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The Chief-Leader is a newspaper with a unique focus on civil service, municipal government and its labor unions. The Chief also covers New York State and Federal employees. Founded in 1897 as an independent newspaper, it has been owned since 1919 by the Prial family and expanded its coverage over the years to include all public workers, from police and correction officers to teachers and clerical employees. The Chief-Leader is available on newsstands throughout New York City each Tuesday, and online every Monday.

Charter/Spectrum is in a full court press to decertify IBEW Local 3 in what could be a major blow to both the New York s...
01/05/2020
Spectrum’s Electricians Caught in the Switches

Charter/Spectrum is in a full court press to decertify IBEW Local 3 in what could be a major blow to both the New York state and the American labor movement.

There was no picket line New Year’s Eve outside the West 23rd St. New York corporate offices of Charter/Spectrum, comprised by electricians from Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of

Vote count set for Jan. 9
01/04/2020
Ratification Vote on TWU Pact Nearing Deadline

Vote count set for Jan. 9

With just a few days left before the Jan. 8th deadline for TWU Local 100 members to mail in their ballot on the pending MTA contract, union leadership remained confident

City Council mandates agencies do more than just collect data on workplace injuries.
12/31/2019
Unhappy With Law to Track On-Job Injuries, Council Approves New One

City Council mandates agencies do more than just collect data on workplace injuries.

Under legislation passed by the City Council Dec. 19, the de Blasio administration will be required to compile extensive amounts of information on municipal workplace injuries and occupational diseases and

Criminally insane patients will move to renovated facility after Public Employees Federation (Official) prevail on Offic...
12/30/2019
Criminally Insane Patients Will Move to a Neighboring Facility

Criminally insane patients will move to renovated facility after Public Employees Federation (Official) prevail on Office of Mental Health to address infrastructure shortcomings.

The transfer of criminally insane patients from Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center on Wards Island to a nearby facility will take place next month, with the union that represents center staff,

Al O'Leary, longtime comms director with NYC Police Benevolent Association, leaves for different beat: rock 'n' roll dru...
12/29/2019
'On Call' and On Message Since 1984, Al O'Leary Hanging It Up

Al O'Leary, longtime comms director with NYC Police Benevolent Association, leaves for different beat: rock 'n' roll drummer.

It’s a safe bet to say Al O’Leary has been quoted in every city newspaper that’s seen print since the mid-1980s. And in the majority of online news sites since

Informing City Hall-FDNY Fire Prevention Inspectors are peace officers, scale water towers, are trained in fire science,...
12/27/2019
Fire Prevention Inspectors Pressing For Pay Parity and Promotion Track

Informing City Hall-FDNY Fire Prevention Inspectors are peace officers, scale water towers, are trained in fire science, and scope out potentially life-threatening hazardous waste sites yet can't take the FDNY promotions test like FDNY EMTs.

The union that represents the more-than 400 Fire Prevention Inspectors has launched a campaign for pay parity with the firefighting side of the FDNY as well as granting the Inspectors

City Hall rally highlights hardships of IBEW Local 100 members and their families as Charter/Spectrum pushes to decertif...
12/27/2019
Council Threatens Charter’s Franchise As Local 3 Strike Goes 1,000 Days

City Hall rally highlights hardships of IBEW Local 100 members and their families as Charter/Spectrum pushes to decertify union.

Members of the City Council are threatening to reject a renewal of Charter/Spectrum’s profitable municipal franchise agreement if the company does not sign a contract with 1,800 members of International

CWA Local 1180 members due checks from union's landmark settlement with the de Blasio administration for years of pay di...
12/26/2019
City Corrects a Botched Admin. Manager Payout

CWA Local 1180 members due checks from union's landmark settlement with the de Blasio administration for years of pay discrimination get nasty holiday surprise.

The Office of Payroll Administration mishandled payouts that were due to 1,400 members of Communications Workers of America Local 1180 who were part of a class-action pay-discrimination lawsuit, city officials

Santa delivered: 32BJ SEIU reached a tentative contract agreement that includes 10.81 percent in wage increases over fou...
12/24/2019
Call and Response: Two Days After Protest, 32BJ Secures Contract

Santa delivered: 32BJ SEIU reached a tentative contract agreement that includes 10.81 percent in wage increases over four years for more than 22,000 commercial cleaners.

