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Railroad strike would demonstrate worker power

Last month, the remaining four of the largest railroad unions voted to reject a federally mediated tentative agreement. If the strike begins as early as Dec. 9, it could disrupt about 28 percent of …

Injustice takes the heat

There is an extraordinarily idyllic and gated residential community and country club within the city limits that has its own golf course and every imaginable amenity for its nearly 2,000 …

Turning the workers movement around

I just returned from a weeklong book tour in the U.K. and The Netherlands where worker militancy and organizing was in the air. One of my talks was canceled due to the London subway strike that …

While frontline workers have always performed critical work functions in their communities, their selfless service has particularly resonated over the past three years. RMA of New York recognizes the …

The Organization of New York State Management Confidential Employees (OMCE) is the sole representative of state employees who are designated “management/confidential” and thus ineligible to join …

Montefiore, do no harm!

“First, do no harm.” That's the Hippocratic Oath that new physicians take as they launch their careers into the stardom of affluence. The original intent of the word "harm" is clear, but …

Find a better solution to the Medicare impasse, or resign

Henry Garrido, the executive director of District Council 37, told his 150,000 current members and 89,000 retirees in a recent letter that there is no Plan B to the Municipal Labor Committee’s …

At PEF, epitomizing public and union service

The work of public servants is all around us — from the bridges we drive over, to the parks we visit, to the online government assistance forms we fill out, to the people we call for unemployment …

Unionizing nonprofit workers need our solidarity

In the past year there has been a surge in nonprofit worker union organizing. Because local and state governments are increasingly contracting with nonprofit organizations to take over work done by …

Apple workers deserves fruit of their labors

There's a high-tech worm in the Apple. It's a corporate maggot that leaves an incriminating trail of rottenness and slime. Apple, of course, gave us the iPhone and so many other cutting-age …

Night of Broken Glass: Swept-up memory

By voluntary self-exclusion, among the least diverse audiences are moviegoers attending a film with a Holocaust theme. These cinematic efforts just don't seem to have broad cultural-spectrum …

Good jobs are foremost component of successful reentry

At The Fortune Society, one of the first things participants say to us is, “I need a job. Can you please help me find a job?” This is the constant plea whether the participant has just come home …

NYC Managerial Employees Association (MEA) would like to thank its Members — NYC Managerial, Confidential and Original Jurisdiction Employees — for all the work they do to keep the Greatest City …

Shield kids from political storms

Thousands of migrant children will no doubt be burdensome to the New York City economy and stretch limited resources that fund public education and social services.  It has been cruelly and …

Why labor reform only comes from workers’ power

New York City firefighter Anita Daniel has been both a victim of sexual harassment and failed by the FDNY’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office. According to the report in the Sept. 30 issue of The …

The 2012 Chicago teachers' strike sparked labor’s resurgence

“Social unionism” is one of the catchiest terms in the labor movement. Many unions, including my own, claim to use social unionism. But what is social unionism, and has it succeeded?Social …

Sign of The Times?

It is the season of tropes and reinvention.  It is the season of solemn covenants and broken promises. It is the season of color blindness and injustice in plain sight. It is the season of …

Congressional mettles of honoraria

Unions belong wherever they are necessary. That means everywhere except unattended ancient catacombs. If there are guards there, there should be collective bargaining for more than to take air …

Yellow cabs — a solution in search of a problem

I fully sympathize with the hardworking cab drivers who have faced bankruptcy due to money owed for medallions. I not only think that they should be provided with relief, but also that buying a …

Protect city retirees’ promised benefits

In spring 2021, the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC) and the city announced they would be auto-enrolling retirees into a private for-profit managed care Medicare Advantage plan. They told the retirees …

Higher interest rates are a sign of workers’ power

There has been a lot of talk and fear about “inflation” in the past months. But what is inflation? We are told that it is the rise in the price of goods and services. But this is only part of the …

RAP sheets belong in lead coffins

Had I not had a handy credential that looked prestigious because it was a high-quality knockoff, the concierge would never have let me use a toilet in the ritzy condo where I didn't belong, and  …

Labor on track

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

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 …

The neighs have it

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 …

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