Sunday, February 19, 2006

Updates on Other Local Labor Struggles

In the Clarion, the monthly newspaper of PSC-CUNY, an article on the TWU strike notes that the head of the New York Central Labor Council Brian McLaughlin has suggested building a city-wide strike fund of $1.5 million, an amount which he said could be raised by a fee of just $1 for each unionized worker in New York City (isn't it great to be living in a city with so many union members?). Such a fund would give workers in every union more staying power in the event of a strike, as we would all know our benefits would last for long enough to give us the chance to win.

For more on the PSC-CUNY contract battle, see the February 16th update on negotiations. Basically, because of the Taylor Law, the CUNY administration feels just fine about bargaining in bad faith after CUNY workers have been without a contract since 2002.

Macy's workers are also fighting for a fair contract--you can support them at a labor rally on Monday, February 27th in Herald Square. You can also get involved with union campaigns across the country at Union Voice, a site giving users the opportunity to email and fax corporate and political leaders to urge negotiations and fair labor practice.

Finally, on Fridays at 6:00 PM, the Labor Goes to the Movies series of the CCNY Center for Worker Education (99 Hudson Street, 6th floor), shows films with a labor bent. For more information, contact Dania Rajendra (but don't RSVP).

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