Union Matters


State Senator Hoylman, activists protest at Bezos’ Manhattan abode to #MakeBillionairesPay

Originally designed for commercial use in the early 20th century, 212 Fifth Avenue was converted into 48 residences in 2016 by Madison Equities.

New bills let workers hold payroll companies liable for missing checks

After a major scandal left workers without their pay, the New York State Senate wants to make sure they get their money, one way or another.

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 ...

Report: Black Americans have sharpest decline in union membership

The most unionized racial group has had the sharpest decline in membership.

Proposed bill bans NLRB from stripping grad workers’ right to unionize

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a bill that would restrict attempts to stop graduate students from organizing.

Local 79, Sepúlveda rally for prevailing wages

Members of Local 79 took to the South Bronx to rally for higher wages with a little help from an elected official.

City Hall secures restitution for home aide workers

The New York City Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law has paid dividends for home aide workers.

Cuomo’s end of subminimum wage won’t impact all tipped workers…yet

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo brought the new year with great news for tipped workers—but not all of them. Cuomo announced on Dec. 31 that the state will not allow certain tipped workers to be paid less than the ...

Janitors may walk-off job to end 2019

Close to 22,000 office cleaners might end this year (and begin the new year) with a work stoppage.

McNally Jackson workers vote to join RWDSU

Workers at McNally Jackson Bookstores want the ability to collectively bargain for a contract. Their recent actions could lead to that goal.

De Blasio reaches tentative agreements with one CWA chapter, ratifies deals with others

City Hall and Communications Workers of America Local 1180 have come to a tentative agreement.

Attorneys general letter urges labor department to withdraw earning-decreasing bill

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division wants to change how employers calculate overtime, but attorneys general are pushing back against possible consequences.

De Blasio legislation expands prevailing wage

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill that will expand guaranteed prevailing wages to building service workers.

Bogalusa’s call workers issue a complaint through NLRB

This week, NLRB Region 15 issued a complaint against Maximus Federal Services, Inc. for violating federal labor law at its call center earlier this year.

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.