By Josh Brokaw Workers and business owners of Tompkins County should familiarize themselves with two new numbers: 13.90 and 15.11. $13.90 is the new living wage per hour for workers in Tompkins County whose employers provide them with health insurance. $15.11 is the living wage per hour, as calculated by Alternatives Federal Credit Union, for…Continue Reading “New Living Wage Target Announced For Tompkins County”

By Josh Brokaw Construction on the Harold’s Square building is finally close to starting on the south side of the Ithaca Commons, so it seems, after four-plus years of public starts and stops. Developer David Lubin, of Horseheads’ “L Properties,” and the “Harold’s Holdings LLC” entity set up to build the 12-story building, received a…Continue Reading “Harold’s Square On Its Way: Tax Break Granted Over Vocal Opposition”

Gimme! Coffee Baristas Organizing for Power in Service Work

Update, June 1: According to a release from the Tompkins County Workers’ Center, baristas at Gimme! Coffee voted  16 yes, 1 no, in favor of organizing a union with Workers United Rochester. The Gimme! baristas are now part of Workers United Local 2833, which also included unionized workers at the Ithaca Health Alliance. By Josh…Continue Reading “Gimme! Coffee Baristas Organizing for Power in Service Work”

By Josh Brokaw About 40,000 AT&T Mobility workers are planning on going out on strike for three days starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 19, if their contract demands are not met. The workers include those represented by Communications Workers of America District 1 at AT&T Mobility corporate-owned stores in Ithaca, Horseheads, Vestal, Johnson…Continue Reading “AT&T Workers Planning Weekend Strike Across New York, U.S.”

By Josh Brokaw Update, May 13: As one reader on social media have pointed out, this piece is “ridiculously biased.” This piece is not meant to be straight-ahead reporting – this piece is one reporter’s feeling about the situation at Cayuga Medical Center after doing months of reporting on issues there. Cayuga Health System –…Continue Reading “A Happy “Screw You” From Cayuga Medical For National Nurses’ Week”

By Josh Brokaw Some Ithaca College students are planning on “camping in” this week at the school’s Peggy Ryan Williams Center, the glossy, glassy administration building with a spectacular view of Cayuga Lake. Students for Labor Action at Ithaca College held a press conference on Tuesday, May 2, to announce their action in support of…Continue Reading “Ithaca College Students Camping In For ‘Fired 3’ Professors”

By Josh Brokaw A former Cornell worker is pursuing legal action against the university because, she says, Cornell discriminated against her because of her gender, then retaliated against her for speaking out. “I am a female and opposed discrimination. Because of this, I have been subject to unlawful discriminatory actions,” Julie Featherstone wrote in the…Continue Reading “Lawsuit: ‘Pervasive’ Gender Discrimination in Cornell Alumni Affairs Office”

Anne Marshall came onto WRFI News on Tuesday, April 11, to speak with co-hosts Forrester Hammer and Josh Brokaw about returning to work via a judge’s injunction on April 3. Marshall spoke about the National Labor Relations Board trial that wrapped up last week, where it was alleged that Cayuga Medical Center fired her and…Continue Reading “Audio: Anne Marshall On Returning to Work and Organizing at Cayuga Medical”