Jobs and Labor

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    New York Jazz Greats Ask City Council to Help Them Win Fair Pay [Video]

    Many of New York's great jazz musicians are aging into poverty, strained by a lifetime of working in clubs that deny them any benefits, healthcare, or pensions. That was the testimony before a City Council joint committee yesterday from the members of Justice for Jazz Artists , a campaign created to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2014

    Minimum Wage Hike is Popular, But CBO Report Reels Rightbloggers into Attacking It

    Since President Obama proposed a new $10.10 minimum wage in his last State of the Union address, rightbloggers have been sore about it. But out of apparent respect for -- or fear of -- public opinion, they'd been keeping their mouths shut about it till last week. That's when a Congressional Budget ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Graduate Students at NYU Become the First Graduate-Student Union at a Private School (Again)

    After eight years of stalled efforts, graduate students at New York University have done it: On Wednesday afternoon, graduate, research, and teaching assistants at NYU became the only graduate-student union at a private university in the United States - for the second time. How could that be, you as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    The American Civil Liberties Union Is Messing With Its Own Workers

    Try this for irony: The ACLU is taking a melon baller to its union workers' contracts. The collective bargaining unit representing legal assistants, receptionists, bookkeepers, accounting assistants, mail clerks, and most of the rest of the ACLU's support staff plans to picket the national headquart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Quit Your Media Job Today: A Freelancing Endorsement

    On Friday afternoon I got a frustrated message from a fellow music writer. AOL Music, she said, was closing down. Soon thereafter employees of the media property, including Spinner editor Dan Reilly confirmed the news. "Well, we all just got laid off," he Tweeted. "AOL Music is finished." My first ... More >>

  • News

    February 13, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Cuomo's Push for Minimum Wage Hike is a Good Start, But it's Not Quite Enough, Critics Say

    Low-wage workers and advocates took New York City by storm at the close of last year with mass demonstrations across the city for better wages and work-place conditions. Thus, one might assume that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call for a $1.50 minimum wage increase during his annual State of the State add ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    At Con-Ed Lockout Protest, Unions Embrace Class War

    The Con Edison lockout of 8,500 workers is now well into its third week, and there doesn't appear to be any end is in sight. Negotiations between the utility giant and members of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 resume today, but sources inside the negotiations say so recent talks ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    "Cypress Hills Weed And Seed Job Fair" Is Not What You Think (Hope) It Is

    If you go to the "Cypress Hills Weed and Seed Job Fair" in Brooklyn tomorrow and expect to come away with a sweet gig farming marijuana, you will be extremely disappointed.We got an email this afternoon from the United States Attorney's Office alerting us to the aforementioned job fair. Normally, em ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    Happy May Day: NY Post Columnist Nicole Gelinas Argues Against Living Wage Bill (Of Course)

    No shocker here, but a New York Post op-ed contributor is peddling the same misleading bullshit about minimum wage increases that opponents always peddle. Enter Nicole Gelinas. Raising minimum wage -- as per the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act -- is "left-wing social engineering." (Classic Post p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Is New York's Minimum Wage Too Damn Low?

    If you've been following recent developments in the capital, you've probably heard that Dems in Albany have been pushing for a $1.25 minimum wage increase -- from $7.25 to $8.50. And most New Yorkers would be OK with this boost. This change would impact more than 600,000 New Yorkers who are someho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Occupy Wall Street Affiliates Chain Subway Gates Open For Fare Strike

    A group calling itself the "Rank and File Initiative" claimed credit yesterday for opening up more than 20 subway stations throughout the city for free entry. Chaining open emergency gates at stations on the F, L, R, Q, 3, and 6 lines during rush hour yesterday morning, the anonymous activists post ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Freelancers, Rejoice! Christine Quinn Pushes Forward With Health Center Plan

    In her state-of-the-city address last month, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is expected to run for mayor, announced that the City Council would work with the Freelancers Union to launch a flagship health center that would provide low-cost care to the city's self-employed residents. This ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    State Democrats Will Propose Minimum Wage Raise Today

    Fast food workers and retail employees everywhere -- rejoice! Democrats in Albany, led by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, will today propose a raise in the New York state minimum wage, from $7.25 an hour to $8.50. The proposal will also include a provision mandating automatic increases in the futur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Let's Be Clear: NFL Players Smacked Down the Owners

    NFL players' honcho DeMaurice Smith​As you may have heard, the NFL lockout ended just a short time ago, and since the TV commentators I'm hearing seem to be confused about who actually came out on top, let me give it to you straight. I'll repeat my words in this space on April 27: "I think I can c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    NBA Owners Will Lock Out Players at Midnight

    ​Labor negotiations between NBA team owners and players broke down this afternoon as the two sides couldn't reach a new collective bargaining agreement. The players union presented an offer that was rejected by the owners at their three-hour meeting in New York. This comes after one of the lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Wall Street Bonuses Down, But Nobody's Making Less

    With profits higher than ever on Wall Street, executives are starting to shift their compensation packages away from bonuses and into higher salaries, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said in an annual report today. While Wall Street salaries were up by six percent in 2010, bonuses declined by 8 perc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    House Republicans Give Unemployed the Finger

    ​Almost 100,000 unemployed New Yorkers whose unemployment benefits are expiring will have a very not-so-merry Christmas this year now that House Republicans have killed a proposed $56 billion benefits extension, the Daily News says.

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Gov. Paterson Looks to "Sinister" Union Heads for NY State Layoffs-by-the-Thousands Woes

    ​New York Governor David Paterson is now talking about laying off thousands of state workers as part of a plan to balance the state budget. And he just brought some state workers' union leaders into the fold, by talking some serious smack on them.

