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Every week, we'll be bringing you a roundup of the important news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here's this week's Working People Weekly List. Read more >>>

Show your support and solidarity with our CWA & IBEW Sisters and Brothers on strike at Verizon – join the picket line with them.


VERIZON IS CANCELLING OUR BENEFITS AS OF MAY 1ST

COME SHOW THIS GREEDY COMPANY WE WILL FIGHT FOR A FAIR CONTRACT
RALLY at
VERIZON
6360 THOMPSON RD, SYRACUSE

MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016, 5PM
***IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE POSSIBLE ATTEND THE RALLY, EVEN THE RAT WILL BE THERE***

 

For more info please contact Wendy Colucci, Field Coordinator
Central New York Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO
Cell: 315-383-2712 or wendy@cnylabor.org

Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights. Read more >>>

Today is Workers Memorial Day, a day we come together to remember working people who died and suffered on the job because of hazardous working conditions. In 2014, 4,821 people died on the job, millions more suffered serious injuries from their work, and thousands more working people become ill from deadly occupational diseases. These deaths are preventable. Read more >>>

The world lost a musical icon yesterday. You'll read about his impact as a musician and an entertainer elsewhere, but let's take a second to look at Prince's career-spanning fights on behalf of working people. Read more >>>

CNY ALF affiliates are standing with striking Verizon workers all around our region.   Please join us!  In Syracuse CNY ALF has "adopted" the Verizon wireless store at CWA/IBEW request.   And our affiliates are standing with their CWA/IBEW Sisters and Brothers at locations around our region.  A full list of locations below.   You can show your support in Binghamton, Cortland, Ithaca, Oneonta, and Syracuse.

In Syracuse, CWA and IBEW Striking UNIONS have THANKED everyone for their support and ask that the CNY ALF"adopt" the Syracuse Verizon Wireless Store.   We are asking our affiliate members to help us fill the picketing slots.

Monday-Friday
Verizon Wireless store
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
3433 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse

Please CALL the CNY ALF Office 315-422-3363315-422-3363 / wendy@cnylabor.org with any questions or to let us know when you are going to the Erie Blvd location with any large groups of your UNION members. Approved CWA/IBEW signs will be provided.

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CNY ALF will observe Workers Memorial Day in memory of those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. We call for work in this country that is safe, healthy, pays fair wages, and respects the rights of workers. Please join us at our observances in Binghamton, Oswego, and Syracuse.

And don't miss the showings and opportunity to meet the film maker of the acclaimed film, "A Days Work" in our region.  The film will be shown in Binghamton, Ithaca, and Syracuse.

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CWA 1123 sent a nice thank you note to the CNY ALF and our affiliates this week for our support thus far on their strike against Verizon.

Thanks to all of those who have already stood in solidarity with CWA / IBEW on the picket line!  The fight is not over!

 

Please join a picket / rally near you!  Use the tool at www.standuptoverizon.com to find an event near you! 

For more information contact our Field Coordinators:

Wendy Colucci - 315-422-3363 - wendy@cnylabor.org

Bonnie Wilson - 607- 372-3153 - bonnie@cnylabor.org

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Verizon Workers Announce Strike!
After trying for ten months to reach a fair contract, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia will go on strike at 6 a.m. tomorrow if a fair agreement is not reached by then. The Verizon strike will be by far the largest work stoppage in the country in recent years.

Please take action and stand in solidarity with our Communications Workers of America brothers and sisters at Verizon:

Wednesday, April 13th | 6 am | 6360 Thompson Road, Syracuse

 

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CWA and IBEW Set to Go On Strike at Verizon

Wednesday, April 13, 6 a.m.

After ten months of intensive negotiations to reach a fair contract with Verizon, the CWA and IBEW have announced a strike deadline of 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13. We will set up picket lines and shut this company down if a fair agreement is not reached by then.

 

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The threat of violence, and its effects on students and school
employees, will be among topics addressed during an annual breakfast in
Syracuse April 29 highlighting workplace safety.

Kevin Ahern, president of the Syracuse Teachers Association, will speak
during the Central New York Workers' Memorial Day Unity Breakfast 8 to 10
a.m. at Pensabene's Casa Grande, 135 State Fair Blvd. The Syracuse Teachers Association is part of New York State United Teachers.

