by Alexis Barrau | on Jun 15, 2016

Silica the invisible killer

At least 1.7 million U.S. workers a year are exposed to respirable crystalline silica.  It is used in a variety of industries and occupations, including construction, sandblasting, and mining....

by Brian Young | on Jun 02, 2016

Wearable tech at work

When many people think of wearable technology the first thing that they think of is an Apple Watch, Google glasses, a Go Pro or a Fitbit.  While those fun toys were developed to benefit the tech...

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...

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