MTA Negotiations Push Possible LIRR Strike to July

Anthony Simon, General Chairman of the United Transportation Union addresses press
Anthony Simon, General Chairman of the United Transportation Union addresses press today.

A potential Long Island Rail Road workers strike has been postponed from its proposed March 21 date–but slow negotiations with MTA officials may cause the strike to resume in full force this July. Continue reading “MTA Negotiations Push Possible LIRR Strike to July”

Mulgrew Says Retroactive Raises Are a ‘Big Issue’ Going Into Contract Negotiations

Michael Mulgrew. (Photo: Amanda Cohen)
Michael Mulgrew. (Photo: Amanda Cohen)

The president of the city’s teachers’ union, Michael Mulgrew, said today that receiving retroactive pay raises for his members is a “big issue” going into contract negotiations with the new administration, in his most specific comments on the topic to date.

“Myself and the mayor—Mayor de Blasio–have been very clear that we don’t want to do negotiations in the media,” Mr. Mulgrew told WNYC during a radio interview this afternoon, before acknowledging that back pay will indeed be a key issue moving forward. Continue reading “Mulgrew Says Retroactive Raises Are a ‘Big Issue’ Going Into Contract Negotiations”

Bill de Blasio’s First Budget Full of Uncertainty

Bill de Blasio announcing two new appointments today.
Bill de Blasio announcing two new appointments today.

Mayor Bill de Blasio will lay out his first preliminary budget proposal this afternoon, outlining his spending priorities and the fiscal challenges he’ll be facing over the next four years.

But the big question will be how Mr. de Blasio sets the stage for negotiations with the city’s more that 150 municipal labor unions, which have been operating for years under expired contracts–leaving tens of thousands of municipal workers itching not just for future pay hikes, but retroactive raises. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio’s First Budget Full of Uncertainty”

Despite Bravado, Teachers’ Union Bets Wrong Again

The UFT endorsing Bill Thompson in June.
The UFT endorsing Bill Thompson in June.

The city’s powerful teachers’ union just can’t seem to get mayoral races right.

When the United Federation of Teachers offered its coveted endorsement to Bill Thompson in June, it was seen as a game changer for the candidate. But the union’s efforts came up short yet again, with Mr. Thompson conceding the contest today after placing a distant second.

This is not a new situation for the UFT, which chose to sit out the 2005 and 2009 races, and–as its critics like to point out–last backed a winning candidate in 1989.

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Unions Launch Spanish Radio Ad Campaign Touting Quinn

Christine Quinn and Sila María Calderón
Christine Quinn at one of her many events touting her support in the Latino community.

A coalition of labor unions has launched a major Spanish-language radio campaign touting City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor.

SEIU 32BJ, the Hotel Trades Council, the Mason Tenders District Council and Teamsters Joint Local 16 have teamed up as “Unidos para Comunidades Trabajadoras” for the one-minute spot, which touts Ms. Quinn’s record and declares: “It’s time we had a mayor who looks out for us.”

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Scott Stringer’s Endless Endorsement Pile Grows With 1199

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)
While the big labor unions and elected officials have mostly stayed mum on the mayoral race so far, the same can’t be said for the citywide race for comptroller. Accordingly, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, currently unopposed, continues to amass endorsement after endorsement in his bid, a long list of which you can view below. The latest arrived today in the form of the influential 1199 SEIU.

“When it comes to fighting to make sure hard working New Yorkers have good paying jobs and access to quality healthcare, Scott has been in the corner of working families throughout his career,” George Gresham, the union’s president, said in a statement. “It is why we enthusiastically support him as the next New York City Comptroller.”

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Robert Jackson’s Manhattan Beep Bid Endorsed by the United Federation of Teachers

Councilman Robert Jackson (Photo: Facebook)
Councilman Robert Jackson (Photo: Facebook)
Councilman Robert Jackson has racked up the endorsement of the United Federation of Teachers in his bid to be Manhattan’s next borough president. UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced the endorsement, which was voted on by the members of the teacher’s union, in a statement today.

“For more than 30 years, Robert Jackson has fought for New York City’s public school children and has been their champion and advocate,” Mr. Mulgrew said. “He understands personally the power of education and has fought to make sure every child has the chance for the best education possible.” Continue reading “Robert Jackson’s Manhattan Beep Bid Endorsed by the United Federation of Teachers”