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Conviction by Accusation: The New Puritans Unload

The current fad of convicting people just because they are accused is wrong. It is not new to America, but it is wrong. Our Puritan forefathers set up the first witch trials. There were, of course no …

Pension Choices: Union Members Come First

One of the biggest achievements of the union movement was to obtain pensions for its members. These days, most private-sector workers have 401(k) style retirement plans, which is both good and bad. …

Law That Ends 'Solitary' Needs to Be Amended

The world of corrections post-HALT Solitary Confinement Act... Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris said, "There should be no place in civilized society for the legalized torture of solitary …

Don't Shift School Safety For the Wrong Reasons

The issue of seeking an improvement of relations between the Police Department and the public is a valid one. The damage done by orders given by previous Mayors from Giuliani through Bloomberg was …

Council Member Aides Deserve Own Union

The municipal workforce has shown just how essential it is during this pandemic. From sanitation workers to teachers, and nurses to subway conductors, public sector workers have kept New York running …

Preparing to Strike For A More-Equitable Columbia

One morning three years ago this April, I found myself in front of Alma Mater, nervously handing out picket signs to a small group of my fellow graduate workers. We were apprehensive, but I knew what …

A Proposal That Leaves 'Room For Disaster'

As president of Teamsters Local 237, which represents School Safety Agents (SSAs), I recently spoke at a hearing of the City Council Education Committee. The Committee is considering legislation that …

Everything in Moderation? Devil's in the Details

Maybe it's this terrible plague. Maybe it's my age. Maybe it's the emotional fatigue of nearly 50 years of political activity, trying to rectify our social and economic ills for good; and knowing …

Early Educators Deserve Hazard Pay

Last month, New York City closed its K-12 public-school system to protect teachers and staff as the pandemic reached new heights. The city, however, was less concerned with the safety of …

COVID and Corrections: It's Time for Hazard Pay

Early this year, I wrote an Op-Ed entitled "A new world of public safety is upon us." Little did I realize what would be upon us; this initial Op-Ed focused on the changes in bail reform that …

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