Other State Issues to Watch

We tend to focus much of our efforts on the ‘bigger-ticket’ items that can most significantly impact our members, but we can’t lose sight of some lesser known, but equally impactful ideas as they percolate in different cities and states. A perfect example is currently being deliberated in New York City, where the City Council…

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Good News, Bad News

Workers at a Long Island, New York location of the retail giant Target rejected unionizing a couple of weeks ago by an overwhelming vote of 118 – 39! The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union has tried on a number of occasions to unionize Target workers, but has failed in each instance. New York…

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Beware! Fast Food Unions Have Arrived

Advocates, who have been pushing for years now to try and unionize fast food workers, have finally succeeded, although it may be on a small scale for the time being. Workers at a Portland Burgerville restaurant voted to unionize this past Monday in an election sanctioned by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The final…

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NYC Council Hears “Fair Workweek” Legislation

Last week, the New York City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor held a public hearing on a package of bills geared toward restricting the flexibility that employers have in dealing with their own employees. The council is entertaining a “Fair Workweek” package of 6 bills, which include a ban on “clopenings” (an employee…

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NY Health Care Industry Concerns on Wages

In the wake of Governor Cuomo mandating a wage windfall for fast food workers with his $15 per hour requirement, New York health care groups and organizations are concerned that the out-of-whack wage scale for fast food workers will drain the labor pool for entry level health care jobs.  The concerns were expressed by representatives…

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NY Governor Cuomo Boosts Fast Food Wage Outlook

A week ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo set the table for increased labor costs in the fast food industry with his edict (published as a NY Times Op-ED) instructing a state Wage Board to make recommendations on increasing the state minimum wage for fast food workers.  This week, we were served the first course…

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SEIU Sleight of Hand In Poll Results

Although it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) recently released a poll they commissioned through their National Council for Occupational Safety and Health that purported to show that some 79% of fast food kitchen workers had been burned on the job!  Certainly headline-grabbing to this point, but…

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