High Court Ruling Puts New York Union in a Bind

Monday, June 30, 2014

A union must sign up members individually, following a setback in the Supreme Court.



Airport Workers Trumpet Their Push to Unionize

Monday, May 12, 2014


In a symbolic event to pressure airlines and officials, workers from JFK, Laguardia and Newark airports signed cards saying they want to join 32BJ Service Employees International Union.



Unhappy Meal: How the Fast Food Worker Movement Began

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

As protestors "arrest" Ronald McDonald, meet the New Yorkers behind the nationwide movement to raise wages for fast food workers.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The Motor City Massacre Edition

Friday, December 06, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: Oklahoma challenges Obamacare, workers decry the minimum wage, and Detroit further deteriorates.


Transportation Nation

BART Strike Over -- For Now

Friday, July 05, 2013


Striking BART workers will be back on the job Friday, and service is scheduled to begin at 3pm. But the current labor contract has only been extended for 30 days -- and the two sides are still far apart.

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Transportation Nation

Bay Area Transit Unions Prepare for Strike Authorization Vote

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


With no solution in sight to a wage impasse, labor unions representing the Bay Area's commuter rail system are voting Tuesday whether to authorize a strike.

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Politicians Defend Cleaners' Union as Strike Draws Near

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Progressive members of the City Council came to the defense of the city's office cleaners and other workers, who could initiate a strike as early as January 1 if a new contract isn't negotiated.



NJ Office Cleaners Union Authorizes Strike

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Members of a union representing 7,000 office cleaners in New Jersey have voted to authorize a strike if they can't reach an agreement with a group of cleaning companies on a new contract.


The Empire

Lobbying dogfight between unions and business interests leads 2011 spending

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It's not quite the record-breaking lobbying efforts of 2010. But it's close.

The New York Public Interest Research Group today put out a report on lobbying in the first ten months of 2011. According to the report, nearly $188 million has been spent lobbying at the state and local level through October--$26 million short of the 2010 totals.

Topping the list this year is the Committee to Save New York, a pro-business group who have supported many of Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget efforts over the past year. The Committee spent over $9.7 million on lobbying efforts.

Following close behind were two unions, 1199/SEIU health care workers and the United Teachers, who combined to spend nearly $11 million on separate lobbying efforts.

The full report is after the jump, but take a look at this table on members of Congress lobbying Albany on redistricting. Congressmen Brian Higgins in Western New York and Joe Crowley here in the city appear to be hiring firms with close ties to the State Assembly. Congressman Elliot Engel from the Bronx is going the route of a firm run by former State Senators.

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