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Free Cecily! Unions Urged to Support McMillan
May 13, 2014

Union members certain that 25-year old Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan is being unjustly prosecuted for taking part in demonstrations at Zuccotti Park two years ago are calling on their brothers and sisters in the labor movement to urge sentencing Judge Ronald A. Zweibel to set the young woman free.

More Reactions to Mayor de Blasio's Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2014

May 8, 2014

“Clearly, Mayor Bill De Blasio recognizes his responsibility to respect the collective bargaining law and work together with the city’s dedicated workforce through their elected union representatives to find solutions to the problems our city faces. The health care agreement is an example of what cooperation and mutual respect can produce…”

For the Record
April 14, 2014 / The Chief

Although there’s been talk of the Working Families Party running a candidate against Governor Cuomo because of unhappiness with some of his actions—most recently the failure to gain an agreement on a full-fledged public funding of campaigns for state offices—several officials last week played down the likelihood of it happening.

Teachers, Nurses and Professors Deserve Contracts First, Union Rep Says
April 2, 2014 / DNAinfo New York

CIVIC CENTER — Unions representing city teachers, nurses and college professors should be the first on the list for contract renewals with City Hall since they've gone the longest without them, labor leaders said.

The United Federation of Teachers, the New York State Nurses Association and the Professional Staff Congress missed out on the last round of negotiations and have been toiling without a contract since theirs expired in 2009 and 2010, said Harry Nespoli, the head of the Municipal Labor Committee, the umbrella group representing the city’s public sector unions.

Park Ave. Explosion Claims Life of CWA Member's Husband

Among the eight people known to have died in the East Harlem blast was Andrea Panagopoulos, husband of Guild member Liseth Perez, an editor at El Diario, the country’s oldest Spanish-language newspaper, whose staff has been represented by the Guild for many years. The Guild is taking up a collection to help Liseth in her time of need.  The Local will match all contributions received, up to $5000.

‘Can’t Trust the Bosses’ - Unions Skeptical Reform Good for Civil Service
February 3, 2014 / The Chief

Calls for reform to the civil-service system were met with skepticism from union leaders and words of caution from other city luminaries at a Jan. 29 Citizens Union panel on the fiscal challenges New York faces and the changes that could produce a better and well-compensated workforce.

Janison: Cuomo, de Blasio pre-K battle heats up
January 23, 2014 / amNewYork

Fireworks have broken out over the funding of early-childhood education, with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo now in full pushback mode against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tax-the-rich demand.

Cuomo and his aides have begun to suggest openly what they’ve already said privately — that fellow Democrat de Blasio’s requested surcharge on New York City’s wealthiest is driven by something other than the cause of universal pre-K.

Ex-Chief Negotiator Under Koch Given Reins by de Blasio
January 6, 2014 / The Chief Leader

Even as some municipal union leaders who dealt with Robert W. Linn as Mayor Ed Koch’s chief negotiator questioned whether he would be as sympathetic to city workers as he sounded in accepting Mayor de Blasio’s offer to return to the role he left 24 years ago, one of them said that who the city’s Labor Relations Commissioner was mattered less than the marching orders he was given.

“He was working for a different administration,” Arthur Cheliotes, president of Communications Workers of America Local 1180 since the late 1970s, said Dec. 31 of Mr. Linn’s six years as Director of the Office of Labor Relations under Mr. Koch, who had first gotten elected vowing to be tough on the unions.

Democrats, labor leaders treated as VIPs at Mayor de Blasio's inauguration
January 2, 2014 / Daily News
 

Now that de Blasio has taken office, union leaders and Democrats will find more of a welcome at City Hall. The VIP seats at de Blasio's inauguration were packed with politicians and labor bosses celebrating their return to influence.

Arthur Cheliotes, a Communications Workers of America honcho who spent lavishly on attack ads that helped sink Christine Quinn’s mayoral bid, was one of the labor leaders who had VIP seats at de Blasio's inauguration. Cheliotes is seen here at a press conference on April 8.

Allege City Discriminates Against Admin. Mgrs.
December 9, 2013 / The Chief

The city has discriminated against Administrative Managers Levels I and II, civil service titles dominated by women of color, by suppressing their minimum salary for years, Communications Workers of America Local 1180 charged in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint.

The union, which has represented Administrative Managers since a 2009 decision by the Office of Collective Bargaining’s Board of Certification, is also planning to initiate a class-action lawsuit over the issue.

ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER BARGAINING

Update as of…

Update August 11, 2014

Local 1180 PAA et al* Contract Bargaining

DC 37 has overwhelmingly ratified their contract following the pattern of the UFT with some modifications to meet the specific needs of their members. Therefore, we have requested a date to commence bargaining for our members to address our specific needs.  We will simultaneously continue our mediation for our Administrative Managers.

We have been in the process of gathering financial data on both the UFT agreement and now the DC 37 agreement. We are also communicating with unions that have and have not reached an agreement. We have asked the city to provide us with costing information on our demands and the value of other items in our contract. Once we know the specifics we will meet to negotiate an agreement. That should be happening in the early fall.

