Unions Building Black and Brown Family Prosperity

Proudly unionized since 1936 we recognize Unions’ critical role in advancing racial equity and building Black and brown family prosperity. As the Center for Economic Policy and Research CEPR stresses “Unions significantly boost the wages and access to health and retirement benefits of Black workers” delivering earnings about 36 percent more than non-unionized Black workers.

NY Amsterdam News Key in US Labor History

“The eleven-week (1935) dispute at the Amsterdam News in Harlem was the first time in US history that black workers were successful in a labor dispute with black management”…representing “a triumph for both … the civil rights movement” and the US labor movement notes Cambridge University Press.

Labor Awards Breakfast Celebrating Union Leaders

Celebrating the often under heralded role of the union movement in the advancement of racial equity – NY Amsterdam News holds its Labor Awards Breakfast in September – 2022 marking its 8th year. 

Credit: Cyril Josh Barker photo

Union Program Partners Educating NYC Youth

NY Amsterdam News Union Partner Program distributes our print legacy edition to the students of the NYC school district, America’s largest with the highest Black and brown minority enrollment in the nation. This program also features regular OpEds from its partners’ union leadership and provides preferred rates to its partners in our legacy print and digital replica editions in addition to AmsterdamNews.com. 

Our Union Partners

To learn more about each of these remarkable unions click below.

“Union Matters”

Each week in both our print legacy and digital replica edition plus AmsterdamNews.com – we feature our “Union Matters” section with Op-Eds from the leadership of our Union Program Partners plus reporting on issues of importance to union membership and the labor movement.

Labor Awards Breakfast



2022 8th NY Amsterdam News Labor Awards Breakfast

“Unionized Women of Color Built That!”

Recognizing Unions’ Critical Role in the Advancement of Women Especially Women of Color

Thursday September 29, 2022 8:00 am to 10:00 am

1199SEIU Headquarters 498 7th Ave New York NY 10018

Live Stream on AmsterdamNews.com


CLUW President Elise Bryant CWA

CLUW Treasurer Judy Beard APWU

National Officers Council CLUW Women Leaders of Color:

Shelvy Young Abrams, AFT; Lisa C. Blake, OPEIU; Carolyn Burton, TWU; Adriana De La Cruz, IATSE; Tarn Goelling, IBEW; Jennifer L. Grigsby, AFGE; Crystal Herrera, IBEW; Angela W. Johnson, UFCW; Shyla La ‘Sha, SAG-AFTRA; Ashley Lewis, UAW; Karen Bellamy Lewis, IFPTE; Audrey Medley, UMWA; Silvia J. Ramos, CWA; Rachel Walthall, AFWU; Angel Savoy ATU