The breakfast pays tribute to the memory of workers who were killed on the
job or who died from injuries or diseases sustained at work. In the 13 months
ending in February, worker fatalities in the 26 counties of Central and Northern New York totaled 34.

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To the Editor:

As you read this, our state lawmakers are rapidly approaching the April 1 deadline to pass the New York state budget. There are a wide range of topics and issues being considered and debated, but two in particular will have a profound impact on millions of working families across Central New York: a $15 minimum wage and paid family leave.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has offered proposals on both these issues which will have a positive impact on the economy and workers in Central New York.

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NYSNA Informational Picket

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2016

Contact: Tara L. Martin I Email: Tara.Martin@nysna.org I Cell: 646.334.8146

HUNDREDS OF NURSES FROM THE NEW YORK STATE NURSES ASSOCIATION ENGAGE IN INFORMATIONAL PICKETING AT THREE UPSTATE HOSPITALS CALLING FOR FAIR CONTRACTS AND SAFE STAFFING TO PROTECT PATIENTS

Informational Picketing Held in Watertown, Utica, and Oneida

 

WATERTOWN, UTICA, ONEIDA, NY – Hundreds of members from the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) engaged in informational picketing today at three upstate hospitals to push for fair contracts and to call for appropriate staffing levels to protect patients.

 

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With a call to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, over 20 individuals from the Central New York area are committed to “living” in the minimum wage for one week.

The minimum wage challenge is a campaign being launched March 7th to call on elected officials and community leaders to live on New York’s minimum wage of $9 an hour for 5 days and document the experience on social media.

The challenge is designed to highlight the need to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and push elected officials to do everything they can to make a $15 minimum wage a reality for New York workers.

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On Monday, March 7, working women and men from Syracuse assembled at the Southwest Community Center in anticipation of International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8.  The United States stands virtually alone in the world in failing to provide any paid leave for workers with a new baby or sick relative who depends on their care.

“No New Yorker should have to choose between caring for a newborn child or a seriously ill family member and keeping their job,” said Ann Marie Taliercio, President of the Central New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO and President/Business Rep. of UNITEHERE Local 150, AFL-CIO. “The United States lags far behind the rest of the world in providing this essential benefit for working families."

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The CNY Fight for $15 group is kicking off their Minimum Wage Challenge at a press conference -
Sunday, March 6 at 1:00 at St Lucy's Church, 432 Gifford St, Syracuse.

Please join us for the kick off and Take part in the minimum wage challenge next week!

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The Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO will host a Democratic Congressional Candidate LABOR Forum on Wednesday, May 18th at 5:30 pm at the Teamsters Hall at 566 Spencer Street.

If you would like to submit a question to be considered for the forum, click Read more below.

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Thank you to Syracuse Councilor Hudson for introducing this Resolution to Albany and Congress supporting a $15 minimum wage for ALL workers. It goes further to ask if the state min wage is not increased to please grant them permission to change the min wage in the City of Syracuse.

The Annual Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO dinner honorees:

2016 Activist of the Year Dave Scalisi, UAW 624, OPEIU 277
2016 Bernie DeJoseph Ralph Lyke, UAW 624
2016 Charley Bugnacki Dick Knowles, USW
2016 Friend of Labor Juanita Perez Williams, DOL
2016 NYSUT, CNY Region Struggle of the year
 

Please join us on February 4, 5:30 at the OnCenter

Tickets are $65 and ads can be placed as well - See flyer for details

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Join us for the 16th Annual
Martin Luther King Jr
Day of Service
Food & Clothing drive

Needed: WARM WINTER OUTERWEAR (new or gently used)
also warm blankets, non perishable food, formula, diapers

Drop off at Pensabene's Casa Grande - 135 State Fair Blvd.
Hosted by the Greater Syracuse Labor council, AFL-CIO and the United Way of CNY

Contact
Helen Hudson - hhudson@unitedway-cny.org 315-428-2203315-428-2203
Wendy Colucci 315-422-3363315-422-3363
To Volunteer: Shavel sedwards@unitedway-cny.org
#MLKintheSYR
 

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The 2016 Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO awards dinner will be on Thursday, February 4th 2016 at the OnCenter.

