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Insurgent wave of lifeguards seeks union seats FREE

A group of lifeguards who work in the city’s pools year-round are organizing a slate to run in this week’s leadership elections for Local 461 of District Council 37, the union representing nearly …
District Council 37’s Retirees Association has been put under administratorship for allegedly failing to file tax returns for the last six years. Ann Widger, the international retirees director for …
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The city’s nonpartisan budget watchdog has proposed nixing the congestion-pricing toll for yellow taxi drivers, who as a group have been vociferously opposed to what would be the third MTA fee …
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Just a few months after securing a contract ratified by 95 percent of voting members, the longtime head of the local representing traffic enforcement agents has been ousted by his vice …
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The NYPD will increase training and provide additional equipment for school crossing guards across the city following the on-the-job death of Krystyna Naprawa last October, the department announced …
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Workers at She Wolf Bakery in Brooklyn voted 17-5 to unionize with the Retail Wholesale & Department Store Union following a contentious unionization campaign marred by accusations of …
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During arguments in a potentially precedent-setting matter, State Court of Appeals judges last week appeared open to broadening the right of public-sector union members to sue their unions over …
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U.S. prison labor forms part of a hidden workforce FREE
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100s of subway subcontractors fleeced of $2 million, suits say
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City cancels next round of budget cuts, eases hiring freeze
The next round of planned municipal budget cuts are being canceled and the hiring freeze imposed on city agencies will be relaxed, Mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday. Last fall, the administration …
Congestion pricing suits jeopardizing MTA projects, authority says
Capital improvements on city subways, buses and commuter rail lines are being slowed or delayed because of court challenges to the MTA’s congestion pricing plan, according to the agency.  The …
Amazon joins chorus claiming NLRB is unconstitutional
Amazon is arguing in a legal filing that the 88-year-old National Labor Relations Board is unconstitutional, echoing similar arguments made this year by Elon Musk's SpaceX and the grocery store chain …
Nurses at two LI hospitals settle contract with Northwell Health FREE
This story has been updated to reflect the provisional contract deal for nurses at LIJ Valley Stream.  Nurses at two Northwell Health hospitals on Long Island have reached tentative contract …
City construction deaths increase
Despite a decrease in construction worker deaths across the state in 2022, more construction workers died on the job in New York City than in the previous year amid a drop in inspections, according …
Trader Joe’s workers at Essex Crossing claim retaliation
Pro-union workers at a downtown Trader Joe’s whose staff voted not to unionize last year say they’re being retaliated against by managers for their continued outspoken support for …
School safety agents get long-promised bullet-resistant vests
A large number of school safety agents have been equipped with bullet-resistant vests, a change that their union said fulfills a long-time promise made during the Bloomberg administration. About …
Luxury Chelsea condo strips building workers’ health benefits
Workers at a luxury building in Chelsea where the penthouse lists for a shade under $20 million are fighting to recover health benefits stripped from them late last year.  The six workers, who …
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Letters to the Editor
To the editor: As a DC37 member and retired staff member of DC 37, it is heartbreaking to read that AFSCME has placed the union’s Retirees Association under administratorship.  What is the …
To the editor: After reading Crystal Lewis' article, " DC 37 Retirees Association taken over by AFSCME ” (The Chief, this issue) the question that occurs to me as well is: "Why did it take a severe …
To the editor: Frantz Fanon, the Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist prominent in Algeria’s independence struggle, said it all! When the oppressed achieve victory, they turn around and do the same thing to …
To the editor: I am a DC 37 retiree. Imagine my surprise when I received an email that said the union’s retirees association was placed under emergency administratorship by AFSCME, the parent …
To the editor: The recent announcement by the MTA that due to ongoing litigation against implementation of congestion pricing, $15 billion in capital projects within the 2020-2024 five-year capital …
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Critical care FREE

There are lessons to be learned by crossing the pond. England's National Health Service used to be cited as proof that so-called "socialized medicine" works for everyone, regardless of their means. …

Contract breakthrough didn’t come easily FREE

For the head of a municipal union like the Organization of Staff Analysts (OSA), crafting a successful contract that satisfies your members in many ways depends not on the big-ticket items but your …
Wake-up call

Caste of characters FREE

Remember the good old days before neighborhoods like Park Slope were besmirched by the upgrade called "gentrification,” whose Generation FU "royals,” using "manifest destiny" fueled by racial …
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Boost your tax refund by itemizing deductions FREE

Generally, you must decide whether to itemize or to use the standard deduction on your income tax return. You should itemize if your allowable itemized deductions are greater than your standard …
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Slam the scam: How to spot government imposters

Do you know how to spot a government imposter scam? We will continue to raise public awareness about Social Security-related and other government imposter scams during the fifth annual “Slam the …
Your Social Security

How to spot a scam

Now is the perfect time to protect yourself from scams that can damage your finances and reputation.  We can work together to keep your personal information safe!  Fraudsters continue to …
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