Finally we have an administration that respects the collective bargaining process. Over the last several years, the Bloomberg administration was found to be acting in bad faith by refusing to bargain with Local 1180. The City was ordered to bargain with Local 1180 as Bloomberg vacated City Hall. 

The new administration has moved quickly to negotiate 152 contracts for over 300,000 city workers. In nine months 200,000 workers now have new contracts we want to join their ranks. Elections do have consequences!

*NOTE -- The PAA et al contract covers Mayoral Agencies, the Health and Hospitals Corporation.  Contracts for the NYC Transit Authority, the NYC Housing Authority, the NYC Department of Education and the School Construction Authority will be bargained separately.



June 27, 2014


Our First Mediation Session for our Administrative Managers was held on June 27th, 2014 at the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations it was convened by the Mediator Susan Panepento from the Office of Collective Bargaining.

The meeting was opened by the mediator who introduced herself welcomed everyone and had everyone introduce themselves. She then turned to the union to make its presentation. President Cheliotes began by giving a history of the Administrative Manager title dating back to 1954 the beginning of the current Career and Salary Plan.  He explained how the titles Administrative

Assistant, Administrative Associate, Senior Administrative Assistant and Administrative Manager replaced Clerks Grade 4 and 5 of the old classification system.  

In 1976 the city refused to allow Administrative Managers to join the union and placed them in the Managerial Pay Plan (MPP) even though some objected and while OCB acknowledged some were not doing managerial work the Board of collective bargaining would not split up the title as managerial and non-managerial.  

In 1978 Broad-banding and consolidation began and the Administrative Assistant, Administrative Associate, Senior Administrative Assistant titles were consolidated into one new title Principal Administrative Associate with three assignment levels. The promise of this upheaval was the chance to take an examination that in 1978 offered a substantial 49% increase in pay from $16,150 to M-1 paying $24,000. The promise of this reward for following the rules and working hard that was offered was a fraud.

He went on to explain that following the consolidation and broad banding the Koch administration issued a report that boasted that it had substantially improved employment opportunities for women and minorities due to a substantial increase in those groups in the Officials and Administrators category in its biennial EEO 4 report to the Federal EEOC. Under closer examination it was revealed to be yet another fraud, the new PAA title added thousands of women and minorities by simply giving them the chance to become an Administrative Manager.

In 1984 Local 1180 petitioned the court and forced Juan Ortiz the City personnel director to hold an Administrative Managers’ test no later than October 1985 and remove provisional appointees once the list was established. In 1987 the union sought contempt charges against the city for not following the order of the court and removing provisional appointees after the list was established.

But by suppressing the M-1 minimum at $27,734 while the PAA 3 minimum increased to $30,321 a promotion could be a pay cut.  This was a key part of a deliberate design by the city to discourage minorities and women from becoming Administrative Managers. The City’s new Personnel Director Judith Levitt also approved the reclassification of dozens of Administrative Manager positions held by whites and men thus removing the glass ceiling and replacing it with 6 feet of dirt burying any aspirations of minorities and women to earn what white men had for being Administrative Managers.
The Feerick Commission’s Report New York State Commission On Government Integrity, Playing Ball With City Hall: A Case Study Of Political Patronage In New York City (August 7, 1989), documented how the civil service system was corrupted to facilitate patronage out of the basement of city hall. The broad salary ranges and subjective criteria to set salaries of appointees in the MPP left room for mischief and this broad discretion leads to discrimination and corruption.

The union explained that long serving AM’s and PAA’s recently promoted to AM have overcome all the hurdles, defeated all the barriers and met the rigorous standards as their predecessors. However, they are denied the same rewards as their predecessors.  

The current managerial pay plan has no foundation in classification and compensation evaluations of the duties and responsibilities performed. Criteria outlined in a memo from the personnel Director make no mention of a classification and compensation study or audit to determine the proper level of the pay plan. It allows wide discretion that as the Feerick Commission noted when it investigated patronage hiring during the Koch administration led to discrimination and corruption.

The union then presented a spreadsheet displaying the increases in pay for PAA 3 and the MPP minimum from 1978 to 2009. Graphic displays of the data were also presented showing how the MPP minimum was suppressed.

Finally the union stated that it is bad public policy and not in the interest of the public to allow such broad discretion that leads to discrimination and corruption. The suppressed minimum perpetuates inequality. Demoralized AM’s are victims of a corrupted system that perpetuates inequality and does not build public confidence in our government.  The suppressed minimum is the result of a fraud started decades ago.

o    The job description has not changed
o    The latitude for independent decision making has not changed
o    The latitude for judgment has not changed
o    The qualifications have not changed

What has changed since 1978 is the gender and race of Administrative Managers who hold these positions today? Minorities and women now hold jobs previously held by white men.

What has changed since 1978 is now AM’s have a union! They have collective bargaining rights denied them in 1976. After a decade of hearings Local 1180 was certified to represent them.    Now AM’s can demand an undoing of the injustice they have endured for far too long.

