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First woman to head NYSUT promises to be a strong voice for change

April 7th, 2014



Left to right: Martin Messner, Secretary-Treasurer; Catalina Fortino, Vice President; Karen Magee, President; Andrew Pallotta, Executive Vice President; Paul Pecorale, Vice President.

NEW YORK April 6, 2014 – Karen Magee, a veteran elementary and special education teacher from Harrison, is the new president of the 600,000-member New York State United Teachers. Magee and her slate of officers were elected by a majority of the nearly 3,000 NYSUT delegates who voted Saturday at the union's annual Representative Assembly in New York City.

NYSUT votes in first female president

April 7th, 2014


Delegates oust President Richard Iannuzzi on Common Core issue; Karen Magee is in
By Lauren Stanforth

New York State United Teachers delegates Saturday night voted in their first new president in nine years, no doubt a reaction to how the union feels its organization is responding to the state's implementation of the controversial Common Core State Standards.

New York City Tour de Cure May 10 2014

April 4th, 2014
New York City Tour de Cure

Register. Ask a Friend. Start a Team.

Stop Diabetes.

When: May 10, 2014

Where: Pier 84

Registration Fee: $25 ($35 on day of event) Fundraising Minimum: $200

Route Distances: 7M, 20M, 45M, 62.5M, 100M

(click HERE or a description of all routes)


The mayor and developers of the Domino Sugar site must make sure good jobs, benefits and training are extended to all workers

April 3rd, 2014


Two Trees management appears to want to pick and choose which construction workers will receive adequate wages, health care, retirement benefits and safety training



BY Terrence Moore



The controversial Domino Sugar project is a clear test for the de Blasio administration. The massive — mostly luxury — development proposed by Two Trees Management Co. falls far short of fulfilling the mayor’s goals of creating good jobs and building affordable housing.

9,000 OMCE members have been without a salary increase for now 6 years since 2008!

April 2nd, 2014
OMCE

WE ARE READY . . . WE HAVE BEEN READY! At the Budget signing today, the Governor was asked why there was no salary fix for M/Cs in the budget. The Governor deferred to Larry Schwartz, Secretary to the Governor, who stated for the record that this issue will be discussed, now that the budget is passed.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Guest Speaker at 4-11 Breakfast

April 1st, 2014

Networking Breakfast with Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney



Carolyn Maloney has been a member of Congress since 1993. She is a member of the House Financial Services Committee, the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit & immediate past chair of the Joint Economic Committee.

She will lead a discussion on

economic benefits & the latest efforts in Congress to pass a minimum wage increase & comprehensive immigration reform..

Friday, April 11th


NYSUT, AQE keep up push on taxes, ed funding

March 21st, 2014


It looks like today’s leaders meeting ended with no real conclusion, although Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos are at odds over a number of issues including Pre-K funding, the Dream Act and other priorities, but advocates will be back in force on Monday.

9 protesters arrested amid state budget talks

March 21st, 2014


By Rick Karlin

Occupy Albany protesters are long gone from the park where they camped out more than two years ago, but a coalition of progressive protesters, angry about Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed tax cuts and posing a number of demands descended on the Capitol Thursday for a demonstration and sit-in outside the governor's office.
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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.

School pension costs are set to rise 7.8 percent

February 7th, 2014
School pension costs are set to rise 7.8 percent in the coming 2014-2015 school year, according to the state’s Teachers Retirement System, the fifth year in a row that pension costs went up, Gannett Albany writes:

Now is the Moment to Expand and Strengthen the Living Wage Law

January 28th, 2014
Written by Stuart Appelbaum

When the New York City Council passed historic living wage legislation last year, it was an important step on a long road toward creating a fairer and more equitable city.

The premise of the legislation is simple and widely supported: when public money is used to fund private development projects, the public has the right to expect quality jobs will be created as a result, not low-wage jobs that keep workers in poverty.

NYSUT votes 'no confidence' in State Ed. leader John King

January 27th, 2014


By Kristen V. Brown

The state's largest and most powerful teachers union issued a declaration of "no confidence" in state Education Commissioner John King on Saturday.

