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Jul 19, 2013 | News Story
This week, 1199 and NYSNA continued to oppose the SUNY-ordered of closure of Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital. On Thursday, SUNY ordered all patients relocated to other facilities by Sunday.  This is just the latest development in a months-long battle between SUNY and the 1199 and NYSNA members employed at Long Island College Hospital.  The unions filed a lawsuit against SUNY, highlighting...
Jul 12, 2013 | News Story
This week, the NYC District Council of Carpenters continued its strike against the Manufacturing Woodworkers Association of Greater NYC, seeking better wages and benefits for workers.  The Carpenters’ contract expired on June 30, and on Monday July 1, 350 members went out on strike in protest of proposed wage freezes and lower benefits. The Council warns that the strike could cause delays on...
Jul 10, 2013 | Press Release
New York, NY - New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement regarding the GAP's and WalMart's refusal to sign the International Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh: Today the Gap and WalMart attempted to feign their support for worker safety by creating a 'global alliance' that is accountable to no one.
Jul 5, 2013 | Press Release
New York, NY - New York City Central Labor Council,  AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez has released the following statement on the MTA's decision to use Chinese-made steel to repair the Verrazano Bridge:  "The Verrazano Bridge is an integral part of New York City's transportation infrastructure, and it is unconscionable that the MTA would bypass skilled US steelworkers and award the multimillion...
Jul 3, 2013 | News Story
On Tuesday, July 2, members of the Central Labor Council, Teamsters Local 237, workers, elected officials and supporters gathered in City Hall Park for a rally to save jobs, services and programs at NYCHA facilities.  NYCHA is looking to fire five hundred unionized workers, and force 12,000 more to take furloughs as a means to help fix the agency’s financial woes.
Jul 1, 2013 | Press Release
Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013 4:15 pm By Vincent Alvarez, President of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Jul 1, 2013 | Press Release
Proposed Contract Would Hurt New Hires Through Tiered Compensation System New York, NY – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement regarding a one-day strike by unionized workers at the CUNY Research Foundation, who are protesting management’s failure to agree to a fair contract renewal:
Jun 25, 2013 | News Story
After nearly six weeks on strike, members of the Legal Services Staff Association, NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 (LSSA) Monday approved a contract that allows the employees of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) to return to work representing New York City’s low-income communities.  
Jun 24, 2013 | News Story
The New York City Council has created a unique partnership linking labor unions, community groups and a network of respected workforce providers to mobilize efforts that will benefit job seekers, the under employed and the unemployed New Yorkers.
Jun 13, 2013 | News Story
On Tuesday, June 12, thousands of City workers rallied at City Hall Park to demand fair contracts. Citywide public sector union members are currently operating under expired employment contracts, and Tuesday’s crowd included  teachers, nurses, sanitation workers and firefighters united to say “enough is enough.”  The energetic crowd also included members of private sector unions, who stood in...