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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.

NYC Council Member Mark Levine and Council Member Mark Treyger advance legislation to mandate the de Blasio Administrati...
06/05/2019
Council WTC Bill Would Notify DOE Staff, Pupils

NYC Council Member Mark Levine and Council Member Mark Treyger advance legislation to mandate the de Blasio Administration report on their efforts to locate and inform 2,500 UFT - United Federation of Teachers as well as 19,000 students who populated 29 city public schools during WTC clean-up of potential health issues they may have.
Anecdotal cases of WTC related illnesses have been documented in this population.

Under legislation drafted by the City Council, the de Blasio administration would have to report on its efforts to notify school staff and the students who attended dozens of public

The 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund is running out of money and will close in December of 2020 even though claims from wo...
06/03/2019
Unions Press Congress to Authorize Billions for 9/11 Victim Comp Fund

The 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund is running out of money and will close in December of 2020 even though claims from workers and survivors continue to surge.
Public and private sector unions press their drive to for Congressional reauthorization in hopes of retroactively restoring life altering cuts in awards done made to stretch the dwindling fund.
AFSCME Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York New York State AFL-CIO AFSCME Retirees New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
COBA NYC TWU Local 100 32BJ SEIU Teamsters Local 237 Hotel Trades Council NYC Police Benevolent Association International Union Of Operating Engineers, Local 891 Speaker Corey Johnson Carolyn B. Maloney

A broad coalition of public- and private-sector unions rallied in lower Manhattan May 30 to urge Congress to renew the 9/11 Victims Compensation Act, which is running out of money

FDNY and the FDNY EMS celebrate members who made a life or death difference in the lives of New Yorkers.
06/01/2019
Those Saved by Firefighters, EMTs Get Chance to Express Appreciation

FDNY and the FDNY EMS celebrate members who made a life or death difference in the lives of New Yorkers.

Every year the Fire Department responds to more than a half-million medical emergencies where every minute counts. With that call volume first-responders rarely have the luxury to double back and

Boosters of landmark legislation pending in Albany to grant farmworkers the same labor law protections as the rest of th...
06/01/2019
Court Win Aids Push On Farm-Worker Job Rights

Boosters of landmark legislation pending in Albany to grant farmworkers the same labor law protections as the rest of the state's work force hail a state court ruling striking down as unconstitutional a ban on farmworkers from organizing.

Boosters of legislation in Albany to extend labor-law protections to the state’s farmworkers hailed a recent State appellate-court decision that granted the state’s farmworkers the right to unionize.

New York State Division of Human Rights officials refused to weigh in on proposed bills aimed at addressing workplace se...
05/31/2019
Legislators Prod State Officials Over Big Rise in Sex-Harassment Cases

New York State Division of Human Rights officials refused to weigh in on proposed bills aimed at addressing workplace sexual harassment, to the frustration of New York State Senate and Assembly Members.

State legislators pushed back against state Division of Human Rights officials who refused to weigh in on proposals aimed at addressing and preventing workplace sexual harassment during a 13-hour hearing

18- & 19-year-olds charged with violent crimes will be eligible for no-bail, supervised-release under expansion of progr...
05/30/2019
Teens With Felony Charges Now Eligible for Supervised Release

18- & 19-year-olds charged with violent crimes will be eligible for no-bail, supervised-release under expansion of program by #NYC Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice. NYC Police Benevolent Association calls the initiative a cynical electoral ploy by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Starting June 1, some 18- and 19-year-olds charged with first- or second-degree assault, robbery or burglary—all of which could involve the display or use of a weapon—will be eligible for

The NYC Administration for Children's Services- ACS on June 3 will kick off Child Protective Specialist Appreciation Wee...
05/28/2019
Child Protective Specialists Say Work Never Gets Easy But Never Gets Old

The NYC Administration for Children's Services- ACS on June 3 will kick off Child Protective Specialist Appreciation Week, which was launched by Commissioner David Hansell last year to honor the work 2,000 CPS staff do to investigate more than 60,000 reports of child abuse and neglect each year.

“When we go into that home, we need to show that family the same respect we desire ourselves,” said Jill Campbell, who has worked as a CPS for almost 11 years. “Because if you’re not listening for key points, you’re going to miss things, and if you miss things, you’re leaving children unsafe.”

