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Unions are made up of a wide variety of trades and occupations. How can union leaders ensure that those diverse labor voices are united around the common goals: maintaining the middle class, combatting income disparity; raising minimum wages; promoting safe workplaces, and more. Vincent Alvarez, President of the NYC Central Labor Council, describes how the Central Labor Council fought in 2014 for better labor standards and gives a preview of the the major challenges in 2015. Then, Demos Demopoulos, Executive Director of Teamsters Local 553 and Secretary Treasurer of Teamsters Joint Council 16 updates us on battle to save the horse carriage industry. He reminds us that the Teamsters union evolved from representing members in the horse drawn vehicle era and expanded their ranks to the diverse membership of today. We learn the significance of the horses “Thunder” & “Lightening” in the Teamsters logo, and why the horse drawn carriage battle is one of special significance to Local 553.
NYC Central Labor Council Mobilizing in 2015 and Beyond
The New York City Central Labor Council (NYCCLC) is a non-profit labor membership organization devoted to supporting, advancing and advocating for the working people of New York City. The NYC Central Labor Council brings together over 300 local unions from every trade, occupation, public and private sector of the New York economy, and represents over 1.3 million workers. Vincent Alvarezbecame president in 2011. Alvarez, who started out as a member of IBEW local 3 relates how his experience as a rank-and-file electrician and union member primed him to become a labor leader. He describes what the Central Labor Council has done in 2014 in the continuing fight for worker’s rights and what is on the front burner for 2015. He suggests what we should do to make the war on workers stop in New York, and what we can do to reverse national anti-worker trends, despite the recent disappointing election results.
@CentralLaborNYC talks about the labor battles of 2014 and what we can expect in 2015 Tweet this
Teamster Local 553 fighting for the Horse-drawn Carriage Industry
Local Teamster unions have been in the headlines lately because of their ongoing battle with Mayor De Blasio to save the Horse Carriage Drivers but Teamster struggles have been going on for much longer. From the days of horse drawn deliveries throughout the city to mobilizing for the horse carriage drivers, to organizing truck-drivers and a myriad of other occupations, the Teamsters remain “on the move. Nationally, they are one fo the nation’s largest and most powerful unions. Locally, through Joint Council 16, an umbrella group, more there are more than 120,000 members. Demos Demopoulos, Executive Director of Teamsters local 553 and Secretary Treasurer of the Teamsters Joint Council 16 educates us about Teamster history, current campaigns and updates us with the latest news about the #SaveNYCHorseCarriages campaign.
@TeamstersJC16 tells us about their campaigns ranging from #SaveNYCHorseCarriages to Truck Drivers Tweet this
1) Save NYC Horse Carriages – Writers Guild fights back: Horse carriage driver and Labor Press fill us in on the intricacies of the Save NYC Horse Carriages campaign
2) Ten-Step Climate Solution – Working Americas Health Insurance: Labor works with the community to address climate change
3) The Seven Economic Lies – Coping with the High Cost of Healthcare: Seven economic lies that prevent the economy from working for working people
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