We are hopeful; inequality is now being recognized as the danger it is to our society and the public welfare.  The new administration has agreed to mediation in an attempt to reach an agreement. This demonstrates elections still do have consequences.

Therefore we are prepared to work with this administration and with help from the mediator reach an agreement.

April 15, 2014

At our last membership I reported that with the new administration there is a change in attitude at City Hall and the Office of Labor Relations. I reminded everyone that elections do matter; I explained that unlike Bloomberg, Bill DeBlasio respects the collective bargaining process and takes charges of discrimination very seriously. I reported that I have informally met with the new Commissioner of Labor Relations Robert Lynn to review a list of issues that concern Local 1180. The Administrative Managers’ negotiation and discrimination case was at the top of the list. He agreed to review our list of concerns and get back to me.  We are armed with the knowledge that the federal Equal Employment Opportunities Commission expressed great interest in our case and their staff was eager to conduct a full investigation. However in light of the changes at City Hall we asked that they consider mediating a settlement.

Our motivation to mediate was also based on moving as quickly as we could to find a resolution. Again, we see that we have an administration that is willing to address this very serious charge and work out a solution rather than engage in litigation that could take years to resolve.  The Commissioner of Labor Relations Robert Lynn agreed to mediate the EEO case and referred the matter to the New York City Corporate Counsel’s attorneys to make an attempt to resolve the case.

Our attorneys have been engaging in conversations with the city attorneys and staff at the EEOC going over the details of the case and establishing ground rules for the mediation.  Our attorneys and I expect to be meeting with the mediator and the city’s attorneys and representatives in the next few weeks.   

December 3, 2013

On December 3rd, with less than a month before Michael Bloomberg finishes his third term as Mayor of the City of New York, the Communications Workers of America, Local 1180 and its members (CWA), filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging gender and race based discrimination.  CWA intends to initiate a class action lawsuit charging the City with violating the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and New York State’s Equal Pay Law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related state and local human rights laws.

This complaint comes after the City was found to have acted improperly when CWA brought these concerns to the City's attention (See attached decisions).  The current complaint seeks injunctive relief to remedy discriminatory pay practices due to a suppressed minimum salary for Administrative Managers. This job title, CWA alleges, is a segregated and female dominated position in which women are underpaid for their work, even after decades of service to the City.

Arthur Cheliotes, CWA Local 1180 President, said "The pattern and practice of this administration stonewalling and acting in bad faith has hurt all our members, but it has been especially devastating for women and members of color who earn thousands less per year than their white male counterparts.  While there is a long history of challenges in collective bargaining, fair pay and workers' rights, these matters deteriorated under the Bloomberg administration."

CWA began representing Administrative Managers in 2009.  Upon review and analysis of these new members' salaries and work histories, CWA discovered the pattern of discriminatory pay practices.  Historically, Administrative Managers were predominately white men.  Over time more women and minorities were appointed to the position. Today, over 78% of Administrative Managers are women, and many are women of color.  During this migration, the minimum salary for the position was suppressed even as the maximum salary rose. As a result, according to the City's own records, 82% of Administrative Managers making under $60,000.00 are women, yet in a position overwhelmingly female, little more than half of all Administrative Managers who make more than $85,000.00 are women.  Further, women with the same experience make less than their male counterparts.  For example, women with 20 to 30 years of experience working for the City make on average almost $7,000 less per year than their male counterparts with the same experience.  

October 23, 2013

On October 23, 2013 the Board of Collective Bargaining of the City of New York ruled in favor of CWA Local 1180 in connection with two Improper Practice Proceedings stemming from contract negotiations on behalf of employees in the designated title of Administrative Manager.

In the first proceeding, the New York City Office of Labor Relations alleged that the Union failed to bargain in good faith by engaging in surface bargaining and setting preconditions to negotiation during the parties’ contract negotiations, the OCB rejected all claims stating that the record of evidence failed to support any of the allegations.

In the second proceeding, the Union alleged that the City’s initial Improper Practice Proceeding was filed solely for the purpose of delaying negotiations indefinitely, the OCB concurred that the actions undertaken by the city were “meritless”, “frivolous” and amounted to a breach by the City to bargain in good faith.
"These ruling from OCB are tremendous victories for New York City employees and Collective Bargaining Law in NYC,” stated Arthur Cheliotes, President of Communications Workers of America, Local 1180. “The Board has affirmed what labor has asserted for years, the Bloomberg administration that has intentionally ignored their legal obligation to bargain in good faith  with unions representing city workers who provide vital city services to all New Yorkers.”

July 25, 2013

A hearing on the City’s Improper Practice Petition against Local 1180 was held at the Office of Collective Bargaining (OCB) on July 11, 2013. Both the City and the Local made opening statements and presented witness testimony. Renee Campion, Associate Commissioner at the Office of Labor Relations (OLR), testified on behalf of the City and our President, Arthur Cheliotes, testified on behalf of the Local.