“When we go into that home, we need to show that family the same respect we ourselves desire,” said Jill Campbell, 41, who has worked as a Child Protective Specialist

Despite the intense partisan climate in Washington, advocates for the renewal of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Program  ...
05/28/2019
Push for VCF Extension Moves Slowly Forward

Despite the intense partisan climate in Washington, advocates for the renewal of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Program report strong bi-partisan support for extending the program that's been essential for thousands of WTC first responders and survivors.
Momentum is stronger in the House of Representatives so activists are doubling down on their efforts to catch the Senate up.

Even as relations between the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and President Trump continue to deteriorate, advocates for re-authorizing the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund report that they are making bipartisan progress

Public proceeding, secret outcome: Verdict and potential punishment for NYPD PO Daniel #Pantaleo must be kept confidenti...
05/25/2019
A Trial Out of Kafka: Garner-Case Verdict Must Remain Secret

Public proceeding, secret outcome: Verdict and potential punishment for NYPD PO Daniel #Pantaleo must be kept confidential.

The disciplinary trial of Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo on administrative charges that he precipitated Eric Garner’s death by using a department-prohibited chokehold, underway since May 13, is proceeding like any

In the wake of Janus, just 239 New York City Department of Education employees represented by the UFT - United Federatio...
05/24/2019
Rank-and-File Members Rally Around UFT, More Join in Wake of 'Janus' (free article)

In the wake of Janus, just 239 New York City Department of Education employees represented by the UFT - United Federation of Teachers are not members of the union, President Michael Mulgrew announced at a spring conference for educators.

In a tribute to union solidarity in the aftermath of a potentially crippling U.S. Supreme Court ruling, fewer than 240 Department of Education employees represented by the United Federation of

State regulators take possession of NYC's MCU and turn it over to National Credit Union Administration for conservatorsh...
05/24/2019
Credit-Union Regulator Takes Control of MCU

State regulators take possession of NYC's MCU and turn it over to National Credit Union Administration for conservatorship.
103 year old non-profit that serves hundreds of thousands of civil servants and their families undermined by massive embezzlement scheme of former CEO to be sentenced June 4.

On May 17, after a year of housecleaning at the Municipal Credit Union in the wake of a multi-million-dollar scandal, state banking regulators abruptly took possession of the credit union

SSSA Rank and File Overwhelmingly Back ContractA new on line voting option for ratifying the contract dramatically impro...
05/23/2019
SSSA Pact Ratified By Nearly 85% of Voters

SSSA Rank and File Overwhelmingly Back Contract
A new on line voting option for ratifying the contract dramatically improves turnout.

Members of the Subway Surface Supervisors Association overwhelmingly voted to approve their contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that provides for a 5-percent raise and a $500 bonus over 28

District Council 37, AFSCME's Local 372 is fighting for School Crossing Guards to be paid the same rate as Traffic Enfor...
05/23/2019
Press Case for Crossing Guards To Get Parity With Traffic Agents

District Council 37, AFSCME's Local 372 is fighting for School Crossing Guards to be paid the same rate as Traffic Enforcement Agents, who fill in for the guards whenever they call out sick or a position is vacant. While School Crossing Guards are overwhelmingly women, the majority of Traffic Enforcement Agents are men.

District Council 37’s Local 372 is appealing a decision made by a U.S. District Court Judge last year that determined the city did not violate the equal-pay rights of the

Two veteran New York City Department of Education Teachers who alleged that they were targeted for reporting that their ...
05/21/2019
Teacher Complaints Upheld by State But They Say Harassment Continues

Two veteran New York City Department of Education Teachers who alleged that they were targeted for reporting that their schools were not providing required special-education services say the harassment didn't stop even after the state found many of their claims of special-education violations to be true.

“We want to know how come after 21 and 27 years of service that we are suddenly ineffective problem employees because we dared to use the laws established by the state to protect the rights of our students?” P.S. 3 Teacher Carmen Applewhite asked.

