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Billionaires and grave worms

During the time between two beats of a world-class sprinter's racing heart, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's net worth compounds to a dollar amount greater than the daily pay of a conscientious …

An embarrassment of faults

It was Parent Nature's fault: Mr. and Mrs. Ramapo Fault. The recent earthquake was not a nothingburger, even though there were no casualties and only a couple of buildings were damaged beyond repair. …

Defeating the boss’ counter-attack

  Last week, The Chief reported that UPS is planning to automate 200 facilities in New York City and six other states. According to Nando Cesarone, a senior vice president and the president of …

April Fools’ Day, observed

When passion-corrupted battles rage between two irreconcilable points of view, victory will not be assured or much advanced by the inherent persuasive power of truth. Facts and moral authority are …

Compressed energy

The owners of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory would be proud of those opposed to Senator Bernie Sanders' proposal for a 32-hour work week. Back in 1911, those entrepreneurs locked the exits so that …

Tammany’s echoes

It’s hard to believe today, but there was a time when politicians and police officers shared a very cozy relationship. This close bond was of particular concern to political reformers in the early …

City must rein in anti-union nonprofits

This week, a toddler named Elio had his birthday a month after he lost his health insurance. Hospitalized with leukemia, Elio’s parents lost their health insurance when their employer, the nonprofit Mobilization For …

Tennessee workers deserve better from NYC corporation

Across our country, workers are demanding changes following years of pandemic uncertainty and unprecedented cost of living increases. According to the Cornell University’s Labor Action Tracker, …

The hunted

Lockstep agreement with the philosophy or actions of a public figure should not be a precondition for their being treated respectfully. In theory, the Constitution is the final authority, and whoever …

There's no excuse for presidential pardons

Throughout American history, presidents have granted clemency to about 250,000 people.   Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution reads in part that the president “shall have …

Every year, politicians, lobbyists and advocacy groups congregate at the New York State Association of Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislators’ “Caucus Weekend” to network and cut …

Hochul's Five Points: None too sharp

Five Points was the name of a squalid, crammed and lawless 19 th century New York City slum. It was the setting of the film Gangs of New York, in which Daniel Day-Lewis portrays the brutal lowlife …

Last December, the AFL-CIO announced a collaboration with Microsoft. In exchange for not opposing AI, Microsoft promised to take a neutral position on further unionization by its workers.  The …

Where's the beef?

Trial balloons serve a purpose, especially when they're shot down. They give policy strategists in government and private industry a preemptive leg up on public and consumer outrage, which helps them …

Hochul’s ludicrous subway mission

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has ordered the immediate deployment of the National Guard troops and State Police troopers into the subway system to reduce crime. Apparently, she did not check with …

ICE melt

  Is it collaboration or collusion? Such bad blood between near synonyms. Words that mean almost the same things, according to a dictionary, may seem to have mutated when encountered in a …

The crumbs theory of bargaining

Having just lost a campaign for a “no” vote on my union CFA’s tentative agreement with the California State University by 75 to 25 percent, it is too easy to feel deflated and go back to the …

Critical care

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

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 …

Caste of characters

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 …

Supreme Court could pave way for authoritarian presidency

In 2016 Trump said “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK?” On Jan. 6, 2021, he tried to overthrow the government and now the Supreme …

Unlock the door, free the mind

One of the root causes of incarceration in America is the lack of education, which can create substantial difficulty in finding meaningful employment and also result in increased poverty and even …

Migrants and ministering

Episcopal priests, though married with children, can become Roman Catholic priests who ordinarily are sworn to celibacy and bachelorhood. Do other Catholic priests begrudge this? Are they jealous? Do …

Let the Trump veepstakes begin

Now that it seems Donal Trump has the Republican nomination locked up, who will he pick as his running mate? Will he go “normal” (at least for him)? Will he go rogue? Will he go for someone from …

No ifs, ands or bots

To achieve peace between warring factions, whether on the geopolitical stage or in labor-management conflicts, balanced judgment is essential. But is it the same thing as moral equivalence? Is the …

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