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 [...]

Continued battle for 9/11 First Responders benefits

By |2018-01-03T15:38:14+00:00December 19th, 2017|Justice System, Media|

Recently, the civil service publication The Chief Leader published several articles discussing the state of 9/11-related disability claims being processed at NYCERS. Statistically, WTC Disability claims are on the chopping block. More are being denied than approved, and the ones that are usually denied take years to be evaluated. Other issues at hand are transparency during [...]

November 2017 NYS WCB Proposal Summary

By |2019-03-27T13:24:31+00:00December 14th, 2017|Media, Work Injury, Workers Compensation|

Back in September, thousands of injured workers, legislators, and other advocates stood with us in a far-reaching fight to stop the disastrous changes proposed by the NYS Workers Compensation Board. The public comment period ended in October and as a result of the uprising, the NYS WCB rescinded the initial proposal. November 22nd, the second [...]

NYPD’s ShotSpotter yields positive results

By |2017-04-03T19:36:27+00:00March 29th, 2017|Media, Officers|

NYPD is reporting that the gunshot-locating technology ShotSpotter has helped lower shootings throughout Brooklyn and the Bronx. An article on nydailynews.com grants a number of accomplishments as a result of the technology: "The rise comes as both arrests by police and complaints against officers are down substantially while the department adheres to a new policing [...]

NYPD gears up after London attack in wake of proposed budget cut

By |2017-04-03T19:39:42+00:00March 24th, 2017|Justice System, Media, Officers|

Last week, the Trump administration released their plan for a 10% spike in military spending. Roughly $700 million in federal grants from the Department of Homeland Security would be cut, according to an article posted on Newsday.com. These are the same grants that provide funding for counterterrorism efforts for local law enforcement agencies across the [...]

New FDNY methods, programs improve performance

By |2017-03-20T13:30:27+00:00March 20th, 2017|Media|

For the first time, the FDNY deployed one of its three drones over a fire in the Bronx. Having a birds-eye view helped the crew on the ground monitor the safety of the group trying to control the fire, as well as letting them better direct them as well. This ultimately lead to the ground [...]

Work site safety hazards results in lawsuit

By |2017-03-20T14:08:38+00:00March 20th, 2017|Media, Work Injury|

A Long Island man has suffered two severed nerves and three severed veins after falling from part of a construction work site that lacked a secure and safe exit point. According to DNAinfo.com, Michael Hickey was injured while working in 2015 on the new water tunnel that will soon connect Staten Island and Brooklyn. "The [...]

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