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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.

Workers Memorial Day Annual Service

Please join the CDALF and NENYCOSH with affiliated Unions and community partners at our annual Workers Memorial Day event, where we will come together and honor our injured and fallen workers from around the Capital Region.

Sunday, May 1st | 1:00 pm | The Veterans Memorial at the Crossings Park

2016 WMD Flier

 

Rally Against Momentive Changes to Retiree Healthcare

The Retirees council of Local 359 is having a rally to protest Momentive’s cuts to retiree healthcare benefits:

Wednesday, April 27th | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm | the Waterford Plant

The decision to cut Retiree Healthcare is immoral and reeks of injustice and inequality. We need to speak in one voice, loudly so that Retirees will get treated fairly.

On STRIKE at Verizon!

After trying for ten months to reach a fair contract, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia will go on strike at 6 a.m. tomorrow if a fair agreement is not reached by then. The Verizon strike will be by far the largest work stoppage in the country in recent years.

Please take action and stand in solidarity with our Communications Workers of America brothers and sisters at Verizon:

Wednesday, April 13th | 6 am | 158 State Street, Albany

Even after significant worker concessions on healthcare, Verizon is attempting to make devastating cut backs, including:

  • Offshoring and contracting out even more customer service work to Mexico, the Philippines and other locations.
  • Cutting job security for all workers.
  • Requiring technicians to work away from home for as long as two months, without seeing their families. For anyone trying to balance work and family life, this is impossible.
  • Refusing to negotiate improvements to wages, benefits and working conditions for Verizon Wireless workers, who formed a union with CWA in 2014.
  • Freezing pensions at 30 years of service and forcing retirees to pay extremely high health care costs.
  • Slashing benefits for workers injured on the job.

We need to stand with our CWA brothers and sisters because if a hugely profitable corporation like Verizon can destroy the good family-supporting jobs of highly skilled workers, then no worker in America will be safe from this corporate race to the bottom!

Sage Workers Fight for a Fair Contract!

Please join Sage workers during Sage’s Centennial celebrations for an informational picket as they fight for a living wage and fair contract!

Friday, April 15th | 5:30 pm | Sage College of Albany

 (intersection of New Scotland Ave and Lake Ave)

For over three years, Sage workers, members of SEIU Local 51, have worked without a new contract and have gone for over 7 years without a significant wage increase. The administration, after much delay, finally returned to the bargaining table to reach a new agreement but have largely refused to move an inch towards meeting their workers’ reasonable demands.

Sage recently reported raising nearly $50 million from generous donors as part of their Centennial fundraising campaign – and yet they are refusing to give modest raises to the workers that have made Sage what is for those 100 years. Instead they’ve hired an expensive anti-union law firm to fight and bust their union. Enough is enough! Our brothers and sisters at Sage need our help on the picket line to get what they deserve!

 

Capital District Pride@Work Chapter

Pride At Work is a nonprofit organization that represents LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) union members and their allies. From the national office in Washington, DC, Pride at Work coordinates and supports more than 20 Chapters across the country, and has just formed a chapter in the Capital Region!

The first meeting will be held:

Tuesday, March 22 | 5:30 pm | CSEA, 143 Washington Ave.

For more information, please contact Jim Larson @ NYSUT 213-6000 x6604
or Kate Luscombe @ CSEA at 518-257-1251.

Verizon Rallies

Our Verizon workers have been working without a contract since August 1st, 2015! Real, constructive bargaining is a two-way street. Let’s support our Communications Workers of America brothers and sisters at Verizon to take this fight to a new level because they deserve a fair contract!

Rallies will be taking place as follows:

  • Tuesday, March 8th | 5 – 7 pm | 15 Park Ave, Clifton Park
  • Wednesday, March 16th | 5 – 7 pm | 911 Central Ave, Albany
  • Thursday, March 24th | 5 – 7 pm | 600 N Greenbush Rd, Rensselaer
  • Tuesday, March 29th | 5 – 7 pm | 402 Balltown Rd, Schenectady

Disrupt The Disrupters

The Albany Business Review is hosting an awards event next Friday, February 26th, to honor business leaders who have “disrupted” their employees lives, fired them, cut their benefits, etc. in the pursuit of maximizing corporate profits. 

Among those being recognized on the 26th is the College of Saint Rose President Carolyn Stefanco, who recently announced the termination of 23 staff, 23 full time faculty and 28 academic programs. President Stefanco claims to feel awful about the cuts and insists that the move does not amount to a corporate takeover of the college. Yet despite her “regret” for hacking apart the staff and academic offerings at St. Rose, President Stefanco will be proudly accepting an award for what amounts to corporatization from local business elite.

Please join us, local labor, and our whole community to make it clear that we do not respect or support those so-called leaders who throw their workers under the bus to make business community cronies happy.

 

Student Debt Relief Clinic For Public Employees

Are you a public employee with Federal Student Debt? Are you dreaming of a debt-free future? Please join us for a Student Debt Relief Workshop on how to get on track to eliminate your student debt.

Wednesday, Feb. 17th | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm | CSEA Headquarters

This is a free event and it will be held in Conference Room 1C.  Space is limited, so please register. We hope to see you there!