News Stories

Jul 12, 2013 | News Story
This week, the NYC District Council of Carpenters continued its strike against the Manufacturing Woodworkers Association of Greater NYC, seeking better wages and benefits for workers.  The Carpenters’ contract expired on June 30, and on Monday July 1, 350 members went out on strike in protest of proposed wage freezes and lower benefits. The Council warns that the strike could cause delays on...
Jul 3, 2013 | News Story
On Tuesday, July 2, members of the Central Labor Council, Teamsters Local 237, workers, elected officials and supporters gathered in City Hall Park for a rally to save jobs, services and programs at NYCHA facilities.  NYCHA is looking to fire five hundred unionized workers, and force 12,000 more to take furloughs as a means to help fix the agency’s financial woes.
Jun 25, 2013 | News Story
After nearly six weeks on strike, members of the Legal Services Staff Association, NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 (LSSA) Monday approved a contract that allows the employees of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) to return to work representing New York City’s low-income communities.
Jun 24, 2013 | News Story
The New York City Council has created a unique partnership linking labor unions, community groups and a network of respected workforce providers to mobilize efforts that will benefit job seekers, the under employed and the unemployed New Yorkers.
Jun 13, 2013 | News Story
On Tuesday, June 12, thousands of City workers rallied at City Hall Park to demand fair contracts. Citywide public sector union members are currently operating under expired employment contracts, and Tuesday’s crowd included  teachers, nurses, sanitation workers and firefighters united to say “enough is enough.”  The energetic crowd also included members of private sector unions, who stood in...
May 31, 2013 | News Story
On Friday, May 24, 21 Queens “carwasheros,” made history by signing the first ever union contract for carwash workers in New York City.  The carwasheros, members of RWDSU, voted to unionize as a way to protect themselves against wage and tip theft, and as a means of securing a series of raises, set schedules, and unpaid leave time. The three-year contract takes effect on June 3.
May 21, 2013 | News Story
On Monday, May 20, New York City Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez joined with 32BJ Secretary Treasurer Kyle Bragg, Assemblyman Karim Camara, UWUA Local 1-2 Vice President Jim Slevin and workers to support legislation to include public utilities under the State’s prevailing wage law.
May 21, 2013 | News Story
On Tuesday, May 21, members of the New York State Dream Coalition traveled to Albany to lobby legislators about the need to pass the NYS Dream Act.  The group also held an afternoon news conference, following the Assembly’s 88-46 passage of the legislation, which would enable undocumented students who qualify for in-state tuition to be eligible to receive State financial aid and scholarships.   
May 16, 2013 | News Story
Our sisters and brothers who are members of the Legal Services Staff Association, NOLSW, UAW Local 2320 went on strike on the morning of Wednesday, May 15th after working almost a year without a contract.  Despite making historic offers to management to share in the costs of healthcare and forgo a general wage increase in order to address fiscal concerns, the management is demanding deep and...
May 14, 2013 | News Story
Last night, in a vote of 82 to 53, the New York State Assembly passed the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act (A1792/S1743).  This act will ensure that Farmworkers receive the same basic rights as other workers throughout the state, such as an 8 hour workday, a guaranteed day off and workers compensation in the case of injury.  The bill has now been delivered to the State Senate.  For more...