These charges are nothing more than a stalling tactic by the city.  The bargaining committee at the hearing shared that opinion when the charge by the city was not backed up by the testimony of their witness. They charged that the union had issued an ultimatum, leaving the city to believe that unless we got a starting salary of $108,958 we would not sign a contract. But the witness was not able to offer specifics, only feelings.

The evidence presented by the union indicated that our well-documented presentation was clear. In response to the city’s offer to keep the minimum at $53,373 and cut the maximum to $85,000, we stated and presented documents explaining three methodologies that could be used to calculate the minimum:

  1. The percentage increases in the maximum since 1978 paid Administrative Managers - $108,958;
  2. The percentage increases since 1978 paid to Principal Administrative Associates - $85,024;
  3. The increase in the Consumer Price Index since 1978 - $78,971.

Of course our first demand was for the greatest increase possible, which is not an ultimatum but a basis for further negotiation, just as we accepted their outrageously low wage offer as their first offer in negotiations.

At a secondary hearing held on July 25, 2013, the city was given the opportunity to present additional testimony to challenge the union’s testimony. The city was unable to produce such testimony. Final Briefs will be submitted before the end of July for consideration in the Hearing Officer’s decision.

Our struggle continues, the union persisted and demanded that OLR bargain and stop stalling negotiations.   We sent a letter to OLR Commissioner James Hanley calling for OLR to come to the bargaining table while the hearing was pending. He responded with a resounding “no”.

We turned the tables on the OLR and filed an Improper Practice Petition against them for refusing to meet and negotiate.   Following the hearing, we sent a second letter demanding they bargain pending the Hearing Officer’s decision. Perhaps this administration will have an epiphany, come to their senses, and respect the collective bargaining process. It doesn’t work if the parties aren’t meeting.

June 10, 2013

On April 9, 2013 a pre-hearing conference was held at the Office of Collective Bargaining (OCB) on the City’s Improper Practice Petition. At that conference the Union asked the City to resume bargaining, the City refused. OCB requested that the City and the Union engage in mediation. The Union agreed immediately but in a letter dated May 7, 2013 the City refused to resume bargaining with a Mediator. On May 14, 2013 the Union sent a letter to the City requesting to resume bargaining with or without a Mediator. On May 20, 2013 the City replied that it would not negotiate until the OCB case on their Improper Practice Petition is completed. As a result the Union has filed and Improper Practice Petition against the City for refusing to bargain. Our petition asks that OCB dismiss the City’s petition and order the City to negotiate in good faith with the Union.

Hearing dates are scheduled for July 11 and 25 on the City’s petition.

March 21, 2013

In response to our last bargaining session on January 23, 2013 the City filed an Improper Practice Petition against the union with the Office of Collective Bargaining (OCB) on February 7, 2013. The City claims that the union is setting pre-conditions on the bargaining process and is acting in bad faith. They specifically claimed that the union is preparing a lawsuit against the City and that if an impasse panel awards something less than the minimum salary the union is seeking that the union will file a lawsuit. On January 23the union did present information that could be the bases of a discrimination lawsuit. We stated that this union was prepared to work with the City to mitigate any punitive penalties it may face by moving quickly to bargain an agreement that will correct the discrimination we have now brought to their attention. We offered several options for establishing a minimum salary for Administrative Manager. Our attorneys don’t see any improper action on our part and they have prepared a response to the City’s petition. We believe that we have a strong case and this is a delaying tactic by the City.

NON-PROFIT CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

ASPCA
Contract expired on December 31, 2012 - negotiations for new contract ongoing.

SUSTAINABLE SOUTH BRONX
Contract expired on December 31, 2012. Negotiations were delayed due to the organization was nearly defunct. Financial situation improved and in February 2013 both parties agreed to a 3% increase retroactive to September 1, 2012. May 22 or May 23 is tentative date to initiate new contract negotiations.

NEW YORK CONVENTION CENTER (Jacob Javitz Center)
Contract expired on March 31, 2008.  Collectively all unions including 1180 have avoided negotiations since 2008 as management dogged insistence on givebacks including having employees contribute to their health coverage.

In 2012 a new president desired to renew negotiations. Negotiations proceeded with a tentative agreement of substantial increase. Employees rejected ratification of agreement. New dates have been submitted to restart negotiations.


UNIFIED COURT SYSTEM
Contract expired in March 2011. 8 unions including 1180 represent this shop. Management is bent on concessions from the employees and thus all unions have not engaged in negotiations. The unions have sued the employer for implementing changes without prior negotiations. Negotiations are at a standstill while the legal process takes place.

NATION INSTITUTE
Contract expired on December 31, 2012. Negotiations have been difficult as the organization has financial issues and want members to start paying for health coverage. Members do not want to open the door on this issue as once it is open it will be impossible to close.
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Obesity is officially a disease, American Medical Association rules

Post by Tracy Miller – Daily News

The influential physicians' group voted to classify obesity as a disease at its annual meeting, opening the door for improved treatments and insurance coverage for the estimated 36% of Americans who are obese.