  • News

    June 1, 2010

    Black Parents vs. the Teachers' Union

    Union intransigence hits a low point

  • Columns

    May 11, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 3, 2010

    Citigroup Plans to Raise Executive Salaries Up To 50%

    ​According to Bloomberg News, Citigroup Inc., which got $45 billion dollars in bailout money from the federal government, will be raising the base salaries of their investment bankers and traders as much as 50%. Citigroup's market value dropped 84% in the past year.

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Unions to Bloomy: Un-Happy Term Limits Birthday

    The one-year anniversary of Mike Bloomberg's term-limits flip-flop is being celebrated today by a pair of unions who chose the date to announce their endorsement of Bill Thompson for mayor -- while throwing in some tough language about the incumbent. Electricians Local Union No. 3, one of the city' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Minimum Wage Increases Today, But Tipped Employees Still Shafted

    Marcin Wichary/flickr The federal minimum wage increases to $7.25 today. And that's good news, unless you happen to be a bartender or waiter. According to a report released by the National Employment Law Project, the wage for tipped employees will remain a measly $2.13 per hour. That rate, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    GOP Congressman Apologizes for Obscene Anti-Union Video

    It's getting so you can't even make a bleeping joke in politics anymore. GOP House Whip Eric Cantor, angry about an ad from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees that unfavorably mentions him as an opponent of the stimulus, forwarded to a reporter at the liberal Talking P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008
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    October 14, 2008
  • News

    February 26, 2008

    Hoffa & Obama: The Labor-Latte Alliance

    Now divorced from the mob, the Teamsters choose a Bobby Kennedy type for president

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2007

    A Teamster Big Dips His Beak

    Once upon a time Anthony Rumore was the college-educated future of the Teamsters in New York. His old man, Louis, was—without question—a wise guy. Louis, a Gambino crime family soldier got the boot early on during the big Teamsters cleanup that began in the late 1980s. But Anthony went to Ford ... More >>

  • News

    December 12, 2006

    The Sinner Within

    How Brian McLaughlin betrayed the labor movement and conned us all

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2006

    Labor Big Takes a Walk

    Embattled city union big Brian McLaughlin is out as president of the city's powerful Central Labor Council - at least for the next six months. McLaughlin, an electrical workers' union official and Queens state assemblyman who has been battling a criminal probe of city contracts, has agreed ... More >>

  • News

    May 2, 2006

    Labor War in Chelsea

    For the first time, non-union immigrants are building Manhattan's high-rise towers

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2006
  • NYC Life

    March 28, 2006

    Malice's Restaurant

    What Rao's and a gangster-run school bus drivers' union have in common

  • News

    January 31, 2006

    Toussaint's Transit Trauma

    Union big walked a tightrope between enemies abroad and at home

  • News

    January 31, 2006

    The Fonz's Pitch

    Open door policy

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2006

    NYC Transit Workers Reject Contract

    By the itsy-bitsy margin of seven votes out of 22,000 cast, the city's transit workers have narrowly rejected the proposed contract that they went on strike last month to win. Friday was the deadline for union members to turn in their ballots. The move means Transit Workers Union Local 100 presiden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    Report: Strike End in Sight

    Local media are reporting that Transit Workers Union Local 100 leaders are preparing to recommend to the union's executive board that the 33,000 workers on the picket lines end their strike in its third day. If the board were to approve the move, it would take the MTA several hours to get the transi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    The Strike is Over

    About 60 hours after it began the first transit strike in 25 years, Transit Workers Union Local 100 is going back to work. The union's executive board approved the move under the threat of possible jail time for its leaders, and with mediators setting up a framework for talks that apparently keeps t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2005

    Transit Breaks

    It took them more than 24 hours to get there, but the two sides in the city's tense transit talks found their way back to the bargaining table today, but no one was suggesting that much was accomplished. "There's not much to report so far. We met, we talked, and we're ready to keep meeting," said an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2005

    Transit Countdown

    All the holiday buntings, Christmas wreaths, and ringing Santa Claus bells up and down East 42nd Street this evening weren't enough to cheer up the grim negotiators who are trying to work out a new contract for 34,000 transit workers tonight. At 4 P.M. Thursday - with just eight hours to go until th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2005

    Labor Bigs Hit NYU

    Striking NYU grad assistants and backers rally on Friday (Photo: Holly Northrop/ In a show of labor unity, an array of the nation's most powerful union leaders-representing both sides of the split that divided organized labor this summer-rallied in support of striking New York Universi ... More >>

  • News

    September 20, 2005

    Labor Costs

    Union endorsements are dirty, if the mayor loses them

  • News

    September 13, 2005

    Bush to Rebuild New Orleans, Somehow

    President throws expensive bag of gimmicks at Katrina disaster

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2005

    Mike's Labor Love Fest

    Mayor Bloomberg wears the union label at Saturday's Labor Day parade. What a difference incumbency makes. Four years ago, then-candidate Michael Bloomberg showed up at the city's post-Labor Day parade and was greeted like a mosquito at a barbecue, a nuisance to be slapped away. But there he was S ... More >>

  • News

    August 9, 2005

    The New Movement Against Wal-Mart

    Fresh blood joins the battle to keep the mega-retailer out of NYC

  • News

    July 26, 2005

    Union Gap

    At AFL-CIO, a splitting issue for the nation's biggest labor organizations

  • News

    July 5, 2005

    Helping Bloomberg?

    Fulani aide sues union

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2005

    Democrats Miss Key Endorsement

    Democratic mayoral candidates hoping for a boost from the Working Families Party won't get one, at least for now: The party announced today that while "several candidates enjoy substantial support" within the party, so far none of the candidates "been able to put together the two-thirds vote on the ... More >>

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