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In just about a month, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery will be shutting down to prepare for a major expansion project. But an area labor leader is concerned the work is not going to include unionized skilled workers.  


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If you traveled by the General Motors Powertrain plant in the Town of Tonawanda on Thursday, it looked like another day of United Auto Workers picketing, as bargaining continued in Detroit toward ending the longest strike in nearly a half-century. However, much more was going on.

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As the Western New York community gathers to celebrate Labor Day, the head of the region's AFL-CIO council looks at progress on several fronts.


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Over the next few days, 7,200 unionized workers at Kaleida Health will be briefed on provisions of a new contract between three unions and healthcare network.

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SPoT Coffee is being accused of firing three of their employees who inquired about starting a union. Two weeks ago, Spot coffee workers in Rochester organized a union. After workers at Buffalo stores found out, they started taking steps to do the same thing. Protestors lined up outside of SPoT's Williamsville location Wednesday morning.

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A mid-level appeals court has declared that farmworkers have the same right to unionize as all other workers in New York State.

Unions have been sounding the alarm since the June 27 U.S. Supreme Court Janus ruling that public employees can stop paying union dues while retaining many of the benefits from collective bargaining. An anti-union group is sounding its own alarm among New York's public employees.

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Area unions are pushing back against the U.S. Supreme Court's Janus v. AFSCME decision, which allows public employees to gain pay and benefits under union contracts without paying union dues. Union leaders made clear during a news conference Monday they expect a future push to do the same to private sector unions.

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The Erie County Legislature locked itself up Thursday in a round of recesses, legislative clarifications and proposed amendments of proposed amendments. It was over a U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting public employee union rights to collect dues from non-members.

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We walk up the trail to the summit of Hadley Mountain in the southern Adirondacks, fallen leaves crunching underfoot. The wind picks up a bit as we climb up the fire tower for the panoramic view.

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Sheriff Timothy Howard received the support of thousands of Western New Yorkers today.

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Can you hear me now? Apparently not. Verizon workers are on strike this morning as contract talks remain at an impasse.

Labor expert warns unions to be 'self-critical'

Mar 7, 2014
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A national labor leader is warning unions to rethink and realign their efforts in the labor movement. Bill Fletcher, Jr., who works with the National AFL-CIO, will be appearing in Buffalo Saturday. WBFO's Eileen Buckley will be the keynote speaker at the Western New York Area Labor Federation's 2014 meeting in Cheektowaga.

Kaleida agrees to new labor contract

Jun 20, 2013

A strike by unionized health-care workers at Kaleida Health has been averted after the two sides reached a tentative contract agreement early Thursday morning.  The proposed three year contract  includes three unions representing more than 7,300 workers.

The largest union representing Erie County government workers has voted down a new contract proposal with the county.

The deal included 11 percent raises over the next five years, as well as employee contributions toward health insurance and reductions in paid leave.

Joan Bender, president of the Civil Service Employees Association Local 815, reports the vote was 2,144 to 706, an approximately three-to-one margin.

The union has been working under terms of a contract which expired in 2006. The new proposal would have covered the years 2007 through 2016.

Remark by Lancaster supervisor outrages unions

Aug 21, 2012

A recent remark the Lancaster Town supervisor made about government employees has unleashed a strong response from the Civil Service Employees Association. 

CSEA members and labor demonstrated at last night's town board meeting against supervisor Dino Fudoli. Fudoli was asked to retract his statement when he referred to government employees as a "non-producing part of society."

"I said let me make myself very clear. I am not anti-public employee, I am just pro-taxpayer. Wouldn't that tell you right there I am not against public employees?", said Fudoli.             

Erie County & CSEA reach tentative deal

Jul 23, 2012

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced that he has reached a tentative labor agreement with the Civil Service Employees Association. 

The CSEA is the county’s largest labor union. The union has been without a contract since it expired in 2006.  

Both sides agreed not to disclose terms of the deal until members learn its details. 

Poloncarz thanked CSEA leadership for bargaining in good faith.  

Unions are a declining percentage of the public and private workforce.

This week on You and the Law, Mike Desmond speaks with labor lawyer Richard Furlong about how unions are doing in this country and some of the legal issues that come with collective bargaining.