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‘A somber, remarkable milestone’

Following the deaths of a retired firefighter and a former emergency medical technician last week, the number of FDNY members who have died as a result of 9/11-related illnesses now equals the number …
Members of the City Council expressed fears during a Tuesday hearing that the staffing woes plaguing the city’s municipal workforce could be exacerbated by the recent budget cuts and hiring freeze …
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Shaun Francois, the president of District Council 37's Local 372 has been re-elected to a fourth term — but three challengers have filed protest letters alleging that the election, a re-run of a …
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Jeffery Purcell has been working at the Stellantis parts distribution center in Tappan, New York, for more than a decade, helping to ensure that Jeep, Chrysler and Ram dealerships in the area have …
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Fall opening night of New York City Ballet is a touchstone event on the cultural calendar. This year, though, the occasion arrived with undertones of discontent after members of the company’s …
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Members of the Public Employees Federation, which represents 50,000 state employees, marched from Albany Hilton to Empire State Plaza last week to raise awareness about bullying and harassment on the …
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Other stories we are reporting on
Retention among city teachers is shrinking, IBO finds
City public schools have lost more than 2,500 teachers over the past five years — with the least experienced teachers being the most likely to leave the job, the city’s Independent Budget Office …
Fortune writers hold ‘lunch-out' over slow pace of bargaining
Dozens of unionized editorial employees at Fortune participated in a lunchtime walkout Thursday to protest management’s decision to force editorial employees back into the office three days a week …
31 years later, ‘temporary’ jail boat will slam shut
The sky-blue and white barge anchored off Hunts Point in the fall of 1992 following its maiden voyage from a Louisiana shipyard. Its stay was supposed to be temporary.  But it would soon earn a …
DEA honors longtime cop, union official Lou Matarazzo FREE
Detectives’ Endowment Association board officers last week unveiled a plaque at the union’s Thomas Street headquarters honoring the late Louis Matarazzo, who was the union’s legislative …
CWA 1180, city reach tentative contract deal FREE
The Communication Workers of America Local 1180 and the Adams administration have reached a tentative contract agreement that, in addition to providing raises, would establish a flexible work …
Age-barred FDNY firefighter hopefuls could get 1-time exemption
FDNY EMTs and paramedics who have aged out of eligibility for the firefighter promotional exam in the three years since the 2020 exam was canceled could get a chance to take the test later this year …
Number of teens in detention centers spikes
A growing number of teens getting arrested citywide led to a nearly 35-percent spike in the number of youth residing in the city’s juvenile detention centers in Fiscal Years 2023 compared to a year …
Council passes bill establishing exit surveys for departing city workers
Amid ongoing staffing shortages within the municipal workforce, the City Council passed legislation last week that would require city agencies to provide exit surveys to departing employees. The …
Ambulance response times, call volume and fire deaths all up
FDNY first responders are struggling to keep up with a rapidly increasing number of life-threatening medical incidents and to respond to the emergencies in a timely manner, data from the Mayor’s …
Torres, Malliotakis bill would preserve retirees’ Medicare
City retirees fighting to fend off attempts by the Adams administration to shift them from their current and preferred Medicare plan into a Medicare Advantage program could soon have hundreds of …
Labor Perspectives
Letters to the Editor
To the editor, Re "Cover Up!" by Richard Warren. While I sometimes virulently disagree with his opinions, I have noted Mr. Warren is not afraid to question/challenge authority and is capable of …
To the editor: Mayor Eric Adams has on a few occasions blamed Texas Governor Greg Abbott for the migrant crisis. The problem in New York began when then-Mayor Edward Koch signed Executive Order 124 …
To the editor: Eric Ulrich, former Department of Buildings commissioner, was sitting with two men, one a mob-connected businessman, in the Cross Bay Diner in Howard Beach. All three men placed their …
To the editor: As an adult who became aware of the early warnings of environmental damage 60 years ago when life in ponds and lakes in the Northeast began dying as a result of so-called “acid …
To the editor: Why are union leaders, including TWU 100, in NYC and governments nationwide allowing Medicare Advantage plans for their workers and retirees? They all claim to be cutting fat. However …
Op-Eds

Is NYC’s criminal justice system about to become less equitable? FREE

Is the federal government poised to take regulatory action that could breed the next tragedy like the one that took Eric Garner’s life?  That’s what worries the mother of Garner, the Black …

NYPD OT is a key crime-fighting tool FREE

Mayor Adams recently delivered some bad news to both his constituents and city employees. Of course, it was entirely predictable. The unrelenting flow of undocumented immigrants into New York City …
Wake-up call

Parity FREE

If drones could hover over the conscience of the city, as they did over the Labor Day parade earlier this month, the surveillance report would be scandalous. It would show that the city's professed …
Reports From the Field, by Denberg

Your money

Numerous advantages to '529' college savings program

What can be better than lowering your taxes? With a 529 plan, you have no federal tax obligation once your money's invested in your account. But the best part is that your earnings grow federal …

When are IRA withdrawals penalty-free?

Many Individual Retirement Account owners are aware they can be hit hard with penalty fees if they withdraw their IRA money early. You should make every effort to avoid withdrawing from retirement …
Work rules by Barbara Smaller

Labor Nation

Citing hiring woes, some small towns are disbanding police forces FREE

As Goodhue Police Chief Josh Smith struggled this summer to fill vacancies in his small department, he warned the town's City Council that unless pay and benefits improved, finding new officers would …