  You're eating more calories than you think
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Calorie counting has long been touted as an effective tool for losing pounds or maintaining a healthy weight. But new research published in the British Medical Journal shows many of us are underestimating the calories we're eating, especially when we visit fast food restaurants.
 

Prevent High Blood Pressure
Content source:
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Preventing Chronic Disease Journal
A recent study shows that hospitalization due to high blood pressure is more common among African Americans. Learn what you can do to reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure.

 

Skin Cancer Awareness: Protect Your Skin
Content source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
While you enjoy the outdoors this summer, protect yourself from skin cancer by seeking shade, wearing sunglasses, a hat, and sun-protective clothing, and using sunscreen

 

Wellness in the Workplace
Content source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health
Your health is important wherever you go. And now that many people are spending most of their day sitting at a desk or inside an office, implementing health programs inside the workplace has become a vital piece of the healthy lifestyle puzzle.

 

That's So New York: Kings County Hospital Diabetes Resource Center
Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn 311
www.nyc.gov
Diabetes is epidemic in New York City. It’s directly linked to obesity and poor health, and over 700,000 New Yorkers have the disease, and almost a third don’t know it. The new Kings County Hospital’s Diabetes Resource Center empowers diabetes patients stay on the right track through a holistic care program that includes blood glucose screening, portion control, exercise, nutrition courses, support groups and one-on-one consultations.

 

Asthma
Asthma is a leading cause of emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and missed school days in New York City’s poorest neighborhoods.
Both children and adults can learn to control their asthma so that it doesn't interfere with their daily activities.
www.nyc.gov

 



TAKE ACTION - SIGN PETITIONS
 
Unbelievable. The Supreme Court just sided with right-wing ideologues and gutted women’s right to birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act. We need to show Congress and politicians in November that women won't stand for this. Our job is to make clear this simple fact: if you don't support affordable access to birth control, you don't support women--and that will cost you votes. Take action! SIGN PETITION
 
 
Gun extremists armed with semiautomatic rifles have walked into Target locations around the country, weapons out and loaded, making sure customers saw their guns. Yet according to the Wall Street Journal, Target doesn’t have any policies to stop people from carrying weapons in its stores. Urge Target to establish policy against openly carrying guns in their stores! SIGN PETITION
 
NARAL Pro-Choice America has an ally in trying to derail President Obama's nomination of Michael Boggs to a seat on the federal bench in Georgia. Rep. David Scott (D-GA) has teamed up with NARAL in a blast email to the organization's members asking them to contact their senators to stop the Boggs' nomination. READ MORE & SIGN THE PETITION
  UPS has told hundreds of drivers they are fired for protesting the termination of one of their fellow workers in NYC. Tell UPS it's the wrong turn for their employees, their customers and their brand.

Tell UPS that it's not okay to retaliate against their workers. The drivers are committed to negotiating a fair resolution--why can't UPS do the same and take back the notices of termination? SIGN THE PETITION

Governor Cuomo: You are the Governor of ALL New York’s school children, not just the 3% who go to privately run charter schools. The 97% of our children in public schools deserve the same commitment to more funding that you have pledged for privately run charter schools. But the budget you have proposed will mean another year of damaging classroom cuts in public schools.

We demand that you fight for a dramatically larger increase in funding for public schools instead of proposing only to increase New York State’s investment in privately run charter schools. SIGN THE PETITION
  Professional sports leagues with billions in annual revenues don't need tax exemptions -- revoke the NFL's "nonprofit" status and demand the league pay its fair share.  Why is this important?

Did you know that the National Football League is a nonprofit, and hasn't paid a dime in taxes since 1966? As a lifelong football fan, I was shocked to discover that I haven't just paid to watch games and bought NFL merchandise since I was 6 years old -- I've been paying higher taxes as an adult to make-up for the NFL's share.  SIGN THE PETITION
  Whole Foods' CEO, John Mackey, has been using his position as head of one of the most respected companies in America to promote anti-Obamacare lies and deter people from signing up for life-saving health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Fight back against this kind of confusing misinformation and tell John Mackey stop misleading Americans. Statements like these confuse people about the law and scare them away from signing up for the coverage they desperately need.  SIGN THE PETITION
  Third Way co-chairs publicly condemned their attack on Warren's agenda. And Third Way admits the majority of their funding comes from Wall Street and big corporations!

In December, corporate-funded think tank Third Way attacked Elizabeth Warren in the Wall Street Journal -- saying her bold economic populism is "dangerous for Democratic Party." Wrong!  Polls show Warren's ideas are popular in red, purple, and blue states. That's why Wall Street fears her.


SIGN THE PETITION to Third Way: Third Way should publicly reveal its Wall Street donors so everyone knows why they are attacking Elizabeth Warren. Third Way should also stop attacking popular progressive ideas like expanding Social Security.
  In 2013, we made "expand Social Security -- don't cut it" a mainstream opinion in American politics. Polls show that expanding Social Security is even popular by 2 to 1 in Kentucky and 3 to 1 in Texas! In 2014, we'll make this a campaign issue.