Just in time for Christmas: Service Employees International Union’s Local 32BJ Dec. 20 reached a tentative contract agreement that includes 10.81 percent in wage increases over four years for more

Father of the first NYPD Officer to die from his WTC occupational exposure recalls years of resistance from the city inc...
12/24/2019
Family of WTC Program’s Namesake Gratified But Not Over Past Heartache

Father of the first NYPD Officer to die from his WTC occupational exposure recalls years of resistance from the city including hurtful remarks made by Mayor Bloomberg for the which the Mayor apologized.

For Joe Zadroga, 73, accepting the Bronze Medallion, the city’s highest civilian honor, in memory of his son, NYPD Det. James Zadroga, was not easy.

The New York State Nurses Association's Jill Furillo, Judith Cutchin and Leon Bell spoke of how the union's recently rat...
12/23/2019
H+H Nurses Approve Pact Setting Staffing Ratios, Clinical Path

The New York State Nurses Association's Jill Furillo, Judith Cutchin and Leon Bell spoke of how the union's recently ratified contract for NYC Health + Hospitals nurses addresses recruitment and retention issues, including by setting staffing ratios and boosting education and certification differentials. “One of the underlying issues we were facing was a $10,000 pay gap between the private-sector and public-sector salaries, which creates all sorts of problems,” Mr. Bell said.

Nurses at NYC Health + Hospitals overwhelmingly voted Dec. 13 to ratify a “historical” contract that for the first time sets staffing ratios that the New York State Nurses Association,

Recently freed from state lockup after 20-year stint for her role in the murder of an NYPD officer, Brooklyn woman is se...
12/21/2019
Brooklyn Woman Tied to Cop’s 1998 Murder Sentenced to Prison Time

Recently freed from state lockup after 20-year stint for her role in the murder of an NYPD officer, Brooklyn woman is sent to prison.

A woman recently freed following a 20-year state jail term for her role in the 1998 killing of an NYPD Police Officer was sentenced Dec. 20 in Brooklyn Federal Court

FDNY mourns the passing of their human  "encyclopedia."
12/20/2019
Chief FDNY Historian Jack Lerch Mourned

FDNY mourns the passing of their human "encyclopedia."

The FDNY is mourning the passing Dec. 17 of Jonathan Lerch, the man who served as its institutional memory for more than 50 years. He was 88 years old.

Thousands of members of 32BJ SEIU rallied Nov. 18 near Rockefeller Center to ask for one present for Christmas: a fair c...
12/20/2019
32BJ to Building Owners: All We Want for Christmas is a Fair Deal

Thousands of members of 32BJ SEIU rallied Nov. 18 near Rockefeller Center to ask for one present for Christmas: a fair contract for more than 22,000 office cleaners who work at more than 1,300 buildings across the city.

About 8,000 members of Service Employees International Union’s Local 32BJ rallied Nov. 18 near Rockefeller Center to ask for one present for Christmas: a fair contract for more than 22,000

Long time DC 37 Local 1320 union president doesn't let battle with leukemia get In the way of continuing to serve others...
12/19/2019
Retired From Union But Still an Everyday Hero

Long time DC 37 Local 1320 union president doesn't let battle with leukemia get In the way of continuing to serve others.

Early on Christmas morning 10 years ago, Jim Tucciarelli got an anonymous phone call informing him that then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg planned to go to the Newtown Creek Sewage Treatment Plant

Sergeants Benevolent Association's Mullins apologizes to the family of murdered Barnard student for comments he made abo...
12/18/2019
SBA Head Apologizes for Comments Following Killing of Barnard Student

Sergeants Benevolent Association's Mullins apologizes to the family of murdered Barnard student for comments he made about her killing, but keeps up offensive against Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association on Dec. 16 issued an apology for incendiary comments he made a day earlier regarding the killing of Tessa Majors, the Barnard student

Landmark pro-family proposal would cover child birth, adoption and fostering and was a long time priority item for AFGE ...
12/17/2019
Feds Ready to Grant 12 Weeks of Paid Family Leave to U.S. Workers

Landmark pro-family proposal would cover child birth, adoption and fostering and was a long time priority item for AFGE and National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU)

Despite the sharp partisan divide in Washington, congressional Democrats and Republicans, along with the Trump Administration, have agreed to provide paid parental leave to all members of the Federal workforce.

