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Jared Bernstein, of the New York Times, writes about cost-of-living discrepancies between and within various states in this country and why standardizing a minimum wage might not be as effective in one state as it is in another. He suggests that local wage authorization might be a better method of ensuring that people can live […]

Worker Center FUN-Raiser

The Worker Center will be having a fundraiser this summer. The fundraiser will be on July 31st at LaSalle Park from 5pm to 9pm. We will be celebrating all of the hard work of our seasonal laborers. There will be a corn roast, BBQ, lawn games, beer trivia, and more, so come on out and […]

WNY Worker Center Rallies in Albany

The WNY Worker Center participated in and attended a living wage rally at the Capitol Building in Albany on June 17th. The Worker Center joined scores of other community organizations, among them the Community Action Network, Make the Road, Workers United, et al. pressuring legislators to raise the minimum wage to 10.10/hr and to secure […]

Don’t Deform the Scaffold Law

A coalition of New York contractors is pushing to significantly reform one of the most important laws for construction worker safety: the Scaffold Law. Originally ratified in 1885, this law mandates employers to provide safety measures for workers that carry out their jobs above the ground (such as builders, roof repairmen, and so on). Failure […]

National COSH on How OSHA can Improve Health and Safety for Temporary Workers

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) has released a report on the role that OSHA can play in developing health and safety protections for temporary workers, available here. The crucial details include the following: 1. OSHA should place responsibilities on temp agencies and employers that hire workers through temp agencies, which apply […]

Health and Safety Committee Meeting Notice

The Buffalo AFL-CIO/WNYCOSH Safety and Health Committee meeting is on March 11th, 2014 from 6:00PM to 7:30PM. Please note that the location has changed: it is at: 1830 Abbot Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218. The topic for this meeting is the New York State Scaffold Law, and how it protects workers. Our presenter is Frank Dolce of Dolce […]

Bill Fletcher, Jr.

Bill Fletcher, Jr.—director of field services for the American Federation of Government Employees—is a leading labor, racial justice, and social justice activist and writer. He is a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, has served as president of the TransAfrica Forum—a nonprofit group that works to improve foreign aid to African and Caribbean […]

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