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  • Waiting for Labor to Rise

    published December 25, 2001

    Early this month, officials at the AFL-CIO convention in Las Vegas reluctantly acknowledged that their numbers had slipped yet again—this... More >>

  • Bread and Roses Too

    published December 18, 2001

    On their best days, labor unions aspire to be much more than the enforcers of contracts and providers of member benefits. In their loftiest... More >>

  • Cleaning Up at Ground Zero

    published November 27, 2001

    In keeping with his new role as America's Mayor, Rudy Giuliani is moving to award the city's biggest-ever emergency contract to one of America's... More >>

  • Labor’s Election Day Flop

    published November 20, 2001

    New York is a union town, its labor leaders proclaim proudly and often. It is a bit of bluster designed to inspire confidence among members while... More >>

  • Crime Wave

    published November 13, 2001

    On the Friday before the election, Michael Bloomberg—giddy with joy—announced his endorsement by 15 prominent African Americans. Among... More >>

  • The New Mayor’s Mission

    published November 6, 2001

    And so the real work begins. The campaign posturing, the preening, the pleading and cajoling, the maneuvering for advantage, the payback for... More >>

  • The Best Campaign Money Can Buy

    published October 30, 2001

    Whatever happens in next week's mayoral election, those who joined the Mike Bloomberg campaign are already big winners—moneywise. The... More >>

  • Labor’s Lone Ranger

    published October 23, 2001

    Among the strangest events of this civil war-style, brother-against-brother Democratic mayoral race was when they booed health care workers leader... More >>

  • The Hidden Persuaders

    published October 16, 2001

    Thursday afternoon, election day, found the author of one of the unsigned leaflets attacking Fernando Ferrer in the Democratic mayoral runoff... More >>

  • Grumbling at Green

    published October 9, 2001

    There've been 10 days of heavy grumbling and griping among Mark Green's erstwhile supporters since the liberal icon went along with Mayor... More >>

  • Who’ll Advocate for the Public?

    published October 2, 2001

    The race for Public Advocate—never a focus of much attention even before the world was turned upside down on September 11—has suddenly... More >>

  • Working-Class Heroes

    published September 25, 2001

    Questions that linger: Were the hijackers peering through the cockpit window as they swept toward their Lower Manhattan targets? In the final... More >>

  • Bush’s New Best Friend

    published September 11, 2001

    Just before the Labor Day weekend, former Teamsters union president Ron Carey walked into the new federal courthouse on Pearl Street and drew up a... More >>

  • The Favors Candidate

    published August 28, 2001

    An irate Alan Hevesi vowed two weeks ago to answer every question from reporters about the "despicable lie" that he had taken a $6000 bribe in... More >>

  • Elephant Hunters

    published August 21, 2001

    Leaders of the upstart Green Party—whose platform calls for broader ballot access for candidates—are picking up a new electoral skill:... More >>

  • The Court Street Regular

    published August 14, 2001

    There are 300 candidates running for slots on the new City Council in this wide-open, post-term-limits election year that is supposed to help... More >>

  • Up From Fox Street

    published July 31, 2001

    In 1987, when he was 36 years old and a largely untested member of the City Council, Fernando Ferrer was picked by the battered remnants of the... More >>

  • Inside Job for a Fixer

    published July 17, 2001

    The city's social services agency awarded contracts worth more than $72,000 to a crooked buildings consultant—two years after his arrest amid... More >>

  • Tower of East 10th Street

    published July 10, 2001

    A new 17-story tower now going up on an East Village block has presented a double challenge to both the city's labor movement and to neighborhood... More >>

  • Raw Material

    published June 26, 2001

    In 1968 there were more than 650,000 steelworkers in the U.S., laboring at scorching hot hearths in vast, mighty mills from Baltimore to... More >>

  • A Consultant’s Near and Dear

    published June 26, 2001

    The buildings consultant who pleaded guilty to bribing city councilman Thomas Ognibene with gifts and meals in exchange for help with city... More >>

  • Danger Below

    published June 19, 2001

    On July 24, 1997, crooked buildings consultant Ronald Lattanzio and the head of the city's largest building-contractors group were heard on... More >>

  • Inside Edge

    published June 12, 2001

    Bribe-taking by the city's building-code regulators is about as shocking to New Yorkers as subway-fare beaters at rush hour, and while some of the... More >>

  • Labor’s Loneliest Battles

    published May 22, 2001

    The best unions fight their toughest battles alone, behind closed doors. Waged one-on-one, member-to-member, they are confrontations aimed at... More >>

  • Sickout

    published May 15, 2001

    One of the strongest arguments against the claim that unions only act in their own, public-be-damned self-interest was made last week by thousands... More >>

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