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Coalition of Union Power Works to Defeat
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Jun 13 2015 Union Power Credited with Defeat of Job Killing TPP Trade Deal in Congress Broad coalition of private and public sector unions, together with other community, health, religious, and advocacy groups joined together to defeat Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Since March, according to the A.F.L.-C.I.O., union members have held 650 events opposing the legislation. They have made about 160,000 phone calls to members of Congress and written more than 20,000 letters. The federation also produced digital ads, which have received more than 30 million views, aimed at several dozen members of Congress.
Jun 12 2015 House Votes to Stand with Working Families on Trade House of Representatives issues stinging rubuke to President Obama on TPP Trans Pacific Partnership proposal. Union Power prevails in urging millions of Americans to contact their representatives in stopping this unpopular job killing agreement. Full statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in link above.
Jun 11 2015 CSEA RETIREES WIN COURT FIGHTS ON HEALTH INSURANCE CSEA-represented retirees in two Western Region communities are getting some health insurance relief after successfully fighting back against their employers’ attempts to cut their retirement security. CSEA recently scored major victories in legal cases against the Niagara Falls School District and the City of Lockport, where the employers sought to cut health insurance benefits against retired workers. In recent years, CSEA retirees have been standing strong against employers’ efforts to cut the retirement benefits that the workers have earned — and that the employers have promised to them.
Jun 11 2015 CSEA JOINS BON JOVI, GOV, TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE CSEA Metropolitan Region President Lester Crockett joined Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, rocker Jon Bon Jovi and labor leaders from across New York Thursday, June 11, at a rally to push to raise the minimum wage. The event was held at the Hotel and Motel Trades Council headquarters in Manhattan. In May, Cuomo instructed the state Department of Labor to launch a wage board to investigate and make recommendations on an increase in the minimum wage in the fast food industry. The board is expected to make recommendations for a possible increase by July; those recommendations do not require legislative approval in order to become enacted.
Jun 10 2015 US Dept of Labor may extend OT pay to more workers Audio As early as this week, the Labor Department will consider updating overtime laws. Currently, salaried workers are eligible for overtime only if they are paid less than $23,660 a year, or $455 a week. The new rules would bump that threshold to as much as $52,000. The new rules would affect workers with low salaries who now put in long hours with no overtime. Arindrajit Dube, associate professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, points to the example of a shift supervisor at McDonald’s. “She is hardly someone we think of as an executive employee, but the law does not require McDonald’s to pay her overtime even if she works 50 hours a week,” he says. Dube says what seems like a huge jump in the overtime threshold simply brings things up to 1975 standards, adjusting for inflation. The effect? “We’re talking about as many as 10 million workers getting a raise,” Dube says.
June 4 2015 Playland
Review: Private Operator, Astorino agree to Legislators’
On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, the
Board of Legislators (BOL) Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing (LPPH)
Committee met to continue the review and discussion of the proposed
Management Agreement with Standard Amusements, LLC to operate
Playland Amusement Park for 15 years. Head of Standard Amusements,
Nick Singer and his adviser, Andy Maniglia, participated on behalf
of Standard along with their traffic and transportation consultants
Donald Tone and Daniel Schack from Sam Schwartz Engineering D.P.C.
Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett and Chief of Staff George
Oros participated on behalf of the Administration. The consultants
from Sam Schwartz Engineering D.P.C. presented a comprehensive
parking and traffic management plan. The engineers made a number of
recommendations including moving the main entrance away from the
amusement park and closer to the Playland Parkway entrance, offering
discounts and promos to get more people to arrive and depart earlier
in the day and facilitate the use of mass transit.
Agreement to Manage
May 22 2015 State’s pension fund up to $183.5 billion The state’s major pension fund ended its fiscal year worth an estimated $183.5 billion, according to state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The nation’s third-largest public pension fund showed a 7.16 percent rate of return for the year ending March 31, missing its targeted return of 7.5 percent. DiNapoli’s office said the latest estimated value is the highest in the fund’s history. “The fund performed well over the past year despite the challenges in the market,” DiNapoli said in a statement. Press Release from DiNapoli “We achieved a solid return on investments in the midst of global volatility thanks to our talented investment staff and our diversified asset allocation.” Capitol Confidential blog
15, 2015 Connecticut
Workers to Receive Up to $125M in Layoff Settlement
than 2,700 Connecticut public employees are about to receive justice
after a 12-year fight as the Legislature is set to approve an
out-of-court settlement for up to an estimated $125 million in back
pay and additional leave time. The settlement stems from
Gov. John Rowland’s decision in 2003 to fire 2,300 unionized
workers and force an additional 400 to take lower paying jobs. Under
the guise of fiscal savings, the three-term governor attempted to
break the unions by targeting only bargaining unit members for
Council 4 members didn’t back down, working in concert with the 16
unions that comprise the State Employees Bargaining Agency Coalition
to take the state to court and fight the injustice. The U.S.
