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Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List. Read more >>>
Former NYS AFL-CIO President, Edward J. Cleary, Organized Labor's 'Man of the People' passed away today, in his home in Florida at the age of 86. The heartfelt sympathies of all the Officers and Affiliates of the Central New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO are sent to his wife Trudy, daughters Annmarie, Liz and Ellen, grandchildren and Ed’s entire family.
Statement from Central New York Area Labor Federation and Unite HERE 150 President Ann Marie Taliercio on the passing of Edward J. Cleary
Personally I remember Ed as one of the most endearing Mentors in my life that was happy to reach out and support an inexperienced “woman” labor leader and help her win her first battle as well as go on to teach her how to win all the battles that were to come after. Yes, being a woman was not a prerequisite for leading a Union in 1990, or even being an integral part of that Union but Ed Cleary did not shy from lending the power of his position to help a fellow Sister or Brother win their battle for social justice and further workers’ rights. I was proud to be elected and serve on Ed Cleary’s Executive Board in June of 1991.
“One movement, One voice, One agenda” were words constantly heard by those he worked with as the only way Organized Labor could effectively advocate for New York’s working families. Ed also understood that Labor’s tools had to match those of business and upgraded operations to ready the “State Fed’s” launch at full strength into the 21st century.Read more >>>
Faith for a Fair NY 2016 Conference
New Yorkers of all faiths are compelled by our traditions to seek justice. How do we do so faithfully and effectively in a time of increasing inequality, poverty and ideological division?
September 25- 27 join people of faith from across New York as we learn and reflect together on how to organize, educate, advocate, and agitate for economic and racial justice in our state.
Over three days of presentations, workshops, and small group reflection, we will:
Build connections with other justice-seeking New Yorkers from different regions and faiths
SAVE THE DATE - GREATER SYRACUSE LABOR COUNCIL LABOR DAY PARADE
Join the Greater Syracuse Labor Council on Labor Day, September 5th
Meet: 10:00 a.m.
Parade: 10:30 a.m.
GROUP PHOTO in the bleachers at CHEVY COURT
Syracuse Elks Pride 315 Drumline will entertain us while marchers are filling in.
We will take a large take a large GROUP PHOTO!
After Dr. Nave, President of the Greater Syracuse Labor Council gives some remarks on Labor Day, Infinity will perform. (local Journey 80's tribute band)
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On June 9, 2016 people of the Broome County community attended a Public Transportation Forum to discuss the issues surrounding route changes implemented by the Broome County Transit Authority earlier in 2016. These changes were swiftly employed with little notification to the general public and the riders who rely on the B.C. bus system.
This Forum was emceed by Kate Murray, President of the Broome-Tioga Federation of Labor. The room, at the American Legion, Post 80 in Binghamton, was full of over 50 riders, politicians and advocates who shared harrowing personal stories of being left stranded at bus stops, walking home for over two hours in the dark, missing doctor's appointments and losing employment because the routes were suddenly changed and the hours of bus service shortened. It is well documented in this region that the ridership of the Broome Transit System is mainly utilized by the elderly, students, disabled and low income citizens of the community.
Please support the Women of Steel CNY Chapter with their drive to benefit Helping Hounds Dog Rescue. For more inof or pick-up call:
SAVE THE DATE!
Annual Labor – Community Picnic
Sponsored by Midstate Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
For more information contact
The Central NY Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, which represents 100,000 Workers and their Families throughout eleven counties of Central New York, including much farmland, supports the lawsuit filed by the NYCLU on behalf of Upstate NY farmworker Crispin Hernandez.
The Worker Center of Central New York, Syracuse NY, and the Worker Justice Center of New York in Kingston and Rochester, NY, are challenging the exclusion of farmworkers from the right to organize based on the exclusion violating Article 1 section 17 of the Bill of Rights of the New York State Constitution that states: “Employees shall have the right to organize and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing.”
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Syracuse - Rally in favor of their resolution to stand with Striking Verizon Workers to fight Corporate Greed
Volunteers Needed - Call To Action
Stand with the City of Syracuse Common Council and Rally in favor of their resolution to stand
with Striking Verizon Workers to fight Corporate Greed
May 23, 2016
Syracuse City Hall
233 E. Washington Street
For more info Please contact
CNY ALF Field Coordinator Wendy Colucci
Office: 315-422-3363315-422-3363 Cell: 315-383-2712315-383-2712
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“CWA Local 1123 and the American Red Cross TO Host Blood Drive”
Your Donation of Blood Will Help to Save Lives as CWA
TO Reserve your Donation Time Slots…
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The Greater Syracuse Labor Council held a forum for the Congressional candidates who are running in the Dem primary for the purposes of answering questions directly related to Labor issues.
