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Walker. O’Dwyer. Adams?

To date, two New York City mayors have left office in disgrace. If newspaper accounts are accurate, a third may soon follow.  The first mayor was Jimmy Walker, a witty, dapper dan who served …

Poor choices, and worse

Columnist S. E. Cupp has written of cases where Democrats encourage Republicans to nominate Trump-supporting candidates believing they are easier to defeat. We see the consequences of this when they …

Why the workers movement is back

After 40 years, the labor movement is back. The large strikes this past year by the SAG-AFTRA, the Writers Guild of America, the United Auto Workers, Kaiser Permanente unions, Los Angeles hotel …

The lure of bonuses and low expectations

Now that the sanitation workers have reached an agreement with the city, this contract round is nearly over, and it’s time for an assessment. In most ways, the round followed the blueprint crafted …

City taxpayers getting scammed under the guise of jail reform

During the early rule of the Roman Empire, Pyrrhus of Epirus won a decisive battle against the Roman Army although the victory also significantly destroyed his own forces, thereby ending his military …

Politicians' indifference is plain to see

I recently saw a large, colorful poster on the subway platform that is part of a recent advertising campaign promoting New York City. The sign read, “We Love That Hate Is Never Ever Tolerated,” …

Salt shakers

A "salt" in the workplace is the salt of the earth.  Not the condiment, but the union activists. These so-called "salts" are righteous deceivers who apply for jobs, not for the purposes stated …

UAW strike was a winning strategy

The victorious six week UAW strike shows why strategy is half the fight. It’s the polar opposite of the lack of strategy of my union, the California Faculty Association, I wrote about in my last …

The name game

Are political dynasties the fruit of the loom of hard work or the fruit of the loin of families who have passed the baton of leadership from kin to kin out of devotion for public …

COs doing hard time

The NYC Correction Department cannot discipline its way out of this penal quagmire that is the result of a nine-year maelstrom of political failures and ineffective jail policies and the next DOC …

End of watch

The Department of Education is forever doubling down on its professed advocacy for schoolchildren, especially when its idealism is belied by actual policies that contradict it. They fervently tout …

How to lose a strike before it begins

Earlier in October, we faculty, counselors, coaches and librarians of the California Faculty Association voted to strike at the largest university system in the country. The 29,000 members of CFA …

Key needed for Aisle 3

If you'd rather be in denial than be reminded that our society is crumbling, then don't go to stores like Walgreens and expect to be able to be an educated consumer by comparison shopping for …

Kill shelters and legislative aides

New York City doesn't advertise a civil service title of "executioner,” but its Animal Care Centers, which are under the eyes-closed watch of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, are in the …

Hollywood screenwriters strike put a leash on AI

The recently ended 148-day-long Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike by 11,500 Hollywood screenwriters is one of the most important strikes in decades because it tamed the Hollywood corporate …

Coral snake management

"Red and yellow, kill a fellow; red and black, friend of Jack.” That old rhyme can save your life. It illustrates the difference between two species of snake that look similar, but one is …

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: …

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