If you'd like to nominate someone for an award - info can be found here:

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ONEIDA PATIENTS DESERVE THE VERY BEST CARE!
Join the informational picket
Wed, Dec 16 3:00 - 5:00pm
WE WILL BE PICKETING at the
hospital entrance at 321 Genesee Street in Oneida Read more >>>

Below you will find info for the 2016 Greater Syracuse Labor Council Awards Dinner. If you would like to nominate an individual send back the name of the activist you would like to nominate. Please note nominees do not need to be active in the activities of the labor council to be considered, activism within their local qualifies them for consideration.

All nominations must be received by Friday, January 8, 2016.

Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO
615 West Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13204

This year’s Greater Syracuse Labor Council Award’s Dinner will be Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the OnCenter

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s dinner.

In Unity,


Dr. Dennis Nave, MD Lori Nilsson
IBT/Physicians Alliance CSEA
President, GSLC Chair, Awards Dinner

 

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Congratulations to the CLC endorsed candidates who were victorious on election night 2015!

Thank you to all that helped to bring these labor friendly candidates to the winner's circle!

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Voter turnout regularly drops in midterm elections--by as much as 20%-- and has done so since the 1840s. That means that union members can have a disproportionate impact on local elections just by casting a ballot!

Here's your chance to make your voice heard on Tuesday, November 3rd, Election Day.

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Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Halloween Labor Party!  Meet our endorsed candidates!

Tuesday, October 27 5pm
566 Spencer Street, Syracuse

RSVP to wendy@cnylabor.org

FREE Souvenier Photos from Green Screen Photographer Tai Shaw

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The delegates of the Central New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO have re-elected Ann Marie Taliercio, President of UNITEHERE Local 150, to serve as President of the Federation for a third term. Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli, a staunch supporter of New York’s working men and women, did the honor of the swearing in. Read more >>>

Tri-County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO endorsement

Tri-County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO proudly endorses our union sister, Michelle Osterhoudt, for Oneonta Common Council 4th Ward. 

To help with Michelle's campaign, contact Field Coordinator Bonnie Wilson at bonnie@cnylabor.org

The Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO met on September 17, 2015 and voted to endorse the following candidates: Read more >>>

The Cayuga CLC, AFL-CIO is proud to make the following endorsements for 2015: Read more >>>

Oswego CLC Endorsements 2015 Read more >>>

Over 300 people attended the annual Labor Day picnic in Ithaca, NY.   The picnic has been sponsored for thirty-two years by the Midstate Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.  For the past five years the Tompkins County Workers' Center has also been a co-sponsor of the picnic, which brings labor and community together to celebrate workers on Labor Day.

The annual awards are always a highlight of the picnic.  This year's theme was "organizing for respect," and the awards reflected that, honoring workers who stood up to organize a union. 

 

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Jamie Dangler, UUP, talking union and social justice on WHCU870, Ithaca

In advance of the Labor Day holiday, Jamie Dangler, UUP, talks about unions and social justice on WHCU870 out of Ithaca.  Sister Dangler is UUP Vice President for Academics and an Associate Professor at SUNY Cortland.

http://whcuradio.com/morning-newswatch/battles-and-benefits-of-unions/

The Great New York State Fair is now open! Be sure to visit all of the Labor booths along the way!

Park with United Steelworkers (USW) at Crucible and your fee will be donated to many local charities.

Your ticket will be taken by SEIU Local 200United members!

Dine with UNITEHERE Local 150, AFL-CIO at the Empire Room, Grand Central Grill (Center of Progress Bldg), NY Cafe (Horticultural Bldg)

NYSNA in the Science Building

CSEA, NYSUT & PEF in the Center of Progress Building

Join us on Labor day at 10:00 am for our Labor Parade!

Special Guest speaker is NYSUT President Karen Magee.

Enjoy the Fair!

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The Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO met on August 19, 2015 and voted  to endorse the following candidates: Read more >>>

We sent the PSC a strong message via public pressure from citizens, consumer advocates, and unions that it should set public policies that protect New Yorkers. The Public Service Commission (PSC) has responded!

The PSC has announced that a public hearing will be held in SYRACUSE ON AUGUST 6TH at 7:00 pm.

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 The CNY Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
and
The Cayuga Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Are proud to host

The 1st Annual
Dave Arnold Memorial Labor Night
At Leo Pinckney Field/ Falcon Park, Auburn, NY
on
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 (7:05 PM)

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 Please be advised.
After many years of dedicated service – the CLC’s Treasurer Michael Schaaf will be retiring. Thank you Michael!

