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!

TWO-DAY WALKOUT AT NATHAN LITTAUER HOSPITAL

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

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

GET INVOLVED NOW TO HELP STOP THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP) TRADE AGREEMENT!

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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.

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

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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!