You don’t have to look hard in the city to see that development is booming. That is especially true for multi-million dollar luxury high rises in Manhattan. But more and more, skilled trades are being squeezed out by unqualified non-union workers.
The Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments on February 26, 2018 for Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. It is one of the most critical cases regarding unions and their ability to represent workers in a long time. It will be decided by this summer, but it is important to stay on top of the news and understand what it means for collective bargaining across the nation.
No mayor in recent history has enjoyed a better reputation among the trades than Bill de Blasio. No one would ever accuse him of not being on labor’s side, right?
In one of the most dangerous industries in the country, workers in New York City toil without the protections of true worker representation. The majority of private company commercial trash haulers do not receive safety equipment or training and are forced to work unpaid overtime to keep their jobs. Safety is compromised to cut time off of already long routes. This is the world of private commercial trash haulers in New York City.
The announcement of another Amazon warehouse in New York City seemed like good news since it meant more job opportunities for New York workers. However, the ecommerce company has come under fire for age discrimination practices along with the cellular company T-Mobile.
Following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last year, unions were spared from harmful rulings as justices split 4-4 on cases affecting them.
Chicago’s Sun-Times newspaper has new ownership, which includes a local labor group. In a purchase completed last month, labor joined with other investors to keep a controversial publishing company from taking over the Windy City’s second largest newspaper, which was established following a merger in 1948.
There was a time when someone making the minimum wage could afford a home of their own. Those times have changed. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), there is not one state in the country that a family with a single full-time wage earner making the minimum wage can afford a market-value two bedroom apartment.
You've probably seen the signs stating that certain doors must remain unlocked during business hours. But why? The reason is safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specific requirements for employee safety.