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BALCONY Says Union Busting is Bad Medicine;
Supports Doctors Council SEIU in Struggle for Respect

October 30th, 2014
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10.30.2014 (New York, New York) On Wednesday, October 29th, BALCONY members, led by the Doctors Council SEIU and the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), were joined by a coalition that included elected officials, labor, and local community supporters for a rally at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn to demand the HHC negotiate a new and fair contract for the City’s public hospital doctors.


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Doctors Rally at Woodhull Hospital for Respect and New Contract; Electeds, Labor and Community Show Support

October 29th, 2014
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Media Contact: Karen Imas, Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz
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212 437 7373 or 917 568 7784


Public Hospital Doctors Stand Together with Healthcare Workers, Elected Officials, Labor and Community Groups for a Greater Voice in Quality Patient Care and New Contracts Now!

As Part of the Doctors Council SEIU “Respect” Campaign, Rally at Woodhull Medical Center Calls on HHC to Provide Safe Staffing and Increase Collaboration with Doctors on Decisions that Impact Patient Care

October 29, 2014 (Brooklyn, NY) - Doctors Council SEIU members at Woodhull Medical Center staged a rally today organized by Doctors Council SEIU and the Commission on the Public’s Health System (CPHS). A strong coalition of political, labor and local community supporters are sending a message to HHC that frontline doctors in the City’s public hospitals work hard day and night providing quality care for all New Yorkers. The doctors, who have been without a new contract for several years, are calling for “Respect” from hospital management and seek more engagement in quality patient care improvements, as well as a new contract immediately.


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BALCONY’s 2014 Golf Outing, October 17, 2014

October 20th, 2014
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NEW YORK – Early Friday morning, October 17, 2014, representatives of business, labor, and the non-profit sector, gathered at the New York Country Club in New Hempstead, to participate in the Business and Labor Coalition of New York’s annual golf outing.

NYSUT Allowed to Intervene in Tenure Case

October 14th, 2014
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State Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo has granted a motion by the New York State United Teachers to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the state's tenure law.

AQE Is Setting the Record Straight on School Funding

October 10th, 2014
Report Finds State Democrats Fought and Won More Aid for Schools Tell Senator Skelos to Stop Republican Claims that They are the Champions for Schools AQE is setting the record straight on upstate school funding aid. Senate Republicans have been caught sending campaign flyers to voters claiming to deliver school aid funding. The mailings also imply that Senate Democrats are ignoring the needs of upstate schools.

Hundreds of Capital Region RNs Rally at Historic 3-Facility Picket

October 10th, 2014
October 9, 2014 at 3:53 pm Hundreds of Capital Region NYSNA nurses rallied yesterday in our communities for fair contracts that protect patient care at our first-ever, multi-facility picket at Ellis Medicine and Bellevue Woman’s Center in Schenectady, and Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville. Contract talks have been stalled at these facilities as hospital administrators, who won't accept our proposals that include important patient care protections like safe staffing guidelines and our platform to keep and attract nurses to care for patients, refuse to do what’s right for patient care.

Greater NY Chamber Offers Brand Protection & Dot NYC Domains at Rock Bottom Prices

October 10th, 2014
NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dot NYC, The Internet's newest domain extension goes on sale to the general public on October 8. All individuals & businesses with a physical address in New York City are now eligible to purchase a new .NYC domain name at rock bottom prices from the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce registrar partner at www.encirca.com/nyc.

Lawsuit: State Education Department's ban on discussing tests violates free speech

October 9th, 2014
ALBANY, N.Y. Oct. 9, 2014 - New York State United Teachers has filed suit in federal court seeking to invalidate confidentiality agreements the State Education Department requires teachers to sign before scoring state tests, saying the prohibition - with its accompanying threats of discipline, including dismissal, license revocation and criminal prosecution - is an unconstitutional prior restraint on teachers' free speech rights.
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Caught Between HHC And Affiliates, Doctors Cry Foul!

