A Different Type of Union

The following story about a local unaffiliated union, the Binghamton Civil Service Forum, comes from an interview with Tom Marcello, the President of the union from 1976-1991. Tom was interviewed by Dave Duncan.

 How Did the Forum Come Into Existence?

The BSCF existed from 1972 to 1991. It was formed after the passage of the NYS Rockefeller Laws that allowed civil service employees to organize. Previously the group had been a lobbying and social organization. Read the rest of this entry »


NYSEG Threatens My Family’s Life


                 Inspired by Lulu O’Platt’s article in the last issue of The People’s Press, this citizen stood up for herself and her fellow NYSEG customers (aka Broome County citizens) and lodged a complaint with the New York State Public Service Commission. Below is an edited reprinting of her letter. The only way to stop these illegal service stops, which threats the lives of people every day, is to demand that they stop! Read the rest of this entry »

Newman-Akel, Area’s Biggest Tax Avoiders and Welfare Recipients to Broome County: “U.P. YOURS!”

By Emma Pulaski                 emmapulaski568@gmail.com

             Two months ago the BCIDA struck again, doling out a $17 million tax break to the largest recipient of corporate welfare in Broome County, the Newman Development Group owned by the Newman-Akel. After holding the Town of Vestal hostage through property assessments challenges, and litigation for years, the Newman Development Group won big with this new tax “deal.” The “deal” does several things. Read the rest of this entry »

Call to action in Broome County! Count Broome County IN!

With the warmer weather come opportunities to make your dissatisfaction known by participating in planned actions. In less than two weeks, two demonstrations were held in support of low-wage workers, one in front of McDonald’s on Main Street in Binghamton and the other at Wal-Mart. Over 50 people combined were involved, including many unionized workers and clergy people. Both events were held in solidarity with workers protesting across the country and the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Wage Theft: How are You Getting Screwed out of Wages?

By Kim Bobo

What is wage theft?                                                                                                          

Wage theft is the consistent stealing of workers’ wages. It happens by not paying workers the minimum wage. One out of every four workers is not paid the federally mandated minimum wage even though it’s the law. Wage theft literally takes money out of workers’ pockets and puts it in the hands of large employers. This is illegal behavior. Read the rest of this entry »

Wal-Mart Creates Income Inequality

By Kim Bobo

On May 1st, International Worker’s Day, the Executive Director of the national organization Interfaith Worker Justice spoke at SUNY Broome, Catholic Charities, the Martin Luther King Jr Plaza, and First Congregational. She spent the day advocating for a local worker center, like those workers from Tennessee to California have built, and talking to workers about “wage theft.” Here is an edited transcript for the first part of her remarks on Wal-Mart and income inequality. See the next for a description of wage theft, taken from the same speech. Read the rest of this entry »

Ban the Box Campaign in BC


                 In May of this year Rochester became the third city, after Buffalo and NYC, to “Ban the Box,” meaning they passed an ordinance that outlaws employers asking potential employees if they are convicted felons. Banning the Box in New York’s third largest city is a positive step for formerly incarcerated people and their allies. Read the rest of this entry »