Since the summer, the fight over Cobble Hill's Long Island College Hospital has dragged on and on and on, with its parent company, SUNY Downstate, saying the hospital is losing millions and must close its doors. On the other side is the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and Public Advocate/i ... More >>
For a minute in late summer, it looked like New York's beleaguered Pacifica Radio station WBAI was getting a new lease on life. The station moved into a new office in Brooklyn, and a newly-installed interim program director, Andrew Philips, was retooling the lineup. It didn't last long. Philips re ... More >>
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 >>
The New York Times' roughly 1,150-person newsroom is about to get smaller, the paper announced in article published this morning.In a letter to the staff, Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson announced she is "seeking 30 managers who are not union members to accept buyout packages.""There is no get ... More >>
Shortly after Brooklyn pols demanded that Andrew Cuomo help the ailing SUNY Downstate Medical Center, contract talks between the governor's administration and union reps for hospital profs have proved tense. The Times-Union reports that the administration is currently negotiating with United Univer ... More >>
As SUNY Downstate Medical Center reels from recent management changes and layoffs, area pols are demanding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo help the hospital. Today, a group of Brooklyn electeds sent a letter to Cuomo asking for immediate assistance so that critical services and medical training could conti ... More >>
Last night, the Voice was invited to appear on Yetta Kurland Live on WWRL to talk about this week's cover story, "The Nonprofit 1 Percent," as well as to discuss the rally for Trayvon Martin, which we'd just covered prior to arriving at the studio. Kurland spoke with us about the Jewish Guild for ... More >>
New Yorkers are hot for teachers: A new Quinnipiac University poll has found that the city's residents think that profs are more likely to protect the interest of public school kids than Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Fifty-six percent of voters trust the teachers union to help children learn, while only 31 ... More >>
Announcing the city's annual budget today, Mayor Mike Bloomberg said he would not be increasing taxes and he would not be laying off teachers, police officers, or firefighters. He said it multiple times. Runnin' Scared, watching a live feed of his announcement, counted at least three times. Can you ... More >>
Esther ZuckermanA small white piece of paper was affixed to the left front door of the Hotel Chelsea today: "The Hotel Chelsea is temporarily closed. We apologize for any inconvenience," it read. There was a space. "Thank you." As the hotel ceased operation and the last holdout guest packed ... More >>
The Bloomberg Administration has announced that some schools could lose up to 30 percent of their teaching force, WNYC is reporting this morning. Under a worst-case scenario, the Department of Education is set to lay off one to five teachers at most schools, with some losing 30 percent of their ove ... More >>
Back in the day...Myspace, the News Corp.-owned social network of yesterday, will layoff between a third and half of its approximately 1,100 employees, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, again reigniting chatter about the company's epic failure since a 2005 acquisi ... More >>
If you were excited about yesterday's news that New York City's unemployment rate had dipped, think again. Private businesses may have added 40,000 jobs last month, but if you're a city employee, watch out: The New York Times reports that Mayor Bloomberg's quarterly budget modification, announced ye ... More >>
Bye-bye, Bice?Upscale Northern Italian restaurant, Bice, which came close to shuttering last year due to a labor dispute, looks like it will close its doors in January 2011.
Joshua Ferris reads from his second book
Reading about the MTA's decisions is often like swallowing a cactus, especially when news of truly unfortunate cutbacks comes in quick succession with news of huge spending. Earlier this morning, we reported that the MTA is shelling out big bucks for tenants temporarily displaced by Second Av ... More >>
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.
Maybe it's just David Paterson fatigue. The media is so tired of kicking the governor around that we're letting him posture as a bulwark against fiscal madness when he's one of its causes. It took a federal judge a minute or two to figure out that Paterson's furlough plan was an illegal vio ... More >>
SchneidermanEric Schneiderman, the Manhattan state senator running for Attorney General, was one of 12 Democrats who voted against the charter school bill that passed 45 to 15 on Monday. Ironically, though a bill authorizing new charter schools appears irrelevant to the AG race, t ... More >>
Faisal Shahzad may have inadvertently saved the jobs of a 1,000 cops in Mayor Mike Bloomberg's budget proposal, but nothing apparently could be done to save the jobs of 6,400 city teachers...Not even letting go of the $5 million dollars budgeted for new teacher recruitment. Yes, that's right ... More >>
If you're looking for a laugh, go on the website of the United Federation of Teachers, the union that is leading the fight against charter schools, whose reading and math scores are 15 to 20 points better than traditional schools. The union just went on the air with an ad blasting "for-profi ... More >>
The Governor hears out Coke & Pepsi.Gov. David Paterson is not known for his moral character, but could he have let Big Soda sway him on the soda tax debate? Despite campaigning aggressively in favor of a penny-per-ounce tax on the price of soda and other sugary drinks, Paterson recently met ... More >>
Here's yet another uncommon economic indicator of how the recession is affecting the restaurant business: Cecilware, which has been making kitchen equipment in Queens since 1911, will lay off 80 workers next year.
New York Times editor Bill Keller e-mailed in word today to his staffers that the paper is going to cut 100 newsroom jobs by the end of December. Times staffers had already taken 5 percent pay cuts earlier this year to fend off job losses.
Sure, America lost 491,000 jobs in April. But don't let that bring you down -- people are hiring too, as a boosterish New York Times article shows. In February, almost as many were hired as lost their jobs (or, as the Times now puts it, "were laid off or chose to leave their jobs"). And you can imag ... More >>
It's hard to imagine a dumber political move than David Paterson's decision to call a special election for the upstate congressional district vacated by new U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand than the date the governor picked for it, March 31. It's the day before a disaster state budget is due.And now, ... More >>
The Mayor gave a press conference on his budget, and talked about how he hopes to fill a $4 billion gap with concessions from labor on pensions, wages and health care, and a reversal of the Governor's proposed cuts to the city's education budget. Governor Paterson has asked that the state withhold ... More >>
Haven't panicked yet? WWD reports that Saks Inc. -- the people who run the prestigious Saks Fifth Avenue -- is laying off 1,100 people, nine percent of their workforce, suspending its 401K contributions, and cutting back inventory. When Saks cuts back inventory, that's a bad sign. So are layoffs by ... More >>
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