|Central New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO|
As we get closer to the 2014 elections, a lot of things are on our minds. Even though we're working harder and harder every year, our incomes have not kept up with the cost of living. We worry about setting aside enough for a secure retirement, health expenses and our children's educations. We need to elect leaders who care about working people and side with us, not just the wealthy and corporations. What issues will be on your mind as you head to the polls this election season? Text VOTE to 235246 and let us know. Read more >>>
Labor Day is coming soon and this year, like we do on every Labor Day, we will pause to recognize the incredible achievements of America’s workers. We will gather in communities to march in parades, host barbecues and celebrate all who make this country run. But we also should recognize that despite our sweat, our sacrifice and our innovation, too many families are struggling and unable to get by. Read more >>>
On August 18, 2014, at the New York State AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE) Convention, Delegates voted on endorsements of candidates running for US Congress, NYS Comptroller, NYS Attorney General, and NYS Senate and Assembly.
The following candidates were endorsed in the CNY ALF region.
No action was taken on the NYS Governor's race.
See NYS Senate and Assembly endorsements below.Read more >>>
BRING YOUR SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO DONATE TO ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY
September 11, 2014
9:00 am—4:00 pm
Thanks to the North Syracuse Central School District for donating the buses!
It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>
When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>
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If you live in Broome County, you will know that over the past years, County Mental Health services have shrunk, and patients directed to private providers – all without any decision in our legislature, any needs survey, any discussion with patients and their families, or any assurance that private providers can meet the needs of the community.
Now, the Commissioner of Mental Health and the County Executive seem to have decided to close the Clinic without any public discussion.
Help us keep the Broome County Mental Health Clinic open! Call your Legislator and please join us for a press conference and at the July Legislative Session
4:30 pm Save Our Clinic Press Conference
Broome County Legislative Session
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New York is one of America’s greatest cities. Many of the notable landmarks that make this city great were built with American hands using American products. But those strong and enduring monuments were not confined to just New York. You could find them in Oswego and Plattsburgh and Jamestown and Liberty. They were the memorials of our history and the bridges that took us to places we did not know how to spell. They were the buildings and shops filled with people and storefronts filled with dreams.
Now those dreams have been covered with sheets of plywood, the monuments are crumbling and our bridges are deteriorating. We can stop this but we need your help. Contact your State Assembly and Senate members to help pass “Buy American” bills S-7206 and A-9521. Send a message - Click Here:Read more >>>
In years past, the Greater Syracuse Labor Council has hosted a Candidate Education Night in order to inform candidates of labor issues.
This year, the GSLC is providing the information in a PDF and providing the candidate questionnaire to anyone who would like to seek the endorsement of the Greater Syracuse Labor Council.
Below, please find the PDF of the Questionnaire and the Education packet.
All responses should be back to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615 West Genesee Street, Syracuse NY 13204
By June 13th.
Please forward this to any candidate that may be interested in seeking the endorsement of the Greater Syracuse Labor Council.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Thank you!Read more >>>
OSWEGO, N.Y. (May 14) – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has informed aluminum producer Novelis that the company has violated labor laws in its response to workers’ efforts to organize a union at its Oswego, N.Y., facility.
Novelis, which has other unfair labor practice charges pending before the NLRB related to its interference in the effort to unionize its 600 hourly workers, illegally provided a benefit to employees in order to dissuade them from voting to join the USW, the board found. In addition, the company is accused of manipulating documents to make it appear that the union was behind a plan to rescind those benefits.Read more >>>
Many of you know that State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has been a friend to labor. For those who may be in the Syracuse area next Wednesday, or may feel like coming into town to support him, the Comptroller will be holding a support rally on Wednesday, May 14th at 5 p.m. at the SEIU 1199 Headquarters, 250 South Clinton Street in Syracuse. Wear your Union colors with pride!
Please share and spread widely! Link to printable PDF Below.
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Below please find a letter to the editor that was published over the weekend in the Syracuse Post-Standard from Mario Cilento, President NYS AFL-CIO, responding to recent comments by Syracuse
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We will be going to labor households in the Senator DeFrancisco/Assemblyman Magnarelli Districts to spread the word and get labor families to contact the two legislators about the inequality of the governor's proposed tax cuts in budget.
March 8th at 9am
We will have door hangers to leave at those not home and postcards to get signed by those who are at home for us to mail to the legislators.
This is a coordinated effort of CSEA, the State AFL-CIO & we will be helped by our Inequality coalition community partners.
