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April 20, 2014 - Congressman Tim Bishop Bud Light Show
Tony Felicio of the Connectiquot Teachers Union is sick of NY Gov. Andy Cuomo’s b.s. so he will be calling-in to explain what they are doing to bring publicity to the detrimental 2% tax cap. We will play an awesome video from Robert Reich called "Things everyone should know on tax day." There is an awesome new website just launched called paywatch.org and...

April 6, 2014 - The Psycho Furns Conflict Rezo Show
John Coverdale from the Center for Workplace Solutions will be stopping in to talk about his services dealing with workplace disputes and conflict resolution. D Edlin of IBEW Local 25 is doing some charity to battle Lou Gehrig's disease, he will let us know how we can join that fight. Verizon...
March 30, 2014 - The Target or Staples, who stinks more Show?
Gawker.com has a leaked union busting video that Target Corporation shows their exploited employees, we will rip it apart for you. NYSUT has an awesome ad campaign to protect our schools and Hotlanta isn’t so hot! Non-union Staples office supply store is taking over the US Mail in Atlanta, GA...
Posted October 11, 2013 - 12:26am By UCOMM NEWS NETWORK

ucommblog.com coming soon....pretty soon your gonna be reading real blog style news from our unions, our community and our generation and share it with the world! The much anticipated launch of ucommblog.com is not just coming, its coming soon! UCOMM Communications is close to internally sharing the site with the leaders of the UCOMM News Network. So if you think you got what it takes to report, articulate, blog and throw bombs and fire the first shot at the bad guys who are in the pockets of the 1%, then send your to feedback at ucommradio dot com.

Posted August 31, 2013 - 11:42am By UCOMM NEWS NETWORK

Happy Labor Day to the UCOMM Radio Nation. Check out the 36 things organized labor has done to make our country a better place to live and work!

Weekends
All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
Paid Vacation
FMLAi
Sick Leave
Social Security
Minimum Wage
Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
8-Hour Work Day
Overtime Pay
Child Labor Laws
Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHAi)
40 Hour Work Week
Worker's Compensation (Worker's Comp)
Unemployment Insurance
Pensions
Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
Employer Health Care Insurance
Collective Bargainingi Rights for Employees
Wrongful Termination Laws
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
Whistleblower Protection Laws
Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS)
Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
Sexual Harassment Laws
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADAi)
Holiday Pay
Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
Privacy Rights
Pregnancy and Parental Leave
Military Leave
The Right to Strike
Public Education for Children
Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

Posted May 31, 2013 - 6:18pm By UCOMM NEWS NETWORK

Union Economics. Doing the right thing does pay off. Check out this incredibly interesting story from the Huffington Post and the accompanying video; "Costco pays its workers average $45,000/year, compared to Sams Club that pays $17,000/year...and [Costco is] doing better then its competitors!"

Why we hate CEO's. While most Americans are struggling to get by, a privileged few have made bank over the past 3 years. CEO pay has risen about 37 percent since 2009! That's right, as Americans are losing jobs and dropping out of the labor force - those who run the companies that cut jobs are making more then ever. Companies claim higher CEO pay will attract the best talent, but what about the people carrying out the actual work? The incentive to pay these workers should be higher then ever. In today's economy companies need skilled and fairly paid labor to make sure the actual business runs. The median CEO salary in 2012 was $9.7 million, while the average American made $39,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This evidence shows the money has flowed overwhelmingly to the wealthiest few, while the rest are still struggling to make ends meet.

Does the mighty pen need a shield? The Justice Department seized phone records of the Associated Press brings this question to the forefront, for unionist and journalist. The government claims they needed the phone records for "national security", but ironically seizing these records takes away citizens security. It starts with media, but could the government seize any information to start going after union organizers and whistle-blowers next? Obama is proposing a Shield Law to draw some guidelines. The idea is simple; if government wants media records, they need permission, from a judge so if the first amendment is not enough to protect our right to free speech and assembly, then it's time for law to etch a journalists rights in stone. Read Kris LaGrange's LIBN Column; Media, Unions Share plenty, which gives even more perspective on our true commonalities.

