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City needs another 1,000 lifeguards for summer FREE

The city Parks Department has just one-third of the lifeguards it needs thanks to a “national lifeguard shortage,” according to the agency.
Teamsters locals across the eastern seaboard, bemoaning what they say is the lack of progress on a number of contracts from food service distributor US Foods, are warning that strikes may be on the …
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City workers fired earlier this year for failing to comply with Covid vaccination mandates could be back at their desks if they get their jabs by Aug. 15. Letters were sent to about 600 former …
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Delivery workers outline concerns ahead of pay study
They came one by one, speaking in Spanish, Bengali, Mandarin and English. And, one by one, their stories revealed a disturbing pattern.Many had their bikes stolen or their tips confiscated. …
NYPD reintroduces solo subway patrols
Solo patrols in city subways are again become the norm for NYPD officers, much to the dismay of police unions and some cops. Officers have for years patrolled in pairs or greater numbers, but in …
In a first, an Apple store votes for a union FREE
By a nearly two to one margin, employees at an Apple store in a Baltimore suburb voted to unionize, a first at an Apple retail location in the U.S. The in-person vote took place across four days …
‘No solutions’: App-based drivers face tough road
A Massachusetts measure initiated by Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Instacart, which would have barred gig drivers from being classified as employees, will not be put to voters later this year.A panel of …
Longtime city firefighter killed FREE
Ladder Company 137 in Rockaway Park is mourning the loss of one of their own after decorated FDNY firefighter Casey Skudin, 45, was killed Friday in Asheville, North Carolina, when a tree limb fell …
Labor Nation

Inflation taking bite out of infrastructure projects

The price of a foot of water pipe in Tucson, Arizona: up 19 percent. The cost of a ton of asphalt in a small Massachusetts town: up 37 percent. The estimate to build a new airport terminal in Des …
Labor Perspectives
Letters to the Editor
To the Editor: A frequent Chief contributor from my side of the aisle took issue with my letter on de facto American cartels by claiming that President Biden shares fault because “he could also have the Justice Department file actions to break up anti-competitive combines.” 
To the Editor: Joseph Cannisi's "The ever-slippery slope" letter (June 17) about a U.S. Supreme Court decision that, voted for by Republican judges, expanded gun owners' rights with a dubious interpretation of the Second Amendment, was right on the mark.
To the Editor: Back in September 1999, Chapter 390 of the Laws of 1998, and later action by the City Council, provided a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to be paid to certain pensioners of the NYC Employees Retirement System in two stages ...
To the Editor: Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the committee on the Anti-Gun Violence Bill, said that in spite of the sudden reluctance of GOP members to agree to the terms of the bill, he believes the bill will pass.
To the Editor: Joseph Cannisi's June 3rd letter, "Cartels wrecking havoc," tells part of the story. The February 22nd "Hightower Lowdown" goes into more detail.
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Could the Roe decision bring about a renaissance of the left?

We are close to having the nation take a significant backward step.
Wake-Up Call

Teacher Burnout: Who Put Out the Fire? FREE

What does "teacher burnout" have in common with music?Every musical composition ever written in all genres and styles according to Western musical theory is made up of a unique configuration of just …
Wake-Up Call

For kids’ sake, prop up the schools budget FREE

As things stand, we're in for a big fall. Mayor Adams and the City Council have opted to let the schools budget hemorrhage. They will claim that letting the schools bleed out is an act of fiscal …

Forget democracy, we aren’t even a republic

Under what theory or practice is the United States a “republic” under the definition of the term? 
Work rules by Barbara Smaller

Your money

Your first job: tax tips for teens

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 …

IRS could help you pay for day camp

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