Your vote…voices of wisdom British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once declared, “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms.” Our democracy can be and has been disappointing to some, but it can’t be denied that a democracy’s ability to reach its full potential and wide array of ideals rests on the foundation of citizen involvement—voting.
New York is the most unionized state in the nation with nearly 2 million union workers. Although private sector unions make up the largest number of those workers—17 percent compared with 6 percent nationwide—the real power of New York’s organized labor comes from the public sector, where nearly 70 percent are union members.
I recently attended a Teamsters conference. It was billed as “A Weekend With the Teamsters,” focused on education and reflection. It was held in Milwaukee, Wis.
Workers’ rights and civil rights are one. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. knew that and ultimately died in the fight for equality and dignity in the workplace.
Last year, when Mayor de Blasio issued his proposal for the city’s budget, he expressed concern about a growing deficit that would adversely affect millions of New Yorkers and the city’s ability to provide essential services.
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.
In 1992, two teenagers were shot to death in the hallway of a Brooklyn high school a little over an hour before Mayor David N. Dinkins was to visit the school to give an inspirational speech.
May 19, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his 10-year plan to eliminate NYCHA’s operating deficit to prevent the downfall of a program that houses over 600,000 and employs over 11,000 New Yorkers.
As the thermometer climbs this month, New Yorkers can expect a familiar and unwelcome odor: garbage.
One in 3 New Yorkers worry that they could become homeless.
All New Yorkers must be concerned with fighting crime, but it is the city government’s mandate to focus on keeping all New Yorkers and visitors safe.
The impact of Hurricane Sandy on residents of the New York City Housing Authority, who were evacuated to safety or remained without heat or hot water in the fall of 2012, continues to demand attention.
The New York City affordable housing crisis is likely worse now than ever before. According to a recent Bloomberg report, the average monthly rent in February 2015 for a Manhattan studio apartment is $2,351, and Brooklyn is officially the least affordable housing market in America.
New York City’s attempts to sell New York City Housing Authority properties to private developers should be a concern to all New Yorkers.
It is evident that we must take steps to increase the safety of our police officers as well as repair the broken relationship with the constituents they serve.
With 8,000 New York City Housing Authority workers in our ranks—a third of whom are also NYCHA residents—we at Local 237 take the safety of this city’s public housing developments very seriously.
Just hours after the recent midterm elections, talk of impeachment was already on the lips of pundits, and polarization....
It’s a new day for New York City’s 5,000 school safety agents. They will finally be receiving the wages we have fought for over the years and which they deserve.
The safety of our public housing developments should be of critical concern to every New Yorker. We must use every tool available to reduce escalating crime in New York City Housing Authority developments.
For too long, the New York City Housing Authority was treated like the neglected child of New York City. It was almost as though 400,000 residents and 10,000 workers were invisible.
School safety agent Kangela Moore, a hardworking mother of two, makes less than $40,000 a year after 22 years on the job, even though men who do similar work for the city earn about $7,000 more.
The issue of unequal pay for men and women has reached critical mass in the United States, as socioeconomic forces have propelled women into the workplace in unprecedented numbers. On Equal Pay Day, April 8, I led a rally at City Hall to focus on the issue as it affects a group of New York City public employees who are predominantly women.
“Xscape,” a brand-new album featuring previously unreleased songs by Michael Jackson, will be released on May 13.
Government at all levels can be a powerful tool to uplift people and make our communities better.
The start of a new year is always an exciting time. It prompts change and renewal for many of us, and for New York City, this new year also ushered in a new era.
As Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio prepares to take his oath of office, we rejoice in the hopes that the new and improved New York.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio won the election
As the union representing workers responsible for maintaining New York City Housing Authority buildings, Local 237 Teamsters has had a front row seat for the mismanagement and incompetence that has plagued the agency for the last several years.
We learned a lot from the Democratic primary election. Most importantly that the democratic process is still alive and well in New York—a city that often felt like it catered to the 1 percent more than the rest of us. Even though many unions did not stand together behind a single mayoral candidate, the labor movement came out in force and made a real difference in how New York will move forward.
While our rents continue to rise, chronic underfunding and mismanagement threaten the very future of New York’s public housing. Between 2002 and 2008, the city lost nearly 200,000 affordable rental housing units, according to the public advocate’s office, and the National Low Income Housing Coalition reported that 60 percent of all renters in the city cannot afford the market rate for a typical two-bedroom apartment, which is about $1,474, according to the city’s Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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