Union Matters


Union leaders talk women’s march and what’s next

Millions of people around the world participated in the Women’s March, with large crowds converging in places such as New York, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Cleveland, Los Angeles, London and even Antarctica.

Fast food workers, council members and advocates denounce Puzder

Leading up to the Senate confirmation hearings for potential Labor Secretary Andy Puzder, fast-food workers, New York City Council members and allies denounced his position and history of anti-labor behavior.

Newark Airport workers rally on MLK Day

Lost amid the commemoration of a civil rights icon was his advocacy for labor rights. Some airport workers reminded the world of that this week.

Macy’s and Sears Holdings to close a combined 226 stores

Three well-known retailers are closing stores around the country—and eliminating jobs.

32BJ speaks on JFK renovation

Before his State of the State address in Manhattan Monday, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussed his desire to make John F. Kennedy Airport “world-class.”

Walmart settles LGBT-discrimination lawsuit

Earlier this month, Walmart received a perfect 100 score on the Human Right Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. At the same time, the retail giant was settling an LGBT-discrimination lawsuit.

NYers look forward to minimum wage, but larger fight looms

Many New Yorkers were celebrating the increase in state minimum wage beginning Dec. 31, 2016, this week, but incoming President-elect Donald Trump might make their hard-fought victory moot.

Toward a better nation

We in 1199SEIU refer to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as our North Star. We constantly ask ourselves, what would Dr. King do?

NY/NJ airport workers win first union contracts

Four years of hard work has paid off for New York and New Jersey airport workers.

Vancouver-based hospital service and maintenance workers join AFT

The American Federation of Teachers took their work over the border when workers at a hospital in Vancouver voted to join them.

UFT opens new teacher center at Bronx school

A collaboration between the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education, bears fruit in the Bronx.

Union leaders stand up for Chuck Jones

United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones found fellow union leaders and members defending him after being publicly criticized by President-elect Donald Trump.

Columbia grad students officially vote to form union

In a landslide, Columbia research and teaching assistants voted 1,602 to 623 in favor of joining the Graduate Workers of Columbia-United Auto Workers Union. Columbia’s graduate workers are the first in the country to form their union after the National ...

Reduced transit fare would help get low-wage workers moving

Working people in New York City face yet another MTA fare hike next year—and this time it could go up to $3 per ride.

Activists to Obama: Use Constitution to pardon undocumented with low-level drug offenses

A group of clergy and immigrant justice advocates have called for President Barack Obama to pardon undocumented immigrants with nonviolent, low-level offenses.