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Apr 3, 2017 | News Story
Lonnie R. Stephenson, International President, IBEW IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson was born and raised in Rock Island, Ill., which borders Iowa along the Mississippi River. He began his apprenticeship as an inside wireman in 1975 and was initiated into Rock Island Local 145 in 1976. 
Apr 3, 2017 | News Story
Harry Nespoli, President, Teamsters Local 831 Harry Nespoli is the second of three children born to Ferdinando and Mary (Macchio) Nespoli.  He was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y.  For the past 48 years Harry, has had the support and love of his wife Florence.  He is a devoted father of his three children, Lynn, Tara and Todd, his daughter-in law Elysia, his son-in laws Matthew and Michael, and his four...
Apr 3, 2017 | News Story
RAP is an organization of retail workers organizing for better standards and opportunities in the retail industry. RAP’s growing membership network of over 2,000 workers is a voice for retail workers employed by major retailers across the industry, ranging from bargain chains to high-end, luxury department stores.
Mar 31, 2017 | News Story
As of Tuesday morning, 1,800 Local #3 IBEW members at Charter/Spectrum Communications are out on strike. The workers have been without a contract for two years, and now the company is, among other things, trying to pull out of the current pension and medical plan, which they have been part of for 40 years.
Mar 30, 2017 | News Story
Bertha Aiken is the Director of Training and Education for Teamsters Local 237. She credits her love for teaching to the time she spent at the NYPD, where she was responsible for preparing/guiding and nurturing young men and women in how to best protect and serve the people of New York City.
Mar 28, 2017 | News Story
Patricia White is President of New York City Theatrical Wardrobe Union, IATSE Local 764, and sits on the NYC CLC Executive Board. Pat has been an IATSE member since 1986 when she joined ACT as a wardrobe employee. She transferred into Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764 on April 24, 1989, where she has served as a trustee and officer since 1995. Pat is currently the President of Local 764, which...
Mar 24, 2017 | News Story
Today unions, community groups, and elected officials gathered outside of NYU's Brown Building to remember the 146 worker lives lost during the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory 106 years ago. The ceremony included remarks from labor leaders, musical tributes from the Nashville-based group Twangtown Paramours and the NYC Labor Chorus, statements by the family of victims, and testimony from construction...
Mar 24, 2017 | News Story
On Wednesday, Writers Guild of America, East, announced that content creators at Thrillist had voted to join the union. After weeks of refusing to recognize the staff’s union, management agreed to collectively bargain following a 24-hour online vote. 95% of the 65-person bargaining unit voted to join. The Thrillist Organizing Committee celebrated their victory: “As new members of the WGA East, we...
Mar 21, 2017 | News Story
NYC CLC Executive Board member Julie Kushner is the director of UAW Region 9A. Julie Kushner has been a union activist and leader for more than 30 years.
Mar 17, 2017 | News Story
This week, the NYC CLC, District Council 37, and Teamsters Local 237 joined with elected officials, housing advocates, and community members to rally at City Hall against federal budget cuts that would significantly defund the New York City Housing Authority. The rally was led by Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres, chair of the City Council's Committee on Public Housing. Residents of NYCHA housing...