November 10, 2010
Keeping schools clean is hard work with both ‘elbow grease’ and cleaning products. But unfortunately, in most schools, they are also subjecting themselves—and vulnerable children—to a dangerous mix of toxic chemicals that can cause injury and illnesses. The National Collaborative Work Group on Green Cleaning and Chemical Policy Reform (the Collaborative), a partnership of labor, health, and environment groups, is helping schools nationwide switch to certified green cleaning products: safer, less toxic products that still get the job done very effectively. Certification standards are set to rate products for comprehensive environment and human health protection and ensure the products actually work.
November 3, 2010
Unions marshaled their might to get out the vote for election day, November 2 -- and candidates promise to return the favor.
"The partnership I have had with the union movement is very important to me," said Tom DiNapoli, Democratic candidate for New York State Comptroller, speaking to hundreds of union members representing the building trades at the Manhattan headquarters of District Council 9 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT).
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By Richard C. Iannuzzi
November 1, 2010
Earlier this month, I stood with nearly 175,000 other people on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to proudly support the theme of “One Nation Working Together.”
Civil rights leaders, labor leaders, educators, peace activists and tens of thousands of others representing more than 400 progressive groups had organized around a simple, yet profound, mission – to advocate for one nation working together to provide all people a just and fair opportunity, regardless of race, class, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or heritage.
By Harrison Magee
November 1, 2010
New York, NY-- Thousands of union members and allies packed the streets of Midtown on October 24, to rally in solidarity with all the men and women of New York City’s building trades. The event, which was organized by the Building and Construction Trades Council of NY, brought together scores of the city’s most talented workforces, which voiced their pride, unity and resolve as they continue to confront economic and political threats to decent, sustainable employment.
“Everything we have, we owe to our unions,” said BCTC representative Gary LaBarbera in his introduction. “But there are still nonunion contractors who do not care about dignity.” Leading the struggle to create and maintain good jobs for the threatened middle class, LaBarbera declared that, “Today, we draw a line in the sand.”
October 28, 2010
Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered near JFK Airport on October 15 in solidarity with the men and women of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The event, co-organized by the Central Labor Council of New York and the NYS-AFLCIO, kicked-off a 56-hour campaign supporting the IAMAW’s crucial organizing efforts at Delta Airlines, where an ongoing National Mediation Board election could secure collective bargaining rights for more than 30,000 employees. In addition to many of New York’s key labor leaders and public officials, Friday’s rally assembled scores of union members and community advocates who pledged their support to the Union during the vote, the first part of which closes on November 3.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 25 -- In what was billed as his first “Regional Town Hall Meeting,” AFSCME No. 2 Lee Saunders addressed DC 37 and DC 1707 leaders, staff, and rank and file at DC 37’s Barclay Street headquarters in lower Manhattan.
Firing up the crowd, DC 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts laced into all-but-elected gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo, saying that “he can’t wait to snap into the Union – and I can’t wait to snap him back.”
Saunders – fresh from a narrow ballot victory as AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer over New Yorker Danny Donohue at last summer’s convention – got a warm response as he spoke forcefully about what he termed a critical effort to head off a midterm election victory by right-wing Republicans and Tea Partiers. Reacting to a recent Wall Street Journal article which named AFSCME as the nation’s largest political contributor, with $87.5 million spent so far – Saunders said the money won’t do any good if it sits in the bank and union-backed candidates lose big in the current election cycle.He outlined a political effort to shore up alliances and prevent politicians from backsliding. “Sone politicians – even our friends – are saying, ‘maybe we have to extend the Bush tax cuts, and that’s dead-ass wrong. They figure their constituency is going to be against ending the tax cuts, but we’re their constituency, too. And we’ve just got to give them the backbone to do the necessary thing.”
October 20, 2010
What can you do to improve the health of your family and friends?
Do you recall hearing your mother -- at her wits end – telling you in her very sternest parent voice, “You’ll do it because I said you will”! Well, it turns out she was wrong. It’s far more likely, actually, that you would do what she did – not what she said. Particularly when it comes to health. In fact, new research shows that your own health behavior affects others’ behaviors.
You can determine your own “Health Footprint.”So what can you do to make sure that those you love act in the best interest of their health? You can start by assessing your own Health Footprint.
Just log onto www.empireblue.com/connects and answer a few simple questions. Then, continue acting on your best health behaviors and take small steps to improve the worst.
As you begin to increase your personal health, those around you will too.
October 19, 2010
Which One Does NOT Apply
a. Single Vision Lenses
b. Used for Correcting Presbyopia
c. May be Used for Distance or Near Vision
By Harrison Magee
Oct. 18, 2010
By Bendix Anderson
October 18, 2010
After months of outrage and public outcry, the board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) voted October 7 to raise fares 8 percent.
