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Apr 14 2015 Plan looks to privatize Playland Park this year A private operator would take over the management of Playland, the county-owned 80-year-old amusement park on the Long Island Sound, under a proposal unveiled Tuesday by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. The plan proposes that Standard Amusements would pay the county $2.25 million up front and invest $22.7 million into the park within the five years. The county would receive annual escalating payments starting at $300,000 and would also receive 7.5 percent of the profits once Standard has recouped its initial investment.
Apr 14 2015 Christie calls for cuts in Social Security, Medicare In addition to cuts in Social Security and Medicare, Christie also called for giving states more control over Medicaid, the joint federal-state health program for the poor, and for requiring the poor to pay some amount out-of-pocket for their care. He also proposed changes to the Social Security disability program that would limit access to benefits for some people. The proposals, delivered in a speech in New Hampshire, came as Christie’s presidential hopes have faded. Though he once enjoyed a position atop the potential GOP field, he has languished for the last year as rivals have gained attention.
Apr 13 2015 One Company’s New Minimum Wage: $70,000 a Year The United States has one of the world’s largest pay gaps, with chief executives earning nearly 300 times what the average worker makes, according to some economists’ estimates. That is much higher than the 20-to-1 ratio recommended by Gilded Age magnates like J. Pierpont Morgan and the 20th century management visionary Peter Drucker.
Apr 12 2015 Working, but Needing Public Assistance Anyway Several economists, including the Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz, who has written extensively on inequality, credited political rather than competitive pressures for the decision by some larger fast-food and retail employers to raise wages. William E. Spriggs, chief economist at the A.F.L.-C.I.O., said the McDonald’s announcement was “a response to worker campaigns to increase the minimum wage and what is going on in legislatures on the state and local levels. ” Denise Rush, a home health care worker in Durham, N.C., often works seven days a week, returning home near midnight after her two teenagers have already gone to bed. At $9.50 an hour, her biweekly paycheck totals just over $700, or the cost of her monthly rent. There is little left for other expenses. “It’s a crazy dilemma,” she said. “Do I pay the whole bill or do I gas up the car to go to work?”
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
Apr 4 2015 New Castle's stubbornness may cost Westchester $60,000 / month in fines The Chappaqua Station project is held up as the Town Board opposes the plan from developer Conifer Realty. Town Supervisor Robert Greenstein wanted the developer to relocate the project and start the permitting process anew. Conifer, which already has a special permit in place, rejected that request. Conifer sued the town over the length of its permit — Conifer believes it lasts 25 years, while the town contends it expired last month. Ned McCormack, spokesman for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, said the administration has supported the project from the start but has no role in the process at this point.
Mar 31 2015 Pres Obama Rejects Republican Bid to Overturn New Union Rules Mr. Obama said unions had historically achieved important changes, including a 40-hour workweek, elimination of child labor laws, and fair wages and benefits. “And one of the freedoms of folks here in the United States is that if they choose to join a union, they should be able to do so,” the president said. He also announced that he would host a meeting on American workers at the White House this fall to explore ways of helping not only the wealthiest who have done well in the current economic recovery but also the middle-income Americans. Republicans tried to block the new N.L.R.B. regulations through the little-used Congressional Review Act, in which the two houses may pass a resolution disapproving rules by an executive agency. The Senate passed such a resolution in March by a vote of 53 to 46, and the House approved it 232 to 186 — votes mostly along party lines.
Mar 26 2015 Should Americans be in the Streets? Our Protest-Free New Gilded Age Audio Report also American inequality is once again at historic levels. A second Gilded Age. Everybody knows it. A top tier doing great. Scooping up every luxury. Building mind-boggling fortunes. And millions really struggling to get by. To keep hope alive of a better life. In the first gilded age, in the 19th century, Americans were in the streets over inequity. Marching. Brawling. Demanding change. This time, says labor historian Steve Fraser, it’s weirdly quiet out there.
Mar 12 2015 Obama, Unions On Opposite Sides Of The (Fast) Track For Trade Deals This week, labor leaders made sure President Obama knows that when it comes to foreign trade, they are living on opposite sides of the track — the "fast track," that is. Obama wants Congress to give him this power, but unions are launching a political war to thwart the president whom they worked so hard to elect — twice. "We're going all out" to stop Obama's trade agenda, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters on Tuesday. The next day, the labor organization announced it would freeze all political action committee donations to federal candidates until further notice — saying it had to "conserve resources for the historic legislative battle" against fast track.
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Mar 11 2015 Economist Krugman Gives the TPP Trade Deal a “Thumbs Down” …it doesn’t look like a good thing either for the world or for the United States, and you have to wonder why the Obama administration, in particular, would consider devoting any political capital to getting this through.
