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Massey Energy’s “corporate risk-taking” killed 29 miners
NYHTC, September 14, 2011 - he explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in 2010 took the lives of 29 miners and devastated their families and communities. Two major investigations into its causes have made absolutely clear what the miners knew long before the April 5, 2010, explosion happened: the mine was a death trap, and Massey Energy, the owner, didn't care. [more...]

EDITORIAL: The peculiar institution of US immigration policy
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Republican outrage over NLRB efforts to enforce labor law against Boeing
NYHTC, July 12, 2011 - In a move that has provoked the fury of America's right-wing politicians, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint on April 20 against the Boeing Company for transferring aircraft assembly work out of state in retaliation against its unionized workers. That case took a step forward on June 14 as both sides appeared before a Seattle administrative law judge (ALJ) for an evidentiary hearing. [more...]

Arizona violates U.S. Constitution to attack unions
NYHTC, June 12, 2011 - The National Labor Relations Board filed a federal lawsuit against the State of Arizona on May 6 and announced it expected to file a similar suit against the State of South Dakota within the next several weeks, to challenge recent changes to the two states' constitutions designed to prevent workers from organizing unions, and blatantly violative of the United States Constitution. [more...]

NYC cracks down on “illegal hotels”
NYHTC, June 7, 2011 - Under a new state law effective May 1, New York City has started cracking down on owners who operate their residential buildings as "illegal hotels". Inspectors from the New York City Office of Special Enforcement started conducting inspections of properties, many of which had already been the subject of complaints by the long-term tenants who resided in the buildings. [more...]

Wisconsin anti-union bill becomes law but battle far from over
NYHTC, April 18, 2011 - On March 9 and 10, Wisconsin's Republican state senators and representatives passed legislation that stripped almost all of the state's 175,000 public employees of their collective bargaining rights and simultaneously enfeebled the unions that represented them. Governor Scott Walker signed the bill into law the following morning. The bill is nothing less than the use of state power to suppress democratic dissent, and is worthy of the worst third world dictatorship. [more...]

Wisconsin union-busting law blocked by judge
NYHTC, March 22, 2011 - Wisconsin's Dane County District Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary order blocking Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's widely criticized union busting law from taking effect. The law was blocked on the grounds that the vote on the bill violated Wisconsin's open meeting laws, which require sufficient advance notice of any legislative vote. [more...]

Prank call shows Wisconsin Governor Walker in billionaire benefactor’s pocket
NYHTC, March 22, 2011 - Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin received a telephone call from an individual he believed to be his politically conservative billionaire benefactor (but who was in fact someone posing as him). Walker eagerly reported on what he and the state's Republican legislators are doing to, not for, the working people of the state and the 14 state senators who have been fighting for them. [more...]

Media coverage of national labor battle
NYHTC, March 22, 2011 - Bills aimed at weakening and ultimately eradicating labor unions continue to be pushed aggressively in state legislatures across the country. Ominously, this is true even in states where, for generations, unions have been strongest where it became possible for working families to constitute America's great middle class. [more...]

Union-busting in state capitols
NYHTC, March 7, 2011 - In Wisconsin, as well as Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and other states, government workers are fighting hard to protect their unions against attempts by Republican governors and legislatures to crush any viable political opposition to their rule. [more...]

Billionaires spend big on efforts that will weaken unions, hurt workers
NYHTC, March 7, 2011 - Billionaires Charles and David Koch are now using their enormous wealth to contribute to the crushing of public sector unions–despite the injury that will inevitably be inflicted on millions of middle class working people across the United States. A recent article in The New York Times explored the nature of their involvement. [more...]

NY unions stand up to political attacks on workers’ pensions
NYHTC, February 15, 2011 - State and local politicians in New York seem unwilling to recognize that Wall Street and corporate executives, not government workers, are to blame for the budget deficits the politicians must now confront. This is no surprise; their counterparts in a number of other states are also behaving as if the pension benefits of government workers are solely responsible for their states' budgetary difficulties. [more...]

U.S. working class hit hardest by falling wages, unemployment
NYHTC, February 15, 2011 - Recent articles in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times discuss the falling wages and increasing unemployment that continue to plague the American workforce even as some sections of the economy and other nations' economies recover from the recent recession.  Workers are still suffering from the economic implosion despite the fact that corporate profits "have more than recovered, rising 12% since late 2007." The main cause of this "jobless recovery" is the basic structure of the American economy – one where employers function with few restraints.   [more...]

U.S. corporate tax laws full of loopholes
NYHTC, February 15, 2011 - While the federal corporate tax rate is 35 percent, there are so many loopholes in the tax laws that many corporations pay far less than their fair share in taxes. Despite the obvious need to make corporations pay a reasonable tax rate, political leaders do not have the courage to try to make them do this. [more...]

NLRB prepared to sue to protect key provision of NLRA
NYHTC, February 1, 2011 - In a January 14, 2011, press release, the National Labor Relations Board announced it is prepared to bring suit to invalidate amendments in four state constitutions that abrogate a key portion of the National Labor Relations Act. The Board has concluded these amendments restrict the rights available to workers €œand employers €œunder Section 7 of the NLRA, and are thus violative of the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution and cannot legally be applied or enforced. [more...]

Violations issued for illegal hotel rooms
NYHTC, December 21, 2010 - DNAinfo reported 12 apartments in an East 10th Street apartment building have been illegally altered, and Hotel Toshi, a company that offers short-term accommodations in some Manhattan and Brooklyn apartment buildings, was charged with a number of violations after area residents complained the property was being used as an illegal hotel. [more...]

Peter Ward named to Cuomo’s transition committee
NYHTC, November 30, 2010 - NYHTC's President, Peter Ward, was named by Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo to the Committee on Economic Development and Labor, which will advise him during his transition. This committee will lead the effort to recruit and recommend new staff for the New York State agencies involved in job creation and economic growth. [more...]

Billionaires, money, and politics:  Why you should be concerned
NYHTC, November 16, 2010 - A compelling New Yorker article by Jane Mayer examines how, to what extent, and to what end two of this country's richest and most privileged individuals use their enormous wealth to influence its elections, governance, and general political climate. [more...]

Paladino flip-flops on his innuendoes and unfounded allegations re Cuomo “‘paramours’”
NYHTC, October 30, 2010 - Carl Paladino alleged Andrew Cuomo had had affairs while married to Kerry Kennedy, according to a September 29, 2010, article in Although asked during the POLITICO interview for substantiation of his allegation, he offered none. [more...]

Paladino’s campaign admits to lie about his army service
NYHTC, October 30, 2010 - Last month, Carl Paladino's campaign manager, Michael Caputo, told Huffington Post editor Dan Collins that Paladino spent "'six months active duty with orders for Vietnam'" and was "'responsible for training 250 men during that time at Fort Bliss.'" [more...]

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