Central Labor Council Can’t Talk Bill de Blasio Out of Banning Horse Carriages

Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

Many of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top labor allies want the new mayor to reconsider banning horse-drawn carriages from city streets, but Mr. de Blasio insisted today he was not changing his mind. 

The mayor said that a letter from the Central Labor Council, a de Blasio-friendly umbrella group representing more than 1.3 million workers, would not persuade him to reconsider a ban. The letter called the carriage industry “iconic and thriving.” Continue reading “Central Labor Council Can’t Talk Bill de Blasio Out of Banning Horse Carriages”

Democrats and Labor Leaders Sing Bill de Blasio’s Praises After State of the City

Mayor Bill de Blasio today. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bill de Blasio today. (Photo: Getty)

Top Democrats and organized labor celebrated Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City address this afternoon, hailing the new mayor’s repeated calls for more affordable housing, expanded science education and a tax hike to fund universal prekindergarten. 

Little of Mr. de Blasio’s speech actually broke new ground–the new mayor stuck mainly to the campaign themes that he repeated in his victory and inaugural addresses–but Democrats were more than happy to offer praise. Continue reading “Democrats and Labor Leaders Sing Bill de Blasio’s Praises After State of the City”

Central Labor Council Flexes Muscles in New Political Landscape

Vincent Alvarez. (Photo: CLC)
Vincent Alvarez. (Photo: CLC)

The city’s future corridors of power suddenly look very inviting to Vincent Alvarez.

The president of the Central Labor Council–an umbrella group for the city’s million-plus union members–is getting ready to grapple with a government that is expected to be far friendlier to organized labor than the recent years of frayed relations with Mayor Michael Bloomberg. And he hopes his work bolstering some of this year’s winning candidates will help to open the door. Continue reading “Central Labor Council Flexes Muscles in New Political Landscape”