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Oct 1, 2015 | Press Release
New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement regarding Congress' failure to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides continued funding for health care programs designed to treat those affected by the events of  September 11, 2001:
Sep 11, 2015 | Press Release
"As the cost of living in New York City continues to increase, it is imperative that all workers receive the middle class wages that will allow them to pay for housing, care for families, and invest in their local communities," said Vincent Alvarez, President of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. "We applaud the Governor for taking this action.  The New York City Labor Movement...
Sep 4, 2015 | Press Release
By Vincent Alvarez As our economy continues to battle income inequality, an increasing number of New York City workers are looking to unionization as the key to higher wages, benefits, and rights in the workplace.  With Labor Day and the September 12th Labor Day Parade just around the corner, workers in and around New York City can take pride in the great strides being made in labor, originating...
Aug 28, 2015 | News Story
This week, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services held a hearing for a City initiative to eliminate open and competitive testing within the FDNY. The City is proposing the creation of a FDNY Cadet program which includes the removal of the competitive testing requirement, as a means to bring increased diversity to the ranks of the FDNY.
Aug 24, 2015 | Press Release
New York, NY – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez released the following statement regarding the City’s proposal to eliminate competitive examinations in FDNY recruitment: "While we all agree that increasing diversity in certain civil service jobs is a necessary goal, eliminating the open, competitive examinations that are an integral part of a credible civil...
Aug 21, 2015 | News Story
The New York Labor History Association is accepting entries for the Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize. The award is named for Debra Bernhardt, a former head of the Wagner Labor Archives, who helped to document a comprehensive history of our city's working men and women. The $500 prize will be awarded for the best article or series of articles published in a labor or worker center...
Aug 19, 2015 | News Story
98 Ways to Celebrate a UNION Labor Day Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer.  Gather your friends and family for one last barbecue and make sure you refer to this helpful union-made shopping list. Compiled by our friends at Labor 411 Grills, Coolers, & Cups Weber Grills - Genesis, Summit, and Q series (all made by IUANPW in Illinois) Rubbermaid coolers Solo Cups, plates & bowls