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May 27, 2016 | News Story
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing labor dispute at Verizon: “Today, I am pleased to announce that the parties have reached an agreement in principle on a four-year contract, resolving the open issues in the ongoing labor dispute between Verizon’s workers, unions, and management. The parties are now working to reduce the...
May 6, 2016 | News Story
On Friday, May 6 the Metro NY Labor Communications Council held its 41st Annual Convention and Awards ceremony.  NYC Public Advocate Letitia James gave the opening remarks, which were followed by a panel discussion entitled “Unmasking the Gig Economy: Helpful or Harmful?” Panelists included Michelle Chen (writer, The Nation and contributing editor at In These Times); Bhairavi Desai (Executive...
Apr 29, 2016 | News Story
On Thursday, April 28th we joined with the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) and the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) Local One to remember all workers who died on the job in 2015. We gathered with representatives of unions, community groups, elected officials and clergy members near the RIU Plaza Hotel, the site of the fatal elevator accident that...
Apr 22, 2016 | News Story
On Saturday, April 16th thousands of members of District Council 9 IUPAT gave back to local communities by helping to refinish facilities owned and operated by not for profit organizations throughout the State. Local projects included Brooklyn’s Rosetta Gaston Senior Center and Manhattan’s Covenant House.
Apr 15, 2016 | News Story
Since Wednesday, April 13 at 6am, nearly 40,000 workers at Verizon have been on strike.  “We’re standing up for working families and standing up to Verizon’s corporate greed,” said CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor. “If a hugely profitable corporation like Verizon can destroy the good family-supporting jobs of highly skilled workers, then no worker in America will be safe from this...
Apr 12, 2016 | News Story
From CWA-Union.org After trying for ten months to reach a fair contract, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia will go on strike at 6 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, April 13 if a fair agreement is not reached by then. The Verizon strike will be by far the largest work stoppage in the country in recent years. 
Apr 4, 2016 | News Story
 
Apr 1, 2016 | News Story
Workers at Verizon, members of Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 1101, took  to the streets on Thursday to demand a fair contract.  After over nine months of bargaining, Verizon still refuses to negotiate a fair contract for 39,000 workers across the Northeast. The company is making over $1.5 billion per month, and CEO Lowell McAdam took home $18 million last year, yet Verizon wants to...
Apr 1, 2016 | News Story
This week, Albany announced a budget deal including provisions designed to put 3.1 million working men and women on the path to a $15 per hour minimum wage.  Workers in NYC will see the wage boost take effect by 2018 (2019 for companies with less than 10 employees), while workers in Long Island and Westchester will see the wage bump by 2021.  The deal also includes a provision to allow workers to...
Mar 25, 2016 | News Story
On Thursday, more than 40 CUNY faculty and staff members locked arms and blocked the doors in front of Governor Cuomo's Manhattan office. The "die-in" was designed to Highlight the demand for increased investment in CUNY in the State budget.