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The Chief-Leader The Chief-Leader is a weekly newspaper and website reporting on local, state and national labor and politics. 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.

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A New York State Unified Court System officer who posted a racist caricature of Barack Obama and other disturbing imager...
12/30/2020
Court Officer Who Posted Racist Imagery Is Fired

A New York State Unified Court System officer who posted a racist caricature of Barack Obama and other disturbing imagery on her page has been fired.

The Brooklyn-based Court Officer suspended in June for posting illustrations of former President Barack Obama with a noose around his neck and Secretary Hillary Clinton being taken to the gallows

UFT - United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew Dec. 28 called for the city to address problems plaguing t...
12/29/2020
UFT Head: COVID Test Delays Should Keep Middle, High Schools Closed

UFT - United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew Dec. 28 called for the city to address problems plaguing the mandatory COVID testing of students and staff before it considers reopening middle- and high schools.

United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew Dec. 28 called for the city to address problems plaguing the mandatory COVID testing of students and staff before it considers reopening middle-

After last minute drama, President Trump signs $900 billion #COVID19 Relief legislation which provides $45 billion life ...
12/28/2020
Transportation Unions Help Secure $45B for Transit Under Relief Bill

After last minute drama, President Trump signs $900 billion #COVID19 Relief legislation which provides $45 billion life line for aviation and mass transit workers. Transport Workers Union (TWU) Transport Workers Union (TWU) Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA)

While the coronavirus-relief bill that Congress passed Dec. 21 contained none of the $500 billion in aid to states requested by the National Governors Association, provided a $45-billion lifeline to

On the eve of New York City Fire Department (FDNY) start of Moderna, Inc. vaccine for EMS, the city loses  its fifth EMT...
12/27/2020
Night Before Vaccine Was Offered at EMS, Dispatcher, 58, Dies

On the eve of New York City Fire Department (FDNY) start of Moderna, Inc. vaccine for EMS, the city loses its fifth EMT and member of Local 2507,Uniform Emts, Paramedics & Inspectors - FDNY to #COVID19
District Council 37, AFSCME

On the same day that Emergency Medical Service workers began receiving the coronavirus vaccine Dec. 23, Mayor de Blasio announced that one of those employees had died the night before

Lieutenants' union pres: New York City Department of Investigation report on NYPD response to protest could be distilled...
12/24/2020
Cop Unions Say 'Political' Report By DOI Omits Real Culprit: The Mayor

Lieutenants' union pres: New York City Department of Investigation report on NYPD response to protest could be distilled to one sentence -- "Mayor Bill de Blasio failed."

Countering findings from the Department of Investigation’s report on the NYPD’s response to the spring protests, police-union officials said a more-forceful initial response to the unrest and violence that accompanied

New York City Department of Sanitation officers and chiefs and NYC Probation officers get no-layoff promises from Mayor ...
12/23/2020
Sanit Super, Probation Officer Deferral Deals

New York City Department of Sanitation officers and chiefs and NYC Probation officers get no-layoff promises from Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration but will have to wait for wages due to them.

Unions representing Sanitation Department officers and Chiefs, as well as Probation Officers, have agreed to defer portions of back wages and/or benefit-fund contributions from the city in return for no-layoff

Mayor de Blasio plans to remove academic screens from the middle school admissions process for the next year in order to...
12/22/2020
Mayor, Chancellor Shake Up School Admissions, But is It Enough?

Mayor de Blasio plans to remove academic screens from the middle school admissions process for the next year in order to increase diversity, but Eric Nadelstern, Professor of Educational Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, called the effort a 'minimal gesture' that was doomed to failure.

Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza Dec. 18 announced reforms to the admissions process for city public middle- and high schools aimed at increasing diversity, but one education

New York City Fire Department (FDNY) rolls out Moderna, Inc. vaccine starting Dec. 23. FDNY EMS Local 2507,Uniform Emts,...
12/22/2020
EMS Workers Will Be First in FDNY To Receive Virus Vaccine Dec. 23

New York City Fire Department (FDNY) rolls out Moderna, Inc. vaccine starting Dec. 23. FDNY EMS Local 2507,Uniform Emts, Paramedics & Inspectors - FDNY and DC 37 Local 3621 get first round followed by Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York and UFOA Local 854.

