TruthSayers News will be bringing its typewriters on Monday to the 34th annual Labor Day Picnic in Ithaca, held this year at Cass Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. So if you’re off work on Labor Day, come to Cass Park and type your truth, like these TruthSayers staffers did at Ithaca Festival. But if you’re one of the many people who have to work on Labor Day, TruthSayers would like to tell your story. Where are you working today? When are you working?…Continue Reading “Are You Working on Labor Day? Tell TruthSayers Your Story”

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 those workers who have to buy their health insurance on the New York State marketplace. A Brief Promotional Break Help Support TruthSaying Reporting If you’d like to help TruthSayers pay…Continue Reading “New Living Wage Target Announced For Tompkins County”

By Josh Brokaw Under a New York State law passed in 2010 and made effective by the state Department of Health in 2015, hospitals and nursing homes are required to disclose a certain number of “nursing quality indicators” for the previous 12 months whenever a request is made by any member of the public. This reporter has made two requests for this data to Cayuga Medical Center in the last year. The first was made in November 2016, with a response coming in December that…Continue Reading “Data: Cayuga Medical Center Nurse Staffing”

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 10-year tax abatement from the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency on June 8, one of the final hurdles to the project. Lubin appeared at the May city planning board meeting,…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 Brokaw Gimme! Coffee baristas are voting today, May 31, on whether they should form a union. Baristas at Gimme!’s four Tompkins County locations are exercising their right to organize after…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 City, and three in Onondaga County. About 21,000 workers across 36 states in retail stores are planning on striking, along with 19,000 landline and DirecTV workers in California, Nevada, and…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 – parent company of Cayuga Medical Center, Schuyler Medical Center, and Cayuga Medical Associates – celebrated National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week this second week of May. We know this…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 contingent faculty professors Shoshe Cole, Rachel Gunderson, and David Kornreich. The “Fired 3,” as their advocates call the professors, were on the bargaining committee that negotiated the first contract for…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 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”