Join over 650,000 Americans who are going on offense on Social Security. Sign on the right.

SIGN THE PETITION TO CONGRESS: With corporations cutting worker pensions, Americans rely on Social Security more than ever. Congress should expand Social Security -- not cut it.
 

On July 13th, a jury acquitted George Zimmerman. But we are not done demanding justice for Trayvon Martin.

We're calling on the U.S. Justice Department to open a civil rights case against George Zimmerman and have launched a petition to Attorney General Eric Holder. CLICK HERE to read and sign the petition.

For the past 45 years, the federal minimum wage has not kept up with the cost of living. Today 47% make less than the minimum wage from 1968 while the wealthiest share of the total income pie grew by more than 275%.

Stand together and call on Congress and the President to enact a living wage and strengthen America’s middle class.  SIGN PETITION!
 
The U.S. Call Center Consumer and Worker Protection Act solves this problem by making sure that the people who answer your customer service calls let you know where they are located as well as giving you the option to be transferred to a U.S. based representative.

It also stops rewarding companies that ship jobs overseas w/ federal loans / grants. LEARN MORE!
 

The interest rate on federal subsidized Stafford student loans is set to increase from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1st.   Yet, big banks can borrow money through the Federal Reserve discount window at a rate of about 0.75%.

If Congress doesn't act soon, millions of college students will see their student loan payments jump.  Unlike the big banks, students don't have armies of lobbyists and lawyers. But they do have us. Let's do what's right and bank on students. SIGN PETITION!

     

Sign the petition to tell our elected Representatives that we need a new set of priorities that place people above profits.

Jobs-Not-Wars is a time-limited petition campaign to urge the president and congress to abandon austerity solutions to the deficit and instead to end the war, cut military spending, tax the super-rich, and redirect resources to restore and protect the social safety net, create jobs, deal with climate change and meet other urgent social needs. SIGN PETITION!







Working Families Party Hosts Pol-Studded Pre-Election Pep Rally

October 9, 2014 / New York Observer

Teachout and Wu Endorse Golden Rival Kemmerer
October 8, 2014 / New York Observer
Could de Blasio do a pied-à-terre tax?
September 22, 2014 / Capital New York
  Diane Savino: ‘Jesse Hamilton Will Be a Member of the IDC’
September 10, 2014 / New York Observer
Another Cuomo noninterference story falls apart
September 2, 2014 / Capital New York