Court of Appeals ruled in 2013 that the state violated the
employee’s First Amendment right to freedom of association by
discriminatorily laying off only union members. They concluded that
the state employees were fired because of their union membership. “Rowland’s
disrespect for the Constitution and the laws he swore to uphold
devastated our communities and deprived Connecticut citizens of
vital public services,” said Sal Luciano, Council 4 executive
director and also an AFSCME International vice president. “We
other unions to fight back and seek justice, and we won.”
Apr 10 2015 Going the Extra Mile: N.Y. CSEA Sanitation Workers Save a Life Two sanitation workers from Elmira, New York, Mike Waters and Ed Wood, took time out from their early morning route to save a life. Joseph Myers, 73, lay unconscious in his driveway for more than five hours in 10-degree weather before the two CSEA Local 808 members pulled up in their garbage trucks on their morning run. Waters noticed Myers lying in the snow under his car, jumped into action and ran over to lend a hand
CSEA Headquarters web page on TPP Trans Pacific Partnership Bad Trade Deal Please play the video to become informed; please call the number to leave your message to your Congressional House representative to save American jobs. This TPP trade deal is BAD NEWS for American jobs in the USA. Vital info on the TPP BAD Trade Deal
Feb 20 2015 After years of avoiding confrontation, the U.S. labor movement is reasserting itself. From the ports of Los Angeles to the car plants of Detroit, unions are demanding payback for sacrifices they say helped revive the economy. “Employers seem to think that they can push unions, the roots of the American working class, off a cliff,” said Dave Campbell, whose union local represents oil-terminal workers at the Port of Long Beach. “Well, these corporations have made a significant miscalculation in our ability to fight back. There’s a lot of labor strife now, and they could have a major confrontation on their hands.” Campbell’s combative rhetoric evokes an era when unions had the clout to win significant lifestyle upgrades for their members. Wielding the threat of strikes and work slowdowns, organized labor helped generations of Americans join the middle class and stay there.
Feb 19 2015 Guess Who’s Turning 40 – Our Weingarten Rights Did you know that the boss cannot question you without your union representative present? It’s your right as a union member! But, you have to ask for one, according to the U.S. Supreme Court. Forty years ago, on Feb. 19, 1975, in a case called National Labor Relations Board vs. J. Weingarten, the high court ruled that an employee has the right to request union representation in any meeting that she or he feels could result in discipline or termination. The employer must suspend the meeting until a representative arrives or end the meeting all together.
Feb 19 2015 NYTimes Op Ed: The Cost of a Decline in Unions More broadly, I disdained unions as bringing corruption, nepotism and rigid work rules to the labor market, impeding the economic growth that ultimately makes a country strong. I was wrong. The abuses are real. But, as unions wane in American life, it’s also increasingly clear that they were doing a lot of good in sustaining middle class life — especially the private-sector unions that are now dwindling. Most studies suggest that about one-fifth of the increase in economic inequality in America among men in recent decades is the result of the decline in unions. It may be more: A study in the American Sociological Review, using the broadest methodology, estimates that the decline of unions may account for one-third of the rise of inequality among men.
Nov 2014 Unions: Among the Few Interest Groups Representing the Middle Class The efforts of unions and other groups that represent the interests of the middle class and the poor are critical for making democracy work. Few individuals have the time or resources for sustained engagement with the political system, especially among the poor and middle class. Interest groups provide the structure for individuals to pool their resources on behalf of their preferred policies, provide legal and regulatory expertise, and ensure effective implementation of policies—working not only to help pass legislation but also lobbying for implementation once policies have been passed. They also can mobilize members, and often the general public, at key points throughout the legislative process.
Tom DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller endorsed by both the CSEA and PEF unions, talks about the value of the credentialed and qualified CSEA workers in his office, the record high NYS Pension System fund balance, and, at the 10 minute mark, defends the importance of keeping the current Defined Benefit pension system we all contributed to as municipal workers.
her Community in New York Every Day as a CSEA Member
Hourlies Need Unions Also: 98 Minute Wait for Medical Care
audio report also
AFSCME: A Force to
Be Reckoned With
DiNapoli: N.Y. pensions are worth defending
DiNapoli's Fall 2014 NYS Pension UPDATE
DiNapoli's Video Re: the Strong Condition of the NYS Pension System
Nov 19, 2011: Women Becoming Unions' New Voices 3 page NY Times article on powerful women in unions
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