The State Education Department has substantiated several of the claims of two targeted Teachers who reported that the special-education students in their schools were not receiving mandated services—but they say

The first week of PO Daniel Pantaleo’s disciplinary trial in #EricGarner case concluded with "Not a big deal." The off...
05/21/2019
Pantaleo Trial's First Week Concludes With Incendiary 'No Big Deal' Text

The first week of PO Daniel Pantaleo’s disciplinary trial in #EricGarner case concluded with "Not a big deal." The officer's trial resumes Tuesday with testimony from his NYPD partner during the incident. Still not known if #Pantaleo will testify in his own defense.

“I can’t breathe” became the rallying cry after the death of Eric Garner resulting from his July 17, 2014 encounter with NYPD officers, including Daniel Pantaleo, echoing in marches and

AFGE sounds the alarm on Trump Administration decision to pull 400 Transportation Security Administration employees from...
05/18/2019
TSA Union: Shifting Personnel to Border Hurts Air Security

AFGE sounds the alarm on Trump Administration decision to pull 400 Transportation Security Administration employees from airport duties to bolster response to southwest border immigrant crisis.
Data indicates the President's press to build his wall may actually be driving the increase in illegal crossings.

A month after President Trump’s purge of the upper echelons of the Department of Homeland Security, starting with the ouster of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, more details are emerging about his

Blowback over allegations by  MTA Board Member and Cuomo confidant that the spike in MTA overtime was linked to workers ...
05/18/2019
Transit-Union Tempers Get Frayed By 'Fraud' Charges Regarding Overtime

Blowback over allegations by MTA Board Member and Cuomo confidant that the spike in MTA overtime was linked to workers fraudulently claiming overtime intensifies.
Transport Workers Union (TWU) International President John Samuelsen took MTA leadership to task for using police to surveil the workforce and says the agency is responsible for short staffing that created the need for overtime.

As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Transport Workers Union Local 100 held contract talks that went past the deal’s expiration May 15, a top union official warned that allegations

ICYMI: Graduates of NYC Dept. of Correction's CEEDS program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice spoke of their train...
05/17/2019
For John Jay Students, an Education In Reality, Humanity at Rikers Island (free article)

ICYMI: Graduates of NYC Dept. of Correction's CEEDS program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice spoke of their training period at Rikers Island.

“Being new to the kind of environment—going from school straight to Rikers—sometimes you feel like ‘I’m really here? I’m around people who committed crimes.’ But you don’t know people’s stories,” said Boubacar Barry, an immigrant from Guinea.

After living in Senegal for a decade, Fama Thiam, 27, a participant in John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s program for prospective Correction Officers, returned to the U.S. and found

Last year the executive orders issued by President Trump to deny more than 2 million Federal workers their legal right t...
05/17/2019
There He Goes Again: Trump Ignores Ruling Protecting Union Rights

Last year the executive orders issued by President Trump to deny more than 2 million Federal workers their legal right to a union were struck down as "unconstitutional."
But union officials with AFGE say the Trump Administration is using a tactic to end run that court ruling to achieve the same goal.

A year after President Trump issued executive orders to deny more than two million Federal workers their right to union representation that were subsequently ruled unconstitutional, the administration has adopted

The Day Care Council of New York estimates it would cost $83 million to address the wage disparity between certified ear...
05/15/2019
Say Early-Childhood Program Needs $83M to Close Teacher Salary Gap

The Day Care Council of New York estimates it would cost $83 million to address the wage disparity between certified early childhood educators who work in community-based child care centers, including those represented by District Council 1707, AFSCME, and those employed by the New York City Department of Education.

The Day Care Council of New York, which represents more than 200 publicly-funded day-care centers, has estimated it would cost $83 million to address the wage disparity between the early

Training commander at NYPD's Police Academy: PO Daniel #Pantaleo used a prohibited chokehold in his takedown of Eric Gar...
05/15/2019
NYPD Training Commander Testifies Pantaleo Used Chokehold on Garner

Training commander at NYPD's Police Academy: PO Daniel #Pantaleo used a prohibited chokehold in his takedown of Eric Garner. NYC Police Benevolent Association says future testimony will exonerate the officer. City Medical Examiner takes the stand Wednesday.

In testimony during the second day of Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s NYPD disciplinary trial Tuesday, the head of training at the Police Academy said the officer’s maneuver in his takedown of

A report of a double digit jump in MTA overtime sparked labor-management finger pointing that looped in Gov. Cuomo.After...
05/15/2019
MTA Overtime Flap Has Parties Locking Horns

A report of a double digit jump in MTA overtime sparked labor-management finger pointing that looped in Gov. Cuomo.
After unions express outrage, the agency abandons plans to use its police force to investigate alleged overtime abuses.
Some LIRR employees to face possible sanctions.