The democratic primary is June 28.
Special thanks to Teamsters Local 317 for hosting the event. Thanks to the GSLC PAAC Committee for putting the event together!
Video of the event can be found here:
If you are a registered Democrat in the 24th district we encourage you to vote on June 28th.
The Greater Syracuse Labor Council will hold anther forum after the primary with the winner and Congressman Katko.Read more >>>
On Thursday and Friday this week, May 12 and 13, 2016, while members of CWA Local 1123 will be picking up their Strike Support Checks from their Union, the Affiliates of the Central New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, is sponsoring lunch for the more than 500 Members of the Striking Union who are in the 30th day of a bitter strike against Verizon.
“It’s the next best thing to walking the line with them. It’s been thirty days, that’s a long time and sharing a meal together shows that the Labor Community cares and supports CWA in it’s fight to save the American Middle Class right here in Central New York.” , said Ann Marie Taliercio, President of the CNY Area Labor Federation.
Chris Ryan said, “It’s always a great day when Labor Comes to lend support to my Members!”
CNY ALF affiliates are standing with striking Verizon workers all around our region. Please join us! In Syracuse CNY ALF has "adopted" the Verizon wireless store on Tuesday evenings, and at the Verizon wireless store in Vestal on Wednesday evenings. And you can stand with your CWA/IBEW Sisters and Brothers at locations around our region every day. A full list of locations below. You can show your support in Auburn, Binghamton, Ithaca, Oneonta, and Syracuse.
Please CALL the CNY ALF Office 315-422-3363315-422-3363 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Field Coordinator Bonnie Wilson 607-372-3153 with any questions and to let us know when you are going to join a picket. Approved CWA/IBEW signs will be provided.Read more >>>
Show your support and solidarity with our CWA & IBEW Sisters and Brothers on strike at Verizon – join the picket line with them.
COME SHOW THIS GREEDY COMPANY WE WILL FIGHT FOR A FAIR CONTRACT
MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016, 5PM
For more info please contact Wendy Colucci, Field Coordinator
CWA 1123 sent a nice thank you note to the CNY ALF and our affiliates this week for our support thus far on their strike against Verizon.
Thanks to all of those who have already stood in solidarity with CWA / IBEW on the picket line! The fight is not over!
Please join a picket / rally near you! Use the tool at www.standuptoverizon.com to find an event near you!
For more information contact our Field Coordinators:
Wendy Colucci - 315-422-3363 - email@example.com
Bonnie Wilson - 607- 372-3153 - firstname.lastname@example.orgRead more >>>
Verizon Workers Announce Strike!
Please take action and stand in solidarity with our Communications Workers of America brothers and sisters at Verizon:
Wednesday, April 13th | 6 am | 6360 Thompson Road, Syracuse
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CWA and IBEW Set to Go On Strike at Verizon
Wednesday, April 13, 6 a.m.
After ten months of intensive negotiations to reach a fair contract with Verizon, the CWA and IBEW have announced a strike deadline of 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13. We will set up picket lines and shut this company down if a fair agreement is not reached by then.
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The threat of violence, and its effects on students and school
Kevin Ahern, president of the Syracuse Teachers Association, will speak
The breakfast pays tribute to the memory of workers who were killed on the
To the Editor:
As you read this, our state lawmakers are rapidly approaching the April 1 deadline to pass the New York state budget. There are a wide range of topics and issues being considered and debated, but two in particular will have a profound impact on millions of working families across Central New York: a $15 minimum wage and paid family leave.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has offered proposals on both these issues which will have a positive impact on the economy and workers in Central New York.Read more >>>
NYSNA Informational Picket
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2016
Contact: Tara L. Martin I Email: Tara.Martin@nysna.org I Cell: 646.334.8146
HUNDREDS OF NURSES FROM THE NEW YORK STATE NURSES ASSOCIATION ENGAGE IN INFORMATIONAL PICKETING AT THREE UPSTATE HOSPITALS CALLING FOR FAIR CONTRACTS AND SAFE STAFFING TO PROTECT PATIENTS
Informational Picketing Held in Watertown, Utica, and Oneida
WATERTOWN, UTICA, ONEIDA, NY – Hundreds of members from the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) engaged in informational picketing today at three upstate hospitals to push for fair contracts and to call for appropriate staffing levels to protect patients.
