Metro held its 41st Convention last Friday, May 6th.
The convention was opened by NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, below being introduced by Carl Ginsburg, NYSNA Communications Director.
Letitia James addressing the issue of a changing work place.
A panel on the gig economy followed. (L to R) Moderator, Bob Hennelly; Katie Unger, Michelle Chen and Mauricio Niebla.
Hamilton Nolan was honored as the Labor Communicator of the Year for his work in organizing the staff at Gwaker.
Trisha Arnold, NYC public school teacher and UFT member was given our highest competative award, the Mary Heaton Vorse award for a video she made of teachers talking about their connection with their students. Here she is receiving her award from Metro Secretary Marie Smith (Council of School Supervisors and Administrators).
The event ended with an engaging presentation by new Metro Co-Chair, Liz McKenna (NYC District Council of Carpenters) on using your smartphone as a communicating tool.
Thanks to Dave Sanders and NYSNA for the great photos.
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In the arrangement, which is still being finalized, workers would have to be paid at least $15 an hour, a move that gives Airbnb a lot more ammunition for its political battles.
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Register on the Annual Convention page.
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