The president of New York City’s largest municipal employee union was honored via a tribute video in Chicago last week.
It’s all over. No need to form carpool plans. The Long Island Railroad will stay on the tracks. With the 12:01 a.m. July 21 deadline looming, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and representatives of LIRR workers agreed on a tentative deal that will help avoid a workers strike. Both sides settled their four-year contract dispute at the Manhattan offices of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The executive council of the largest union in New York, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, officially made a series of endorsements in the September primaries and November general election for state legislators.
During a news conference at City Hall last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced Richard Emery as the new chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
Formerly incarcerated New Yorkers have a hard time upon re-entry into society. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to tackle that problem head-on. Last week, Cuomo announced the formation of the New York State Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration. The council will address obstacles that formerly incarcerated people face when they re-enter society and collaborate with state, local and private agencies and community groups to address issues newly freed people face after serving time, including housing, employment, health care, education, behavior change and veterans’ services.
Last week, a new coalition of food delivery workers, low-wage tipped workers and women’s rights leaders across New York called for an end to subminimum wages for tipped workers.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority started running ads on nine different radio stations this week to promote their side of the negotiations with Long Island Rail Road workers for a new contract.
The former mayor of New Orleans might spend the next decade behind bars. Wednesday, C. Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison on federal corruption charges.
The new seven-year, four-month wage pact provides a total of 10.41 percent in wage hikes, plus a $1,000 ratification bonus and back pay. The new agreement also includes access to additional resources to address union-specific issues. The deal covers March 3, 2010, to July 2, 2017.
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 announced last week their endorsement of former New York City Council Member Robert Jackson for state Senate District 31, which covers the northern tip of Manhattan and parts of the borough’s west side. Representing more than 12,000 bus drivers, escorts and mechanics and 1,900 retired active members, the union cited Jackson’s “courage, perseverance and integrity” as reasons for their endorsement.