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With a call to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, over 20 individuals from the Central New York area are committed to “living” in the minimum wage for one week.
The minimum wage challenge is a campaign being launched March 7th to call on elected officials and community leaders to live on New York’s minimum wage of $9 an hour for 5 days and document the experience on social media.
The challenge is designed to highlight the need to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and push elected officials to do everything they can to make a $15 minimum wage a reality for New York workers.Read more >>>
On Monday, March 7, working women and men from Syracuse assembled at the Southwest Community Center in anticipation of International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8. The United States stands virtually alone in the world in failing to provide any paid leave for workers with a new baby or sick relative who depends on their care.
“No New Yorker should have to choose between caring for a newborn child or a seriously ill family member and keeping their job,” said Ann Marie Taliercio, President of the Central New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO and President/Business Rep. of UNITEHERE Local 150, AFL-CIO. “The United States lags far behind the rest of the world in providing this essential benefit for working families."Read more >>>
The CNY Fight for $15 group is kicking off their Minimum Wage Challenge at a press conference -
Please join us for the kick off and Take part in the minimum wage challenge next week!Read more >>>
The Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO will host a Democratic Congressional Candidate LABOR Forum on Wednesday, May 18th at 5:30 pm at the Teamsters Hall at 566 Spencer Street.
If you would like to submit a question to be considered for the forum, click Read more below.Read more >>>
Thank you to Syracuse Councilor Hudson for introducing this Resolution to Albany and Congress supporting a $15 minimum wage for ALL workers. It goes further to ask if the state min wage is not increased to please grant them permission to change the min wage in the City of Syracuse.
The Annual Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO dinner honorees:
2016 Activist of the Year Dave Scalisi, UAW 624, OPEIU 277
Please join us on February 4, 5:30 at the OnCenter
Tickets are $65 and ads can be placed as well - See flyer for detailsRead more >>>
Join us for the 16th Annual
Needed: WARM WINTER OUTERWEAR (new or gently used)
Drop off at Pensabene's Casa Grande - 135 State Fair Blvd.
The 2016 Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO awards dinner will be on Thursday, February 4th 2016 at the OnCenter.
If you'd like to nominate someone for an award - info can be found here:Read more >>>
ONEIDA PATIENTS DESERVE THE VERY BEST CARE!
Below you will find info for the 2016 Greater Syracuse Labor Council Awards Dinner. If you would like to nominate an individual send back the name of the activist you would like to nominate. Please note nominees do not need to be active in the activities of the labor council to be considered, activism within their local qualifies them for consideration.
All nominations must be received by Friday, January 8, 2016.
Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO
This year’s Greater Syracuse Labor Council Award’s Dinner will be Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the OnCenter
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s dinner.
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Congratulations to the CLC endorsed candidates who were victorious on election night 2015!
Thank you to all that helped to bring these labor friendly candidates to the winner's circle!Read more >>>
Voter turnout regularly drops in midterm elections--by as much as 20%-- and has done so since the 1840s. That means that union members can have a disproportionate impact on local elections just by casting a ballot!
Here's your chance to make your voice heard on Tuesday, November 3rd, Election Day.Read more >>>
Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Halloween Labor Party! Meet our endorsed candidates!
Tuesday, October 27 5pm
RSVP to email@example.com
FREE Souvenier Photos from Green Screen Photographer Tai ShawRead more >>>
Ann Marie Taliercio is re-elected to her 3rd term as President of the Central New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
The delegates of the Central New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO have re-elected Ann Marie Taliercio, President of UNITEHERE Local 150, to serve as President of the Federation for a third term. Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli, a staunch supporter of New York’s working men and women, did the honor of the swearing in. Read more >>>
Tri-County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO endorsement
Tri-County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO proudly endorses our union sister, Michelle Osterhoudt, for Oneonta Common Council 4th Ward.
