


Two New Yorkers weld new path with steam fitting apprenticeship

Many people dream of changing careers and finding something with more purpose.

Regents passes new evaluations, but with a caveat

The United Federation of Teachers and the New York State Union of Teachers pushed hard for what they felt were “fairer” evaluations.

Unions, activists react to mayor’s education speech

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced a new education agenda at a speech in the Bronx last week.

Unions, electeds pack Amsterdam News labor breakfast

Members of the labor community and elected officials came out last week for the New York Amsterdam News and Bill Lynch and Associates’ “Tying Communities Together” Labor Awards Breakfast at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem.

AmNews Labor Breakfast honors activists, workers, politicians and those who fight for the cause

Although they’re depicted as operating with different agendas in mind, the annual New York Amsterdam News Labor Breakfast shows what can be achieved when activists, workers and politicians are in sync with each other.

Cuomo: ‘It’s time to change the minimum wage’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s ready to do right by workers.

NLRB says Teach for America members can join union in Detroit

An under-the-radar ruling has a big chance to shape the nature of certain education programs in America.

Officials praise the worker on Labor Day

Political officials on the national, state and local levels talked about the state of workers on Labor Day.

Appellate court grants home workers overtime, minimum wage protections

A recent ruling by a federal appeals court reinstated a rule change that provides home care workers with minimum wage and overtime protection.

NLRB decision puts staffing agency, subcontracting model in jeopardy

The employer-employee relationship may be forever changed by a recent National Labor Relations Board decision.

Keeping our eyes on the prize

Saturday, Sept. 12, I will be marching shoulder to shoulder with union sisters and brothers in the New York City Labor Day Parade.

Former Louisiana Walmart employees suing for race/age discrimination

Walmart and discrimination have been in the spotlight often in the past few years, and last week was no exception.

Amalgamated Bank announces $15 minimum wage

When many people envision a banker, they usually think of the Hollywood image of the arrogant, Wall Street type.

De Blasio announces deal with firefighters

After a lot of friction and back and forth, City Hall and the Uniformed Firefighters Association have finally reached a deal.

Building and Construction Trades members protest at Columbia University

The JDS Development got a rude awakening courtesy of Building and Construction Trades members.