News Stories

Jul 6, 2018 | News Story
The 2019 Union Plus Scholarship application is now open! Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.3 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education.
Jun 29, 2018 | News Story
The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued its decision in Janus v. AFSCME, which dealt with the fees that public unions can collect from non-members. In the 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that people who aren’t union members but are represented by a public union cannot be obligated to pay fair share agency fees.
Jun 29, 2018 | News Story
Members of the New York State Nurses Association are proud to announce a tentative agreement with management of Staten Island University Hospital. The ratification vote for the registered nurses will occur Thursday and Friday.
Jun 29, 2018 | News Story
New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller, chair of the Committee on Civil Service and Labor, said on Monday it’s “pretty obvious” that Charter/Spectrum has not bargained “in good faith” with striking IBEW Local 3 workers.
Jun 29, 2018 | News Story
District Council 37, the city’s largest public employee union, has reached a tentative agreement with the City of New York on a new, 44-month wage pact that provides a total of 7.42 percent in pay hikes; back pay; plus additional resources to boost employee education and training and to address issues of worker recruitment and retention. Approximately 100,000 city employees are covered by the...
Jun 29, 2018 | News Story
On Wednesday, with an expired contract, 1,500 unionized H&M workers at locations across Manhattan ramped up their campaign for a fair new contract. After months of negotiations, it was clear to the union that the company was not bargaining with any real intent to secure a new contract.
Jun 29, 2018 | News Story
The Bernhardt Prize is an award of $500 given to an article that furthers the understanding of the history of working people. Articles focused on historical events AND articles about current issues (work, housing, organizing, health, education) that include historical context are both welcome. The work should be published -- in print or online -- in a union or workers' center publication OR by an...
Jun 22, 2018 | News Story
After months of intense negotiations and a public campaign by UFT members, the union and the Department of Education have reached an agreement that will provide paid parental leave for New York City public school educators. UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the deal at a press conference at City Hall on June 20, and the UFT’s Delegate Assembly unanimously approved...
Jun 22, 2018 | News Story
AFSCME District Council 1707 and supporters marched and rallied on Wednesday to demand that New York City end the unfair salary disparity between early childhood teachers in community based organizations and Department of Education schools. Teachers at these CBOs are professional educators who are doing the same job as their peers who work for the DOE, with the same qualifications, yet certified...
Jun 22, 2018 | News Story
From the New York State AFL-CIO: A year ago New York union members led the way to the most impressive political victory in the history of this state – the defeat of the Constitutional Convention. Despite being down 40 points in the polls, Labor won on election day with an astonishing 83% of the vote. These days, it’s hard to get 83% of people to agree on anything, let alone an Election, but we...