The Fire Department has scheduled its initial coronavirus vaccinations for Dec. 23 at three locations for the members of the Emergency Medical Service, with firefighters to begin getting the vaccine

The narrow election victory of a fierce critic of TWU Local 100 President Utano to the union's executive board suggests ...
12/21/2020
Insurgent's Board-Seat Win Indicates Local 100 Members Focused on Virus

The narrow election victory of a fierce critic of TWU Local 100 President Utano to the union's executive board suggests that next year's union election will spark a debate over the union's response to COVID-19 which killed more than 90 members. Metropolitan Transportation Authority -

The Transport Workers Union Local 100 presidential election is almost a year off, but if a recent race for an executive-board seat is any indication, that campaign will prompt an

Following cancellations in March and July, the second NYPD RECRUIT class in less than eight weeks will begin training ne...
12/21/2020
Going Out With a Bang: New Police Class to Enter Academy Dec. 29

Following cancellations in March and July, the second NYPD RECRUIT class in less than eight weeks will begin training next week.

Because of the pandemic and then associated budget constraints, two police academy classes—one scheduled to begin in March, the second in July—were canceled earlier this year.

Arrest in March murder of hero TWU Local 100 Conductor who died after clearing subway train engulfed in flames. Metropol...
12/18/2020
Homeless Man Arrested In Conductor's Death

Arrest in March murder of hero TWU Local 100 Conductor who died after clearing subway train engulfed in flames. Metropolitan Transportation Authority - MTA

A homeless man with an extensive criminal history has been arrested for allegedly setting a subway-train fire nine months ago that killed Conductor Garrett Goble, who before he succumbed quickly

NYC Health + Hospitals staff are expected to receive the vaccine over a three-week period.
12/18/2020
First City COVID Vaccinations At Elmhurst, Once Symbol of Crisis

NYC Health + Hospitals staff are expected to receive the vaccine over a three-week period.

Two Elmhurst Hospital employees received the COVID-19 vaccine Dec. 16, making them the first city public-hospital staffers to be inoculated against the virus that overwhelmed NYC Health + Hospitals nine

Arbitrator rules that the Mayor Bill de Blasio administration must make good on raise to COBA NYC officers and also requ...
12/17/2020
COBA Award Matches Other Union Deferrals And No-Layoff Terms

Arbitrator rules that the Mayor Bill de Blasio administration must make good on raise to COBA NYC officers and also requires no layoffs through at least June.

An arbitrator has ruled that the de Blasio administration must pay half of the overdue back wages it owes to Correction Officers in their Dec. 24 checks, with the remainder

Mayor de Blasio Dec. 15 announced that he intends to keep city public schools open if the state enacts another shutdown ...
12/16/2020
Mayor's Plan to Keep Schools Open In 'Pause' Drawing Fire From UFT

Mayor de Blasio Dec. 15 announced that he intends to keep city public schools open if the state enacts another shutdown order. The plan was criticized by the UFT - United Federation of Teachers, which argued that if the city's coronavirus positivity rate increases enough to trigger a shutdown then schools should close too.

Mayor de Blasio’s announcement Dec. 15 that schools would remain open if the state implements a new "pause" order during the coming weeks was slammed as "irresponsible" by the United

12/14/2020

When it comes to passing #COVID19 workplace health protections for essential workers, New Jersey takes the lead over New York, according to union leaders and advocates. NYCOSH CWA New Jersey New York State AFL-CIO CWA Local 1180 SEIU

#StatenIsland DA defends handling of MAC’S Public House owner's arrest following an incident involving #COVID19 restrict...
12/14/2020
Staten Island DA Defends Handling Of Defiant Pub Owner's Hit-and-Run

#StatenIsland DA defends handling of MAC’S Public House owner's arrest following an incident involving #COVID19 restrictions and New York City Sheriff's Office sergeant.

Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon is defending his office’s handling of a Dec. 6 incident involving the owner of a bar who struck and injured a New York Sheriff’s

DOC firing of Auto Service Worker who survived a bout with COVID and has a child on the way outrages union who says thei...
12/12/2020
Firing of Auto Worker Who Had Virus Spurs Union Outrage at Correction

DOC firing of Auto Service Worker who survived a bout with COVID and has a child on the way outrages union who says their member was terminated without explanation and notice. SEIU Local 246

The Correction Department's firing without explanation or notice of a probationary Auto Service Worker who survived the coronavirus and has a baby on the way has the union that represents

New York City Fire Department (FDNY) top doctor urges FDNY workforce to take #COVID19 Pfizer vaccine even if they have h...
12/11/2020
FDNY's Top Doctor Tells Workers: Get Vaccinated Even If You Had Virus

New York City Fire Department (FDNY) top doctor urges FDNY workforce to take #COVID19 Pfizer vaccine even if they have had the virus. District Council 37, AFSCME Local 2507,Uniform Emts, @localParamedics & Inspectors - FDNY
Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York

Fire Department Chief Medical Officer David Prezant, who has spent his career documenting the ravages of the occupational diseases that Firefighters and Emergency Medical Service workers contract, is urging them

"Demeaning, dishonest and cruel." So said AFGE head Everett Kelley following the federal pay freeze instituted by the Do...
12/11/2020
On Second Thought, 1% Raise for Feds Too Rich for Trump

"Demeaning, dishonest and cruel." So said AFGE head Everett Kelley following the federal pay freeze instituted by the Donald J. Trump Administration.

President Trump, perhaps operating from the premise that he's not the only U.S. employee who should be in a sour mood during the holidays, has changed his mind about a

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 170 K Pfizer #COVID19 doses of vaccine to be delivered by Dec. 15. Governor commits to taking ...
12/10/2020
State Gets 170,000 Doses Of Virus Vaccine Dec. 15

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 170 K Pfizer #COVID19 doses of vaccine to be delivered by Dec. 15. Governor commits to taking the vaccine himself and warns that distribution of the vaccine has to be mindful of long standing health disparities in communities of color that have suffered the most during the pandemic.

New York State will be receiving 170,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine Dec. 15, according to the Federal Government, as long as all "safety and efficacy approvals are granted," Governor

Four NYC Dept. of Correction officers had free parking for a few months, before they were indicted on charges of forging...
12/10/2020
Forgery Raps for 4 COs In Disabled-Permit Scam

Four NYC Dept. of Correction officers had free parking for a few months, before they were indicted on charges of forging city disability placards.

A longtime Department of Correction Officer was arraigned this week on charges that she forged city disability-parking placards and then sold them to DOC colleagues, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli commits to firm climate change divestment timeline for fossil fuel stocks ...
12/10/2020
State Comptroller Continues Move To Sell Off Fossil-Fuel Stocks

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli commits to firm climate change divestment timeline for fossil fuel stocks so that by 2040 pension investments will result in "net zero greenhouse emissions."
Move hailed by environmentalists and public unions.
District Council 37, AFSCME UFT - United Federation of TeachersPublic Employees Federation (Official)Professional Staff Congress/CUNY

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has committed to shift the New York State Common Retirement Fund out of its fossil-fuel stocks so that by 2040 the system's portfolio

USDOJ brings fraud charges against 5 Metropolitan Transportation Authority - MTA supervisors for $1 million in bogus ove...
12/09/2020
They've Been Shirkin' on the Railroad: Charge 5 at MTA in $1M OT Scam

USDOJ brings fraud charges against 5 Metropolitan Transportation Authority - MTA supervisors for $1 million in bogus overtime.
John Samuelsen, TWU International president says TWU Local 100 rank and file deserve an apology.

Five current and former Metropolitan Transportation Agency supervisors have been charged by Federal prosecutors with receiving more than $1 million in fraudulent overtime payments in 2018.

Cooler weather did not quell #newyork city's surge of violence, NYPD stats show.
12/05/2020
Weather Cools, Lead Still Hot: Killings, Shootings Continue to Climb

Cooler weather did not quell #newyork city's surge of violence, NYPD stats show.

Cooler weather did not quell the surge of violence that has befallen the city’s streets this year, with police recording significantly more than double the number of shootings last month

In two day strike New York State Nurses Association press for higher wages and improved patient care at Montefiore Med C...
12/05/2020
Nurses: 2-Day Montefiore Strikes About Patient Safety, Not Control

In two day strike New York State Nurses Association press for higher wages and improved patient care at Montefiore Med Ctr Albany and New Rochelle.

