SCOTUS rules in favor of Janus in Janus v. AFSCME

By |2018-07-06T19:00:29+00:00July 6th, 2018|Justice System, Media, Supreme Court, Union News|

On June 27th, after months of deliberation, The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Mark Janus in Janus v. AFSCME. The decision, which overturns the 1977 precedent set by Abood v. Detroit B.O.E., states that the fair-share fees once paid by non-union employees are a violation of their First Amendment rights. The case [...]

The App-Based Battleground

By |2018-09-24T22:47:53+00:00June 25th, 2018|Media, Technology, Union News, Workers Compensation|

California and Seattle are the latest battlegrounds for lawsuits involving ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft. As the gig economy expands, the definitions of job and employee are growing with it. However, the business model of the gig economy can be particularly daunting for their independent contractors-those of who are usually not subject to certain benefits, [...]

Industries with growing union membership

By |2018-05-09T19:47:39+00:00May 8th, 2018|Media, Union News|

Labor unions have a long history in public works and trades. Typically unions are made up of police officers, fire fighters, sanitation, electricians, construction workers, the health industry, and the like. However, recently there are a variety of industries with employees voting to unionize. Their reasons for voting to unionize are all unique to the [...]

Legislative bills to cushion potential Janus ruling

By |2018-04-30T13:42:23+00:00April 27th, 2018|Media, State Budget, Supreme Court, Union News|

The 2019 NYS Fiscal Budget was completed two days before its April 1st deadline. While $1 million was allocated to investigate wage theft, new legislation introduced into the budget to soften the blow that the Supreme Court case Janus vs. AFSCME ruling could have. The budget that was allocated to investigate wage theft is part [...]

Closing Rikers Island would be at the expense of CO, Borough, inmate safety

By |2019-04-05T14:24:21+00:00March 20th, 2018|COBA, Corrections Officers, Media, Officers, Rikers Island|

One of Rikers Islands nine correctional facilities will close this summer, beginning with the George Motchan Detention Center (GMDC). In a statement from our partner, Sean Riordan, Esq., “In the Mayor’s continual attempt to close Rikers Island he has announced the pending closure of GMDC. This closure can only be viewed as creating a greater [...]

FDNY EMS Gears Up, Private Ambulances Scale Down

By |2020-09-22T16:03:51+00:00March 14th, 2018|Media|

FDNY EMS Gears Up, Private Ambulances Scale Down Our citys' FDNY saw this coming from miles away, according to the Chief Leader article linked below: "It was back during the Giuliani administration that the city opened the door for the private carriers. Mayor Rudy Giuliani also took the Emergency Medical [...]

Construction Industry needs Scaffold Law

By |2018-03-13T18:00:42+00:00March 13th, 2018|Justice System, Media, Work Injury, Workers Compensation|

Changes to the Scaffold Law have been at the crux of recent discussions in the construction industry. In New York, 2016 and 2015 were statistically the deadliest years for construction workers-dozens of articles recording deaths due to improper equipment were published. In late 2017, two workers fell to their deaths during the same day on [...]

Why we need to Protect our unions from Janus

By |2018-03-13T17:58:51+00:00March 9th, 2018|Justice System, Media|

A Supreme Court case with a 40-year precedent has been brought back to the future. On February 26th, the Supreme Court began hearings on Janus vs. AFSCME and the constitutionality of compulsory Fair Share fees. These fees are paid by non-union employees who work in unionized jobs but are still represented by the union during [...]

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