Capital Region Stands With Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith loved his job at a Walmart 920x920in East Greenbush, NY, where he made $9 an hour putting away shopping carts and picking up trash from the parking lot. After being released from prison and facing homelessness earlier this year, Mr. Smith was getting his life back on track. But then last Friday, after working over-time to assist his managers, he was abruptly fired. The reason? He had redeemed $2 worth of empty cans and bottles left in an abandoned shopping cart.

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Rally to Save OUR Saint Rose

On Friday, November 20, st rosethe Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees will meet to receive recommendations about which programs will be cut and which faculty members will be fired at The College of Saint Rose. No cuts to high administrative compensation, ever-increasing administrative bloat, or eliminating of costly consultant contracts appear to be on the table to save money. The administration has not been open or transparent in its decision making and has not genuinely or authentically kept faculty informed.

Please join us while we stand with students, alumni, adjunct faculty and tenure-track/tenured faculty, along with their community allies and local labor unions, in a rally outside the Saint Rose Administration building to send a clear message.

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A Night of Advocacy: Building Strength Within ~ Coalitions & You

Please join us for a Night of Advocacy: Building cbtuStrength Within ~ Coalitions & You co-hosted by The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) and The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU). This event will be featuring guest speakers, Alan Lubin from NYSUT and Sharon Lovelady-Hall from CBTU.

December 10th | 5:30 – 8:30 pm | NYSUT Auditorium, 800 TROY-SCHENECTADY ROAD

This event is FREE, and a light dinner and beverages will be provided.  Donations of non-perishable items are encouraged and will be accepted and delivered to the Northeastern Regional Food Bank. Continue reading

Urge Congress to Vote NO on the TPP

Text for the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was finally released this morning.  It is clear that the threats of this expansive new agreement outweigh its benefits –  for good jobs, for democracy, for affordable medicines, for consumer safety, and for the environment.

Here’s just some of what the just-released text confirms about the TPP:

  • The TPP allows currency-manipulating countries to kill U.S. jobs. The current TPP text doesn’t contain enforceable currency manipulation rules.  Countries that intentionally devalue their currency cheat U.S. manufacturers and undermine any benefits from tariff reductions. Enforcing currency manipulation rules is probably the single most effective thing the United States could do to create jobs; in fact, doing so could add as many as 5.8 million jobs.

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Tell Walmart: Workers Need $15 per hour and access to full time schedules

The holiday season is upon us.  However, this Thanksgiving many Walmart workers everywhere are going to have to chose between paying their bills and eating.  Walmart is a company that makes $16 billion in annual profits and is owned by the richest family in America yet there are days its employees are forced to skip meals because they cant afford food.

A little over a month ago a Walmart employee, Lisa Pietro, started a petition calling for $15 and full time for all Walmart workers. The response so far has been moving.  Over 80,000 people have stood by Pietro and her co-workers to call for a living wage and consistent hours. But with holidays just a few weeks away and Walmart workers still making poverty wages and having their hours cut there is still more work to be done.  100,000 signatures are needed by November 12. Continue reading

2015 Local Election Results

The 2015 election results are in! The polls closed last Option-1night at 9 pm, and the votes have been accounted for. Thank you to everyone who volunteered for all of our endorsed candidates by phone banking and walking, and thank you to everyone who came out to vote and supported all of the candidates. Our hard work payed off!

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Paid Family Leave

Today, most parents of young children, both mothers and fathers work. 66% of mothers of young children work outside the home and 20% of adults care for an elderly relative.

Since there are no paid leave policies in place, new parents must return to work before they or their children are ready. When an emergency happens, and working people must take time off to care for their family, they are forced to forgo their paychecks, often at times they can least afford it. For many working people, taking unpaid time off is virtually impossible, no matter how serious the situation is.

Paid Family Leave Insurance provides a solution that allows working families to care for themselves without risking their economic security. It would expand New York’s existing Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) program (which provides some wage replacement during a worker’s own non-work related temporary disability) to cover a worker who needs time off to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, or a seriously ill family member. Paid family leave is good for New York families, good for New York businesses, and good for New York’s economy

Family leave insurance will help families struggling to make ends meet while shouldering the added expenses of a newborn or a family member in poor health. Caring for family members in need, should not be a luxury only some people can afford. For more information visit

Election Day 2015!

Election Day is quickly approaching! That means it is time to start thinking about a voting plan!  The polls will be open November 3rd from 6 am to 9 pm. If you don’t know where your polling place is you can click here to find your voting precinct and polling location.

Before heading out to the polls, take the time to check out our endorsed candidates!

Make sure you take some time out of your day to go vote. Your vote is your voice! If you have any other questions regarding voting you can visit New York State Board of Elections.


National Day of Action

Please join us for a huge day for all working people taking place locally and around the world!  This is the follow-up to the 4/15/15 Fast Food Workers Strike and this summer’s wage board actions.

November 10th | 12 pm | Empire State Plaza Concourse

November 10th | 5:30 pm | West Capitol Lawn

The fight still continues, and so this National Day of Action will have a broader character and will include more working class issues and demands. This Day of Action will strike a blow against poverty and the system that causes it.

The Fight for $15 and other Union actions this year will also fight for the demands of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the movement for immigrant rights. It will include all low wage workers who are trying to fight for a living wage and everyone struggling to survive in these hard times as well.

Please save the date, November 10, 2015!

If you have any questions contact Mark Emanatian at (518) 465-4600 x 115 or at