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Congestion pricing ‘pause’ could cost workers FREE

Labor leaders were nearly unanimous in lauding Governor Kathy Hochul’s directive to “indefinitely pause” the MTA’s congestion pricing plan.  Designed to alleviate traffic bottlenecks …
What’s hot this summer? Raffia bags, ballet flats — and fair working conditions. State legislators last week passed the Fashion Workers Act, which would grant many protections for the first time …
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They protect some of the nation’s most critical infrastructure, yet the 166 police officers who patrol the nearly 2,000 square miles that make up the New York City Water Supply System are among the …
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It wasn’t until 1969 that attorneys in the Legal Aid Society, which has represented indigent New Yorkers since the 1870s, unionized, forming the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys. The members …
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A bill that would grant full pension benefits to the families of New York City Transit Authority workers who work past retirement eligibility but die before retiring passed in both the Senate and the …
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The FDNY swore 32 firefighters into their new roles as lieutenants last week, all but ending a dispute the department and its members had with the city agency that administered the promotional exam …
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On an unusually warm afternoon in mid-February 2023, FDNY Lieutenant Mark Russo was at the scene of a raging house fire in Staten Island’s Arden Hill neighborhood when a mayday call came over …
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The Civil Service Technical Guild’s May general membership meeting degenerated into a cacophonous argument when two rank-and-file members were muted and then kicked out from the virtual meeting …
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A new contract agreement with the two unions representing city lifeguards alters the requirements for New Yorkers seeking to become lifesavers in the city’s pools. The contract, negotiated over a …
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Council OKs pay equity package
The City Council has passed a series of bills aimed at addressing the pay disparity faced by women and people of color in the city workforce. A report released by the Council earlier this year found …
State’s warehouse workers in line for more protections
A bill supported by several large unions aimed at protecting warehouse workers passed the New York State legislature last week, a year after it was first introduced. The Warehouse Worker Injury …
Mount Sinai Eye and Ear nurses insist on pay parity FREE
Nurses at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai called on the health care system to settle a contract that provides them with pay equal to what nurses earned at other Sinai …
18,000 security officers with 32BJ ratify contract FREE
The officers, represented by Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, sanctioned contracts tentatively agreed to in May with Security Contractors and the Realty Advisory Board on Labor …
7 cops disciplined for test cheat
Seven NYPD sergeant hopefuls were docked vacation days for participating in a cheating scheme during a 2022 promotion exam, according to a report by the city’s Department of Investigation that …
With summer gigs looming, younger workers get a 'bill of rights' FREE
Just ahead of teens starting their summer jobs, Governor Kathy Hochul announced a set of protections meant to ensure that younger workers get a fair shake.  The Youth Workers Bill of Rights, …
Public hospital physicians reach tentative contract agreement
Resident physicians in the city’s public hospital system have reached a tentative contract agreement with New York City Health + Hospitals that includes raises that total 22.6 percent over the span …
Undergrads are unionizing, in a sign of labor’s resurgence
Junior psychology major Erin Green works part time at the children’s preschool at Sonoma State University, caring for university employees’ kids ages 1 to 5. Some of the non-student workers in …
Tractor-trailers with no one aboard?
On a three-lane test track along the Monongahela River, an 18-wheel tractor-trailer rounded a curve. No one was on board. A quarter-mile ahead, the truck's sensors spotted a trash can blocking one …
Unions call for affordable housing investments
A coalition of community groups and labor unions renewed its push on Thursday to get the city to invest $2.5 billion in two Department of Housing Preservation and Development programs in lawmakers' …
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The MTA apparently will pay up to $1 million to a psychologist to better understand what motivates turnstile jumpers.  Generally, the condition of society depends on the ethical nature of the …
To the editor:  The Chief’s story on the FDNY's recent Medal Day ceremony at City Hall and its link to the annual FDNY Medal Day Book 2024 gives an opportunity to read about some of last …
To the editor: When decisions are based upon bad information, the consequences can be disastrous. Imagine a vehicle at a railroad crossing and the driver incorrectly believes the tracks are clear; it …
To the editor: On D-Day’s anniversary, while the ceremonies were reminding our nation and France and other nations of the tremendous sacrifices made by the military heroes from the U.S. and the …
To the editor: During his hush money trial, the mendacious Donald Trump exercised his constitutional right not to take the witness stand and testify in his own defense. But outside the courtroom …
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Data as divinity, drivel or in between? FREE

"The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about,” said Oscar Wilde. That's what I kept telling myself as I tried to meditate my blood pressure down after reading a recent …

In Nigeria, choke-point strikes point to successful strategy FREE

On Monday June 3 the the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress declared an open-ended general strike to resist the government’s neoliberal policies that have wrecked the economy and …
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Mental health: it takes a precinct FREE

The best ideas often stand the test of time, but frequently contain the seeds of their own destruction. The doomsday gene insinuates itself and attaches to the DNA of the original thought, taking it …
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Your first job: tax tips for teens FREE

As school winds down many students will hit the job market for summer employment. The Internal Revenue Service reminds students that not all the money you earn may make it into your pocket. That’s …
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Older NYC residents can benefit from rent break FREE

The Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) is a vital program in New York City designed to help senior citizens manage their housing costs. Given the city's high cost of living, SCRIE offers …
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Recently married? Here are some tax tips

Congratulations if you recently updated your status from single to married, but you should be aware that marriage also brings about some changes with your income taxes. Here are several tips for …
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