NY1 Online: Sampson, Primary Challengers Spar in Debate

August 28, 2014 / NY1 News

NY1 Online: Liu, Avella Debate Ahead of State Senate Primary
August 27, 2014 / NY1 News
Study Suggests a Rebound for Union Jobs in New York
August 31, 2014 / The New York Times
De Blasio Accuses Stringer of Fearmongering on Universal Pre-K
August 29, 2014 / DNAinfo
Big money still flowing to Gov. Cuomo's campaign
August 29, 2014 / New York Daily News
Safety Agents and de Blasio Administration Reach Labor Deal
August 26, 2014 / The New York Times
Letitia James Endorses Latrice Walker for Old Boyland Seat
August 25, 2014 / New York Observer
Thousands Protest in Staten Island as Sharpton Vows March on D.C.
August 23, 2014 / New York Observer
Labor-Backed Assembly Candidate Initially Supports ‘Right to Work’ Law
August 23, 2014 / New York Observer
Rangel Backs Cabrera in Challenge Against Rivera
August 22, 2014 / New York Observer
Chinese Protesters Rail Against John Liu at Queens Forum
August 20, 2014 / New York Observer
Flubbed Subpoena Keeps Fernando Cabrera on the Ballot
August 15, 2014 / New York Observer
In an about face, Dem group dumps Hochul, endorses Wu
August 15, 2014 / Capital New York
New York City Jobless Rate Falls to 7.8%
August 14, 2014 / The Wall Street Journal
Very powerful rallies in solidarity w Ferguson Protesters Rally In Cities Across The U.S. In Solidarity With Ferguson
August 14, 2014 / BuzzFeed News
Meeks and Jeffries: Donovan Too Close to Cops in Garner Investigation
August 14, 2014 / New York Observer
Elizabeth Crowley Wants Teen Inmates Off Rikers Island
August 14, 2014 / New York Observer
Kathy Hochul All But Endorses John Liu
August 14, 2014 / New York Observer
With Shootings on the Rise, de Blasio and Council Roll Out Anti-Violence Initiative
August 13, 2014 / Observer
Grand jury to probe former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes
August 13, 2014 / New York Daily News
  Police Fatally Shoot Man in South L.A.; Family Members Say He Was Lying Down When Shot
August 12, 2014 / Huffington Post
Instead of Verrazano March, Sharpton Will Bring Buses Across Bridge
August 9, 2014 / New York Observer
Sharpton Blasts Idea of NYPD Slowdown and Announces Plans for a March
August 6, 2014 / New York Observer
  Gov. Cuomo says tax cuts among possible uses for New York's legal settlement windfall
August 5, 2014 / The New York Daily News
Rifts open between de Blasio and some progressives
August 3, 2014 / Newsday
NYC Pension System Strained by Costs and Politics
August 3, 2014 / The New York Times
Cuomo’s Office Hobbled Ethics Inquiries by Moreland Commission
July 23, 2014 / The New York Times
L.I.R.R. Strike Is Averted After Cuomo Intervenes in Labor Talks
July 17, 2014 / The New York Times
Gov. Cuomo raking in campaign money from big donors
July 16, 2014 / New York Daily News
Suit Seeks to Establish Right to Record New York Police Officers
July 15, 2014 / The New York Times
Medicaid Home Care Cuts Are Unjust, Lawsuit Says
July 15, 2014 / The New York Times
Cuomo’s Campaign Holds a Wide Lead in Fund-Raising
July 15, 2014 / The New York Times 
L.I.R.R. Workers, on Brink of Strike, Prepare for Life on the Picket Line
July 15, 2014 / The New York Times
Anthony Eramo Drops out of 20th Assembly District Primary
July 10, 2014 / Long Beach Herald
Teamsters Joint Council 16 Makes Three State Senate Endorsements
July 7, 2014 / New York Observer
Positively Un-American Tax Dodges
July 7, 2014 / Huffington Post
  Gov. Cuomo makes New York 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana
July 7, 2014 / New York Daily News
  Young women should go to state Sen. Golden's 1950s-esque etiquette seminar, some say
July 5, 2014 / Brooklyn Daily
Teachout aide won’t return to W.F.P.
July 3, 2014 / Capital New York
  Staten Island’s Tough-Guy Congressman Faces Somebody His Own Size
July 6, 2014 / New York Times
Savino: Liu and Koppell Risk Ruining IDC’s ‘Shotgun Marriage’ to Democrats
June 30, 2014 / New York Observer
  Ken Thompson Confirms Charles Hynes Shredded DA Documents
June 27, 2014 / New York Observer
Gabriela Rosa Forced From Assembly After Marriage Fraud Conviction
June 27, 2014 / New York Observer
Senate GOP: Talk of our demise is premature
June 26, 2014 / Newsday
Mayor de Blasio privately asks Working Families Party to back Gov. Cuomo for reelection
May 28, 2014 / New York Daily News
Green Party seeks help of Working Families Party to beat Cuomo
May 22, 2014 / Newsday
Councilman Cabrera Will Challenge Senator Rivera, Won’t Rule Out Joining IDC
May 21, 2014 / New York Observer 
Cuomo adds Hochul to ticket to provide upstate support
May 21, 2014 / Buffalo News
G.O.P. Sees Chance as Schneiderman Seeks 2nd Term as Attorney General
May 20, 2014 / The New York Times 
Ex-Controller John Liu will run for state Senate against Dem incumbent Tony Avella: source
May 19, 2014 / New York Daily News 
EXCLUSIVE: Mayor de Blasio puts troubled 911 upgrade on hold for probe of budget, schedule delays
May 19, 2014 / New York Daily News
  Scott Stringer Endorses Rodneyse Bichotte for Rhoda Jacobs Seat
May 19, 2014 / New York Observer
NY1 Exclusive: Leroy Comrie to Challenge State Senator Malcolm Smith in Primary
April 27, 2014 / NY 1 News
Why New York Democrats Have Turned Against Andrew Cuomo
April 15, 2014 / The Atlantic
In the Bronx, Supporters Go Against Rep. Rangel
April 14, 2014 / The New York Times 
Firms building city-backed affordable housing repeatedly caught cheating workers out of wages
April 12, 2014 / New York Daily News
NYS Letter carrier union delivers endorsement to Rep. Charlie Rangel
April 7, 2014 / New York Daily News
  Comptroller to Opt Out of Public Financing System
April 6, 2014 / The New York Times
  The Battle For The State Senate
April 6, 2014 / City & State
EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will endorse Rep. Charles Rangel in re-election bid
March 27, 2014 / New York Daily News
Beyond Pre-K: What Else is at Stake for NYC in the State Budget
March 24, 2014 / Gotham Gazette
Law and Politics: What’s the Matter with Kansas (and Arizona)?
March 24, 2014 / Law.com
Espaillat Brings Beefed-Up Campaign Machine to Second Rangel Fight
March 24, 2014 / New York Observer
After Dream Act’s Narrow Defeat, Focus Is on Timing of the Vote
March 23, 2014 / The New York Times
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants DREAM Act in New York's state budget
March 23, 2014 / New York Daily News
Gentler Words About Charter Schools From de Blasio
March 23, 2014 / The New York Times
How the States Are Trying to Rein in Dark Money
March 21, 2014 / BillMoyers.com
Billionaires... First They Came for the Economy
March 17, 2014 / Truth Out.org
  Media Up to Old Tricks in de Blasio Bashing
March 11, 2014 / Portside
  There’s a Big Difference Between Union Money and Koch Money
March 11, 2014 / The New York Times 
  The Big Lie about Mayor Bill de Blasio and Charters
March 5, 2014 / Portside
  Brooklyn senator wants five Independents tossed from Democratic Party
March 3, 2014 / New York Daily News
  Stringer Doesn’t Think de Blasio’s Budget Deals With Open Labor Contracts
February 19, 2014 / Politicker
  EXCLUSIVE: De Blasio administration cuts first labor contract — with environmental officers
February 17, 2014 / Daily News
  Press Release from Harry Nespoli, Chair of the MLC, on the Fiscal Year 2015 Preliminary Budget Presented by Mayor de Blasio
February 12, 2014
  Cuomo’s Tax Overhaul Plan Distresses Some Who See a Windfall for Banks
February 9, 2014 / The New York Times
Disrespect to Bloomberg, or Truth to Power?
January 3, 2014 / The New York Times
Bill de Blasio’s Inauguration Speech
January 1, 2014 / The New York Times
  Make No Mistake - There Is a Crisis / READ SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN'S FLOOR SPEECH
NOVEMBER 20, 2013 / ReaderSupported

