Municipal Government

Unions Give Saskatchewan Government ‘Cold Heart Award’

June 29, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Saskatoon, Canada - Members of several Canadian unions presented the provincial government with a “Cold Heart Award” June 22 to protest its “heartless cuts” in social programs, privatization of public services, and tax breaks for large out-of-province corporations.

So How Much is too Much?

June 26, 2017 
By Bill Hohlfeld

O.K. We live in a capitalist country. I get that. As a matter of fact, much to the chagrin of some of my more leftist friends, I’m glad we do. I’ve never had any desire to be a monk; never took a vow of poverty.

CSEA, Cuomo Reach Contract Deal

June 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Albany, NY - The Civil Service Employees Association, New York’s biggest state workers’ union, has reached a tentative agreement with the state on a five-year contract.

Tallahassee Resists City Workers’ Union Campaign

June 22, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Tallahassee, FL - With city workers here making their third effort in 15 years to join a union, the Florida capital’s government is resisting. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers began helping city workers organize in February after several utility department workers asked for its assistance.

Trump Takes Employers’ Side in Supreme Court Class-Action Case

June 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Trump administration is taking employers’ side in a Supreme Court case involving whether workers can be forced to sign compulsory-arbitration agreements that prohibit them from filing class-action lawsuits.

Kim Medina Takes Over as DC1707 Head

June 19, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - —Kim Medina, narrowly elected executive director of District Council 1707 AFSCME last month, has ambitious plans for the group of six human-services unions.

A ‘Great 7-Day Run’ For The Niagara-Orleans Labor Council:…

June 19, 2017 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell    

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Niagara County, NY - It was a great stretch over the past several days for the Niagara-Orleans AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, with what’s believed to be a record-setting annual Labor’s Night at the Races fundraiser at Ransomville Speedway to benefit the Greater Niagara United Way - and the celebration of the 34th annual Harry S. Jordan Scholarship Reception that was held last week at the Como Restaurant in Niagara Falls.

Rudin Elected REBNY Chairman

June 16, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) Board of Governors has voted to approve William C. Rudin to succeed Rob Speyer as REBNY Chairman.  Mr. Speyer’s term ends in December 2017, and Mr. Rudin’s three-year term will begin on January 1, 2018.

Labor Secretary Reverses Rules on Employer Responsibility

June 16, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has reversed two department policies regulating employers who claim their workers are independent contractors or employed by third parties.

Anchorage Firefighters Take One-Year Pay Freeze

June 14, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Anchorage, AK - Anchorage firefighters have agreed to void their current contract and take a one-year pay freeze, according to city documents issued June 6.

Labor Department Moves to Allow Secret Anti-Union Campaigns

June 13, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Labor Department began taking public comments June 12 on its plans to get rid of the Obama administration’s “persuader rule,” which requires employers to reveal when they’ve contacted outside consultants on how to handle union organizing.

Security Cameras at NYCHA

June 12, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY -  New York City has installed new closed-circuit television cameras at 22 public housing developments, representing an investment of $15 million. These comprehensive upgrades will strengthen security throughout NYCHA developments and improve the quality of life for more than 42,000 residents.

Teamsters Endorse Michael Khader for Yonkers City Council President

June 12, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Yonkers, NY – Teamsters Joint Council 16 announced the endorsement of Michael Khader for Yonkers City Council President on Friday June 9, 2017. At the endorsement announcement in Melville Long Island Khader joined the Teamsters on the picket line in support of the strike at beer distributor Clare Rose.

Getting Out of Private Prisons

June 11, 2017 
By NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer

New York, NY - America has a mass incarceration problem. For too long, we chose ‘tough on crime’ approaches that meant millions of non-violent people – often poor, overwhelmingly of color – were put behind bars. Jails became job-creating economic development tools at the expense of urban communities. Our corrections system wasn’t about rehabilitation at all.


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