Union Matters


CWA President Emeritus Morton Bahr dead at 93

The second day of the biannual Communication Workers of America’s convention in Las Vegas last week brought some sad news.

Friends, colleagues and elected officials mourn Héctor Figueroa

Colleagues celebrated former 32BJ SEIU President Héctor Figueroa’s legacy at Riverside Church last week.

Kyle Bragg elected president of 32BJ SEIU

In the aftermath of Héctor Figueroa’s untimely death, 32BJ SEIU’s executive board had to elect a new president. They’ve found their man.

Cuomo officially signs bill giving farmworkers protections and right to organize

Farm workers in New York State now have the right they’ve clamored for.

AFT names Evelyn DeJesus VP of education

The American Federation of Teachers looked to New York to pick someone as a top official.

Remembering a 'champion': 32BJ SEIU president Hector Figueroa

32BJ SEIU president Hector Figueroa has died from a heart attack

Federal court rules against Trump in Local 79 case

This week, a federal court judge for the Eastern District of New York ruled against efforts by President Donald Trump’s administration to stop a union protest.

Unions continue the good fight one year after Janus

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the labor movement in the Janus vs. AFSCME case.

Unions, elected officials weigh in on Supreme Court’s review of DACA

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decided to settle the fate of DREAMers once and for all.

JFK Eulen Airport workers strike for 24 hours

A group of airport workers at John F. Kennedy International Airport walked off the job allegedly because of improprieties by their employer.

32BJ, elected officials celebrate passage of Climate Action & Leadership Protection Act

Ambitious is an understatement. With the goal of making the economy carbon neutral, Albany legislators passed the Climate Action & Leadership Protection Act during the last stretch of the latest session.

Advocates and elected officials celebrate Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act

New York State farmworkers now have the right to unionize and receive overtime pay. Legislation S.6578/A.8419, sponsored by New York Sen. Jessica Ramos and New York State Assembly Member Catherine Nolan, also addressed working conditions.

Finally, justice for downstate car wash workers moves forward

When the New York State Senate passed a bill amending the sub-minimum wage for car wash workers on June 5 and the Assembly passed the same bill a day later, the state legislature sent a clear message to car wash ...

De Blasio, Williams rally for ‘paid time off’ legislation

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and activist Gloria Steinem rallied at City Hall in support of paid personal time legislation.

CUNY uses commencement to further message during contract negotiations

The union representing professors and academic staff at the City University of New York picked a new place to push for a new contract: student commencements.