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Dec 22, 2017 | News Story
Last Friday, New York State Governor Cuomo signed the New York Buy American Act into law. State agencies and authorities must now use American-made iron and steel in infrastructure projects worth more than $1 million. The bill was passed by the State legislature this past June, and will take effect in April of 2018.
Dec 22, 2017 | News Story
On Monday, the Nation Labor Relations Board upheld a December 2016 vote in favor of unionization, certifying the Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW (
Dec 22, 2017 | News Story
The District Council of Carpenters partnered with Heart 9/11 to bring some joy to children down in Puerto Rico.  A toy drive collected quite the haul for the kids in areas affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and thanks to Heart 9/11, the toys were able to get there in time to be handed out for the holidays.
Dec 22, 2017 | News Story
On Monday, the Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. Memorial Association, the Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry, and Members of Congress Joe Crowley & Grace Meng held “We Are All Americans,” an open forum meant to create solidarity across the labor and immigrant communities.
Dec 15, 2017 | News Story
In a political climate where there is deliberate undermining of and hostility against poor and working class people - particularly labor and immigrant communities, it is more important than ever that union workers from all backgrounds come together to find common ground and build bridges.
Dec 15, 2017 | News Story
After roughly a year of bargaining, CWA announced this week that it has reached a tentative agreement for 21,000 members covered by the Orange contract at AT&T Mobility. The tentative contract includes wage increases, increased job security, and an increase in paid time off provision for union activities.   If workers approve the proposed contract during a January 12 vote, the new agreement...
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...