Disclaim this Jim. Have you noticed lately some stories in the media lately about CWA's fight with Cablevision? Cablevision owns not only the Rangers, Knicks, and MSG, but Newsday and the notorious anti-union, one-sided and silly-sensational News 12. At the end of each article in Newsday about Dolans fight with his employees' union is this disclaimer "The Dolan family owns a controlling interest in Cablevision, which owns Newsday". We got to give credit where credit is due, especially to the true journalist involved. It must be difficult to expose your boss for the rat he is.

Posted May 18, 2013 - 1:39pm By UCOMM NEWS NETWORK

Making Progress? We got a tweet from Steve Greenhouse at the New York Times; Three weeks after a building collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 workers, several of the world's largest apparel companies - including the retailing giant H&M and Inditex, owner of the Zara chain - agreed on Monday to sign a far-reaching and legally binding plan that requires retailers to help finance fire safety and building improvements in the factories they use in Bangladesh. Consumer and labor groups hailed the move by Sweden-based H&M - which is the largest purchaser of garments from Bangladesh - as an important step toward improving factory safety in Bangladesh, saying it would increase pressure on other Western retailers and apparel brands to do likewise.

Make 'em walk the plank. Ed Waters messaged us on facebook and said; Thought you might enjoy this Main Street vs. the fat cats type music video I produced, I Wanna Be A Pirate. It was screened at the Workers Unite! Film Festival this past week. While I "act" in the video, the great vocal was provided by Nick Nicholson. You might also like like our most recent video about continuing hard times on Main Street, Pass The Bag With The Bottle. It's on Youtube. UCOMM Radio editors note; If you don't like country music - this song will definitely make you a fan. Awesome thanks Ed!

Ask your Congressman how they voted. We got an email from the NJ AFL-CIO: The "Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013" also known as "comp time" legislation, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 223 to 204 mostly along party lines on May 8, 2013. While this bill is unlikely to gain traction in the Senate and the President has promised to veto the legislation, it is alarming that such a bill could be passed by the House. This deceptively named legislation takes a significant step backwards for employees because it dilutes their ability to earn overtime pay while also undermining the 40-hour work week. This legislation provides employers with a financial incentive to establish a "comp time" system that shortchanges workers both financially and logistically in regard to work-week hours and scheduling. Under this bill, the benefit of flexibility would be granted only to employers - at the cost of employees.

NLRBi Appointments. The AFL-CIO has organized a user friendly email campaign. Corporate-funded politicians in the U.S. Senate are threatening to shut down the National Labor Relations Board, the government agency that protects workers' rights. Tell your senator to stop the corporate power grab and confirm the nominations now

Posted April 10, 2013 - 11:32pm By UCOMM NEWS NETWORK

Saturday at One. The Annual CWA Hockey Red/White Scrimmage is this Saturday, April 13th at 1 pm at the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale Long Island.. Free Admission at 12 noon followed by a tailgate party. BBQ food will be served at 2:30 pm up until the Rangers / Islanders game at 7 pm. All are welcome. A Blood Drive is scheduled for 10 am to 4 pm in the lower lobby.

Saturday at Three. The Nassau PBA is hosting a benefit for 2 of its members they lost last year. On Saturday, April 13th at 3 pm at The Sands Atlantic Beach. Tickets are $40, food, drink, DJ & Raffle items. You can get tickets at the door or mail a check made out to "Hero Memorial Benefit", 89 East Jericho Tpke in Mineola 11501. UCOMM Radio's Brian Schneck and Ryan Birch will be there taking shots for ucommradio.com so come help raise money for the Lopez and Oliveri families.

We're Two. So time for a new song. We forgot to celebrate but UCOMM Radio just celebrated our second birthday. Hooray! So we thought it's time for a new intro song. If anyone has a good suggestion, email your pitch at feedback@ucommradio.com. Much respect to Spoon's Underdog but it's time to change it up and try on the big boy pants.

