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Welcome to Bizzaro Land

Whenever someone talks of a Bizzaro world, I can't help thinking that the one we live in is it. Here's some examples. DC 37 Executive Director Harry Garrido comments on Mayor Eric Adams' proposed …

Contract pirouette

In contract negotiations, management is giving the world-class instrumentalists of the New York City Ballet orchestra a "song and dance.” The players have passed a strike authorization vote.  …

We need organizing, not card check

The August Cemex ruling by the National Labor Relations Board has stirred up hope among the labor movement. After 40 years, the board finally responded to employer union-busting by requiring that the …

Postdocs need more support from administrators at Columbia and Mount Sinai

In the midst of a labor landscape where workers’ voices are rising and their demands for fair treatment growing louder, employees are uniting in solidarity to confront employers who have long …

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

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 …

Assembly Line Justice

There are two kinds of injunctions: moral injunctions nestled in Biblical behavioral advice, and court injunctions, obtained by bold and shameless employers to thwart their workers' right of …

NYPD OT is a key crime-fighting tool

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 …

Parity

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 …

City progressives regressive on health care

When allegedly progressive politicians and union leaders are the ones attacking, or refusing to blunt the attacks, on retirees' health benefits, we know we have problems. Let's get one thing clear: …

How government employers undermine workers

There is a lot of excitement about the UAW strike, union organizing at Starbucks and Amazon and even talk about the strike that didn’t happen at UPS this summer.  But little attention is paid …

Pardon me

If the Gilgo Beach murderer had transported any victims across state lines, charged under federal statutes and convicted, the president of the United States would have the constitutional authority to …

It’s about power, not income equality

During the Cold War, the demand for higher pay became the demand for “income equality.” The reason appeared obvious: for the past five decades the income gap between the top and bottom has grown …

Greedflation

Never exaggerate the facts to prove a point because you lose credibility when you take liberties with the truth. Gas that costs $3.99.99 per gallon is not $4 gas. And the average CEO's pay is not 400 …

In a sanctuary city, the creation of a crisis

Since President Joe Biden took office, over five million undocumented immigrants have entered the country illegally. Sanctuary cities are municipalities that go out of their way to protect …

Local government, hot on your tail

"Just make it happen!  No excuses!" The orders of drill instructors are unambiguously persuasive and bone-chillingly absolutist. They are like primal screams that compel compliance without the …

Gain of Function

"Gain of Function.” Has a familiar ring. Could it be an aspirational dream for improvement of governance? Too often our elected leaders' bully pulpit is more a lectern for tea and …

Prosecutions won’t stop Trump re-election

The next president will be sworn in Jan. 20, 2025 at noon. With all of his legal troubles this summer, the Democrats are mistaken if they think it won’t be Donald Trump. None of the 83 charges for …

Rein in the CCRB

The Civilian Complaint Review Board continues to do a disservice to the citizens of New York and police by giving credence to frivolous complaints. Case in point: Last year, a police lieutenant in …

Open bargaining flips the power dynamic

Open bargaining is becoming more widespread as more unions like one of my own adopt it. As it does, we should not take for granted that conservative leadership is willingly going to allow the rank …

Dog days: Barks and bites

The dog days of summer are upon us and it's been a bitch for New Yorkers. School is around the corner and parents are around the bend. Cameras to enforce congestion pricing are being erected like …

Fun City grimace

When the government plays "gotcha" with its citizens, it deserves all the payback the little guy can provide. I'm touchy about images of cruelty to animals, so I won't say what happened to me one day …

A lost opportunity

At the Labor Notes conference last year, Teamsters President Sean O’Brien told us that if the union could not reach a new contract with UPS by the end of July 2023, the Teamsters would not extend …

Iron Triangle / Iron Will

I woke up in the middle of the night with clammy palms, a pounding chest, racing pulse and drenched in sweat, hallucinating a lunar landscape where ogres, resembling a cross between Jethro of Beverly …

Accept no substitutes

When an argument is a "no-brainer,” we shouldn't need to justify it with footnotes or cite chapter and verse.   The positions taken by labor unions, even on issues that have no direct …

Ed-Wise: States of schools and states of minds

Several recent education-related stories affecting the city have arisen recently and they each deserve their word equivalent of 15 minutes of fame. Eric "Roger Rabbit" Goldstein, the former head of …

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