Planned Parenthood In Crisis: Workers Demand Union!

New York, NY – Planned Parenthood is supposed to dispense care and concern, but workers in Central New York say that they are feeling more like unwanted “step-children” – and they want union representation to redress their grievances.

No less than eight elected officials from both the New York State Legislature and United States Congress are calling upon Karen Nelson, CEO, Planned Parenthood of Western and Central New York, to honor workers’ overwhelming decision to have CWA Local 1168 represent them in future contract negotiations. MORE

NYC Labor Day Parade | New York City Central Labor Council

The parade is being held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10am.  It begins at Fifth Avenue and 44th Street and continues up Fifth Avenue to 64th Street.

This year, we are honored to have Chris Erikson, Business Manager of IBEW Local 3 as our Grand Marshal and Julie Kushner, Director of UAW, Region 9A, as our Parade Chair, leading our parade up Fifth Avenue.

Join us to celebrate the working men and women who help keep NYC up and running!

NYC Labor Day Parade | New York City Central Labor Council.

NYC Public Advocate Tish James to Discuss Collective Bargaining on 7/10

Empire State College Welcomes Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate

For a presentation and discussion of The Political and Economic Context of Collective Bargaining in New York City Today

Thursday, July 10, 4 – 6pm
At The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies
Empire State College
325 Hudson St., New York

This event is part of the 2014 summer residency program in Labor Studies taking place at the VanArsdale Center. It is available for credit to students registered in the residency, and is open to the general public who wish to engage in discussion on this issue of urgent concern to the city’s labor movement.

The event is free but space is limited.

To reserve your seat, please RSVP to

Metro Movie Night

Metro will be hosting a Movie Night on Tuesday, July 1 at 6:30pm.
We’ll be viewing “Citizen Koch,” and film director Tia Lessin has graciously agreed to stop by and say a few words before the movie.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Cara Noel, as refreshments will be provided, and we’d like to know how much to get.

Local will be the NYC Central Labor Council (275 7th Ave, 18th Floor)

Metro Convention a success

1962388_588435541253942_2283223169911789097_oThe Metro Convention was held on May 30th. The morning panel was on communications messaging and strategies for low-wage organzing. Michael Hirsch, longtime labor journalist, moderated the panel. We heard from  Danny Massey, Berlin Rosen, about the fast food workers campaign and Janna Pea, Deputy Communications Director, RWDSU about the car wash workers.

Metro Convention tomorrow!

Register under the Annual Convention page.

The morning panel is scheduled for 10 a.m. The panel is titled, “Communications Messaging and Strategies for Low-Wage Organizing.” The panelists are Danny Massey, Berlin Rosen (fast-food workers), Janna Pea, deputy communications director, RWDSU (car wash workers), and Elaine Kim, communications director, 32BJ, SEIU (airport workers campaign). Longtime labor journalist Michael Hirsch will moderate the panel.

After the morning panel, you will have an opportunity to hear Richard Steier, editor, The Chief, who will be honored as Metro’s Labor Communicator of the Year. Steier will have copies of his recent book, “Enough Blame to Go Around: The Labor Pains of New York City’s Public Employee Unions,” available for purchase. Deidre McFadyen, director of internal communications at the United Federation of Teachers and a former reporter at The Chief, will introduce Steier.

The awards session is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

At 2:30 p.m., the convention will feature a workshop, “Twitter Session: Leading a Revolution with 140 Characters.” Charles Lenchner and Elana Levin of Organizing 2.0 will lead the workshop.