Labor Unions

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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

  • 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 >>

  • News

    October 12, 2004

    Bush's Other War

    At the national labor relations board, the president's appointees change the rules

  • News

    August 31, 2004

    Labor's Beef with Bush

    In the brave new world of outsourcing, you get to train your own replacement worker

  • News

    June 29, 2004

    Challenge to a Quiet Boss

    Flying squads, charges of dirty tricks by incumbent plague a teamster local election

  • News

    March 9, 2004

    New School's Labor War

    Union Wins Election Fair And Square, But Prez Kerrey Wants A Do-Over

  • News

    January 27, 2004

    Plumbing the Depths

    After Arrests, a Union Agrees to Its Own Investigation

  • News

    December 9, 2003

    Infernal Racket

    The Mafia Doesn’t Just Break Legs. It Can Also Break the Spirit.

  • News

    February 18, 2003

    Labor's 'No' to War

    A New Generation of Leaders Makes a Different Choice

  • News

    December 24, 2002

    The Double Standard

    While Unions Are Scrutinized, MTA Bigs Get Free Ride

  • News

    December 17, 2002

    Toussaint's Transit Express

    All It Took Was a Little Respect

  • News

    September 3, 2002

    Labor's Cheap Date With Pataki

    It's Solidarity—For the Time Being, Anyway

  • News

    July 23, 2002

    Bloomberg's Terminal Troubles

    The Sorry Union History of a Mexican Tech Factory

  • News

    April 30, 2002

    Labor in Mourning

    Seven Months Later, Unions Raise the 9-11 Flag

  • News

    March 26, 2002

    Tall Tales

    With Rivera in Lead, Unions Ditch Dems for 'Lincolnian' Gov

  • News

    January 22, 2002

    Outer-Borough Battler

    A Labor Leader Challenges His Own

  • News

    January 22, 2002

    A Picket Line With History

    Harsh Conditions for Food Servers Only Worsened After 9-11

  • News

    December 25, 2001

    Waiting for Labor to Rise

    Can Unions Seize the Post-9-11 Moment?

  • News

    November 20, 2001

    Labor’s Election Day Flop

    The Union Coalition That Wasn’t

  • News

    September 25, 2001

    Working-Class Heroes

    Towering Losses, Towering Deeds

  • News

    September 11, 2001

    Bush’s New Best Friend

    Republicans’ Oily Courtship of the Teamsters

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