Settlement of long standing  CWA Local 1180  Federal pay discrimination lawsuit preceded contract deal.
12/17/2019
Local 1180 Deal Offers 7.25% Hike Covering 43-Month Duration

Settlement of long standing CWA Local 1180 Federal pay discrimination lawsuit preceded contract deal.

Communications Workers of America Local 1180 and the de Blasio administration have reached a contract deal that calls for a 7.25-percent wage hike over 43 months and seven days. The

Impact of the last shutdown lingers. Bi-partisan Congressional close  on deal but timeline is tight.
12/16/2019
NTEU: 81% of Union Members Fearful of Government Shutdown

Impact of the last shutdown lingers. Bi-partisan Congressional close on deal but timeline is tight.

While the congressional impeachment proceedings commanded center stage in the nation’s capital, a vast majority of Federal workers are anxiously bracing for another government shutdown that could come if Congress

Internal debate over the MTA/TWU contract proposal heats up on social media.
12/13/2019
TWU Dissidents Urge Rejection of Pay Deal

Internal debate over the MTA/TWU contract proposal heats up on social media.

Two factions within Transport Workers Union Local 100 have taken to social media to urge rank-and-file members to vote against the contract reached Dec. 4 between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Woman convicted of manslaughter in 1998 killing of NYPD officer released from state jail, but now faces Federal time.
12/13/2019
Woman Tied to Cop's 1998 Murder Is Released, Sent to Federal Lockup

Woman convicted of manslaughter in 1998 killing of NYPD officer released from state jail, but now faces Federal time.

A Brooklyn woman convicted in 1999 for her role in the killing of an NYPD Police Officer was released from a state jail Dec. 10 but swiftly taken into Federal

Bronx Latin School Environmental Science Teacher Aida Rosenbaum was one of seven educators honored Dec. 11 with the Alfr...
12/13/2019
For Several Sloan Award Winners, Interest in Teaching Started at Home

Bronx Latin School Environmental Science Teacher Aida Rosenbaum was one of seven educators honored Dec. 11 with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics.

“You don't really expect to be at the Grammys for teaching!”

As a result of Congress's permanent reauthorization of the 9/11 VCF this summer, the fund's Special Master revisits old ...
12/11/2019
Extend VCF Filing Deadline to Mid-July of 2021, Aiding Those Who Were Late

As a result of Congress's permanent reauthorization of the 9/11 VCF this summer, the fund's Special Master revisits old deadlines.

The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has revisited its policy of imposing a two-year deadline for first-responders, survivors and their families to apply from the time a family member had died,

Heating Plant Technicians, Maintenance Workers and other staff within the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)’s Heat...
12/11/2019
HA's Ready to Train Workers to Correct Heat Outages Faster

Heating Plant Technicians, Maintenance Workers and other staff within the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)’s Heat Management Services Department set to begin training to improve response times to heating outages.

Heating Plant Technicians, Maintenance Workers and other staff within the Housing Authority’s Management Services Department will begin training to improve response times to heating outages as part of a plan

Family of man killed during “friendly-fire” incident that also killed NYPD PO Brian Mulkeen demands info on what led to ...
12/11/2019
Family of Man Killed During NYPD's 'Friendly-Fire' Clash Seeks Answers

Family of man killed during “friendly-fire” incident that also killed NYPD PO Brian Mulkeen demands info on what led to confrontation. NYPD says it will release video in coming week.

