New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “First 100 Days” speech didn’t surprise many this week. But the governor stating things he previously said quietly or that were pure speculation by pundits did its job in putting Albany on notice.
“I believe in getting right up in their face,” Gwen Carr told the AmNews Tuesday. “I don’t believe in phone calls and letters because those go unanswered.”
Critics of Amazon’s deal with New York City continue to be loud and forceful.
Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW and Columbia Postdoctoral Workers-UAW approved a framework agreement with Columbia University that includes union recognition for all 5,000 workers and will begin contract negotiations in February 2019.
A local labor union, 32BJ SEIU, and the American Civil Liberties Union have criticized U.S. Customs and Border Protection over tear gassing migrants at the U.S./Mexico border.
Monday, anti-Amazon activists kept up the pressure on the corporate giant and elected officials. Members of multiple pro-labor and pro-housing community groups linked up for a day of action against Amazon for what they call the #HQ2Scam.
Our ancestors fought to empower all of us with the right to vote, giving us the civic duty to use that right to steer America into a fairer and more just direction. The Election Day debacle in New York City was a direct infringement on that right.
President Donald Trump said those jobs were coming back. General Motors just let its workers know that they aren’t. This week, the motor vehicle manufacturer announced its plans to lay off 15 percent of its salaried workforce (up to 14,000 employees) and close five plants in the United States and Canada.
New York City’s largest union of municipal employees and the City University of New York have agreed to a tentative deal resulting in wage raises.
It’s a new day for New York and New Jersey airport workers, who begin the road to a higher minimum wage this month.
A group of security officers at John F. Kennedy Airport announced a strike to begin Thursday afternoon. The security officers, who work for Global Elite doing aircraft and ramp search and checkpoint monitoring at JFK, announced plans for a strike Monday stating they’ll leave their posts at 4 p.m. Thursday and end the strike at 1 p.m. Friday.
A $12 billion company that works with retailers such as Disney and Verizon landed in hot water and the Teamsters have taken them to task.
“I’m not one of those businesses that can bounce back easily,” said Donna “Cheff Roostie” Davis, the owner of Veggie Grub. “Right now, I’m just going back to the old ways of hustling.”
Washington State’s Supreme Court ruled this month that the application of the death penalty statewide is unconstitutional.
The United Federation of Teachers agreed to a new contract with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this month. The UFT’s new contract takes them through the year 2021. The UFT represents more than 129,000 workers (36 percent of the city’s workforce). Once the new contract is voted on, 60 percent of New York City’s workforce will be under contract. UFT employees will receive compounded wage increases of 2 percent Feb. 14, 2019, 2.5 percent May 14, 2020, and 3 percent May 14, 2021.
If Columbia University’s administration would not listen to graduate workers, maybe they will listen to postdoctoral researchers. This month, the Columbia’s postdocs voted to unionize with the United Auto Workers with 68 percent voting in favor. Now, the 2,000 postdocs and associate researcher scientists want to sit down with the administration to bargain for their first contract.
A leader of a hate group spoke at a New York GOP event on the Upper East Side last week. Chaos and violence ensued. Elected officials and activists have called for the arrests of those involved. GOP officials have deflected blame, accusing anti-fascist leaders of starting the melee.
Last week, local airport workers finally got the news that they’d been waiting for all year. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officially voted in favor of a new resolution raising the minimum wage for workers at LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty international airports.
She was an anchor in the community and an icon. Tuesday, the community said goodbye and sent her home.
“The head of the snake has been cut off…meaning Jeff Klein,” said Robert Jackson. “But we need to flip several more seats in order to have a direct impact.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced a plan to diversify a school district in Brooklyn.
Local airport workers might finally get what they’ve wanted for years: a raise in their minimum wage.
Two unions representing emergency medical service workers called out the mayor for abandoning them.
Two major musician unions, the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802, AFM and the American Guild of Musical Artists announced a new contract with the Metropolitan Opera.
Let New York City Gov. Andrew Cuomo tell it and the rumored progressive wave is just a ripple. But outside of his victory, the rumors are true.
Primary night in New York State possibly signaled the beginning of something new: elected Democrats pushing a Democratic agenda in Albany.
Hosted by former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Nixon spoke with reporters at the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center.
Marking the three-year anniversary of the death of Carey Gabay, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State will invest in a Brooklyn community center named after Gabay.
Earlier this month, thousands of construction workers, painters and others took to the street of Philadelphia to link immigrant rights to worker rights.
A couple of New York State Senate candidates were endorsed by the AFL-CIO and Planned Parenthood NYC. The AFL-CIO endorsed Jim Gaughran for senator for the 5th District seat. Gaughran said he felt honored by the endorsement from the union and its constituents on Long Island.
Authorities arrested a public contractor for allegedly skimming from his employees’ paychecks.
With detention centers and private prisons at the forefront of American minds, the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund decided to send a message to its constituents and the public.
New York State Attorney General Candidate Zephyr Teachout’s campaign got the stamp of approval from the gray lady this week.
The former head of the union representing corrections officers met his fate in court this week.
This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law five bills that he said would bring “fairness” to the for-hire vehicle and taxi industry in the city. It’s the first legislation in the United States that regulates the for-hire vehicle industry.
Rather than report to work, members of an online media website organized for a better contract.
A judge has demanded that the NYPD turn over records on the death of Ramarley Graham.
With the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruling against organized labor, state governments have looked to play protector for public sector unions.
The largest non-union, professional educators’ organization doubled job protection benefits for members without raising dues.
Beverly A. Moorehead, mother of Dr. Brenda M. Greene, JoAnn and Dennis Adams and Lori Moorehead, and grandmother of rapper Talib Kweli, passed away last week.
The father of Saheed Vassell demanded more accountability of the police officers who killed his son.
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten is not happy with a new student borrower proposal by the U.S. Department of Education.
The raises should have happened by now, according to local airport workers.
Delays, signal problems and new lows in service. Seems like the perfect time to announce an increase in charges for the service, right? If you’re the MTA, that answer is: maybe?
Airbnb hosts believe that City Hall is taking money and food out of the mouths of its own citizens.
Despite a slew of negative press and recent scandals, a new poll shows New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo likely to win re-election.
Starting in late June, workers for Marriott hotels across the country launched an offensive to secure a new contract with better wages, benefits and policies on sexual harassment in the workplace.
Local health care workers can now focus on their jobs after agreeing to a new contract.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has let the country know what many citizens already thought: they screwed up the Hurricane Maria response.
Although President Donald Trump tried to backtrack from the backlash of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, local politicians believe it is too little too late.