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City Workers Now Entitled to Four Hours of Excused Leave
for Prostate and Breast Cancer Screenings
City of New York employees now are entitled to excused leave to undertake a screening for breast or prostate cancer. Effective July 21, 2016, City employees can take an excused absence for prostate cancer screenings under Chapter 96 of the Laws of 2016. Effective September 25, 2016, City employees are entitled to an excused absence for breast cancer screenings according to Chapter 74 of the Laws of 2016. Both laws were enacted to include City employees among public employees entitled to take excused leave for these cancer screenings. These provisions permit employees to take a paid leave of absence for a sufficient period of time, not to exceed four hours, on an annual basis to undertake either of these screenings. The entire period of leave is excused leave, not to be charged against any other leave that the employee is entitled to receive.
New York's Government Grows to Record Level
New York City is undergoing a rare explosion in city government: More people now work for the city — 287,002 full-time employees as of July — than at any other point in its modern history, with thousands more scheduled to join them. The projected growth finds few parallels in other major American metropolises; most, like New York, trimmed their numbers after the financial crash of 2008. To read full story
Arbitration Award Summary
Arbitrator's $5,000 Increase in the Minimum
For full Administrative Manager Arbitration Decision, click here
Affordable Housing Opportunities
As you know, we’re currently in the middle of a housing crisis, which is effecting New Yorkers across all demographics and classes. Too many hard-working residents are struggling to pay high rents for less than decent quality housing. Stability starts in the home. The affordability of housing makes a major difference in the lives of New Yorkers. By increasing the availability of affordable housing, we will make it possible for more families to succeed.
Many members have asked for more information about the housing lotteries and affordable housing in general. I encourage you to visit the NYC Housing Connect website, and share this information with anyone who may benefit. Find and apply for Affordable Housing with NYC Housing Connect at:
NYC Housing Connect helps you:
• Learn how to apply for affordable housing in New York City.
• View current and upcoming housing opportunities.
• Start, save, and complete an application for your household.
• Apply to housing options for which you may qualify
Below are a couple of Affordable Housing opportunities and links from Housing Connect:
297 NEWLY CONSTRUCTED UNITS AT 535 Carlton Avenue, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
110 NEWLY CONSTRUCTED UNITS AT 560 Winthrop Street, Brooklyn, NY 11203 Wingate
Open Society Foundations Staff Vote to Unionize with CWA Local 1180
On Thursday, July 21, 209 staff members at the Open Society Foundations (OSF) unionized in their New York and Baltimore locations by electing to join Communication Workers of America Local 1180. Votes were cast by non-managerial employees with the exception of HR and IT staff members. The final vote count totaled 109 to 80 in New York and 7 to 2 in Baltimore. Local 1180 represents several non-profits such as Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, and many others. OSF's unionized employees will work to broaden and diversify structures of decision making and further demonstrates how organized labor has a future in non-traditional, non-profit organizations. "We want to pave the way and uplift this effort in solidarity with other workers organizing across the United States and the world," said Karina Claudio Betancourt, OSF Program Officer. "Thursday was a great victory for the workers at Open Society Foundations (OSF). We are excited to have OSF join us at CWA 1180. These individuals will now have a seat at the table to bargain with management and have a greater say in organizational decisions that affect their jobs and lives. We look forward to having a collaborative relationship with OSF," said Arthur Cheliotes, CWA Local 1180 President. "The unionization of the Open Society Foundations is a watershed moment. We are thrilled to be members of CWA and are ready to work to refine our workplace culture, which in the end serves to make us more impactful and effective grantmakers," said Donysha Smith, OSF Communications Coordinator.
DCAS Extends Administrative Manager Promotional List #6529
The list was scheduled to expire on July 29, 2016 and now is extended to July 29, 2017 or the date when the new list is established. Please note: List #6529 expires on the date the new list is established.
Why the Fight for $15 Is Our Fight, Too
Across the country, CWA activists took to the streets to demand higher wages and a voice on the job. We stood with thousands of fast-food, bank, airline, home care and other service-sector workers, fighting for $15 an hour. Read More
An Epic Documentary Film Series about the History of the American Labor Movement! STRENGTH IN UNION (Full Trailer) Fundraising Trailer Short
Robert Reich: The Big Picture #SaveTheEconomy by MoveOn.org