November 26th, 2014
November 18th, 2014
By Joyce Miller, President and CEO, Tier One Public Strategies
As we in New York recently marked the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the storm that wreaked havoc on the State and cost billions in repairs – much of which is still ongoing – BALCONY believes this is an appropriate time to readdress the critical state of our State’s infrastructure. Sandy was the second costliest storm in U.S. history and exposed how unprepared our State and the nation’s infrastructure systems are to meet the new demands which will be placed on them by climate change and rising sea levels.
Read the entire article here: Infrastructure
Read the article from City&State on-line magazine (page 24) Nov. 24, 2014, here: CityState
November 14th, 2014Yesterday, City Council's land-use committee voted to approve the controversial Astoria Cove development project—thanks to an agreement reached by City Council and developer Alma Realty, 27 percent of the development's 1,700 units will be affordable. The full Council is expected to approve the development today.
October 30th, 2014
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.
Doctors Rally at Woodhull Hospital for Respect and New Contract; Electeds, Labor and Community Show Support
October 29th, 2014
Media Contact: Karen Imas, Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz
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.
October 20th, 2014
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.
October 14th, 2014
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.
October 10th, 2014Report 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.
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November 14th, 2014Source: New York State Educational Conference Board - NYSUT Media Relations The NYS Educational Conference Board says that with an improved fiscal condition, New York state can help schools 'turn the corner' after tough years. New York's major statewide education organizations issued a report today outlining the need for a $1.9 billion state aid increase for schools in the upcoming state budget to continue current services and make progress on a number of critical new initiatives.
November 3rd, 2014
By Gazette staff writers
November 03, 2014
New York State United Teachers Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state's tenure law, arguing the suit is without any legal merit and that the policies which plaintiffs propose would harm public education.
October 30th, 2014October 30, 2014
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.
October 29th, 2014
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."
October 20th, 2014
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November 26th, 2014The Capital
By Gloria Pazmino Nov. 25, 2014
The City Council overwhelmingly voted to approve a massive redevelopment project in the Queens waterfront on Tuesday, the first major land-use approval under Mayor Bill de Blasio.
November 24th, 2014The New York Observer
By Ross Barkan | 11/24/14
The de Blasio administration is still hoping to raise revenue through new taxes next year, despite Republican opposition unfriendly to his progressive agenda.
Workers Compensation Alliance White Paper Releases Recommendations to Improve the NYS Workers' Compensation System for Injured Workers
November 24th, 2014New York, NY-The New York Workers' Compensation Alliance (WCA) released a White Paper that made a series of recommendations to reform the NYS Workers' Compensation system. The paper was cross-endorsed by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), and the National Economic Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), two organizations that have been advocating to improve the workers' compensation system for years.
November 20th, 2014
November 19, 2014
By Marc Bussanich
New York, NY—The long anticipated City Council hearing to learn more details of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan on Monday proved “squishy” as the commissioner of the housing agency couldn’t provide exact numbers on the number of units targeted for preservation.
November 19th, 2014
by Thomas B. Edsall November 18, 2014
A paradox of American politics is that Republicans take organized labor more seriously than Democrats do.
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