The day before 2,200 nurses at two facilities in New Rochelle and Albany run by Montefiore Health System launched a two-day walkout Dec. 1, hospital spokesman Marcos Crespo issued a

Police officers suspected of misconduct who resign their posts before official findings can often find employment with o...
12/04/2020
Cuomo: Officers Facing Charges Should Not Get Other Cop Jobs

Police officers suspected of misconduct who resign their posts before official findings can often find employment with other law-enforcement agencies. Governor Andrew Cuomo pledges changes to #NewYork State regulations that allow them to do so.

Lawyers, doctors, journalists, even newly minted MBAs all have codes of conduct and behavior, and breaching them can cause lasting damage to a person’s career.

As part of his whistleblower lawsuit, a former #NewYork City official refuted Mayor Bill de Blasio's claim that he was n...
12/03/2020
Whistleblower Lawsuit: De Blasio Duplicitous About Role in Firing

As part of his whistleblower lawsuit, a former #NewYork City official refuted Mayor Bill de Blasio's claim that he was not involved in his firing, which occurred soon after the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York started looking into real-estate transactions overseen by some in the mayor's office.

Court papers filed by a former high-ranking Department of Citywide Administrative Services official who claims he was fired for giving prosecutors damaging information about Mayor de Blasio's role in two

“We think this practice is inhumane and needs to be changed." New York City Council committee will discuss ending solita...
12/03/2020
Eliminating 'Solitary' On Council Panel's Agenda

“We think this practice is inhumane and needs to be changed." New York City Council committee will discuss ending solitary confinement in NYC Dept. of Correction jails. Corrections unions, including COBA NYC remain opposed.

The city’s piecemeal efforts to end solitary confinement within its jails will get added impetus this week with the introduction of City Council legislation that would ban the practice altogether.

New York City Fire Department (FDNY) informs workforce a #COVID19 vaccine likely later this month but it will not be. ma...
12/01/2020
FDNY: Virus Vaccine Available For EMS, Firefighters Later in Dec.

New York City Fire Department (FDNY) informs workforce a #COVID19 vaccine likely later this month but it will not be. mandatory.
Members of the service with the most frequent contact with patients to be offered it first. Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York The UEMSO Union Local 3621 Retirees Uniformed EMS and Fire Inspectors Union FDNY Chat Room District Council 37, AFSCME

The Fire Department has told uniformed employees that it is "working diligently" to get a coronavirus vaccine to be administered to an undetermined number of first-responders by later this month

“New Yorkers expect certain things from a progressive state, and we will continue with that." New York State Senate Demo...
11/27/2020
With Senate Supermajority, Dems Could Push Progressive Agenda

“New Yorkers expect certain things from a progressive state, and we will continue with that." New York State Senate Democratic Conference achieves veto-proof supermajority but Andrea Stewart-Cousins says legislators' priority will be the economic recovery.

It took nearly three weeks, but the result, for State Senate Democrats, was worth the wait.

Unions representing essential municipal employees say city agencies lack consistent COVID workplace protections and poli...
11/26/2020
Unions: City Agencies Haphazard on Virus Workplace Protections

Unions representing essential municipal employees say city agencies lack consistent COVID workplace protections and policies several months into the pandemic that's killed close to 300 civil servants.
Concerns mount as second surge looms
District Council 37, AFSCME CWA Local 1180 Teamsters Local 237

Several months into the pandemic, there's a significant lack of compliance by city agencies with the coronavirus workplace guidelines that have been issued by the de Blasio administration, union leaders

Alex Parker, the president of a former District Council 37, AFSCME local representing staff in the city’s juvenile-deten...
11/25/2020
Ex-Local 1457 Leader Seeks to Topple Longtime SSEU Local 371 President

Alex Parker, the president of a former District Council 37, AFSCME local representing staff in the city’s juvenile-detention centers that merged with SSEU Local 371 is seeking to oust its longtime leader Anthony Wells in the union's upcoming election.

The president of a former District Council 37 local representing staff in the city’s juvenile-detention centers that merged with Social Services Employees Union Local 371 is seeking to oust its

War of words escalates between New York State Sheriffs' Association and NY Gov Andrew Cuomo over his EO limiting Thanksg...
11/24/2020
Sheriffs Fire Second Round at Cuomo Over Limit on Thanksgiving Guests

War of words escalates between New York State Sheriffs' Association and NY Gov Andrew Cuomo over his EO limiting Thanksgiving family gatherings to 10 people.

The rift between Gov. Cuomo and several County Sheriffs over their refusal to enforce his executive order prohibiting more than 10 people in private residences has escalated to a war

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