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Illinois Legislature Considers $15 Minimum

April 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Peoria, IL - With a bill to raise the Illinois minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $15 now on the state House floor, the measure’s sponsors are touring the state to drum up support.

Midwest ‘Right to Work’ States Have Lower Wages Than Neighbors

April 20, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

La Grange, IL - Wages are lower in the three industrial-Midwest states that have banned the union shop than they are in the three that haven’t, according to a study by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute released Apr. 3.

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Minimum-Wage Increases

April 16, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Santa Fe, NM - Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed two bills that would have raised the state’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 on Apr. 6, saying they would hurt small businesses.

NYC Comptroller Report: Trump  Attacks  Consumer Protections

April 15, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY —  New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has issued a report outlining how the efforts of the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress to undermine the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will harm consumers across New York City.

Proper Tax Reporting for Labor Unions, Part Four, Shop Steward Dues

April 14, 2017 
By Salvatore J. Armao, CPA/PFS, CFP, CFE, CGMA

This is the fourth in a series on proper tax reporting for labor unions. As we reach the tax deadline this month, labor unions should be aware of all circumstances in which they may make common errors in tax reporting. This article focuses on Shop Steward dues.

Maine Legislators Plot to Roll Back Minimum-Wage Increases

April 12, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Augusta, ME - Last November, Maine voters approved a ballot initiative that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020—but the state legislature is now considering nine bills that would block much of that increase.

Closing The Wage Gap

April 11, 2017 
By Public Advocate Letitia James

New York, NY - On Wednesday April 5, 2017, the City Council passed my groundbreaking legislation to help close the wage gap in New York City.

NYC Tax Preparation Assistance Available

March 18, 2017  
By Dr. Leonard H. Golubchick

New York, NY -  Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas reminds New Yorkers that there is just a little over a month left to file taxes before the April 18 deadline. Commissioner Salas encourages New Yorkers who earned $64,000 or less in 2016 to file for free, using NYC Free Tax Prep available at more than 200 sites citywide or online.

Proper Tax Reporting for Labor Unions, Part Three, 1099 Forms

March 14, 2017 
By Salvatore J. Armao, CPA/PFS, CFP, CFE, CGMA

This is the third in a series on proper tax reporting for labor unions. As tax time nears, labor unions need to know about circumstances in which they may make common errors in tax reporting. This article will focus on 1099 forms.

Proper Tax Reporting for Labor Unions, Part Two, Reimbursed Employee Expenses

February 17, 2017 
By Salvatore J. Armao, CPA/PFS, CFP, CFE, CGMA

This is the second in a series of articles on proper tax reporting for labor unions. It is imperative that labor unions engage in proper tax reporting, especially as tax time approaches. This article focuses on Reimbursed Employee Expenses.

Proper Tax Reporting for Labor Unions

January 16, 2017 
By Salvatore J. Armao, CPA/PFS, CFP, CFE, CGMA

As tax time approaches, it becomes imperative that labor unions become aware of ways in which they may be missing the boat on proper tax reporting. To aid in their efforts, this will be the first in a series of articles on common areas of error. This article will focus on IRS and NYS emphasis on labor union audits regarding employer provided vehicles.

Wells Fargo Failure & Dodd-Frank’s Failure

January 3, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - Wells Fargo Bank’s third failure to produce a credible "living will" by which it could fail without a large bailout, shows as well, the failure of the Dodd-Frank Act to end too-big-to-fail Wall Street banking.

NYC Comptroller's Annual Financial Report

December 26, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY – New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has released the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for Fiscal Year 2016, which breaks down for the public the City’s revenues, expenses, budget, and capital projects.

California Unions Protest Dakota Pipeline

November 22, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Oakland, CA - Hundreds of union members and supporters protested outside a downtown Wells Fargo branch Nov. 10, calling on the bank to pull its investments out of the Dakota Access Pipeline under construction in North Dakota.

Fight for $15 Continues

September 28, 2016 
By Tara Jessup 

New York, NY — Thousands of workers, from the New York region and beyond, protested outside the first presidential debate at Hofstra University Monday evening demanding $15 and union rights.

NYS Budget Supports Those Fallen Behind

April 9, 2016
By Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda


New York, NY – "It’s often said that a society can be judged by how it treats the least fortunate and those who have fallen behind. Governor Cuomo is leading the way and demonstrating that New York always rises to the occasion by raising the minimum wage and enacting paid family leave.

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