Fare hikes are just part of massive campaign of MTA layoffs and service cuts -- but construction workers have cause for relief. The MTA is going ahead with most of its capital plan to rebuild its infrastructure, a plan which will hire tens of thousands of workers.
"We have not stolen from our capital program the close our operating deficit," said Jay H. Walder, MTA's Chairman and CEO, at the September meeting of the New York Building Congress.
October 13, 2010
The New York State Comptroller plays a vital role in protecting the financial security of the millions of working men and women in this State.
Tasked with managing the state's $129 billion pension fund and making sure tax dollars are used effectively, the Comptroller's policies have a broad impact on the lives and finances of all New Yorkers.
The editorial board of LaborPress firmly believes that the choice is clear: Thomas P. DiNapoli is the best candidate for New York State Comptroller.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial [TSFFM] organization announced that twenty-three Triangle Scholars have been named for the academic year 2010-11 to receive scholarship grants. The new class of Triangle Scholars is TSFFM’s largest and brings the total of awards to $264,000 since inception of the program. The program has served seventy-three individual students and the first in post-graduate study this year. Eight siblings from four families are also among recipients.
New York Needs a “Safe Patient Handling” Program—STAT!
Assemblyman Rory Lancman
Chair, Subcommittee on Workplace Safety
October 11, 2010
Healthcare professionals whom I have met with as Chair of the Assembly Subcommittee on Workplace Safety have consistently listed instituting a state-wide Safe Patient Handling program in New York State as a top priority. Safe Patient Handling is a policy and practice that replaces manual lifting and moving tasks for healthcare professionals with machines and training to properly lift and move patients safely, without injury to the patient or the handler.
OCTOBER 7 -- Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Gustin Reichbach handed down a verdict of guilty on the most serious count he was considering, murder in the second degree, against Horace Moore, the 22 year old man who stabbed Bus Operator Edwin Thomas to death on his B46 bus in December of 2008. Moore is scheduled to be sentenced on October 19th. The count carries a penalty of between 15 years to life and 25 years to life, according to Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Julie Rendelman, who prosecuted the case on behalf of the People.
LABOR UNIONS & WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
By David Klein
October 6, 2010
If you are injured on the job you are entitled to workers’ compensation, which will pay part of your lost wages and all medical care related to your accident. If you are a construction worker or if your accident involves someone other than your boss or co-workers, you may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court.
By Neal Tepel
October 6, 2010
WASHINGTON - Two hundred thousand people from across the country converged on the National Mall Saturday October 2, 2010 to rally for jobs and other liberal causes. Titled One Nation Working Together was sponsored by over 500 labor and progressive organizations. The theme of Jobs, Justice, immigration reform and Education was evident throughout the event. New York local union members could be seen in every corner of the Mall as evidenced from these photos.
October 4, 2010
Computer Eye Strain in the Work Place……..
With so many of us using computers at work, computer eye strain has become one of the major office-related optical health complaints. These problems can cause physical fatigue, decreased productivity and increased work errors. Here are some steps you can take to reduce computer eye strain.
October 4, 2010
The fractured skull of traffic enforcement officer Edgar Saeteros a member of the NYPD Parking Control Unit, is a brutal reminder how dangerous it is to give out parking tickets in New York City.
The job has become much safer in recent years -- but there is still much left to do before assaults like the September 29 attack on Saeteros become a thing of the past.
"We have a long way to go," said James Huntley, president of CWA Local 1182, a union which includes many New York City uniformed traffic enforcement agents, though not Saeteros, whose unit is represented by the Teamsters Local 237 and was unavailable for comment.
October 1, 2010
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 -- New York's own Larry Hanley, well known here as the combative President of ATU Local 726 on Staten Island, has been elected to the top job at the Amalgamated Transit Union, America's largest union of transit workers. The vote in favor of Hanley over incumbent Ronald Heintzman was announced shortly after 1PM at the ATU International Convention in Orlando, Florida.
Taking the gavel as the ATU's ninth International President, Hanley is expected to continue his aggressive national campaign to raise the profile of mass transit as an essential service and obtain more federal funding for bus, schoolbus, subway, light rail, paratransit, and rail operations across the United States.
By Bendix Anderson
October 1, 2010
Federal Stimulus dollars are now putting union members to work on the Brooklyn Bridge, according to George Galis, general Secretary and Treasurer of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT).
"The project is proof that federal, state, and local government can work together and create jobs," said Galis.
Galis spoke at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City just after sunrise September 23. He was joined by elected officials, union leaders, and dozens of construction workers preparing to start their shifts working on the Brooklyn Bridge rehabilitation project now underway.