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WNYC News

Bloomberg Administration Unveils Labor Contract Demands

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

“The Bloomberg administration is prepared to settle a new contract," deputy mayor Cas Holloway as he unveiled for the first time the administration's demands to settle one of the biggest outstanding issues facing the city: labor contracts for hundreds of thousand of city employees.

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WNYC News

Deal on New Guest Worker Program Clears Path For Immigration Reform

Monday, April 01, 2013

It’s been more than 25 years since the last immigration reform, but as early as next week we could see movement on this issue that has long ailed the country. Eight Senators who've been working on drafting a comprehensive immigration bill are expected to present it, following an agreement on the new guest worker program between businesses and labor unions.

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Schoolbook

As Bus Strike Begins, City and Union Hold Firm

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

About half of the city's 7,700 yellow bus routes were not operating on this wet Wednesday morning, as bus drivers and escorts took to the picket lines. The union called on City Hall to ensure job security for its members but the mayor said the issue is not open for negotiation.

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Schoolbook

Families Face Commuting Nightmare During Bus Strike

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Although many parents support the drivers' concerns about job security, a yellow bus strike will throw finely honed schedules into chaos.

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Schoolbook

City Prepares Families for Bus Strike

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Education officials are spreading the word via the media and old-fashioned letters in the backpack to inform families of the city's protocol for an expected school bus strike. Even with the information blast, there are many open questions about which routes will be affected and how long the strike may last.

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Walcott Says Families Should Stay Alert for Possible Bus Strike

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Momentum behind a school bus strike picked up Sunday, as education officials blasted the drivers' union for "irresponsible" behavior.

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What Parents Need to Know About Possible School Bus Strike

Monday, January 07, 2013

Public school parents are worrying a yellow bus strike could occur at any time. We can't predict the future but we do have answers to some commonly asked questions, including why this is even an issue.

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Schoolbook

Talk of School Bus Strike Heats Up

Sunday, January 06, 2013

The city continues its efforts to prepare families for a possible bus strike as the drivers' union held a large rally on Sunday. Union leaders say they hope to avoid a job action in favor of negotiated job protection for its experienced bus drivers.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | December 11, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What the ConEd Lockout Means for Labor

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Susan Schurman, dean of the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, discusses the ConEd lockout as it relates to the larger conversation about the role of labor unions and strategy.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Waitress Moms, College Snobs, and the Tug-of-War for Populist America

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rick Santorum's "snob" comments just don't make sense. And they won't win Waitress Moms in 2012.

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Transportation Nation

Contract Talks Resume Between MTA and Transit Union

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

TWU Local 100 president John Samuelsen and NY MTA executive director Joe Lhota before start of contract talks. (Photo by Jim O'Grady)

Talks resume Thursday between New York City’s Transport Workers Union and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. It is the first time the two sides will have met since contract talks collapsed late last month.

Both sides return to the bargaining table with little animosity, according to a source close to the union. But the calm comes after theatrical fallout. At a press conference a few weeks ago, TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen accused the MTA of negotiating in the media.

The MTA fired back that it was the union talking to the press.

The top sticking points remain. The MTA wants a five-year agreement with the union, with no wage increase for the first three years, followed by 2 percent across-the-board wage increases in subsequent years. The union wants a three-year contract, with cost of living increases each year.

Additionally, the MTA is proposing increases in health care contributions for workers. It's also asked for a host of rule changes, such as whether the MTA will be able to combine train conductor and operator jobs.

According to one union official, negotiations are expected to drag on for several weeks. There's currently no threat of a strike like the one that stalled public transit for three days in December 2005.

The MTA's contract with TWU Local 100 expired on January 15.

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Schoolbook

Gingrich's Plan to Turn Students Into City School Cleaners? Only in the Movies

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich took a potshot at an unusual target in the most recent Republican debate. He lambasted New York City school cleaners for getting paid too much, using them as exhibit A of unions inflating salaries and harming the nation's economy. Here's a check of his facts, and reaction from the union, a high school custodian and students.

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Schoolbook

Bus Workers Rally at City Hall

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

At a rally, the union representing school bus drivers said the city should be focusing on the safety of children who ride the buses.

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The Takeaway

American Airlines Files For Bankruptcy

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

American Airlines' parent company, Texas-based AMR, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday morning, making it the last major airline in the U.S. to do so. American, the nation's third largest airline, will continue operations during the restructuring, which it hopes will reduce labor costs and $29.6 billion in debts. AMR has lost $982 million since the beginning of the year, and has posted annual losses for the last three years. In recent years, American has struggled to compete against United and Delta, both of which merged with other airlines after going through their own reorganizations.

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Schoolbook

Mayor Warns of Potential School Bus Strike

Friday, November 18, 2011

The bus drivers' union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181, has told the city it will order a strike if the city does not include provisions in the bid guaranteeing seniority-based job protections for their members in case the companies that employ them are not awarded new city contracts. The mayor called the threat "outrageous."

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Schoolbook

Support Workers' Union Will Sue City Over Layoffs

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hoping to reverse last month's layoffs of 672 school support workers, the union representing them plans to sue the city. The union, District Council 37, is claiming the layoffs were unnecessary and discriminatory because of their disproportionate impact on schools that serve poor students.

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It's A Free Country ®

Labor’s Choice after Ohio: To Lead or Follow OWS

Friday, November 11, 2011

After labor unions won big in Ohio this week with a vote to reject limits on collective bargaining, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called it “the road map for Democrats” to win in 2012.  

But after a bruising couple of years, and the emergence of Occupy Wall Street, some union leaders in New York are reexamining that message — and reconsidering that starkly partisan approach.

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Schoolbook

Principals and City Reach Impasse in Bargaining

Thursday, November 03, 2011

The state's labor relations board formally declared that the City Department of Education and the Council for School Supervisors and Administrators had made no progress in their contract negotiations. The next step is the appointment of a mediator to oversee talks.

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On The Media

Real and Unreal in Professional Wrestling

Friday, October 14, 2011

In a recent episode of the professional wrestling program WWE Raw, wrestling superstars, divas, referees, and announcers "walked off" the job to protest what they claimed were unsafe working conditions. In real-life, pro wrestlers might have cause for labor agitation: the WWE hires wrestlers as independent contractors and therefore does not provide Social Security or health insurance benefits. Brooke spoke to Deadspin writer David Shoemaker about the chance of life imitating art in professional wrestling.

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