Union Matters


Saluting public workers: You don't give up, you get up!

Former President Barack Obama said: “When times are tough, we don’t give up. We get up.” That’s precisely what public employees did.

DC 37 files petition to stop mandatory ‘return to work’ for non-essential workers

District Council 37, which represents 80,000 workers, filed an Improper Practice Petition to stop New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio from making all city employees ‘return to work.”

Labor Breakfast Honoree Randi Weingarten

Before being elected president of the American Federation of Teachers in 2008, Weingarten spent 11 years as the president of the United Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2, representing close to 200,000 educators in the New York City public school ...

Labor Breakfast Honoree Kyle Bragg

The sudden, and unfortunate, death of Hector Figueroa in 2019 left the president of 32BJ position early. Kyle Bragg filled that seat that July and was re-elected this month.

Labor Breakfast Honoree Mark Cannizzaro

Education’s been in Mark Cannizzaro’s heart for most of his adult life. He’s been one in New York for more than 35 years and is, himself, the product of the city’s public school system.

When the Amsterdam News was boycotted

No story about the Amsterdam News labor dispute and the organization of the first Newspaper Guild unit at a Black-owned newspaper is complete without noting the significant role played by Marvel Cooke.

Unions approve of Biden’s COVID-19 action plan

Labor unions have showered praise on U.S. President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 action plan.

Get Vaccinated

There has been a lot of talk over the last few months about vaccination. The pros and alleged cons of taking the vaccine are all over social media and news broadcasts.

Labor Day present: new Hochul bill addresses employee safety and wage theft

New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul gave labor unions a present this week.

Bronx and Brooklyn Defenders vote to form a union

The Bronx and Brooklyn Defender Services achieved a major victory in their desire to unionize.

New bill provides path for city service workers to organize

A new bill signed into law by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio looks to speed up the collective bargaining process with city service contractors.

Shuler elected new AFL-CIO President

In the untimely death of its long-time leader, the AFL-CIO went right to work in picking a new union president and made history in the progress.

A crisis NOT to waste

There’s no doubt that, in years to come, so much will be written on the effect of the pandemic in all aspects of our lives, that entire libraries will be filled with books on the subject containing countless facts, findings ...

We mourn Richard Trumka, and will fight in his memory

The world lost a tireless fighter for working people on Aug. 5, when AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka passed away.

NLRB quashes union-busting case with federal contractor

Last week the National Labor Relations Board settled a complaint against a federal contractor’s alleged attempts to stop workers from organizing with the Communications Workers of America (CWA).