New York

Andrew Yang: Anti-Union Warrior for School Privatization

Andrew Yang, known for his short-lived 2020 presidential run, is one of the leading candidates for November’s mayoral race in New York City. Despite his supposedly progressive leanings, his support of charter schools and school choice, and his hostility toward teachers unions, reveal his alignment with the capitalist status quo.

New York City “Ends Qualified Immunity” — A Little Bit

The media is celebrating NYC as the first major U.S. city to “end qualified immunity” for cops who commit criminal acts — but the legislation that passed is far from a full ban on the statute that protects cops from legal retribution.

The Democratic Supermajority Won’t Save New Yorkers

The current state legislature in New York State is being heralded as “historically progressive,” and many unions and community organizations have high hopes for what they may be able to achieve in Albany. Organizing for direct change, using our strategic positions as workers, has the potential to be much faster and more effective than lobbying politicians.

Not Going Back to Brunch

Public sector workers across multiple unions gathered on Inauguration Day to send a message to the new Biden administration that we must rebuild and fully fund our schools, our hospitals, our social programs, our transit system, and our city.

Four workers from Hunts Point in the Bronx stand wearing high-visibility jackets and protest signs around their neck while on strike.

How Do You Like These Apples? 1,400 Hunts Point Workers Are On Strike

Some 1,400 workers at Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx — the largest wholesale produce market in the world — are on strike, demanding wage increases and better health benefits. Refusing to back down even in the face of police repression and threats from management, the Hunts Point strike serves as an example to the entire labor movement of how to fight the attacks of the bosses and the government officials who protect their interests.

Image of Corey Booker, a white man with a beard in a black suit with a blue tie, in front of a sign that says New York City Council on top and City Hall on the bottom.

New York City Hall Staffers Unionize

After years of organizing, the Association of Legislative Employees becomes the first legislative staff union in New York state.

Governor Cuomo’s “Pay Cut” Is a Cynical Publicity Stunt

All bourgeois politicians are cynical manipulators of public perception, but New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is a master of the genre. Since the coronavirus pandemic began in March, Cuomo has tried to sell himself as a tough, no-nonsense advocate of public health and shared sacrifice, but he is still the same run of the mill neoliberal that he has always been.

New York Postpones Raises for Public Employees; CUNY Workers Push for a Strike

As the state and city governments try to balance the budget without raising taxes on the rich, more than 100,000 public employees in New York are being denied their contractual raises and back-pay. Workers at the City University of New York are bringing a resolution for a strike authorization vote to the table, and other public unions must do the same.