Municipal Government

This Week's Buzz Word: Greed, And It's Effect On Workplace Safety

March 30, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Greed endangers workers - in any era.

New York, NY - This week, on LaborPress’ Blue Collar Buzz airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, we’re  taking a hard look at greed past and present. In 1911, greed caused the deaths of 146 people in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. In 2017, it looks like greed is behind everything from the dissolution of New York City iconic garment industry; the recent deaths of 31 NYC construction workers; and brazen union-busting efforts at Planet Waste in Maspeth, Queens. On a brighter note, the Ironworkers have decided to stand up for female members in an almost unprecedented way. Ironworkers President Eric Dean; Workers United Secretary-Treasurer Edgar Romney; IBT Local 813 President Sean Campbell; and Building & Construction Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera are among the voices of labor on this week’s episode. 

Garment Industry Fights for Life in NYC

March 30, 2017 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – The embattled garment industry in New York City is fighting to hold on to its zoning rights in the famed Garment District against pressure from real estate interests, as the city proposes major changes.

Agent's Persistence Pays Off

March 29, 2017 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY - A veteran NYCT Station Agent's dogged persistence paid off when she managed to locate a passenger's bag filled with cash and essential items.

Passage of Nassau County’s Property Tax Abatement Program for Seniors

March 28, 2017 
Dr. Leonard H. Golubchick

Bill Cuts Property Taxes for Seniors

Albany, NY -  The New State Senate has passed legislation retroactively to restore and continue Nassau County’s property tax abatement program for seniors (S3142A).

Stephen Robinson Appointed For Resolution Of Muslim Surveillance Suits

March 28, 2017 
By Dr. Leonard H. Golubchick, City Hall Report

New York, NY - Mayor de Blasio has announced the selection of former federal Judge Stephen Robinson as the Independent Civilian Representative to the NYPD Handschu Committee.

Labor Turns Out In Niagara Falls To Support IBEW Local 237…

March 27, 2017 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  
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Niagara Falls, NY -  An early morning protest held today (Friday, March 24th) outside the main entrance to the Washington Mills Abrasives Manufacturing Plant in Niagara Falls by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 237 brought about immediate and positive results, as Union Representatives subsequently met with the plant’s vice president, who is moving forward on making sure electrical work currently being done by Non-Union Workers is flipped over to a Union Job.

Minn. Senators Introduce Bill to Speed Steelworkers’ Benefits

March 27, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Minnesota City, MN - Three Minnesota Congressmembers have introduced legislation to accelerate aid to steelworkers who’ve lost their jobs because of “dumping” of low-priced imported steel.

‘Right to Work’: From Racist Roots to Recent Resurgence

March 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

In the last seven years, laws prohibiting the union shop have been enacted in six states. All six were in the industrial Midwest and Ohio Valley, breaching what was once the heartland of American unionism.


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