Jobs and Labor

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Back to Normal: LIRR Workers Reach Deal with MTA

    Governor Andrew Cuomo predictably stepped into negotiations Thursday night between union leadership and the MTA, just three days before a planned work-stoppage of more than 5,400 workers and service on the Long Island Railroad. The union had worked without a new contract for four years before the ag ... More >>

  • News

    October 9, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Stagehands Striking at Carnegie Hall Average More Than $419,000 Per Year

    Carnegie Hall's opening gala--its biggest fundraising night of the year--was supposed to take place Wednesday evening. The black tie event benefiting the non-profit's artistic and education programs would have included performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Grammy Award-winners Joshua Bell and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    WBAI, Pacifica Radio in New York City, Lays Off News Department, and Most On-Air Talent

    Summer Reese, interim executive director of the Pacifica Radio Network, choked up as she announced this afternoon that legendary New York radio station WBAI was laying off its entire news department, and the majority of on-air talent, effective Monday. WBAI, the station where Pacifica's flagship p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Battle Intensifies Between Fired Workers, CWA and Cablevision

    The group of Brooklyn technicians fired by Cablevision two weeks ago have been rallying around the city with high-profile politicians to give their account of how Cablevision has mistreated its unionized workers. Cablevision maintains that Communications Workers of America, the union which 282 Bro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Video Footage of Cablevision Management Firing 23 Unionized Brooklyn Workers

    Last week we reported on the 23 Brooklyn technicians who were fired by Cablevision for allegedly refusing to work Wednesday morning. The fired technicians were a part of a group of about 70 workers who say that they were attempting to utilize an open-door policy at the company that allows workers t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Conflicting Stories Emerge Following the Firing of 23 Cablevision Workers

    This morning a group of protestors, led by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, demanded that management at Cablevision's garage in Canarsie come out and have a little chat about yesterday's firing of 23 workers. Cablevision says that the fired technicians were i ... More >>

  • News

    March 21, 2012

    The Nonprofit 1 Percent

    Even the do-gooders can seem blind to their own excess

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Mets' CBA Quandary: Should Wright Stay or Should He Go?

    The new five-year collective bargaining agreement signed by baseball owners and players yesterday features a list of tweaks to rules big and small: Among other things, fair/foul calls can now be overruled by instant replay, teams can activate a 26th man for doubleheaders, and those shatter-prone map ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Occupy Lit: Publishing Employees to Rally Against HarperCollins

    NYO​Spotted at Occupy Wall Street by the Observer: employees of News Corp-owned book publishing company HarperCollins are staging a rally next Wednesday, making this the latest union action to throw its lot in with OWS. "Employees of HarperCollins have been working without a contract for alm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    UAW Endorses Occupy Wall Street; Massive March Planned Today

    This morning the UAW -- the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America -- issued an official endorsement of Occupy Wall Street, which they deem "a movement for economic and political justice." They've said they'll commit resources to the movement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2011

    45K Verizon Workers Strike; 'Limited Disruption in Service' Expected

    SCAB!​Forty-five thousand union workers for Verizon went on strike across the Eastern seaboard at midnight last night after labor negotiations faltered. Communications Workers America says that Verizon is demanding "more than 100 concessions from workers regarding health care, pensions and wor ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    NFL Heading to Midnight Deadline: Owners Hold a Slim Lead

    ​NFL players head into the final day of negotiations with owners holding a 3-0 lead. (The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires at 11:59 pm ET Thursday night.) On Tuesday, US District Court Judge David Doty overruled a Feb. 1 decision to reject the NFLPA's request that $4 billion ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 22, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Don't Ask Don't Tell Opponents Pick Up Some Unlikely Support

    While John McCain gets crankier and crankier about repealing Don't Ask, Don't tell, opponents of the policy have picked up a couple of unlikely allies on the right. After much lobbying, Sen. Scott Brown has finally come around and said he will consider voting to end Don't Ask (along with the usua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo Invokes Carey History and Gets Union Feedback

    ​This is the way campaigns are supposed to work: A pair of top officials of two of the state's largest public employee unions are today calling out Andrew Cuomo for his tough-on-labor comments in Sunday's New York Times. Cuomo was described as "girding for war" with big unions aided by a "more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2010

    On Labor Day, Rightbloggers Denounce Labor Day, Unions, Minimum Wage, Etc.

    Happy Labor Day! You're probably thinking about picnics or sales, rather than about Joe Hill, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, strikes, solidarity, and such like. That's okay. Enjoy your day off -- which, like any other days off you may have, was won for you long ago by union people getting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    40 Tons of Garbage a Day Now Piling Up at Bronx Co-Op

    ​Think about one ton of weight. A car. Think about how big a car is, and how compact it is in regards to all that weight. Science! It's amazing. Now think about that one ton of weight as trash. Trash that is in bags, that isn't compacted. And think about it piling up. That's exactly what's hap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    FCI Students Get Career Advice: "Let's Remember That the Word 'You' Is Not Spelled 'U'"

    Excellent knife skills, but needs pants.​Culinary school students tend to graduate with an overly confident sense of their own kitchen prowess -- such is the effect of being awarded a diploma for learning how to carve potatoes into little footballs and making unbreakable hollandaise sauce. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    WSJ's New Union Contract: Wage Freeze to July 2011!