October 30th, 2014
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By Joe Maniscalco

Brooklyn, NY - As the Big Apple continues to deal with the fallout from its first confirmed case of Ebola, contract negotiations between the city and its doctors are reaching a fever pitch - and safety net physicians who have been without a contract for as long as five years say they will no longer be batted back and forth between the Health and Hospitals Corporation [HHC] and its affiliates.

Teachers unions slam Gov. Cuomo for calling public schools a ‘monopoly’

October 29th, 2014
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Teachers unions slam Gov. Cuomo for calling public schools a ‘monopoly’ BY KENNETH LOVETT NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 11:47 PM ALBANY - The city and state teacher unions blasted Gov. Cuomo Tuesday for referring to public schools as "one of the only remaining public monopolies."

Press Release: Royal Jets Supports NYC Business Community

October 20th, 2014

NYSUT Allowed to Intervene in Tenure Case

October 14th, 2014
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State Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo has granted a motion by the New York State United Teachers to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the state's tenure law.

Second-class employees

February 26th, 2014


Our opinion: Creating a pay commission for the state’s management confidential employees is a matter of simple fairness.

For nearly five years, the state’s non-unionized management-confidential employees have been caught in financial limbo — their pay frozen even as co-workers received raises, with no clear end in sight.

What the Cuomo administration calls a thaw came this week with the announcement of step and longevity increases that were due almost a year ago. These aren’t broad-based raises, and affect only about 3,200 of the 8,900 M

Cs, as they’re known in government shorthand.

Nor does this resolve the underlying unfairness: asking one group of employees to help balance the budget while their co-workers get raises.
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Join Doctors Council SEIU doctors, community members, and elected leaders for a rally at noon on Wednesday, October 29, at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn to demand respect for doctors and patients

October 21st, 2014
Doctors in New York City’s public hospital system (HHC) are on the frontline fighting to keep our communities safe and healthy. But HHC and its affiliates, Mt. Sinai, NYU, and PAGNY, are ignoring our concerns at a time when communities need a unified public healthcare system. Join Doctors Council SEIU doctors, community members, and elected leaders for a rally at noon on Wednesday, October 29, at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn to demand respect for doctors and patients. http://www.doctorscouncil.org/respect

NYSUT Allowed to Intervene in Tenure Case

October 14th, 2014
leg. gazette

State Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo has granted a motion by the New York State United Teachers to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the state's tenure law.

AQE Is Setting the Record Straight on School Funding

October 10th, 2014
Report Finds State Democrats Fought and Won More Aid for Schools Tell Senator Skelos to Stop Republican Claims that They are the Champions for Schools AQE is setting the record straight on upstate school funding aid. Senate Republicans have been caught sending campaign flyers to voters claiming to deliver school aid funding. The mailings also imply that Senate Democrats are ignoring the needs of upstate schools.

Experts Address Concerns Of City Small Business Owners

July 16th, 2014


By Azure Gilman

Aiming to raise awareness about various business growth strategies and how to navigate potentially onerous new regulations, a panel of experts at City & State’s “On Small Business” event Tuesday weighed in on the concerns of small business owners fighting to stay relevant in a competitive climate.

The event, co-sponsored by CAN Capital, focused specifically on the challenges facing New York City’s small business community, and the panel reflected a mix of representatives from the city and state government, as well as the private sector: Steve Cohen, the executive vice president and deputy commissioner of Empire State Development; City Councilman Robert Cornegy, the chair of the Council’s Small Business Committee; Julie Menin, commissioner of the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs; and Andrew Rigie, executive director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance.

The Women's Equality Act Is Not Forgotten

May 7th, 2014


When I think about the 10-point Women's Equality Act, I find it hard to understand why it is difficult to pass these common sense bills in a progressive state like New York. The women of this state deserve to have their basic, fundamental rights recognized and confirmed by the state government and not treated as just political issues.
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