Last Wednesday, members of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced that he would ban hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in the state, citing potential health risks. The praise, as well as the condemnation was quick to appear.
NYPD officers turning their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio, booing him at a graduation ceremony and charging that he is complicit in the shooting deaths of two city cops make Gotham look bad. But the animosity has much to do with union contracts and the re-election of the police union president.
In 2011, while caught up in a corruption scandal, former NYPD Detective Stephen Anderson testified in court that fabricating drug charges on innocent victims to meet quotas was common practice.
This past month has seen horse carriage workers and their supporters go on the offensive after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced legislation to eliminate their profession.
New York State Gov. Cuomo has decided to renege on an agreement to prevent student test scores from dragging down teacher ratings during the evaluation process. He said he won’t shield teachers from the consequences of a controversial rollout of the new Common Core standards.
With the senseless murders of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu dominating the headlines, many in mainstream media have forgotten about Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s first victim: Shaneka Thompson.
Up to 1,000 construction workers dealt with the bitter cold to protest working conditions at JDS Development Group’s project on West 57th Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues.
The New York City Specialized High Schools Admissions Test debate heated up when alums of several schools rallied in front of City Hall last Thursday.
After snatching up support from airport workers, fast-food employees fighting for a living wage have gathered support from workers in another industry.
Trayvon Martin. Akai Gurley. Michael Brown. Now add Tamir Rice to the list.
David McCallum is a free man, courtesy of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.
With many healthcare workers in America being immigrants or the children of immigrants, an executive order from the president on immigration is good news.
City announces contract agreement between school custodians and public school cleaners and handypersons
School custodians and public school cleaners and handypersons have a new agreement, according to the mayor’s office.
McDonald’s workers from major cities in the United States have begun their eight-country, three-continent tour in support of the global labor movement.
Sitting with Harlem Blue Founder and President Julian Riley, you get the impression that while he's a novice in the beer game, he might already have a better grip on it than some of his peers.
Missouri and the country at large are waiting anxiously for a grand jury decision that will decide the fate of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
Police reform advocates, community activists and the Bill de Blasio administration heard some good news on Halloween, when a federal appeals court refused to allow New York City police unions to intervene in the city’s stop-and-frisk settlement.
Banks had wanted to retire from the NYPD for some time, so initial news of his promotion surprised many. This week, though, he said, “It’s the best decision for the Police Department for me to retire.”
After 60 years of service to the labor movement and having served as president of the largest public union in New York City, District Council 37 President Lillian Roberts has announced her resignation.
Elected officials and advocates have a simple message for the police union: Stop with the nonsense.
The only borough on the mainland has defended itself from criticism from Sen. Ted Cruz, and now the Bronx has some other good news to share.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement last week with an airport contractor that was paying workers at an hourly rate below the minimum wage.
In a letter to the New York Congressional Delegation, Rep. Charles Rangel discussed why more minorities need to be included in the LaGuardia Central Terminal Project.
A recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that poverty is still a major problem in the tristate area.
Local and national labor leaders and union advocates will be honored yet again at the New York Amsterdam News’ fourth annual labor breakfast.
Last Thursday, fast-food workers around New York City and the country staged rallies in favor of a $15 minimum wage and the right to form a union.
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer revealed that he had only received 141 of more than 500 contracts for universal pre-K service providers.
Former New York City Comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu’s run at a state Senate seat might need a bandwagon.
With the fast-food worker labor movement in full force nationally, every victory for the organizers can be considered a major one. Last week was no different.
New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat is back on the campaign trail for re-election and has gathered significant endorsements along the way.
Sitting in the Starbucks on 145th Street & Bradhurst Ave., National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia's enthusiasm takes over the quiet space.
The exchange of information on social media of the Michael Brown story showcased the good, the bad and the ugly of modern-day journalism.
The results are in for both the New York statewide and New York citywide exams in math and English, and despite some uptick, there’s still much improvement to be made.
New York State senatorial candidate Rubain Dorancy achieved a significant victory last week when he received endorsements from multiple unions and elected officials.
Renisha McBride’s family rests content with the knowledge that her killer will spend a long time behind bars.
Michael Blake, a candidate for New York’s 79th Assembly District seat, was stuck in a battle with other candidates in court to prove his residency.
The largest public employee union in New York City voted “yes” to a new contract.
Several prominent unions have endorsed Rodneyse Bichotte for New York Assembly in the 42nd District.
Sometimes, it takes a tragedy for something to get done.
While residents in Ferguson, Mo., continue to protest against the police shooting of Michael Brown by taking to the streets, the most well-known online hacker group is working to lift the veil on local law enforcement from afar.
Last week, a federal judge rejected the latest attempt by several police unions to intervene in a landmark stop-and-frisk lawsuit.
Despite a change in its policy, advocates say that Walmart continues to discriminate against pregnant workers.
A recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board claims that McDonald’s had the ability to control employment decisions at franchised restaurants. For fast-food workers fighting for better wages, this is positive news.
A new report released last week by the National Women’s Law Center concludes that almost half of America’s low-wage workforce consists of women of color.
Because of alleged shady bookkeeping and a lazy attitude toward oversight, the New York City Housing Authority did not live up to its promise to help its own. Section 3 of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Act mandates that NYCHA set aside a certain percentage of jobs for public housing residents and low-income New Yorkers when the cost of a project exceeds $100,000. According to New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYCHA did not hold up its end of the bargain.
Last week, 1199SEIU announced the launch of a program that will coordinate care for close to 15,000 union members and their families, who already receive much of their care from Montefiore-affiliated programs.
Fast-food workers aren’t the only ones fighting for a fair wage. Last Thursday evening, hundreds of Met Opera workers and community members held a rally to protest a contract proposal they claim would set them on the path to poverty.
It’s no secret that humans want to put their “best foot forward” when guests and new people are around. You clean your house, you put on makeup and you dress in your best clothes. However, countries that host the World Cup and the Olympics have taken that concept to its illogical extreme.
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.