The report last month by the Empire Center for Public Policy that there was a double-digit spike in Metropolitan Transportation Authority overtime has set off acrimonious finger-pointing between management and

New York State AFL-CIO' President  Mario Cilento says the state's labor movement is closer than it has ever been to righ...
05/14/2019
State AFL-CIO Head: Farm Workers Closer to Gaining Union Rights

New York State AFL-CIO' President Mario Cilento says the state's labor movement is closer than it has ever been to righting a decades old "disgrace" by insuring the state's farmworkers have the same basic rights other workers have had since the New Deal.
Yet, even as efforts to advance farmworker rights make great progress he warns the growing gig economy poses major new challenges.

In the 1930s, America’s farmworkers were excluded from the landmark protections extended to other workers as codified under the New Deal. The 1935 National Labor Relations Act and the 1938

Ten thousand Administrative Assistants, Statisticians and other non-pedagogical employees working at The City University...
05/14/2019
DC 37's CUNY Locals Angered by Pay Delay

Ten thousand Administrative Assistants, Statisticians and other non-pedagogical employees working at The City University of New York who are represented by District Council 37, AFSCME haven’t received the raises and retroactive pay promised under the union contract that was ratified in December, reportedly because of technical problems in CUNY's accounting system.

Thousands of Administrative Assistants, Statisticians and other employees working at the City University of New York who are represented by District Council 37 haven’t received the raises and retroactive pay

Prospective Correction Officers Fama Thiam (left) and Boubacar Barry were among the graduates of John Jay College of Cri...
05/13/2019
For John Jay Students, an Education In Reality, Humanity at Rikers Island (free article)

Prospective Correction Officers Fama Thiam (left) and Boubacar Barry were among the graduates of John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s CEEDS program honored May 3. Ms. Thiam overcame homelessness thanks to the program's stipend, while Mr. Barry, an immigrant from Guinea, is awaiting a naturalization interview and plans to join the Correction Academy.

After living in Senegal for a decade, Fama Thiam, 27, a participant in John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s program for prospective Correction Officers, returned to the U.S. and found

NYPD Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo's Civilian Complaint Review Board trial to start Monday.
05/12/2019
Pantaleo Trial to Begin Monday After Defense Motions Fail

NYPD Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo's Civilian Complaint Review Board trial to start Monday.

An NYPD top judge denied a motion May 9 to dismiss charges against Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, setting the stage for the officer’s disciplinary trial to begin Monday before the

NYPD asks a House of Representatives panel at a field hearing in Staten Island to change the law to enable local and sta...
05/11/2019
Give NYPD Power to Counter Drones, House 'Homeland' Hearing is Told

NYPD asks a House of Representatives panel at a field hearing in Staten Island to change the law to enable local and state police to have the authority to counter
drones that pose a threat to public safety.
Boosters of the concept say Federal training and certification should be required for the special assignment.
Currently the US Attorney General has to be consulted on a case by case basis and the FBI handles disabling the threat.

The NYPD’s top counter-terrorism official told a congressional panel May 6 that the city needs a change in Federal law that would empower specially trained local police to neutralize weaponized

NYC Dept. of Correction guards and a now-retired captain illegally strip-searched visitors to #NewYorkCity jail.
05/10/2019
DOC Guards Face Charges For Illegal Strip Searches

NYC Dept. of Correction guards and a now-retired captain illegally strip-searched visitors to #NewYorkCity jail.

The women were pushed to the wall, wrestled into submission, grabbed, and had their clothing, including their underwear, yanked from them. They were then forced to the floor or made

Day-care Teachers represented by District Council 1707, AFSCME, who have been fighting for parity with Teachers who work...
05/09/2019
Day-Care Teachers Delay Strike While Pay Talks Continue

Day-care Teachers represented by District Council 1707, AFSCME, who have been fighting for parity with Teachers who work at the New York City Department of Education for decades, called off a strike that was set for last week.

Day-care Teachers represented by District Council 1707, who have been fighting for parity with Teachers who work at the Department of Education for decades, called off a strike that was

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