Graduate Students at NYU Become the First Graduate-Student Union at a Private School (Again)

Categories: Labor, Unions

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After eight years of stalled efforts, graduate students at New York University have done it: On Wednesday afternoon, graduate, research, and teaching assistants at NYU became the only graduate-student union at a private university in the United States -- for the second time. How could that be, you ask? We'll explain.

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Food Workers' Union Authorizes a Strike of Stop & Shop Grocery Stores in the New York City Metro Area

Categories: Labor, Strikes

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Gathering at Nassau County UFCW Local 1500 strike authorization meeting.
If you haven't done your grocery shopping yet, now might be the time to stock up. On Monday at roughly 7:30 p.m., workers of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 authorized a strike of Stop & Shop supermarket, which employs 5,500 workers represented by the union. The strike would shut down stores on Long Island, New York City, Westchester, Putnam, and Duchess counties.

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Rick's Cabaret Strippers Won the Right to Minimum Wage, But Some Dancers Think It'll Only Make Things Worse

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The hottest trend in the nation's strip clubs is the dancers suing the pants off their employers. Latest case in point: Rick's Cabaret, conveniently located right near beautiful scenic Penn Station, and the site of a three-year-long stripper vs. management wage and hour lawsuit. On Tuesday, a federal judge sided with the strippers, ruling that they are employees of the club and deserve to be paid a minimum hourly wage . But will the lawsuit actually make working conditions at the club any more fair? On Stripper Web, a private forum for dancers, the reaction to the Rick's ruling was highly skeptical. Working strippers have seen these lawsuits before, and they've learned to be wary.

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As Fast Food Workers Walked Off the Job, Giant Industry Lobbying Groups Tried To Convince Us How Awful a Living Wage Would Be

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Striking fast food workers in Union Square yesterday.
A summer of protests over fast food workers' impossibly low wages reached its boiling point yesterday, when employees in New York and 49 other cities walked off the job in a one-day strike. In Lower Manhattan, our own Raillan Brooks interviewed Tyeisha Batts, a 27-year-old Burger King worker who makes a staggering $150 a week. Meanwhile in an alternate, much plusher universe, several juggernaut industry lobbying groups waged a media blitzkreig, claiming that low wages are good for people like Batts. In fact, they argued, raising the minimum wage to $15 or even $10 an hour would hurt her and other "low-skilled workers" by denying them "the opportunity to get a job and receive 'on the job' training."

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Fast Food Workers Clog the Streets of Lower Manhattan for Fair Wages and Union Rights

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Lining the sidewalks of the block of Nassau Street between Fulton and John, fast food workers, community supporters, and labor organizers protested against unfair wages and lack of job protections. With chants of "hey hey, ho ho, the poverty wage has got to go" and "workers united, will never be defeated," dozens of people stood outside the Wendy's at 85 Nassau Street in the Financial District.

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Fast Food Workers Are Walking off the Job in 50 Cities Today, Including New York

Categories: Labor

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Wendy's, one of the employers whose workers will rally today.
Strike actions and rallies will dot the city today as fast food workers' frustrations will too-low wages and lack of collective bargaining rights come to a head. Fast food employees in 50 cities, including New York, will take to the streets for increases in pay and the right to organize unions without interference from their employers.

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Dunkin Donuts Must Pay $200,000 in Back Wages to Employees in Staten Island and New Jersey

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If America runs on Dunkin, and Dunkin runs on wage theft, then...
When I pay for a gallon of coffee and bacon that tastes like pennies, I expect part of my $4 to go to the hardworking cashiers and managers that served me. The U.S. Department of Labor found that 55 Dunkin Donuts franchises were short-changing their managers. The company operating the branches must now pay $200,000 in back wages to 64 of its employees.

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Contract Negotiations between the ACLU and UAW Local 2110 Trudge On

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An image from last week's protest in front of ACLU national headquarters
Yesterday the ACLU and the UAW Local 2110 sat down yet again to negotiate the terms of a new five-year contract for the 28 employees it represents. After bargaining and caucusing late into the night, negotiations failed to produce a contract both sides could agree on.

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ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero Claims the Labor Union Is "Extorting" Him by Talking to the Village Voice

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The picket line at today's protest at ACLU national headquarters in Manhattan
After Wednesday's story about the the planned picket line of union workers at the ACLU headquarters over botched contract negotiations, Runnin' Scared spoke with ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero. In no uncertain terms, he said that Local 2110 was being unfair, not him.

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The ACLU Is Going After Its Own Union Workers' Contracts

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Try this for irony: The ACLU is taking a melon baller to its union workers' contracts. The collective bargaining unit representing legal assistants, receptionists, bookkeepers, accounting assistants, mail clerks, and most of the rest of the ACLU's support staff plans to picket the national headquarters today over the nonprofit's aggressive rollbacks of contract provisions.

Update: ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero Claims the Labor Union Is "Extorting" Him by Talking to The Village Voice

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