Labor Unions: America's Last Hope. Yes, union jobs offer about 15-percent higher wages and benefits, and yes, union safety programs are infinitely superior to non-union programs, and these by themselves are tremendous advantages to becoming a union member. But a union also offers something less tangible. A union contract provides an employee with dignity -- with the right to come to work and be treated with respect. And that is no small thing. If anyone is able to name another institution that can provide America's working class with the built-in dignity and economic advantages a union can, I'd love to hear it, because it ain't the federal government and it ain't philanthropic organizations. This is all about resistance. Without resistance, workers have no leverage. Without labor unions, the bullies will continue to win. Read David Macaray's entire article at huffingtonpost.com

Workers Memorial Mass Workers Memorial Mass. Monday, April 29th at 5:30 pm at St. Patrick's Church in Bay Shore, NY 11706. Reception to follow. Please bring your hardhat /uniform/ work gear for a blessing.

Posted March 17, 2013 - 12:40pm By UCOMM NEWS NETWORK

Sample letter to send to Andy about the Safe Patient Handling Bill

Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor
The Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

I am joining with my health care union brothers and sisters in asking for your support of the NYS Safe Patient Handling Act (A. 2180-A /S. 1123-A). This bill passed in the Senate last year but didn’t get to your desk. Please sign this bill if it is passed by the legislature this year.

Health care workers are being injured at a higher rate than workers in any other industry in our state. New Jersey and six other states now have comprehensive Safe Patient Handling laws that have greatly reduced worker injuries, improved patient quality of care, and allowed health care facilities to realize a return on investment in equipment by reducing workers’ compensation and lost workdays.

Posted February 15, 2013 - 1:21pm By UCOMM NEWS NETWORK

Fast Food Nation. Acting US Secretary of Labor Seth Harris was in Philadelphia on Valentine’s Day to discuss the president's plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $9. Harris met with workers from the fast food sector. The workers shared their stories of sacrifice and hardship, and emphasized that no one who works full-time should have to raise a family in poverty. The president's plan will boost wages for about 15 million American workers. In New Jersey, the State Assembly passed SCR-1 which increases the minimum wage to $8.25 and includes the COLA. In the Empire State, the Assembly once again is at the forefront with legislation that mirrors the President’s State of the Union proposal. For somebody who works a forty-hour week, and earns the minimum wage of $7.25, their annual salary is $15,080 a year. Chubby New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who already vetoed an increase in minimum wage, spends over $15,080 a year on donuts and cheeseburgers.
Freeze this NIFA. The Nassau Interim Finance Authority – which is charged with running the Nassau County government because nobody has a clue what they are doing, was ordered by a Federal judge to lift a wage freeze imposed on the County workforce. County employees have been suffering under the NIFA imposed wage freeze since March of 2011. Since March 2011, Nassau County hired 113 full-time and 28 part-time and seasonal workers, at a cost of more than $7 million. They include two $70,000-a-year special assistants for the county executive and his staff, a $65,000 community service representative for the traffic violations bureau and 17 new full-time political hacks at the county Board of Elections.
Congress went home. Tens of thousands of working people called their member of Congress on St. Valentine’s Day to urge the overpaid and underworked shills of 1% to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from benefit cuts by repealing the “sequester” and close loopholes for Wall Street and the wealthiest 2% of Americans. These calls must have fell on deaf ears because Congress went home. SO if you see your member of Congress out and about – tell them to get their asses back to Washington, they have work to do!
Edith’s in heaven. The founder of the Flight Attendants Union, Edith Lauterbach, died at 91 years old on February 4th. Lauterbach fought for non-discriminatory hiring, job security, regulations in the airline industry over a long-standing career beginning in 1944.
Did you read the New York Times? The article was titled “At Cablevision, Norma Rae’s Benn Escorted Out.” Michael Powell wrote; Cablevision takes pride in its open-door policy for employees. So two weeks ago, a tight-knit band of cable television installers gathered at a company depot in Canarsie, Brooklyn, to pick up route sheets and put ladders and tools in their vans. Then they trooped inside to ask a vice president for a few minutes of his time.{ } They wanted to ask the vice president if Cablevision was serious about a contract agreement, or if it wanted only to break their union. They waited for 20 minutes to talk, then 20 more. Then the vice president walked in { } “Ladies and gentlemen I am sorry to tell you that you’ve all been permanently replaced.” Read the entire story. Newsday is refusing to report the full story, ask them why at letters@newsday.com

