2015 Labor-to-Labor: October

10477896_10152357908097186_5375809487097714950_nOur Central Labor Councils have been working hard over the past few months to make sure that local Labor has its say in this year’s elections. Please take a look at the calendars below, and make your plans to help grow support for our 2015 endorsed candidates!

Every one of our Labor-to-Labor events matches volunteers with other everyday union members in our community. We won’t be reaching out to strangers- we’ll be calling and meeting our union brothers and sisters from across the Capital District, connecting with other women and men in our local Labor movement and talking with them about the issues and candidates that matter to all of us. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to meet other union members, get tuned in to your local level elections, and make a difference in campaigns for candidates who know the true value of protecting, expanding, and strengthening union membership! Continue reading

“Women of Steel” Diaper Drive

The Central NY Women of Steel are hosting a diaper drive. You don’t have to be a member of Women of Steel (or even a woman) to donate!

If you’d like to donate, please bring your donations to the Labor Breakfast this coming Friday, September 11, 2015 to be collected by members of USW Local 9544.  You can also drop off donations to the CDALF office, 302 Centre Drive, between 9am and 5pm Monday, Sept. 14th.

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CLUW Launches First National Survey

The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) has launched its first national survey, and is encouraging all union women to take a few minutes to complete it. The main focus of the survey is on health needs.

“As part of its commitment to empower union women, the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) provides its members with health information. To assist us in tailoring that information, we created a short survey with one of our Spread the Word campaign partners, HealthyWomen,” announces CLUW President Connie Leak. Continue reading

NYSNA: Strike Called-off, Tentative Agreement Reached

Ellis Medicine and NYSNA RNs, who have been engaged in contract negotiations since January of 2014, reached a tentative agreement early this morning


The New York Nurses Association (NYSNA), who represents  roughly 600 RNs at Ellis Medicine, issued the following statement:

Ellis Hospital and NYSNA Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

With the assistance of a Federal Mediator from Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, a tentative agreement was reached today between the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and Ellis Hospital.

The agreement is subject to ratification by the Union.

More details of the agreement will be forthcoming from the parties to their respective constituents.

THANK YOU to everyone who has stood with our Brothers and Sisters at NYSNA over the past 20 months! Your commitment to solidarity, your letters, emails, phone calls, and time spent joining informational pickets has all played a huge part in amplifying the voices of our NYSNA RNs, and bending the ear of Ellis management towards cooperation and justice.


In light of the tentative contract agreement, NYSNA RNs have called off the previously announced strike and pickets.  Check-back for updates in the coming days.

A Nurse’s place is with their patients!

Tell Ellis Hospital how you feel about the NYSNA lockout.

NYSNA RNs at Ellis Hospital have been working hard to win a contract that safeguards nurses and patients alike, including not only benefits and guarantees for the nurses themselves but mechanisms for patient advocacy and safe-staffing ratios as well. Nurse to patient ratios at Ellis Hospital have been a consistent problem, with chronic understaffing leading to nurses who are overworked and patients whose quality of care suffers. Our nurses, families, and communities deserve better.

In response to unfair labor practices committed by Ellis and a stalemate over contract provisions relating to enforceable safe-staffing guidelines, the NYSNA nurses of Ellis Hospital have announced a one-day strike, to occur on Thursday, September 3rd. In retaliation management at Ellis Hospital has made plans for a 4-day lockout of these valuable RNs, keeping experienced hard-working nurses away from their patients throughout the holiday weekend. This is a shameful attempt to dissuade our nurses from continuing their legal advocacy efforts on behalf of safe-staffing and patient care, and is unacceptable behavior from such an important medical facility. Continue reading

Labor Day

Labor Day is approaching which marks the unofficial end to the summer.  This day is for celebrating the pride and spirit of the diligent women and men who have worked hard to improve not only the lives of their families, but this country as well. The weekend also gives us a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events. This Labor Day join together and show the pride you have in being a union member by attending a Labor Day celebration near you. labor-day

Here are some union-made foods and beverages to get your celebration off to a great start. Continue reading