The action called for King's removal from his post by the state Board of Regents.

New York State United Teachers' 80-member board of directors unanimously approved the symbolic but unprecedented resolution, which states the board has "no confidence in the policies of the Commissioner of Education."

NYC COMPTROLLER STRINGER TO AUDIT NCYHA, FOLLOWING CALLS FROM NYC MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, LABOR LEADERS

January 23rd, 2014

~Comptroller Stringer’s office meets with Representative Meeks, offices of Reps. Maloney, Nadler and Jeffries, and labor leaders to hear concerns and issues that a NYCHA audit should address~

 

New York, NY – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office attended a meeting today at Teamsters Headquarters with Rep. Greg Meeks (NY-5), and the offices of several members of Congress and labor leaders to gather input and concerns pertaining to the operational practices of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Comptroller Stringer’s office has already begun an audit of NYCHA practices – making good on a campaign commitment – but also wanted to hear suggestions from the labor leaders and members of Congress who initially called for the comprehensive audit.
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For Diabetics, Health Risks Fall Sharply

April 17th, 2014


BY SABRINA TAVERNISE AND DENISE GRADY

Rates of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and amputations dropped over the past two decades, federal researchers said.

“Raise the Federal Minimum Wage” Resolution Adopted at National Jewish Communal Affairs Gathering in Atlanta

March 17th, 2014
(March 17, 2014) New York -- The Jewish Labor Committee is pleased to report that a resolution we cosponsored in support Increasing the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10, as well as raising the wage of tipped workers, was passed by an overwhelming majority of 250 delegates, from 60 groups across the United States, at the annual conference of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, meeting one week ago in Atlanta, GA.

New York Women's Equality Coalition Applauds Assembly for Passing Women's Equality Agenda

January 28th, 2014


January 27, 2014 - The New York Women's Equality coalition is pleased that our legislature has taken the first step in making the Women's Equality Agenda a reality in New York this year, and we applaud the Assembly Democrats, Speaker Silver, and all those members who voted yes today, for putting women's equality at the top of their 2014 agenda. Today, the New York State Assembly built on its longstanding commitment to New York's women and girls by passing the full Women's Equality Agenda, first introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo. By moving swiftly to prioritize the package of legislation, which was proposed last year and did not become law, the Assembly has made it crystal clear that women's lives are a priority. Strong majorities of New York voters agree: eighty-nine percent think equal pay for women should be a high priority and 80 percent support updating New York's abortion law. Despite this overwhelming public support, the State Senate failed to vote on the full Women's Equality Agenda last year.

New Building Congress Report Urges Adoption of Dedicated User Fees to Pay for Mass Transit, Roads, and Other Vital City Infrastructure

January 16th, 2014


Report Recommends Uniform Toll Policy, Residential Parking Permits, and Vehicle Miles Fee to Lessen Growing Debt Burden

New York's increasing reliance on borrowing to fund its capital projects is unsustainable over the long-run, and government officials must institute new, dedicated revenue sources to maintain, grow and strengthen the City's vast transportation and infrastructure networks, according to a recently released New York Building Congress report.

In How to Save New York City's Infrastructure: Dedicate Revenues, the Building Congress found that an impressive $18 billion was invested in 2011 by the City of New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and other government agencies to fund the upkeep and expansion of the City's mass transit network, water and sewer system, public schools, parks and other critical public works.

New York Women's Equality Coalition Revitalizes Push for Equality Agenda

January 10th, 2014

New York Women's Equality Coalition Revitalizes Push for Equality Agenda

Applauds Governor for Renewed Commitment to Advancing Women's Equality

January 8, 2014 - Earlier this week, the New York Women's Equality Coalition (NYWEC) reaffirmed its commitment to passing the full Women's Equality Agenda into law in 2014, including all the provisions that will upgrade New York's laws on abortion, domestic violence, human trafficking, and gender discrimination.

On behalf of the coalition, Christine Sadowski says, "We are thankful the Governor highlighted the Women's Equality Act today, especially his acknowledgment that nothing changed for women in 2013. We are hopeful that working together with him, and all legislators, we can move towards greater equality for women in 2014."


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