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 first item of a complaint to the New York State Division of Human Rights, filed in July 2016. Featherstone was the senior director of administration in Alumni Affairs and Development…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 another nurse for union activity, rather than not following a blood transfusion protocol. Marshall also spoke about getting the campaign for Cayuga Medical nurses to join SEIU 1199 back in…Continue Reading “Audio: Anne Marshall On Returning to Work and Organizing at Cayuga Medical”

By Josh Brokaw The second federal case in less than a year against Cayuga Medical Center for alleged labor law violations wrapped up on Tuesday, April 4. The trial started on January 9 and took 16 days of testimony broken up over four multiple-day stints. After a three week break in this National Labor Relations Board hearing, it resumed on Monday, April 3 – the same day fired nurse Anne Marshall went back to work under a federal injunction. Cayuga Medical presented its last two…Continue Reading “Dealing With the “Labor Organizing Threat:” Cayuga Medical Federal Trial Ends”

Words & Photos by Josh Brokaw A circle of people gathered round in a cold drizzle on the afternoon of Thursday, March 31, on Ithaca’s Commons to protest the detention of José Coyote Pérez by Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE]. Pérez is a farm worker and advocate who has lived in Livingston County for 17 years, according to the Worker Justice Center of New York. He was detained by ICE on Feb. 24 and is now being held in Batavia, though his case was closed…Continue Reading “Ithacans Rally for José Coyote Pérez, Farmworker Detained by ICE”

By Josh Brokaw In the ideal representative democracy ready-made for academic schemata, an election campaign leads to a vote and then a decision. The people take some time to discuss the pluses and minuses of an action or a candidate, they register their rational choice in the ballot box, and a resolution is reached based on the votes. Real-world democracy isn’t so simple. The Cornell administration and graduate student community is learning that the hard way this week. Nearly three years of organizing by Cornell…Continue Reading “Cornell Grads’ Union Vote In Question, Re-Vote Possible”

By Josh Brokaw After more than 30 bargaining sessions over 17 months, Ithaca College and the Ithaca College Contingent Faculty Union agreed on a first contract in the last hour of Sunday, March 26. The two-day strike planned by the faculty union for March 28 and 29 was called off. The final bargaining session started at 1 p.m. on March 26 and lasted past 11 p.m. Tweets and Facebook posts announcing what the faculty union calls a victory started trickling online around midnight. Support more…Continue Reading “Ithaca College Contingent Faculty Get A Contract”

By Josh Brokaw The two Cayuga Medical Center nurses who were allegedly fired for their union organizing activity in October 2016 will be back at work in the hospital’s intensive care unit by this coming Monday. Truthsayers reported on February 23 that the National Labor Relations Board had filed an injunction in federal court to return Anne Marshall and Loran Lamb to their jobs, pending the results of an ongoing NLRB trial that’s entering its fourth week of testimony, spread out over three months. On…Continue Reading “Federal Judge: Cayuga Medical Must Put Fired Nurses Back to Work”

By Josh Brokaw The federal trial over allegations that Cayuga Medical Center fired two nurses for union organizing adjourned on the afternoon of Friday, March 10. So far, there have been 14 whole or partial days of testimony spread out over three weeks in this National Labor Relations Board [NLRB] hearing, which started on January 9. NLRB judge Kimberly Soag Graves and attorneys for Cayuga Medical Center [CMC], the NLRB, and Service Employees International Union Local 1199, the union that CMC nurses started organizing to…Continue Reading “Cayuga Medical Union Busting Trial: Why So Long?”

By Josh Brokaw The Ithaca College contingent faculty union is planning a strike and has filed federal charges of illegal union busting activity by the IC administration. After a bargaining session held on March 8 and another, emergency, session the morning of Thursday, March 9. A tweet by the @ICContingent Twitter account sent early Thursday afternoon said “We have seen no movement whatsoever from the administration. We will #strike on March 28th and 29th.” Read More: Feb 15: Ithaca College Faculty Authorizes Strike March 2:…Continue Reading “Ithaca College Union Plans Strike, Alleges Union Busting by IC Admin”

By Josh Brokaw Cornell Graduate Students United presented a petition with more than 1,200 signatures in support of their organizing effort to Cornell administration on Wednesday, March 8. After three years of organizing, CGSU will be holding a vote for union recognition by the time of Cornell’s spring break, which starts April 1. According to organizers with the American Federation of Teachers and New York State United Teachers, the union affiliated with CGSU, the 1,200-plus signatures are all graduate students and that number is a…Continue Reading “Cornell Grad Workers Filing for Union Election”