To help with Michelle's campaign, contact Field Coordinator Bonnie Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO met on September 17, 2015 and voted to endorse the following candidates: Read more >>>
The Cayuga CLC, AFL-CIO is proud to make the following endorsements for 2015: Read more >>>
Awards given at the 32nd Annual Labor Day Picnic, Ithaca, sponsored by the Midstate CLC & the Tompkins County Workers' Center
Over 300 people attended the annual Labor Day picnic in Ithaca, NY. The picnic has been sponsored for thirty-two years by the Midstate Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. For the past five years the Tompkins County Workers' Center has also been a co-sponsor of the picnic, which brings labor and community together to celebrate workers on Labor Day.
The annual awards are always a highlight of the picnic. This year's theme was "organizing for respect," and the awards reflected that, honoring workers who stood up to organize a union.
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Jamie Dangler, UUP, talking union and social justice on WHCU870, Ithaca
In advance of the Labor Day holiday, Jamie Dangler, UUP, talks about unions and social justice on WHCU870 out of Ithaca. Sister Dangler is UUP Vice President for Academics and an Associate Professor at SUNY Cortland.
The Great New York State Fair is now open! Be sure to visit all of the Labor booths along the way!
Park with United Steelworkers (USW) at Crucible and your fee will be donated to many local charities.
Your ticket will be taken by SEIU Local 200United members!
Dine with UNITEHERE Local 150, AFL-CIO at the Empire Room, Grand Central Grill (Center of Progress Bldg), NY Cafe (Horticultural Bldg)
NYSNA in the Science Building
CSEA, NYSUT & PEF in the Center of Progress Building
Join us on Labor day at 10:00 am for our Labor Parade!
Special Guest speaker is NYSUT President Karen Magee.
Enjoy the Fair!Read more >>>
The Greater Syracuse Labor Council, AFL-CIO met on August 19, 2015 and voted to endorse the following candidates: Read more >>>
We sent the PSC a strong message via public pressure from citizens, consumer advocates, and unions that it should set public policies that protect New Yorkers. The Public Service Commission (PSC) has responded!
The PSC has announced that a public hearing will be held in SYRACUSE ON AUGUST 6TH at 7:00 pm.Read more >>>
The CNY Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
The 1st Annual
Please be advised.
At the next CLC meeting – July 13 – 6:30 at BCTGM
We will open the floor for nominations for the position of Treasurer.
If you are interested in running – please let me know.Read more >>>
All across New York thousands of advocates - parents, students, educators, administrators, school board members, grandparents, are standing up to demand fair funding for our schools and an end to the attacks on teachers and public education. You can join them.
Please attend these important events! Bring your union Sisters and Brothers, your friends and family. Let our elected officials know that we support our schools and teachers!
There are forums all around our region. Below is a list of upcoming events:Read more >>>
Public transit is essential for workers, students, seniors, and a vibrant 21st Century urban economy! Say no to transit cuts at Centro! Make your voice heard - public hearings and on-line comments. Sample letter explaining harm that cuts will do here
Read more for a full list of public hearings and links to and twitterRead more >>>
Support our Union Brothers and Sisters.
Click to find how you can find Union Hotels, Union Services and Union Made!Read more >>>
No one should have to choose between the health of their family and their ability to make ends meet.
The Paid Family Leave Insurance Act will help keep New York’s families healthy and secure by providing weekly benefits to workers to care for a family member, replacing part of their wages for up to 12 weeks. California, New Jersey and Rhode Island already have paid family leave, it’s time for New York to do the same.
Text Paid Leave to 877877 to be connected with your Senator. Thank them for introducing Paid Family Leave in the Senate budget and to please continue supporting it in joint budget negotiations.Read more >>>
Onondaga County families need your help to bring the Workforce Development Institute (WDI) Child Care Subsidy Facilitated Enrollment Program into Onondaga County. This valuable program provides financial assistance towards the high cost of child care for hard-working families that earn too much to qualify for a Department of Social Services (DSS) Subsidy, but too little to afford quality, accessible child care for their children. At this time, several other upstate counties have this program and we need it too!
Currently, a family of 4 with an annual income just above the DSS subsidy eligibility line (200%) of the Federal Poverty Level), could spend up to 22% of their annual salary on child care for one child. Working families who qualify for WDI Child Care Subsidy experience a decrease in child care costs, while contributing a family share fee. The current average subsidy in NY is $5,000, which goes a long way towards helping working families achieve better financial stability.
