News Stories

Aug 30, 2019 | News Story
As we prepare to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Labor Day as a federal holiday, it's important to reflect on who we are as working people, what we’ve achieved together, and the challenges that lie ahead. When we organize, and grow worker power, we make it possible for workers to demand family-sustaining wages, health care, retirement security, and a meaningful voice in the workplace. In doing...
Aug 29, 2019 | News Story
2019 NYC Labor Day Parade Chair Ernest Logan worked in NYC public schools for nearly 25 years before joining the staff of the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators in 1997 as a field service representative. Rising through the CSA ranks, he was elected President in November 2006 and held the position until he retired in 2017.
Aug 20, 2019 | News Story
As a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism, Elizabeth (Liz) Shuler, like many young people today, pieced together part-time jobs, lived at home and struggled to find decent work in the early 1990s. Experiencing uncertainty in the economy made her realize that every job is an opportunity to stand up for the underdog. Today, as secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, the...
Mar 29, 2019 | News Story
On Monday, hundreds joined Workers United/SEIU (ILGWU) for the commemoration of the 108th anniversary of the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire, a pivotal event in US history and a turning point in labor’s struggle to achieve fair wages, dignity at work and safe working conditions. Outrage at the deaths of 146 mostly young, female immigrants inspired the union movement and helped to institute worker...
Mar 15, 2019 | News Story
Air travelers and airline workers won an important fight for aviation safety this week after the Transport Workers Union led the charge, calling for Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes to be grounded until the cause of the weekend crash in Ethiopia is determined.
Mar 15, 2019 | News Story
In a first for the podcasting industry, the 83-person staff of Gimlet Media, a podcasting startup acquired by music streaming service Spotify for $230 million in February, is unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). Gimlet, based in Brooklyn, was founded in 2014 and produces popular podcasts including Reply All, StartUp, and Crimetown.
Mar 15, 2019 | News Story
Ashraf Azim opens up to fellow drivers about what goes through his mind when a passenger who looks menacing gets into his car. He says he thinks of his family. “Particularly one night, believe you me, I had said my last prayers,” Azim, a driver for Uber and Juno, says. “My wife and my kids, it’s right there in the mind, I’m not going to see them. He clearly said, 'I am into the death and killing...
Mar 15, 2019 | News Story
In response to Federal tax cuts for the wealthy, which have resulted in a proposed $550 million ($1.1 billion with Federal matching funds) cut in State healthcare funding, 1199SEIU held a series of “Stop the Cuts” community rallies statewide last week.
Mar 15, 2019 | News Story
Last week, the national AFL-CIO and more than 30 other labor unions and allied organizations sent letters to Congressional leadership from both parties, urging them to work together to immediately pass a law that will give permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. Without Congressional...
Mar 8, 2019 | News Story
The votes are in—Registered Nurses at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Montefiore, Mt. Sinai, Mt. Sinai West, and St. Luke's have voted by 97% (8533-230) to authorize a strike. Between these hospitals, NYSNA represents more than 10,000 nurses whose contract expired in December of 2018.