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FDNY inspectors not being properly compensated for OT work, union says FREE

High-ranking fire protection inspectors at the FDNY are conducting after-hours inspections without being properly compensated because of cuts to the department’s overtime budget, leaders of the …
Fewer officers left the NYPD in the first quarter this year than the record number of departures clocked in recent years but retirements and resignations remain above recent norms, leaving the …
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A coalition of city retirees has drafted a letter to President Joe Biden calling for the federal government to put a halt to the privatization of Medicare and instead expand the public health …
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The New York State court system has announced the establishment of a task force that will assess how artificial intelligence can help or harm the justice system. The Advisory Committee on Artificial …
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The FDNY will be mandated to provide every member of their EMS service with body armor and training in both self-defense and de-escalation, according to two bills passed by the City Council …
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The former longtime president of the union representing the city’s probation officers admitted Thursday to defrauding the union and its members of about $750,000, money he used to pay for jewelry, …
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Unionized graduate student workers at Fordham University have voted to authorize a strike in a near unanimous vote after 19 months of sluggish contract negotiations. The strike has yet to begin, but …
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Former NYPD cop pleads guilty to narcotics conspiracy
A former NYPD cop pleaded guilty Tuesday to a narcotics conspiracy charge for selling more than a kilo of heroin and nearly a pound of fentanyl to a confidential source over three occasions, …
Queens condo workers reap $119K in prevailing wage case
A property management company must pay $119,000 in wages and interest to six workers at a condominium in Queens because it failed to pay them prevailing wages for more than two years, according to a …
Assured and intent, Pizzitola battles the city and a few unions too FREE
Marianne Pizzitola has run a bakery out of her home kitchen, filling orders for custom-baked cakes, cookies and breads. She has also single-handedly rebuilt the motor on her 1971 white VW bus. That …
Coalition of unions opposes minimum construction wage proposed by Mason Tenders, REBNY
A union representing laborers is pushing for Governor Kathy Hochul to enact a replacement for the 421-a affordable housing program that includes a $40 minimum wage for construction workers — but …
Partners Coffee workers holding vote to join UFCW
Workers at Partners Coffee in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, will vote this week on whether to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, nearly two years after workers first started organizing …
DC 37 Retirees Association's takeover upheld
The administratorship imposed on the District Council 37 Retirees Association earlier this year has been upheld by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees’ judicial panel, …
Council staffers look to spread their union movement nationwide FREE
Forming an independent union from scratch in a workplace with high turnover rates that’s never been unionized and is part of an industry with little history of organized labor is hard work. …
A divided Amazon Labor Union lurches toward a leadership election
Two years after clinching a historic victory at a warehouse in New York City, the first labor union for Amazon workers in the United States is divided, running out of money and fighting over an …
New contract for state COs, but prison closures loom
The state’s correction officers have a new contract, but the possible closure of as many as five prisons this year shades the pact with a measure of uncertainty for the more than 17,000 officers …
H+H doctors' push for pay parity gets backing from electeds
More than 60 elected officials have signed onto a letter calling on Mayor Eric Adams and NYC Health + Hospitals to settle a contract with resident physicians in the city’s public hospital system, …
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To the editor: Former City Comptroller Scott Stringer has an exploratory committee to consider a possible mayoral run. An email I received from “Team Stringer” asking for a donation, also stated …
In his classic dystopian novel “1984,” George Orwell warned “who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” Donald …
To the editor: Should President Biden be re-elected? On the one hand, he has a solid domestic record. This includes stimulus aid to families with children, the building of infrastructure projects, …
To the editor: With apologies to Allan Sherman, “Hello Mother” …  Hello mother, hello father,  Here I am at Donald’s trial Hope it will be entertaining When the judge and lawyers …
To the editor: Police Officer Jonathan Diller did not have to die. Career criminal Guy Rivera, who had previous felony convictions, was arrested for possessing a firearm last year. Persons who have …
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An embarrassment of faults FREE

It was Parent Nature's fault: Mr. and Mrs. Ramapo Fault. The recent earthquake was not a nothingburger, even though there were no casualties and only a couple of buildings were damaged beyond repair. …

Defeating the boss’ counter-attack FREE

  Last week, The Chief reported that UPS is planning to automate 200 facilities in New York City and six other states. According to Nando Cesarone, a senior vice president and the president of …
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April Fools’ Day, observed FREE

When passion-corrupted battles rage between two irreconcilable points of view, victory will not be assured or much advanced by the inherent persuasive power of truth. Facts and moral authority are …
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Error on your tax return? Relax and amend it FREE

An amended tax return generally allows you to file again to correct a mistake in your filing status, your income or to add deductions or credits you may have missed. Here are some points the IRS …
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Avoiding foreclosure FREE

Losing your home is one of the worst things that can happen. If you are having trouble making your mortgage payments, there are several solutions that can help you avoid foreclosure. Some of them …
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Market value FREE

The market value is an estimate of the value of a property by the Department of Finance. The market value of a property is determined by an assessor or automated valuation model using numerous …
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