Union Matters


CTU responds to Illinois gov’s attempt to control Chicago Public Schools

Last week, while insinuating that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s actions didn’t work, Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner pushed for the state to take over the city’s public school system.

32BJ endorses Keith Wright for Congress

Endorsement season has picked up in the race for New York’s 13th Congressional District.

UFT, educational activists respond to State of the State

Educational activists and the United Federation of Teachers had a few things to say about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State speech. Most of it focused on his budget proposals and policy for education.

Airport workers let their voices be heard

They had been planning this for a while, and the main event didn’t disappoint.

Workers in retail need $15 an hour to survive

Nicole Brown, a 32-year-old single mother working in retail, shared her story at a press conference in Albany, N.Y., this month.

PSC-CUNY pushes for more funding from Cuomo, not sure if they got everything they wanted

Members of the City University of New York’s faculty and staff had hoped that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would restore their funding to pre-2008 levels and provide a raise in the minimum wage. It looks like they’ll be funded, ...

Janitors in New Jersey ratify new contract; NYC cleaners reach tentative deal

Close to 7,000 32BJ SEIU-affiliated cleaners and school custodians in New Jersey now have a new contract.

Unions praise mayor’s paid parental leave announcement

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had an early Christmas present for some city workers.

Firefighters ratify new deal

It was a long road for the Uniformed Firefighters Association, but they finally ratified a new deal.

NLRB to review case involving research and teaching assistants at Columbia

A case to be reviewed by the National Labor Relations Board could decide a group’s right to collectively bargain.

Minority workers sue Local 14 for racial discrimination

A union representing operating engineers is under fire for alleged racial discrimination.

Coal for Christmas

The idea of getting coal for Christmas has come to symbolize a bad joke about not really receiving anything. Yet for NYCHA residents, the inability to receive basic heat is no joke.

Whistleblower settles with NYPD after outing quota system

New York Police Department officer Craig Matthews said he felt the brunt of retaliation after telling his supervisors of a quota system in the Bronx’s 42nd Precinct.

Study: Imports from China by Walmart have killed jobs

A new report by a progressive nonprofit group suggests that imports from China by Walmart have eliminated or displaced hundreds of thousands of jobs.