News From: Workplace safety

by Kate Hogan | on Jun 01, 2016

Scabs in the writers room

Everyone has some sort of guilty pleasure. Joyriding, candy, cigarettes. Things that we love that we hope no one finds out about. For some people, it’s reality TV. Shows like The Bachelor,...

by Kate Hogan | on May 19, 2016

Unions 101: An Intern's perspective

A union is an organization of workers joined together to protect their common interests and improve their working conditions. It serves as an intermediary between the employer and the employees. The...

by Kris LaGrange | on Apr 29, 2016

A pole fell on a house!

39,000 person strike at Verizon is now two weeks old while the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) walk picket lines Verizon has...

by Kris LaGrange | on Apr 28, 2016

Can going to Church save a life?

Today all across the country unions are paying homage to those lost in workplace accidents.  In an email to his members, IBEW Local 777 Business Manager Richard Drey said:“Before OSHA was...

by AFL-CIO | on Apr 28, 2016

Still much work to do

Albany - Every day on average, 13 workers die in this country as a result of workplace injuries. And, every year in cities, towns and communities across America we gather on Workers’ Memorial...

by Ted Skerpon | on Apr 19, 2016

Preventing Violence at work

Recently representatives from the 15,000 member IBEW Utility Labor Council of NYS lobbied lawmakers in Albany to aggressively pass a Utility Workers Assault Bill and ask Governor Cuomo to...

by United States D... | on Mar 25, 2016

"They know not what they do"

Friday, March 25th, marks the 105th anniversary of one of the most significant but terrible events in Labor history, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911.  Commemorations are already...

by Kris LaGrange | on Feb 23, 2016

Trump’s lobbyist attacks Union Building Trades

A little over a week ago, UCOMM Blog covered NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento’s response to an anti-union letter from lobbyist Brad Gertsman blaming the NYC Building Trades Council for the...

by Press and Media | on Feb 11, 2016

Carwash worker dies in NYC

William "El Toro" Gomez, a carwash worker from E. 174th St. and Webster Ave., passed out at the car wash on Sunday January 31st. He was hospitalized and released at 5 in the morning on...

by Brian Young | on Mar 30, 2015

The Fire that Started it all

March 25th represented the 104th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. This fire killed 146 garment workers.  Many where killed because the anti-union bosses locked workers into the...

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