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click: Janus v. AFSCME is a threat to all workers

Feb 26, 2018  The Janus case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court poses a threat not only to unions, but to all working people. If the Janus case prevails, unions will lose the ability to collect dues, and will be required to provide services to workers who refuse to contribute their fair share.

The basic right for workers to form and join unions did not come without struggle. Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood with striking Memphis sanitation workers in their quest for union rights and justice and dignity, and advanced the slogan, “I Am A Man.” Fifty years ago, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta stood with striking farmworkers in Delano, California in a five-year campaign that resulted in the very first union for farmworkers, and proclaimed, “¡Sí, se puede!” or, “Yes, we can!”

Fifty years ago, the largest corporation in the United States was General Motors. Because of the hard fought organizing campaigns led by the United Auto Workers, GM provided good wages, full family medical care, and retirement benefits for their workers. GM was the standard bearer for corporate America, and other corporations followed suit.
Today, the largest corporation in the United States and the world is Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is fiercely anti-union, pays poverty wages, and substandard benefits. It is now Wal-Mart, not GM, that is setting the standard for corporate America and leading the race to the bottom.


NY State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s Summer 2017 Labor Newsletter



July 5, 2017  “The End of Loyalty”  Worthwhile audio report re the loss of loyalty to the worker by firms and of course the loss of loyalty to the firm by mistreated workers. Unions of course helped ALL of American workers in getting increased benefits. Give a listen! 
Listen here

April 28th was Worker’s Memorial Day

If you have safe, healthy work conditions, thank a union member!
Unions have been at the forefront advocating for safety regulations and empowering workers to speak up about unsafe conditions and hazards at the work place

An informative report on workplace deaths from the AFL-CIO


NY State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s Winter 2017 Labor Newsletter

(4 pages printable pdf file)


Buy American Push for NYS Budget

“Buy American” has become a popular phrase across the country. But here in New York State, the labor movement has been pushing “Buy American” for several years. And now, we are closer than ever to enacting this groundbreaking legislation.
Gov. Cuomo recently introduced strong “Buy American” requirements in his executive budget to help create good paying jobs and keep our tax dollars here at home.
Visit to sign your name to the petition


CSEA members help New York weather the storm through Central NY



Federal Issues Alert from CSEA Headquarters with information on Affordable Care Act repeal efforts and changes


Uprising Against DeVos Shows Power of Activism

Slow Down to Get Around Campaign to safeguard fellow CSEA members working on roadways.Click to see CSEA HQ page


That’s why CSEA Statewide President Danny Donohue has formed a new Statewide Sanitation Workgroup, headed up by activists working in the industry and calling on the expertise of the staff professionals in our union’s Occupational Safety and Health Department, as well as our Political Action, Communications, and Legal Departments. CSEA will never quit when it comes to protecting the lives, health and safety of our members on the job!

Across the state, CSEA represents hundreds, if not thousands, of workers in the sanitation industry, many who pickup residential refuse and/or recycling.

This can be some of the most dangerous work performed by public workers. Sanitation workers have twice the fatality rates of police officers, and nearly seven times the fatality rates of firefighters.