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Firefighters await clarification regarding lieutenant promotional list FREE

FDNY firefighters are still awaiting clarity and transparency regarding the results of a December 2022 promotional exam published by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services last …
Instead of slashing funding for key programs and institutions such as libraries, alternatives to incarceration and the City University of New York, the Adams administration should look to reign in …
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Vincent Ricciardo, aka “Vinny Unions” to his mob-tied colleagues, was sentenced this week to 51 months in prison for his role in a shakedown of a high-ranking Queens construction union …
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A group of lifeguards who work in the city’s pools year-round are organizing a slate to run in upcoming leadership elections for Local 461 of District Council 37, the union representing nearly …
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A subway conductor needed 34 stitches to close a deep neck wound after he was slashed by an assailant who was still on the loose following the early Thursday morning attack in Brooklyn, leaving the …
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District Council 37’s Retirees Association has been put under administratorship for allegedly failing to file tax returns for the last six years. Ann Widger, the international retirees director for …
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The city’s nonpartisan budget watchdog has proposed nixing the congestion-pricing toll for yellow taxi drivers, who as a group have been vociferously opposed to what would be the third MTA fee …
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U.S. prison labor forms part of a hidden workforce FREE
A hidden path to America’s dinner tables begins here, at an unlikely source — a former Southern slave plantation that is now the country’s largest maximum-security prison. Unmarked trucks …
Workers at Brooklyn’s She Wolf Bakery win union
Workers at She Wolf Bakery in Brooklyn voted 17-5 to unionize with the Retail Wholesale & Department Store Union following a contentious unionization campaign marred by accusations of …
Traffic agents’ union has a new president
Just a few months after securing a contract ratified by 95 percent of voting members, the longtime head of the local representing traffic enforcement agents has been ousted by his vice …
Crossing guards to get equipment and training
The NYPD will increase training and provide additional equipment for school crossing guards across the city following the on-the-job death of Krystyna Naprawa last October, the department announced …
100s of subway subcontractors fleeced of $2 million, suits say
Dozens of workers who deep cleaned and disinfected subway cars during the early months of the pandemic were shorted hundreds of thousands of dollars by their employers, the city comptroller is …
City cancels next round of budget cuts, eases hiring freeze
The next round of planned municipal budget cuts are being canceled and the hiring freeze imposed on city agencies will be relaxed, Mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday. Last fall, the administration …
Congestion pricing suits jeopardizing MTA projects, authority says
Capital improvements on city subways, buses and commuter rail lines are being slowed or delayed because of court challenges to the MTA’s congestion pricing plan, according to the agency.  The …
Amazon joins chorus claiming NLRB is unconstitutional
Amazon is arguing in a legal filing that the 88-year-old National Labor Relations Board is unconstitutional, echoing similar arguments made this year by Elon Musk's SpaceX and the grocery store chain …
Nurses at two LI hospitals settle contract with Northwell Health FREE
This story has been updated to reflect the provisional contract deal for nurses at LIJ Valley Stream.  Nurses at two Northwell Health hospitals on Long Island have reached tentative contract …
City construction deaths increase
Despite a decrease in construction worker deaths across the state in 2022, more construction workers died on the job in New York City than in the previous year amid a drop in inspections, according …
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Letters to the Editor
To the editor: As a DC37 member and retired staff member of DC 37, it is heartbreaking to read that AFSCME has placed the union’s Retirees Association under administratorship.  What is the …
To the editor: After reading Crystal Lewis' article, " DC 37 Retirees Association taken over by AFSCME ” (The Chief, this issue) the question that occurs to me as well is: "Why did it take a severe …
To the editor: Frantz Fanon, the Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist prominent in Algeria’s independence struggle, said it all! When the oppressed achieve victory, they turn around and do the same thing to …
To the editor: I am a DC 37 retiree. Imagine my surprise when I received an email that said the union’s retirees association was placed under emergency administratorship by AFSCME, the parent …
To the editor: The recent announcement by the MTA that due to ongoing litigation against implementation of congestion pricing, $15 billion in capital projects within the 2020-2024 five-year capital …
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Critical care FREE

There are lessons to be learned by crossing the pond. England's National Health Service used to be cited as proof that so-called "socialized medicine" works for everyone, regardless of their means. …

Contract breakthrough didn’t come easily FREE

For the head of a municipal union like the Organization of Staff Analysts (OSA), crafting a successful contract that satisfies your members in many ways depends not on the big-ticket items but your …
Wake-up call

Caste of characters FREE

Remember the good old days before neighborhoods like Park Slope were besmirched by the upgrade called "gentrification,” whose Generation FU "royals,” using "manifest destiny" fueled by racial …
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Tax strategies

Boost your tax refund by itemizing deductions FREE

Generally, you must decide whether to itemize or to use the standard deduction on your income tax return. You should itemize if your allowable itemized deductions are greater than your standard …
Your Social Security

Slam the scam: How to spot government imposters

Do you know how to spot a government imposter scam? We will continue to raise public awareness about Social Security-related and other government imposter scams during the fifth annual “Slam the …
Your Social Security

How to spot a scam

Now is the perfect time to protect yourself from scams that can damage your finances and reputation.  We can work together to keep your personal information safe!  Fraudsters continue to …
Work rules by Barbara Smaller

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