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Vulcans, others say FDNY does little to curb firefighter harassment

By last July, firefighter Anita Daniel had filed so many unsuccessful claims with the FDNY’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office for mistreatment that when a captain...
Although the salaries of 95 percent of New York City’s municipal workers are collectively-bargained, there are still glaring inequities within some civil-service titles, according to a recent City …
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(Updated Sept. 27 to include new developments) A judge last week ordered the reinstatement of members of the Police Benevolent Association who were fired or put on leave for not complying with the city’s Covid vaccine mandates. While …
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Cab, app drivers hope for ‘congestion’ exemption FREE
Taxi and rideshare drivers, sometimes bitter competitors for passengers since the latter arrived en masse on the city’s avenues a decade or so ago, find themselves on the same side fighting against …
Accused killer of EMT Arroyo found fit for trial
Five years and half years after the incident that killed Emergency Medical Technician Yadira Arroyo, the man held responsible has been declared fit to stand trial and will face murder and other …
FDNY fire inspectors want pathway to firefighter, more respect FREE
Following a federal judge’s certification of a class-action complaint brought by FDNY fire protection inspectors regarding salaries, the inspectors and labor leaders are now calling for more …
Council bill would bring civil service exams to city jails FREE
Inmates in city jails could soon have the opportunity to apply for civil-service jobs.Legislation sponsored by Speaker Adrienne Adams would require the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, …
Sanit exam helped boost number of civil service applications
The number of prospective city employees who applied to take civil-service exams in Fiscal Year 2022 more than doubled compared to the previous year, according to the Mayor’s Management Report.The …
Unions call on Adams to lift vax mandates for city workers FREE
The city’s private businesses will no longer have to require their employees to be vaccinated against Covid, Mayor Eric Adams announced Tuesday, a pronouncement seized on by the heads of several …
Sleeping on the job, because he had to FREE
When the alarm rang, Grant Billingsley lifted his head from between his hands, pushed himself up from the cold floor tiles and returned to his desk. Waking up in the second-floor bathroom stall of …
Cabán to introduce “Universal Just Cause” legislation FREE
Council Member Tiffany Cabán plans to introduce “Universal Just Cause” legislation that would protect workers, regardless of union status, from egregious at-will firings. The measure would …
Workers say Chipotle settlement did not stop labor law violations
Despite the city’s recent $20 million settlement with Chipotle Mexican Grill for violating workers’ rights to stable schedules under the Fair Workweek Law, the burrito chain has continued unfair …
FDNY unions sound alarm on looming budget cuts
FDNY union leadership are uneasy about Mayor Adams’ recently announced directive compelling city agencies to cut their budgets by 8 percent within two years. Oren Barzilay, the president of …
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Maine’s lobster fisheries push back on organization’s call for conservation

The lobster fishing industry has come under scrutiny from an influential conservation group because of the threat of entanglement in fishing gear. Some retailers are taking lobster off the menu …
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To the editor:Every time I think that MAGA Republicans have reached rock bottom, they remind me that there is no bottom, no low to which they will not sink.  The latest example is Ron …
To the editor:The popular crime-fiction novelist Walter Mosley writes about his black private detective, Easy Rawlins, who survives a variety of dangerous adventures in Los Angeles in the late 1940s. …
To the editor:I rarely disagree with Howard Elterman. But I have two problems with his "Adams reflex responses unhelpful" letter (The Chief, Sept. 16).First, I agree with him that bad cops should not …
To the editor: Aaron Judge has had an amazing, Hall-of-Fame kind of year. But comparing him to Babe Ruth is unfair to the Babe. First, Babe’s pitching record over five seasons was 94-46 with a 2.28 …
To the editor: Regarding Richard Warren’s "Executive Stinginess" letter (The Chief, Sept. 23): I am a level III supervisor with the city’s Human Resources Administration. I started out as a …
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Labor on track FREE

Unionists should be jubilant and benignly envious when their brothers and sisters achieve collective bargaining victories. Even when we're not covered by a labor contract, we're affected by it, …

Seek common ground on Central Park carriages FREE

As one who’s been involved with the horse-drawn carriage issue since the 1990s, I was very pleased to see Ron Isaac's commentary "The Neighs Have it" about the current controversy regarding the …
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The neighs have it FREE

Most readers of The Chief won't recall the talking horse "Mr. Ed,” the undisputed star of the early 1960s television sitcom named after him. The show's introductory tune, probably composed by a …

What we can learn from Starbucks Workers United FREE

The surge of union organizing at anti-union Starbucks has resulted in nearly 300 union stores in about a year. While the corporation is refusing to bargain, firing organizers and closing stores, this …
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Beware, tax scams come in all shapes FREE

The IRS keeps track of tax scams. But you, the taxpayer, should also be aware of these schemes, which, other than being illegal, can lead to massive problems, including the imposition of significant …

There are tax benefits for child and dependent care

If you paid someone to care for your child, spouse or dependent (i.e., parent) this year, you may be able to claim the Child and Dependent Care Credit on your Federal income-tax return. Below are …
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