Panel: How to Cover Labor Issues


The Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is partnering with Metro NY Labor Communications Council to host a panel discussion on covering labor issues.

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 @ 6:00 p.m.

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
219 West 40th Street (Between 7th and 8th Avenues), Room 308
New York, NY 10018

Panel members:
Cara Noel, Communications Director, NYC Central Labor Council, Co-Chair, NY Metro Labor Communications Council
Lenore Friedlaender, Assistant to the President 32BJ SEIU
Richie Steier,  Editor of the civil-service newspaper “The Chief-Leader”

Moderator: Garry Pierre-Pierre, Executive Director, Center for Community and Ethnic Media

In recent years, new Americans have become the bedrock of labor union membership. These members are essentially your readers. And soon, the de Blasio administration is set to begin negotiations with municipal unions whose contracts expired long ago. So how do you cover labor issues and what exactly do your readers need to know about their unions? Please join us for a conversation with labor leaders and journalists about labor’s continuing role to empower new Americans.
Food and drinks will be served

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At Newark Liberty International (EWR), John F. Kennedy International (JFK) and LaGuardia (LGA) airports, about 15,000 low-wage subcontracted airport service workers provide crucial services such as cabin cleaning, terminal security, baggage handling, wheelchair assistance, and sky cap services. They work for contractors hired by airlines and terminal operators and they struggle to get by on wages as low as $8.00 per hour with no affordable healthcare and no paid sick days in one of the most expensive cities in the country.

These service positions were once directly filled by airline carriers, and included paid sick days and holidays, vacation and health insurance benefits. In a bid to cut costs, airlines shed those jobs in favor of a race-to-the-bottom system where contractors fill jobs by reducing wages and doing away with employment benefits. These low-wage jobs, where workers may have to fill the gaps with government assistance programs such as food stamps, cash assistance, Section 8 rent support, and Medicaid, are not what New York City and New Jersey need.

The workers are struggling for justice, respect and a voice in their workplaces.

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Metro Call for Entries

Membership forms and the Call for Entries for this year’s awards have been mailed out. If you haven’t received the material please contact Denise Shavers at

Please have your union/association take out an ad for this year’s journal. Or if you’re an individual member you can purchase a business ad. You can download the Journal Ad Form in the Annual Convention page.

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