In Onondaga County, the average annual cost is $10,500 for one child. These high costs can often jeopardize their stability in the workforce and cause significant attendance, reliability and stress issues for working parents.
NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on the Governor’s Education Reform Proposals
The so-called education reforms proposed today include direct attacks on basic worker protections and as such impact all workers, not just teachers. Increasing tenure requirements is a roll back of due process rights and ultimately will dissuade teachers from speaking out and advocating for the children they have dedicated their lives to educating. The proposal to tear up teacher collective bargaining agreements in failing public schools is a slap at the entire Labor Movement, and ignores the plethora of socio-economic and other factors that impact educational performance.
We look forward to working with Governor Cuomo, the Legislature, our affiliates and community partners to solve real problems in public education, such as massive funding disparities, and in turn ensure a brighter future for all of New York’s children.
Original article and more at nysaflcio.org
New York is one of America’s greatest cities. Many of the notable landmarks that make this city great were built with American hands using American products. But those strong and enduring monuments were not confined to just New York. You could find them in Oswego and Plattsburgh and Jamestown and Liberty. They were the memorials of our history and the bridges that took us to places we did not know how to spell. They were the buildings and shops filled with people and storefronts filled with dreams.
Now those dreams have been covered with sheets of plywood, the monuments are crumbling and our bridges are deteriorating. We can stop this but we need your help. Contact your State Assembly and Senate members to help pass “Buy American” bills S-7206 and A-9521. Send a message - Click Here:Read more >>>
OSWEGO, N.Y. (May 14) – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has informed aluminum producer Novelis that the company has violated labor laws in its response to workers’ efforts to organize a union at its Oswego, N.Y., facility.
Novelis, which has other unfair labor practice charges pending before the NLRB related to its interference in the effort to unionize its 600 hourly workers, illegally provided a benefit to employees in order to dissuade them from voting to join the USW, the board found. In addition, the company is accused of manipulating documents to make it appear that the union was behind a plan to rescind those benefits.Read more >>>
Representative Maffei, Advocacy Groups and Unions Call on Congress to Stop Fast Track for Job-Killing Trade Deal
Fast Track Legislation for the TPP Would Slash Jobs, and Cut Environmental and Consumer Protections
New York City- Representative Dan Maffei, unions, environmental, progressive and consumer groups joined together to oppose recently-introduced Fast Track legislation for the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Currently, the TPP is being negotiated in secret between the United States and 11 countries Pacific Rim countries including Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, and Vietnam, which are 40% of the world economy.Read more >>>
The CNY ALF will be starting our own New "Leadership Committee" in 2014.
1. To motivate new and interested Union Members and activists to become more active in the Union, Labor Movement and Community
3. To provide opportunities for new and interested Labor and community activists to advance leadership, advocacy and activism skills
4. To increase the visibility of the Labor and community activists within the Labor movement and the greater community
5. To provide opportunities for social networking and relationship building
Brother Al Marzullo will be starting the CNY ALF group in Syracuse and is asking each local to send at least one member to participate in the founding of this organization.
Al and I invite you, as leaders of the regional labor movement, to participate and to identify members you believe will benefit from this training and who will be interested in participating in the network we build over the next few years. Once the Syracuse core group is established we hope to use those participating members who live throughout our region to foster New Leadership activity at the six CLC’s.
WHO to SEND to represent your UNION?...New members, members with new or expanded Union responsibilities or any who wish to become more committed to the union movement are all good candidates.
The FIRST meeting will be:
Thursday, January 16th 5:30 p.m.
Please do not hesitate to contact either one of us with any questions.
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"Letter Carriers are the social thread in the fabric of society..." CNY ALF AFL-CIO Executive Board Member Tom Dlugolenski shows how Union Letter Carriers mean much to our community especially in the midst of a State-wide snow emergency.
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Local services and good jobs are threatened in Broome County, and residents are fighting back. A public nursing home, a public transit system, and local mental health and developmental disability services are vital to the well-being of our community. Labor and community members are coming together to preserve good jobs and services in our community.
You can speak up for local services at a community forum on the proposed closure of Broome Developmental Center
ASSEMBLYMEMBERS CROUCH & LUPARDO TO HOST COMMUNITY FORUM ON BROOME DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER CLOSURE
WHAT: Community Forum on Broome Developmental Center Closure
More ways to fight...Read more >>>
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