    ​As the Wall Street Journal hurries to ready Project Amsterdam, Rupert Murdoch's bid to rock the New York Times dead with a big, splashy color metropolitan section before he kicks the bucket, staffers at the Journal are burning the midnight oil. Which sucks, because they just got their new uni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    With Thompson Done, Union People Consider Their Options

    Photo (cc) eliotwb. By Steve Patrick Ercolani. As a crowded elevator car ascended to the third floor of the Hilton on Sixth Avenue Tuesday night, a campaign aide informed former Democratic mayoral nominee Fernando Ferrer that WCBS wanted an interview. "It seems like just yesterday I was at the W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Top City Labor Leader Agrees to Stay Clear of Teamsters

    ​One of the city's most powerful union leaders has agreed to a divorce settlement with his own union in a deal to settle charges that he gave preferential treatment to an employer. Gary La Barbera, the current president of the city's Building and Construction Trades Council and a top sup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    NYPD Gets Raises, More Perks in New Contract

    Under the terms of a contract settlement between the City and the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, NYPD starting salaries will increase and cops will get a yearly four-percent raise. It's the first contract between the cops and the City to be settled (so far) without arbitration since 1994. The ... More >>

  • News

    December 11, 2007

    Panic at FreshDirect

    A unionizing battle and a hunt for illegal immigrants collide

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2007
  • News

    June 12, 2007

    Nanny McFee

    New York's baby-sitters want their fair share

  • NYC Life

    June 20, 2006

    Still On the Waterfront

    Long plagued by Johnny Friendlys, dockworkers fight to take back a mob-infested union

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2005

    Transit Union Strikes a Deal

    By 37 to four Tuesday night, leaders of the union that staged a three-day strike against the New York City transit system last week agreed to accept a new contract from the MTA. The workers got the same wage increases included in the MTA's "final offer" before last week's transit strike, but without ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    It's Off to Work They Go

    The Tranport Workers Union Local 100 instructed its members to go back to their posts in the New York City subway and bus system. Show up the next time you were scheduled to, the instructions say, and if you're supposed to be working now, "report immediately." The instructions continue: If Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2005

    Remember the Stadium? Unions do

    Lingering anger over the defeat of Mayor Bloomberg's dream of building a colossal stadium on the West Side to host the Jets and the 2012 Olympics is now complicating efforts to forge labor solidarity on behalf of the striking transit workers. Bloomberg's push to build the billion-dollar edifice alo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2005

    Transit: Wage Rage

    As transit talks wound down to another midnight deadline tonight, Transport Workers Union president Roger Toussaint softened his wage demands this morning, but observers said that there's still been little progress at the bargaining table with management negotiators. Toussaint's comments appeared ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2005

    Tick Tock Transit

    Transit union leader Roger Toussaint took time out from last-minute contract bargaining this evening to fire up his troops for what he suggested was a likely strike. "As we stand here right now, with six hours to go, things do not look good," Toussaint told a throng of several thousand members and s ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2005

    The Nerds Are Pissed

    New York University opts for war with its best and brightest

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005
  • News

    April 12, 2005

    No Hard Hats Worn Here

    Labor organizers shine a light on nighttime office-demolition abuses

  • News

    August 3, 2004

    Pols Are Out to Lunch

    Corporations mount a schmear campaign during the conventions

  • News

    March 30, 2004

    Asian Logroll

    Amanda Hesser's spice market review sparks debate over foodie ethics and tableside manners

  • News

    December 23, 2003

    Underground Empire

    DUMBO’s Chic Real Estate Titan Lowballs His Workers

  • News

    September 30, 2003

    A Labor House Divided

    After the Investigators, an Electoral Battle at City’s Biggest Union

  • News

    July 15, 2003

    Union of Lost Souls

    Leading Democrats Go AWOL on Overtime Vote

  • News

    March 20, 2001

    The Sweetheart Union

    As Sugar Strike Fails, Longshoremen’s Union Butts Into Greengrocer Campaign

  • Specials

    February 20, 2001
  • News

    February 6, 2001

    Ergonomics Rules

    Employers Are Counting on Bush to Overturn Regs

  • Specials

    December 19, 2000
  • News

    December 12, 2000

    Hoffa’s Men

    New York’s Top Movie Teamster Suspended

  • News

    November 21, 2000

    Underground Rumblings

    A Modern Militant Vies to Revive the Transit Union

  • News

    September 14, 1999

    HBO Tells 'Sopranos' Publicist To Fuggedaboudit

    Conservative, gifted, and black: too different for 'diversity'?

  • News

    June 8, 1999

    No Union Label at a PEN Gala

    Picket Lines Are Labor’s Free Speech

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