The NYPD expects to release video footage of the Sept. 29 incident during which Police Officer Brian Mulkeen and a Binghamton man were killed in a hail of police bullets

Civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis was inspired by Rosa Parks and a 1958 comic book on Martin Luther King, Jr....
12/10/2019
A Freedom Rider Who Overcame Hate Urges Students to Find 'Good Trouble'

Civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis was inspired by Rosa Parks and a 1958 comic book on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s activism to join the movement—and now his experiences have been chronicled in the comic book trilogy ‘March,’ which was incorporated into city public schools' Social Studies curriculum.

"Study “March,” study the way of peace, study the philosophy of non-violence, and never hate, as Dr. King taught us, for hate is too heavy of a burden to carry,’" Mr. Lewis told a group of Teachers and students.

Congressman and civil-rights icon John Lewis wants city public school students to make “good trouble.”

Deal now goes to members for sign-off. Some union activists say pact comes up short on wages.
12/06/2019
TWU Pact: 10% Raise Over 4 Years, Some Gains on Health Coverage

Deal now goes to members for sign-off. Some union activists say pact comes up short on wages.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Transport Workers Union Local 100 say the tentative contract deal they reached Dec. 4—providing raises of a shade less than 10 percent over four years—effectively

COBA NYC  president vigorously defends corrections officers' actions in teen's suicide try.
12/06/2019
Correction-Union Head Defends Officer Actions In Teen's Suicide Try

COBA NYC president vigorously defends corrections officers' actions in teen's suicide try.

The head of the city’s Correction Officers’ union vigorously defended the actions of Officers who were on duty when an 18-year-old tried to commit suicide and was gravely injured at

12/04/2019

MTA & TWU Reach Tentative Contract Deal
Details to come after Executive Board review

Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano issued the following statement this afternoon:
"I am happy to report that we have reached a negotiated settlement with the MTA that I believe the Local 100 membership will ratify in overwhelming fashion. We achieved the framework for settlement over the weekend, and after several days of intense bargaining, arrived at the tentative agreement today, Wednesday, Dec. 4.

He continued. "I am calling a meeting of the Local 100 Executive Board for tomorrow to present the MOU for discussion and approval. I wish to thank TWU members for the incredible support you provided to me and the Local 100 leadership throughout this campaign. We were truly united. We will be reporting details of the agreement as soon as the Executive Board has had an opportunity to vote on it."

Pat Foye, MTA chairman also released a statement:

“We have reached a tentative agreement with TWU Local 100 that’s fair to taxpayers, our riders and the tens of thousands of Transit employees who have worked hard to improve subway and bus service benefiting eight million daily customers. This tentative agreement continues the forward momentum of NYC Transit that has led to a surge in subway on-time performance and ridership increases that reflect our customers’ returning confidence in the system."

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Parole Board Miscalculations

Editorial: Parole Board's miscalculation "inexcusable."

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AFGE President Takes Leave Amid Airing of Sex-Harassment Allegation

Internal probe comes as union battles Trump administration's full court press to roll back collective bargaining and workplace protections.

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12/02/2019
CSBA Fears Lifting Cap On 'Exempt' Attorneys Will Open Floodgates

The city Law Department is seeking to lift the cap on the number of Assistant Corporation Counsels it can hire—but Saul Fishman, head of Csba Attorneys, feared that the proposal could potentially encroach upon the 1,000 non-competitive attorneys working at more than 40 municipal agencies.

“We’re a union town. People should have eyes and ears when things move away from civil service,” he said.

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Carrube wins SSSA balloting by huge margin
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Carrube Easily Gains A 2nd Term Leading SSSA

Carrube wins SSSA balloting by huge margin

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New York City Council staffers go public with their accounts of harassment cite the New York City Council's decision to ...
11/30/2019
King’s Suspension Ends But Council Staffers Still Want Him Expelled

New York City Council staffers go public with their accounts of harassment cite the New York City Council's decision to not expel City Council Member Andy King as evidence of a systemic failure to address an exploitative and abusive workplace culture. #HarassmentFreeAlbany

The controversy over the City Council’s decision to suspend rather than expel Bronx Council Member Andy King following a second round of substantiated charges that he harassed his staff showed

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