Posted January 25, 2013 - 5:34pm By UCOMM NEWS NETWORK

Laborers 66 on National TV. Watch Letterman this Monday, Jan. 28th to see a member of the rank & file from Laborers Local 66 give the infamous top ten. Who is it? That's all we can tell you right now so tune in and spread the word.

AFL-CIO wants your feedback. What Do You Want in the Next Secretary of Labor? Secretary Hilda Solis is leaving her post as Secretary of Labor, and the AFL-CIO wants someone as committed to Workers' Rights the next time around. What makes a good labor secretary? What do you want them to accomplish? Let the AFL-CIO know in this neat questionnaire page they created and they will run your feedback up the flagpole. We will miss you Hilda thanks for your dedication and your service.

Wow, its awesome. On MLK Day 2013, IBEW 94 based in Hightstown NJ launched their new website. With high resolution graphic banner images, a video & photo gallery, social networking links, RSS news feeds from the IBEW & AFL-CIO, newsletter submission forms, recent news updates, and an easy to use navigation menu bar, this site is on the cusp of modern union communications. Check the site out on your tablets and smartphones too. Business Manager Chip Gerrity is informally inviting the community to sign up for 94's blast text messaging so go check it out now at ibew94.org.

A righteous party! Dressed to impress and feeling victorious, more than 400 people came out on a cold January 21 night to enjoy an "Evening of Elegance" at the 2013 Central New York Presidential Inaugural Gala at the Syracuse OnCenter in upstate New York. Hosted by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, this inaugural gala was to designed not only to celebrate the re-election of President Obama and honor the life and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but to thank 1199SEIU members and Central New York's devoted volunteers for their hard work during the election season. "I think it's a good way to bring a national election home to the community," said Marty Liquori, union chairman for the maintenance and clerical division at Crouse Hospital, "the hard work we put in and the votes that we cast did make a difference." (Thanks for the feed from the CNY Area Labor Federation).

It's freaking cold dude! News from OSHAi; January's frigid temperatures are sweeping across much of the nation, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is on the case. Outdoor workers engaged in activities during extreme cold are at risk of trench foot, frostbite, hypothermia and other illnesses. OSHA has life-saving information available for employers and workers. If you're involved in emergency response after severe winter weather or everyday work happening outdoors, OSHA has information for you. Click here and be safe out there.

66's ultimate gift. On January 24th, the General Building and Construction Laborers Local 66 held a blood drive before their General Membership meeting and collected 24 pints of blood. Their Blood Drive & BBQ in the summer yields more pints but at least the union responds to the need to give all year round with little or no recognition. Good work 66 you probably saved a life today!

New York's New Labor Blood. The NYS Assembly has made Amy Paulin of Westchester the new Energy Committee Chair and Carl Heastie of the Bronx the new Labor Committee Chair. These politicians have always been strong advocates for working people and we hope to see good things from them in the 2013 legislative session.

Posted January 20, 2013 - 9:02am By UCOMM NEWS NETWORK

Mayor Mike Sucks. The NYS AFL-CIO released a statement about the NYC School Bus Strike, it reads: "Once again, the Mayor has failed New York City school children. First, he threw the lives of children and their parents in turmoil through his unwillingness to include critical safeguards in school bus bids, and now as the teacher evaluation agreement falls apart, he is costing City schools millions of dollars in desperately needed aid. The Mayor is displaying a shocking inability to lead, and children are paying the price. As much as he may try to distance himself from the strike or compare teachers to the NRA in order to distract from his failures, the simple truth is New York City voters elected him to get things done, and clearly he is not delivering." Watch this video on ucommradio.com and text SAFETY1ST to 878787 to stay in the loop on this issue.