The Ad Campaign: Catsimatidis Calls Quinn ‘Out of Touch’ on Public Safety
July 30, 2013 / The New York Times

Supreme Court Rejects Cablevision's Bid to Stop NLRB Hearing 
July 3, 2013
Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part of Voting Rights Act
June 25, 2013 / The New York Times
Why, yes, politics did fuel the paid sick deal
June 24, 2013 / Crain's Insider

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Feb 6, 2014

 

CWA e-Newsletter: Feb. 6, 2013

 

Secrets Are No Fun – TPP Should Be Shared With Everyone; Trade Yes, But a Different Track; A CWA Activist Tells Senate Dems the Truth About Working Families; NABET-CWA Members Bring Olympics Home; NYC Politicians, Community Rallies Around Cablevision Techs; VP Biden: 'Collective Bargaining Is the Bedrock Of Our Economy'; and more. Read More

 

Secrets, Secrets Are No Fun—TPP Should Be Shared With Everyone

 

CWA activists are leading the opposition to “fast track” authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  Read More

 

Trade Yes, But a Different Track

 

In The Huffington Post, CWA President Larry Cohen outlines how we can press "reset" on trade policy and restore the American Dream for working families. Read More

 

A CWA Activist Tells Senate Dems the Truth About Working Families

 

CWA Local 2204 Vice President Naomi Bolden gave voice to the struggles of working families at Senate Democrats' retreat on Wednesday. Read More

 

NABET-CWA Members Bring Olympics Home

 

When NBC Sports’ coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games begins tonight, more than 100 NABET-CWA members will be working behind the scenes in Sochi, Russia, to bring home all of the action to viewers in the U.S. Read More

 

NYC Politicians, Community Rallies Around Cablevision Techs

 

On the first day of Black History Month, more than 300 Cablevision technicians, CWA members, allies and elected officials gathered in midtown Manhattan to rally for a fair contract.  Read More

 

VP Biden: ‘Collective Bargaining Is the Bedrock Of Our Economy’

 

Vice President Joe Biden tweeted this message yesterday, driving home the connection between the lack of bargaining rights for U.S. workers and our declining middle class income. Biden wrote, "Collective bargaining is the bedrock of our economy." Read More

 

TNG-CWA Journalists Withhold Bylines To Protest Contract Proposals

 

Fed up with their employers' terrible contract demands, members of The Newspaper Guild-CWA have launched two actions in the past week that are unique to journalists: byline strikes. Read More

 

Activists, Leaders Take Action at D9 Conference

 

Lots of action at the District 9 conference this week. Read More

 

Long Island Residents Say, ‘We Want FiOS!’

 

CWA and community activists, elected officials and other residents of Brookhaven, N.Y., jammed a town hall meeting to push Verizon to build out FiOS service for television and high speed Internet to the Long Island town. Read More

 

Next CWA Telephone Town Hall is Feb. 20

 

Don't miss the February CWA telephone town hall call. It's the best way that CWA members can keep up with everything that's happening, from bargaining to movement building to restoring our democracy. The next call is Thursday, Feb. 20. Read More

 

CBO: Affordable Care Act Means More Options for Workers

 

It's amazing how quickly some media outlets jumped to misconstrue the latest findings from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office on the effects of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. The New York Times editorial board got it right. Read More

 

Bargaining Underway for Southeast AT&T Mobility Members

 

CWA's District 3 AT&T Mobility bargaining committee is working hard to negotiate a fair and just contract for more than 13,000 Mobility members. The current contract expires Feb. 7. Read More

 

Finally, A Bill That Will Help Us Take Back Our Politics

 

CWA applauded the introduction of H.R. 20, the Government By the People Act. Read More

 

Remembering Pete Seeger

 

There have been many tributes to Pete Seeger marking his death at age 94 last week. Check out this video and audio tribute to Seeger by Democracy Now. Read More

 

Do You Support Good Green Jobs?

 

Join us next week for the 2014 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference in Washington, DC. Read More

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