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10/2/2010 NYC TWU 100 Members Speak Out-From The Bronx to DC. at "One Nation"

Labor Video Project | On October 2, 2010, two hundred thousand workers mostly from the East Coast journeyed to
Washington D.C. to protest the conditions and attacks working people face. NYC TWU 100 members
from the Bronx were some of those who got on the bus to the rally more...  1 Comments

Union protests Mott's in NYC

Retail Action Project | Mott's, of the Dr. Pepper Snapple group, is trying to force shameful concessions on the 300 workers at its bottling plant in upstate NY. more...  0 Comments

How the Grinch Stole my Overtime!

Stephanie Basile | A recap of RAP's Holiday Action. more...  0 Comments

THE KINGSBRIDGE SHUFFLE

Gregory A. Butler | Why is the Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union, a labor organization with a 62 year history of signing low wage union contracts, suddenly so interested in "living wage jobs"? more...  6 Comments

Laura Bush & Rite Aid execs will face questions from workers at awards banquet

Rand Wilson | NEW YORK – Concerned Rite Aid employees from California are urging former First Lady Laura Bush to decline an invitation to appear at a midtown awards banquet that will honor Rite Aid CEO Mary Sammons on Tuesday, December 1st at the New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas. Community supporters will gather in front of the hotel at 5:30 p.m. to meet Mrs. Bush and Rite Aid executives attending the event. more...  0 Comments

MOWING DOWN LABOR AT CENTRAL PAK

CMer | Events related to the change in the operating lease for central park "Tavern on the Green" clearly illustrates the dangerous course that the privatization of public space and its gentrification is taking, with outsourcing and franchising taking control at the expense of the common person and his or her rights. In Central Park, the labor rights of workers are being mowed down by a powerful, privileged and connected few. more...  0 Comments

Venezuelan president meets with New York unionists

Hugo and General Joe | "Washington's plans in South America have failed, said the Venezuelan president. He told the workers that capitalism has failed and that while the Soviet Union fell apart, it was never a threat. The U.S. and European powers were the threat. "They fought against socialism," he said and pointed out that since its inception, the Soviet Union had gone through many wars and that "socialism got lost along the way."

"Imperialism fought against the workers' dream of building a new world," he said, "but "the only way to save the world is socialism. Obama talks change, change, change. Tell me how, within the framework of capitalism?"

Once the Soviet Union was gone, Chávez said, "The neoliberals were able to impose themselves." Neoliberal proposals became stronger and "the free market has messed everything up. What is labor flexibility for them becomes hungry children." more...  0 Comments

MPG Reacts to Offer of Support for Employees with Criminal Complaint

Industrial Workers of the World | MPG unsuccessfully attempted last week to cause the arrest of a former employee and his supporters after they visited the company to offer aid to workers concerned about more layoffs at the company without adequate notice or severance. Former MPG employee Joseph Sanchez and other members of the Industrial Workers of the World labor union discussed the availability of free legal and advocacy support for current MPG workers and distributed informational leaflets. more...  0 Comments

Domestic Workers Fight for Bill of Rights

Labor Justice Radio | The Domestic Worker's Bill of Rights is before the New York State Senate RIGHT NOW. Help make New York the first state in this country to respect and protect the lives and work of domestic workers. Domestic Workers United (DWU) has worked hard the last 5 years to get this far- the New York House has passed the bill and the Governor has promised to sign it. more...  1 Comments

Gourmet Exploitation?

Stephanie Basile | Workers are calling on upscale grocery store Agata and Valentina to respect its workers’ right to organize. more...  0 Comments

NYC Garment Workers Challenge Sweatshop Conditions

Brandworkers International | Garments workers in NYC are working to challenge sweatshop conditions in garment factories and hold clothing companies accountable for the actions of their subcontractors. more...  2 Comments

Union Launches Campaign for Fair Severance at MPG

IWW-NYC | The New York City branch of the Industrial Workers of the World has begun a campaign over the lack of a fair severance package in the recent round of mass layoffs by MPG, the large advertising company owned by Havas Media. more...  1 Comments

Open Letter to the Labor Research Association: Don't Honor Israeli Apartheid

Michael Letwin, NYCLAW | As discussed below, "TULIP," initiated by Stuart Appelbaum, is a "progressive" mouthpiece for the Histadrut, the Zionist labor federation that has spearheaded -- and whitewashed -- apartheid, dispossession and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians since the 1920s. more...  9 Comments