Well put Charlie. The NJ AFL-CIO's Charles Wowkanech put this out about MLK Day and is worth a read; " Dr. King's dream is a challenge to our country to live up to its potential. He dismissed the notion that failure was even an option. He also realized that in order to move forward, our country needs to be unified. These lessons are timeless and remain critical to our progress as a nation. Our work's not done. Let us carry on the legacy of Dr. King together."

Did you see the new corvette! At the 2013 North American International Auto Show, it's all about cars, drivers, an accelerating industry and a jobs renaissance. US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis traveled to Detroit for the show, where she was joined by Bob King, president of United Auto Workers, and met UAW members who built the cars on display. Several of those UAW members have credited the Obama administration's efforts to rescue the Big Three automakers as well as its strong emphasis on in-sourcing manufacturing as essential to bolstering their jobs and the industry. During the tour, Solis saw the latest products and technology being introduced by General Motors, Ford and Chrysler and also had an opportunity to test drive a new Chevy Volt. UCOMM Communication's web designer Ryan Birch drives the Chevy Volt.

Just in from the White House and a great thing to do with your kids. On Saturday, Jan. 19th, President Obama and the First Lady, will be taking part in an event that's become a tradition -- a National Day of Service on the weekend of Martin Luther King Day to celebrate Dr. King's legacy. No matter where you are in America, you have an opportunity to join this effort and serve your community. The Presidential Inaugural Committee has helped to organize events all over the country. Visit their site to find a service opportunity near you.

Making Progress. The AFL-CIO recently sent out a communication saying we have momentum on the Senate Filibuster Rules Reform issue. If you haven't done so, now is the perfect time to call a staffer down in DC to urge them to tell their boss to get their shit together. Learn more and call now 1-877-782-8274.

Join Team UCOMM. ucommblog.com is looking for contributing writers, reporters and columnist to join the team. Please send your writing samples to feedback@ucommradio.com and we will plug you into the details. All professions and industries welcome. The launch date is coming...sometime soon, we think.

Posted January 11, 2013 - 2:09pm By UCOMM NEWS NETWORK

Good luck Hilda. UCOMM Radio would like to commend a member of President Obama's cabinet for her hardwork, dedication and perseverance. On Jan. 9th, US Dept of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigned from her position as a steadfast advocate of working people. She will truly be missed and we wish her the very best.

Senate Reform on everyone's "to do" list. It seems like every union in the United States is urging their Senator to pass Senate Rule Reforms. Thousands have been writing, calling and emailing their Senators to support some common sense reforms. In a letter that is circulating, it reads; "Whereas Senators once resorted to filibustering only in rare and exceptional instances of intense opposition, rampant obstruction has now transformed standard operating procedure. If Senate Rules do not change, then the Koch brothers, Mitt Romney and the teabaggers will delay any progress to be made in Washington. Make a call folks at 1-888-966-9836 and when you do, dispense with the pleasantries and tell the lawmakers enough is enough and get their act together and co-sponsor Senate Resolution 4 & 6. If you go to ucommradio.com right now, you can watch a video of just how dysfunctional the Senate is.

Another Front Organization. The AFL-CIO reported for several months now that the "Fix the Debt" group is a front organization that cynically calls for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits in the name of "deficit reduction". They advocate for lower taxes for corporations and businesses that ship jobs overseas.

The New York Times reports that Erskine Bowles, a co-founder of Fix the Debt, was paid $345,000 in stock and cash in 2011 as a board member at Morgan Stanley, while Judd Gregg, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire and a co-chairman of Fix the Debt, is a paid adviser to Goldman Sachs.

New Leader in the Long Island Building Trades. Last month the President of the Nassau Suffolk Building & Constriction Trades Council announced his retirement. In an article in Newsday on December 20th, Jimmy Catellane, a former organizer with Insulators Local 12 who ran the trades council for 6 years, is recommending Ironworkers Local 361's Richard O'Kane as his successor when he leaves the post in June 2013.

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