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Protect city retirees’ promised benefits

In spring 2021, the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC) and the city announced they would be auto-enrolling retirees into a private for-profit managed care Medicare Advantage plan. They told the retirees …

Higher interest rates are a sign of workers’ power

There has been a lot of talk and fear about “inflation” in the past months. But what is inflation? We are told that it is the rise in the price of goods and services. But this is only part of the …

RAP sheets belong in lead coffins

Had I not had a handy credential that looked prestigious because it was a high-quality knockoff, the concierge would never have let me use a toilet in the ritzy condo where I didn't belong, and  …

Labor on track

Unionists should be jubilant and benignly envious when their brothers and sisters achieve collective bargaining victories. Even when we're not covered by a labor contract, we're affected by it, …

Seek common ground on Central Park carriages

As one who’s been involved with the horse-drawn carriage issue since the 1990s, I was very pleased to see Ron Isaac's commentary "The Neighs Have it" about the current controversy regarding the …

The neighs have it

Most readers of The Chief won't recall the talking horse "Mr. Ed,” the undisputed star of the early 1960s television sitcom named after him. The show's introductory tune, probably composed by a …

What we can learn from Starbucks Workers United

The surge of union organizing at anti-union Starbucks has resulted in nearly 300 union stores in about a year. While the corporation is refusing to bargain, firing organizers and closing stores, this …

Cabbies' rescue is overdue, but welcome

"Lifesaving and historic.”That's how Bhairavi Desai, the executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, which represents yellow cab, livery, green car, black car and app-dispatched …

Plentiful union assets should be used to organize

After four decades of consistent decline in union density rank and file,  members might expect to see our unions’ assets dwindling. That, however, is not what is happening.

CUNY's campus cops deserve better

They have the authority to make arrests, but not the financial clout to afford a studio apartment.Peace officers at dozens of CUNY campuses are responsible for doing warrant checks, vouching …

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