IUE-CWA on strike at Momentive!

At 12:00 pm yesterday, November 2, 2016, the courageous members of IUE CWA went on strike at Momentive Performance Materials in Waterford, NY. These workers made the difficult decision to strike because they are committed to preserving good solid jobs here in our communities. They are fighting for a fair and equitable contract. The company’s “Last Best Final Offer” would drastically raise workers’ health care costs and eliminate all retirement benefits for future retirees.

Further, the potential unskilled replacement workers the company is hiring from out of state, to do the work of the over 700 highly trained members of IUE CWA puts the plant, the products produced at the plant, and the safety of the community at risk.

CLICK HERE -> Please take action to send a message to CEO Jack Boss, Momentive Performance Materials to urge him to bargain in good faith for a fair contract!

RSVP by clicking and show your solidarity on the strike line:
Momentive Strike Line Solidarity
MPM Main Gate• 260 Hudson River Rd, Waterford, NY 12188

For more information on how you can support these strikers, please contact IUE CWA 359,  Dom Patrignani, pres359@gmail.com

2016 Election Labor to Labor Events

Starting this weekend we will begin our labor to labor events. We need volunteers to come out and show support so we can get our endorsed candidates elected!

To RSVP please contact Kara Garbarino at kgarbarino@cdalf.org or call (518) 452-0404

The upcoming events are as follows:




Tentative Agreement at Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home in Gloversville!

Last January nurses and allies endured 3 degree weather during a strike and lock-out.  This has been a tough 2 year battle, and we were days away from another strike.

However, After a 25-hour marathon bargaining session, the nurses have reached a tentative agreement at Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home in Gloversville!

The agreement has yet to be ratified, but the strike and lockout notices have been withdrawn.  Thank you to everyone for all of the solidarity!

Labor Day 2016

On Labor Day, we recognize and honor the achievements of America’s working people. This year, the annual celebration comes during a critical election cycle. Many of us will spend the day with close family and friends at a barbecue, picnic or other community event. While we enjoy the company of our loved ones, it also is important to reflect on the best ways working people can continue to make our voices heard in our economy and democracy.

This Labor Day, we are asking working families across the country to take action and commit to improving the lives of all working people by using their right to Vote. For a Better Life. As you celebrate the holiday this year, incorporate the importance of voting into your festivities!

Labor Day Picnic

The annual Labor Day Picnic and Celebration of the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District will be held from Noon to 5 p.m. Monday, September 5, 2016, at Cook Park in Colonie.

This year’s theme is “Labor and Environmental Justice.” Awards will be presented to three individuals who exemplify work towards justice in those fields.

It is a potluck picnic, so please bring a dish to pass: main dish, salad, or dessert.  The Solidarity Committee will provide hamburgers, hot dogs (with vegetarian offerings, as well), and beverages.

There will be music by the Solidarity Singers,some short speeches, and a silent auction.  Also there will be a donation box for UAW local 1508 union members who are currently locked out by Honeywell in Green Island.

As always, the event is free and open to the public!


Members of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) at Nathan Littauer Hospital announced that its nurses have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike on September 1st. There were three hospitals scheduled for a strike but Samaritan Hospital management in Watertown and St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica has settled under the pressure. Let’s make sure that Nathan Littauer Hospital follows suit.

Nurses at the hospital have been working day and night without contracts. One of the main issues is a staffing crisis that exists at the hospital. Nurses have raised concerns about inadequate staffing of RNs in numerous departments. Adequate nurse-to-patient staffing improves patient mortality rates and overall quality of care, as well as reduces turnover rates, staffing costs, and liability.

Please join us and show your solidarity for their fight for a fair contract by joining them Sept. 1, 2016 for a scheduled walkout!

Rallies are scheduled the following days and times at Nathan Littauer Hospital located in Gloversville:

Thursday, Sept. 1st | 7 am, 12 pm, 5 pm

Friday, Sept. 2nd | 7 am, 12 pm, 5 pm


“What is the TPP, and Why Should I Care”



Working families cannot afford another disastrous corporate-negotiated trade agreement. The TPP will expand on the current failed US trade policies, purposely designed to facilitate the exclusive profitability of the oligarchs at the peril of hardworking Americans. The TPP is yet another trans-national, corporate-engineered trade agreement that will continue to offshore good American jobs, lower our wages, increase wealth inequality, contract our economy, increase US trade deficits, and threaten American’s sovereignty rights.

The CDALF’s Stop the TPP Committee presents,

What is the TPP and why should I care?

 Our presenters are available to show our TPP power point to educate affiliate memberships or constituency groups, detailing the reasons why this multi-national trade pact fails America’s working families, the US economy, democracy, and the future of our nation. Our presenters conclude the presentation with a Q&A session, handouts, and a call to action!

Together we can defeat the TPP!

 For further details, please contact:

Kara Garbarino at kgarbarino@cdalf.org, Office: (518) 452-0404

Frank Natalie at fnatalie@nycap.rr.com, Cell: (518) 788-4065

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11th Annual CDALF Appreciation Gala

Reserve tickets and journal space now for the 11th Annual CDALF Appreciation Gala, to be held on Thursday, June 23rd at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.

Completed order forms, payments, and journal advertisements should be submitted to Kara no later than June 13th at kgarbarino@cdalf.org, 302 Centre Drive, Albany NY 12203. Please see the invitation below for further details and instructions.

May Day Celebration

Please join the Capital District May Day Committee at their May Day Celebration on:

Sunday, May 1st | 4 pm – 8 pm | Oakwood Community Center

Festivities will include tabling, food, and entertainment with a special guest speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Halper on ” War Against the People and Global Pacification.”

The Oakwood Community Center is located on the corner of Hoosick and 10th Streets in Troy. For more information please email aladfour@gmail.com.