News Stories

Dec 15, 2017 | News Story
On Monday, December 12th, dozens of Maimonides workers and their supporters held an informational picket protesting management’s decision to lay-off 117 workers represented by 1199SEIU. This picket follows the workers’ protest on November 30th: the Brooklyn-based hospital announced it will lay off workers across departments right before Thanksgiving. While the layoffs have been postponed...
Dec 15, 2017 | News Story
Norma Rae is coming to Broadway. By now, most of us are familiar with the 1979 movie starring Sally Field, which tells the story of a North Carolina textile factory worker who chooses to join a union in response to poor working conditions. Well, Teamsters 817 casting director Cindy Tolan is calling foul, saying she lost out on a reading for the show because she wanted producers to make pension...
Dec 15, 2017 | News Story
With nearly 52 years on the job, Teamsters 831 member Joe Caggiano is the city's longest-serving sanitation worker. The 75 year-old started back when John Lindsay was mayor, and garbage trucks only had three wheels. “I feel you have to stay active to stay alive,” he said. “You start getting lazy, eating the wrong food, going to bed late — all of a sudden you’re on a different path and you get...
Dec 15, 2017 | News Story
This week, AFM Local 802 hosted a Jazz Mentors series event about the Artist-Manager Relationship.   The panel included artist reps. Karen Kennedy (24/Seven Artist Development), Michelle Taylor (Passion Music Group), and Gail W. Boyd (Gail W. Boyd, P.C., an entertainment law firm, and Gail Boyd Artist Management). The questions asked and answered included: How do I know if I need a manager? How...
Dec 8, 2017 | News Story
On Monday, adjunct professors in the CUNY system, members of Professional Staff Congress (PSC-CUNY),  joined with labor allies, students, and members of the community to call for a fair contract for the CUNY workers. Workers marched from the CUNY Graduate Center down to the campus of Baruch College for a rally where they demanded higher pay and fair working conditions. PSC-CUNY is negotiating a...
Dec 8, 2017 | News Story
On Thursday, the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW Local 2325, took to the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall with allies in the Labor Movement, community groups, and immigration advocates to speak out against the practice of ICE agents arresting and detaining undocumented immigrants as they arrive for court appearances. The attorneys argue that court staff should be banned from collaborating...
Dec 8, 2017 | News Story
 
Dec 7, 2017 | News Story
This Wednesday, Jet Blue flight attendants traveled to Washington, D.C. to file paperwork with the National Mediation Board to join the Transport Workers Union.  Jet Blue employs roughly 4,800 flight attendants, 2,200 of whom work at JFK Airport.   Flight attendants also flyered at airports in Boston, D.C., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Orlando and Long Beach, Calif, on Wednesday, to help raise...
Dec 1, 2017 | News Story
With their union contract recently expired, CUNY faculty and staff represented by the Professional Staff Congress will press CUNY management to come to the table and negotiate an agreement that protects the quality of a CUNY education and helps students to succeed.  The workers and supporters will meet at the CUNY Grad Center at 4:30, march to Baruch College at 5:00, and rally there outside the...
Dec 1, 2017 | News Story
This week,  hundreds of Legal Aid Society and Brooklyn Legal Services attorneys walked out of Brooklyn Criminal Court to protest Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention of Legal Aid client Genaro Rojas-Hernandez.  The attorneys, members of UAW Local 2325, argue that court staff should be banned from collaborating with ICE officers, and called on the Office of Court Administration...