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Remote-work pilot program for DC 37 members launches FREE

A pilot program that will allow eligible city employees represented by District Council 37 to work from home up to two days a week launched Thursday, the union and Mayor Eric Adams announced. …
To address a large number of vacancies and retention issues within the municipal workforce, members of the City Council recently are weighing proposed legislation that would require city agencies to …
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A group of retired municipal workers filed a class-action suit Wednesday to halt the city from imposing a single cost-free health care plan on retirees that they have long claimed is vastly inferior …
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The 40,000 bus and subway workers represented by TWU Local 100 would receive what the union called “solid annual raises,” a full three months of paid maternity leave and annual cash bonuses, …
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The Professional Staff Congress, which represents 30,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York, has sued the public-university system over what the union claims is CUNY’s “repeated …
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State’s farmworkers lag on pay protections FREE
Nearly one in five farmworkers in New York State has lost work time as a result of being injured on the job, while nearly half of workers who were injured say they received no compensation for lost …
Another push for wage-theft law FREE
Angelina Palafox has been working as a nail specialist for more than 20 years in various New York salons. At her most recent job, she was paid both in cash and by check. Palafox noticed, though, that …
Medicare switch looms, but retirees’ opposition persists
Even as the city proceeds with a shift of its 250,000 municipal retirees to a private Medicare Advantage plan, scheduled for Sept. 1, former city workers continue to voice their opposition, if in …
Seven in the city are 'given their flowers'
Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin wanted to become a dental hygienist when she was growing up. “It was because I hated the dentist. I used to think the dental hygienists were cool because they would calm …
No 'Joy': Union laborers sound alarm about NYC construction firm FREE
Hundreds of unionized construction workers rallied outside of the Fulton Street offices of Joy Construction Thursday to memorialize six laborers who they said have died on the firm’s work sites …
TEA union head wants more recognition and better pay for his members
They’re seemingly everywhere, often to motorists' frustration.  But traffic enforcement agents’ ubiquity adds up to about $1 billion in revenue for the city, according to their union’s …
City Council staff call out their bosses’ hypocrisy on worker rights
Several dozen unionized City Council staffers rallied outside of City Hall on Wednesday to highlight the slow pace of contract negotiations with Council management. The staffers, members of the …
Mount Sinai physicians reach agreement
Nearly 170 residents at Elmhurst Hospital, who are employed by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, reached a tentative contract deal Wednesday morning, the third day of their strike, …
Lander, DiNapoli using pension power to push for workers' rights
Only one group of workers at the fast casual restaurant chain Chipotle have voted to unionize. The company, though, has drawn scrutiny from federal regulators for closing a separate unionizing …
Nail salon workers seek better pay and protections FREE
The manicures may be pretty, but the nail salon industry is looking pretty rough, workers and advocates say. “Other than getting a wage, we really don’t have any other protection,” said Shweta …
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Letters to the Editor
To the editor: I remember watching a debate during the 2016 presidential campaign between the Green Party's Jill Stein and the Libertarian Party's Gary Johnson. The dim-witted Johnson said "We'll …
To the editor: The contract that will force retirees into a Medicare Advantage plan is now in the hands of the city comptroller. He must decide by June 9 whether to register it. While the …
To the editor: Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell did the right thing to insist on disciplining NYPD Chief Jeffrey Maddrey for abusing his position in forcing police officers to drop charges against …
To the editor: Howard Elterman (“ Adams’ poor response ,” The Chief, May 12) is wrong. Mayor Adams’ response is the right one. The facts will decide whether a crime was committed, not a …
To the editor: Regarding three recent letters to The Chief:  " Try Penny On Merits ," (May 19), " A Killing On the F Train " (May 26), and " Free Penny " (May 26): While I find each author makes …
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Mary Jane's right of passage FREE

Flight or fight? Why does it have to be one or the other when you can choose both? Yesterday I felt like giving chase and strangling a guy in a Charger who cut me off on the highway at a speed that …

Catch as catch can FREE

If acronyms could solve crimes, Mayor Eric Adams would be Sherlock Holmes. His administration’s latest plan to combat retail theft, aka shoplifting, is rife with catchy abbreviations that won’t …
Reports From the Field, by Denberg

Your money

Tax credit will help you pay for day camp

Along with the lazy, hazy days of summer come some extra expenses, including day camp, nursery school and preschool. The IRS has some good news for parents: those added expenses may help you qualify …

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 …
Work rules by Barbara Smaller

Labor Nation

Teen workers are in high demand for summer and commanding better pay FREE

Teens have long been vital to filling out the summertime staff of restaurants, ice cream stands, amusement parks and camps. Now, thanks to one of the tightest labor markets in decades, they have even …