We will meet at the CSEA Central Region office
6595 Kirkville Road, East Syracuse on that Saturday morning to hit doors from 9am-12pm.
We will need at least 30-40 people in order to accomplish what we need to get done.
Family, Friends, Neighbors, Community Activists, Concerned citizens are all welcome to join us!Read more >>>
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May 1st at 7:00 pm
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"One of our two major parties is dominated by extremists dedicated to destroying the social contract, and the other party has been so enfeebled by two decades of collaboration with the donor class it can offer only feeble resistance to the forces that are devastating everyday people. Our economy is a plantation run for the aristocrats -- the CEOs, hedge funds, private equity firms -- while the field hands are left with the scraps. Go see Robert Reich's documentary INEQUALITY FOR ALL. It's all right there."
quote from Bill Moyers in the March 2014 issue of THE PROGRESSIVE
The CNY ALF will be starting our own New "Leadership Committee" in 2014.
1. To motivate new and interested Union Members and activists to become more active in the Union, Labor Movement and Community
3. To provide opportunities for new and interested Labor and community activists to advance leadership, advocacy and activism skills
4. To increase the visibility of the Labor and community activists within the Labor movement and the greater community
5. To provide opportunities for social networking and relationship building
Brother Al Marzullo will be starting the CNY ALF group in Syracuse and is asking each local to send at least one member to participate in the founding of this organization.
Al and I invite you, as leaders of the regional labor movement, to participate and to identify members you believe will benefit from this training and who will be interested in participating in the network we build over the next few years. Once the Syracuse core group is established we hope to use those participating members who live throughout our region to foster New Leadership activity at the six CLC’s.
WHO to SEND to represent your UNION?...New members, members with new or expanded Union responsibilities or any who wish to become more committed to the union movement are all good candidates.
The FIRST meeting will be:
Thursday, January 16th 5:30 p.m.
Please do not hesitate to contact either one of us with any questions.
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Throwing Bricks Through Glass Ceilings
In 1973, 21-year-old Barbara Moore became the first woman to enter the apprenticeship program of Bricklayers (BAC) Local 1 of Maryland. A couple of decades later, she served as both president of the former local and as Baltimore chapter chair of BAC Local 1 MD/VA/DC.
“A lot of people thought I wouldn’t make it this long,” Moore said at a ceremony honoring her 25 years of union membership in 1998. Read the full article>>>
East Syracuse Minoa
"The Solidarity Golf Tournament"
Sunday, June 1, 2014, at The Links at Erie Village.
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Representative Maffei, Advocacy Groups and Unions Call on Congress to Stop Fast Track for Job-Killing Trade Deal
Fast Track Legislation for the TPP Would Slash Jobs, and Cut Environmental and Consumer Protections
New York City- Representative Dan Maffei, unions, environmental, progressive and consumer groups joined together to oppose recently-introduced Fast Track legislation for the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Currently, the TPP is being negotiated in secret between the United States and 11 countries Pacific Rim countries including Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, and Vietnam, which are 40% of the world economy.Read more >>>
"Letter Carriers are the social thread in the fabric of society..." CNY ALF AFL-CIO Executive Board Member Tom Dlugolenski shows how Union Letter Carriers mean much to our community especially in the midst of a State-wide snow emergency.
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Local services and good jobs are threatened in Broome County, and residents are fighting back. A public nursing home, a public transit system, and local mental health and developmental disability services are vital to the well-being of our community. Labor and community members are coming together to preserve good jobs and services in our community.
You can speak up for local services at a community forum on the proposed closure of Broome Developmental Center
ASSEMBLYMEMBERS CROUCH & LUPARDO TO HOST COMMUNITY FORUM ON BROOME DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER CLOSURE
WHAT: Community Forum on Broome Developmental Center Closure
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Earlier this month, Central New York Area Labor Federation President and Save81.org charter member, Ann Marie Taliercio, spoke with 570 WSYR regarding her organizations’s stance on the boulevard option: “We came to the understanding after a long discussion where everybody on the board voiced their opinion that the boulevard just isn’t the way to go.” Read more >>>
The NYS Office of Mental Health has proposed the closure of Greater Binghamton Health Center's Child & Adolescent and Adult inpatient units in an effort to create "Regional Center of Excellence". GBHC ranks at the top of the state for children and adolescent treatment services."
Our Sisters and Brothers in CSEA are asking everyone who cares about the quality of care in our community to support the efforts to protect vital mental health services in our region that have sprung up online. Sign the petitions to stop the closure and to help in the fight to protect quality mental health services in our community. "Like" the FB page " Fight for Mental Health Services in the Southern Tier."Read more >>>
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