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Fordham graduate student workers OK strike

Unionized graduate student workers at Fordham University have voted to authorize a strike in a near unanimous vote after 19 months of sluggish contract negotiations. The strike has yet to begin, but …
The FDNY will be mandated to provide every member of their EMS service with body armor and training in both self-defense and de-escalation, according to two bills passed by the City Council …
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The former longtime president of the union representing the city’s probation officers admitted Thursday to defrauding the union and its members of about $750,000, money he used to pay for jewelry, …
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A property management company must pay $119,000 in wages and interest to six workers at a condominium in Queens because it failed to pay them prevailing wages for more than two years, according to a …
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Marianne Pizzitola has run a bakery out of her home kitchen, filling orders for custom-baked cakes, cookies and breads. She has also single-handedly rebuilt the motor on her 1971 white VW bus. That …
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The administratorship imposed on the District Council 37 Retirees Association earlier this year has been upheld by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees’ judicial panel, …
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Forming an independent union from scratch in a workplace with high turnover rates that’s never been unionized and is part of an industry with little history of organized labor is hard work. …
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A union representing laborers is pushing for Governor Kathy Hochul to enact a replacement for the 421-a affordable housing program that includes a $40 minimum wage for construction workers — but …
Partners Coffee workers holding vote to join UFCW
Workers at Partners Coffee in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, will vote this week on whether to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, nearly two years after workers first started organizing …
A divided Amazon Labor Union lurches toward a leadership election
Two years after clinching a historic victory at a warehouse in New York City, the first labor union for Amazon workers in the United States is divided, running out of money and fighting over an …
New contract for state COs, but prison closures loom
The state’s correction officers have a new contract, but the possible closure of as many as five prisons this year shades the pact with a measure of uncertainty for the more than 17,000 officers …
H+H doctors' push for pay parity gets backing from electeds
More than 60 elected officials have signed onto a letter calling on Mayor Eric Adams and NYC Health + Hospitals to settle a contract with resident physicians in the city’s public hospital system, …
UPS increasing automation to have ‘less dependency on labor’
Less than a year after signing a landmark contract with the Teamsters that, by the union’s estimate, got workers $30 billion of new money and benefits, United Parcel Services is rapidly automating …
NYC's AI chatbot was caught telling businesses to break the law
An artificial intelligence-powered chatbot created by New York City to help small business owners is under criticism for dispensing bizarre advice that misstates local policies and advises companies …
Council staffers get first-ever contract
The nascent, independent union representing employees at the New York City Council and the legislative body’s leadership have reached a tentative agreement for a first contract that includes …
Challengers fall short in lifeguard local’s leadership election FREE
The president of a District Council 37 local representing the city’s lifeguards was re-elected on Friday but reformers pushing for union democracy made inroads into the union’s executive …
Former IBEW members’ suit against their local moves forward
A federal judge has given the go-ahead to a suit brought by three former members of Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers against their former union, ruling on Sunday that …
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To the editor: Police Officer Jonathan Diller did not have to die. Career criminal Guy Rivera, who had previous felony convictions, was arrested for possessing a firearm last year. Persons who have …
To the editor: On April 4, the Gothamist news site reported on a court filing by the main corrections union claiming that a federal takeover OF Rikers would “lead to chaos.” Chaos already exists …
To the editor: I saw Donald Trump advertising his Bible for $59.99, and I wondered what it has over the Gideons Bible that I can acquire for free in hotels and motels. Boy, was I wrong. I love the …
To the editor: Nearly every day I see a Trump supporter on TV claim that the former president’s handling of the economy draws them to him. Really?  By any measure, Trump was the worst …
To the editor: If after Guy Rivera shot and missed hitting a man he tried to rob in 2016, he had been prosecuted for attempted murder and sentenced to life without parole, he would not have been free …
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