At the next CLC meeting – July 13 – 6:30 at BCTGM

We will open the floor for nominations for the position of Treasurer.

If you are interested in running – please let me know.

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All across New York  thousands of advocates - parents, students, educators, administrators, school board members, grandparents, are standing up to demand fair funding for our schools and an end to the attacks on teachers and public education.  You can join them. 

Please attend these important events! Bring your union Sisters and Brothers, your friends and family.  Let our elected officials know that we support our schools and teachers!

There are forums all around our region.  Below is a list of upcoming events:

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Public transit is essential for workers, students, seniors, and a vibrant 21st Century urban economy! Say no to transit cuts at Centro! Make your voice heard - public hearings and on-line comments.  Sample letter explaining harm that cuts will do here

You can also share your comments on Centro's Facebook page and tweet to them @GoCentroBus

Read more for a full list of public hearings and links to and twitter

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Support our Union Brothers and Sisters.

Buy UNION

Click to find how you can find Union Hotels, Union Services and Union Made!

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No one should have to choose between the health of their family and their ability to make ends meet.

The Paid Family Leave Insurance Act will help keep New York’s families healthy and secure by providing weekly benefits to workers to care for a family member, replacing part of their wages for up to 12 weeks. California, New Jersey and Rhode Island already have paid family leave, it’s time for New York to do the same.

Text Paid Leave to 877877 to be connected with your Senator. Thank them for introducing Paid Family Leave in the Senate budget and to please continue supporting it in joint budget negotiations.

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 Onondaga County families need your help to bring the Workforce Development Institute (WDI) Child Care Subsidy Facilitated Enrollment Program into Onondaga County. This valuable program provides financial assistance towards the high cost of child care for hard-working families that earn too much to qualify for a Department of Social Services (DSS) Subsidy, but too little to afford quality, accessible child care for their children. At this time, several other upstate counties have this program and we need it too!

Currently, a family of 4 with an annual income just above the DSS subsidy eligibility line (200%) of the Federal Poverty Level), could spend up to 22% of their annual salary on child care for one child. Working families who qualify for WDI Child Care Subsidy experience a decrease in child care costs, while contributing a family share fee. The current average subsidy in NY is $5,000, which goes a long way towards helping working families achieve better financial stability.

In Onondaga County, the average annual cost is $10,500 for one child. These high costs can often jeopardize their stability in the workforce and cause significant attendance, reliability and stress issues for working parents.

Sign the petition today!

NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on the Governor’s Education Reform Proposals

The so-called education reforms proposed today include direct attacks on basic worker protections and as such impact all workers, not just teachers. Increasing tenure requirements is a roll back of due process rights and ultimately will dissuade teachers from speaking out and advocating for the children they have dedicated their lives to educating. The proposal to tear up teacher collective bargaining agreements in failing public schools is a slap at the entire Labor Movement, and ignores the plethora of socio-economic and other factors that impact educational performance.

We look forward to working with Governor Cuomo, the Legislature, our affiliates and community partners to solve real problems in public education, such as massive funding disparities, and in turn ensure a brighter future for all of New York’s children.

Mario Cilento
President NYS AFL-CIO

Original article and more at nysaflcio.org

 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:

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 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.

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 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.

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The CNY ALF will be starting our own New "Leadership Committee" in 2014.

 
Among the goals stated by the AFL-CIO which are slightly modified by the CNY ALF Leadership Committee are the following:

1. To motivate new and interested Union Members and activists to become more active in the Union, Labor Movement and Community


2. To educate these new and interested Union members and activists on the importance of the Union and the strength of collective bargaining

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.
at the CNY ALF Syracuse Office/615 West Genesee St. Syracuse 13204
Dinner will be served.
RSVP to wendy@cnylabor.org/315.422-3363

Please do not hesitate to contact either one of us with any questions.


Ann Marie Taliercio, Chair                                              Al Marzullo, Co-Chair
President, CNY Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO      Membership Development
                                                                                             Coordinator, IBEW Local 43

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"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.


THANK You to all the members of the National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO who take care of our communities everyday!

See News Story Here:

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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
WHEN: Tuesday, November 12
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Chenango Valley High School Auditorium
221 Chenango Bridge Road
Binghamton, NY 13901
CONTACT: 518-455-5741
**ALL PUBLIC AND MEDIA WELCOME ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND**

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