Mar 6 2015 Steelworkers1999 in Indianapolis union has provocative way to fight membership loss from right-to-wk. "Sheet of Shame" publicizes names of free riders In 13th paragraph: Chuck Jones, the president of Steelworkers Local 1999 in Indianapolis, has adopted a highly controversial strategy to minimize any membership loss – and said his 2,900-member local had lost a mere 25 members since Indiana enacted right to work. In this “sheet of shame”, Jones placed the names of a few dozen workers who opted to quit the union and stop paying union fees. He posted that sheet on bulletin boards and the local’s website. “That was a deterrent,” he said. “When people saw other people’s names up there, they had second thoughts about opting out.” Some workers accused Jones of illegally harassing them, but the National Labor Relations Board did not find his actions unlawful. “ I thought if people want to be freeloaders and have us still represent them, then everybody should know who they are.”
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.
Feb 13 2015 Cablevision and Labor Union Make Peace After Three Years Cablevision and the Communications Workers of America have announced a collective bargaining agreement, marking a breakthrough in of the city's longest-running labor disputes. It's the first contract for Cablevision's more than 250 Brooklyn technical workers, three years after they voted to form a labor union. "You know we've been at this for 37 months in a battle to get a contract here. And this union looks forward to opening a new chapter in its relationship with Cablevision," said Chris Shelton, vice president for CWA District One. Cablevision's struggle with the CWA had become a hot political issue, with the mayor and many city council members voicing sharp criticism of the company over its treatment of workers.
Feb 11 2015 Smoking’s Toll on Health Is Even Worse Than Previously Thought A new study adds at least five diseases and 60,000 deaths a year to the toll taken by tobacco in the United States. Before the study, smoking was already blamed for nearly half a million deaths a year in this country from 21 diseases, including 12 types of cancer. Audio report
Jan 29 2015 Senator Gillibrand's Plan to Fix Parental Leave Audio Report Unlike many other countries, the U.S. has no laws requiring paid maternity or parental leave. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is trying to change that with the Family Act, which she introduced in 2013. She discusses the particulars of the bill and why it has languished in Congress.
Jan 2015 DiNapoli Releases December State Cash Report NYS is Flush with Money right now State tax collections of just under $8 billion were $474.2 million higher than expected in December and $716.4 million higher than projected three quarters of the way through the state’s fiscal year, according to the December cash report issued today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The state has also collected $4.2 billion from financial settlements since April, approximately $3.9 billion more than initially anticipated, with another $1.3 billion expected. "Strong tax collections in December added to a positive short-term picture for the state’s budget, ”DiNapoli said. “However, revenue that is higher than anticipated today does not always mean flush times tomorrow. We will monitor economic and revenue developments closely as negotiations on a new state budget begin in coming weeks.”
Jan 25 2015 Middle Class Shrinks Further as More Fall Out Instead of Climbing Up The middle class that President Obama identified in his State of the Union speech last week as the foundation of the American economy has been shrinking for almost half a century. In the late 1960s, more than half of the households in the United States were squarely in the middle, earning, in today’s dollars, $35,000 to $100,000 a year. Few people noticed or cared as the size of that group began to fall, because the shift was primarily caused by more Americans climbing the economic ladder into upper-income brackets. But since 2000, the middle-class share of households has continued to narrow, the main reason being that more people have fallen to the bottom. At the same time, fewer of those in this group fit the traditional image of a married couple with children at home, a gap increasingly filled by the elderly.
Jan 21 2015 Maloney, Slaughter gear up for Congress battle over TPP trade authority Democratic Reps.Sean Maloney and Louise Slaughter are gearing up to do legislative battle against President Barack Obama over international trade. The two New Yorkers joined several Democratic House colleagues today in announcing they have enough votes to block legislation to provide “fast”-track” approval of trade pacts. The fast-track process, also known as trade promotion authority, would mean Congress could only approve or reject trade deals signed by the president, but couldn’t amend them. Maloney challenged Obama to visit the Hudson Valley cities he represents, such as Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, Middletown and Port Jervis. “Walk over the broken sidewalks and past the shuttered houses down to the boarded-up factories where generations of middle-class families like the ones so many of us grew up in found opportunity and hope,’’ Maloney said. “My test is a simple one. Show me the middle-class families who are going to benefit in the district I represent. And then you can come and ask for my support.’’
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.
Aug 20 2014 12 Recent Victories for Workers in Raising Wages and Collective Bargaining AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders announced that the union has organized more than 90,000 workers this year, nearly doubling its 2014 goal of 50,000. (Final December 2014 numbers: 132,000 new workers organized by AFSCME)
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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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