Even as MTA hikes fares, service lags on the L train

Jessica Aguirre | The MTA L train has a good reputation. Its cars are clean, the announcement boards are reliable, the Straphangers campaign always gives it a high subway report card rating. But for L train riders, who have recently undergone service disruptions in addition to citywide fare hikes, things may not be as rosy as they seem. more...  0 Comments

Former Workers File Lawsuit Against Scoop NYC

Jacquie Simone | Hours after 15 former workers filed a lawsuit against Scoop NYC, dozens of people gathered outside the high-end fashion boutique’s store at 475 Broadway to protest the chain’s unfair labor practices and discrimination against immigrant employees. more...  0 Comments

Photo: Workers Rally at Scoop

Andrew Hinderaker | Workers and their supporters rallied at Scoop in SoHo demanding unpaid wages. more...  0 Comments

Voices of the Other New York: Dispatch from the Second Encuentro for Dignity

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Amid the global financial crisis, the private equity companies that once threatened to swallow up the last of Manhattan’s affordable housing stock may be on the road to mass extinction. And amid the political crisis in Albany, the politicians who promised rent reform may be on the road to nowhere. But the “Other New York” is still here and still at it, fighting for the block and the dignity of its denizens.
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Toussaint slate has "lost the local" says opposition leader Steve Downs

Steve Downs | It's been more than a week since the ballots were counted in the election for convention delegates and the Local still hasn't posted the results. But United Invincible has a leaflet out claiming victory. They're working hard to spin the outcome without showing the numbers. Just one more example of their disrespect for the membership.

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Workers and allies shake up Rite Aid shareholder meeting in NYC

Rand Wilson | Veteran Rite Aid employee Angel Warner from the company's massive million-square-foot distribution center in the high-desert community of Lancaster, California, stood up for employees at the company's annual meeting. more...  0 Comments

Crisis Brewing at Manhattan’s Community Access TV Station

Lyell Davies | May 28, 2009—Community television producers and a former Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) staffer assembled outside MNN to charge that the station is failing in its mission of providing media services to community organizations and is cracking down on staffers opposed to the organization’s present direction. more...  0 Comments

Roundup of Coverage of May Day 2009 in New York City

NYC IMC | May Day 2009 in New York City was celebrated in the rain, as over a thousand people gathered in different locations in the metropolitan area to rally for immigrant rights. more...  3 Comments

Horses, Stocks and Booze

Billy Wharton | Now, as the economic miracle of Wall Street has degenerated into a nightmare of zombie banks, state bailouts and toxic assets, Kate’s patrons are left to wrestle with a destruction of wealth so monumental that it swept away their stock market illusions. more...  0 Comments

Carl Davidson's Report for the Left Forum

Carl Davidson | New York City's annual 'Left Forum' this year was a solid success. Under the theme "Turning Points, it drew more than 2000 participants to Pace University April 17-19, to take part in some 200 panels featuring around 600 speakers.
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Hundreds Rally on Wall St.

Alex Kane | Channeling widespread populist anger at seemingly never ending bank bailouts and excessive executive compensation, hundreds of demonstrators converged on Wall St. this afternoon for a rally and march through the financial district, even as a steady rain continued throughout the day. more...  17 Comments

Bronx Bakery Battle

Sarah Secunda | The strike had been launched to protest, among other concessions, wage cuts of up to 26 percent demanded by Brynwood Partners, the private equity firm that purchased Stella D’oro from Kraft Foods, Inc. in 2006.

Declaring Brynwood’s terms unacceptable, the workers set up a 24-hour picket line outside the factory gates at 237th Street and Broadway that by their own account better resembled a neighborhood party than a scene of dissent. more...  1 Comments

Turning the Tables: New Book Looks at How WTC Restaurant Workers Used 9/11 Tragedy As Organizing Opportunity

Karen Yi | Atop the North Tower of the World Trade Center, employees from every nationality graced the tables of the Windows on the World restaurant serving exquisite wines and delicacies while speaking in their native tongues for the benefit of tourists that came to dine at one of the city’s must-see attractions. But after the 9/11 attacks, the plethora of languages was snuffed out. The fall of the towers took the lives of 73 Windows on the World employees, displacing hundreds more. In the years that followed, Windows on the World survivors found themselves still struggling to recover from the loss of their jobs and their co-workers while watching in dismay as anti-immigrant sentiments gained strength in the larger society. more...  0 Comments

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