Food Services Workers at Binghamton U. Deserve More than Poverty Wages

By Rafael Mota

Sodexo is currently in negotiation with it employees in Binghamton University and engaging in all manner of deceit and malice to stall negotiations, strong-arm the process and subvert collective bargaining rights. Workers are asking for basic rights like affordable health care and a living wage increase. Yet, the company refuses to consider any of their proposals or provide alternative solutions that considers these basic needs. Instead, it offers vagaries and false handwringing claiming a “perfect storm” of events including the minimum wage hike to skirt responsibility for its workers.   Read the rest of this entry »


The Urban Renewal Monster Returns

By Dave Duncan

Hang on to your hat, if you can still afford one.  Another plan’s been hatched to transfer money from the hands of the public to the pockets of the private sector. Binghamton politicians will soon announce a new-fangled idea to revive downtown Binghamton with public money along with tax breaks and other incentives to banker types who “promise” to bring prosperity to the downtown section of Binghamton. Read the rest of this entry »


The Third Binghamton Social Justice & Labor Film Series: SEEDS BENEATH THE SNOW

THURSDAYS March 17 to May 12, 2016        FREE

Doors open 6PM, Film begins 6:30PM Discussion to follow

In this time of political potential & economic turbulence, communal viewing of film is one way to explore the most relevant topics of our time: climate change, income inequality, racism, worker’s rights, human rights, gender oppression, capitalism & many more. The series is not just to inform, but to be an active agent of change by building strong, critical communities capable of vibrant discussion and action. The film series seeks to connect people, ideas, issues & struggles. Read the rest of this entry »


Worker’s Memorial Day

 

Forty years ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety & Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job. Unions and their allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality by winning protections that have made jobs safer and saved workers’ lives.                                                                                                                                                                But, still each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs.  Many job hazards are unregulated and uncontrolled. Workers who report hazards or injuries are routinely fired or disciplined.  At the same time, good jobs are disappearing, workers’ wages are stagnant and inequality is growing. On April 28th we observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe workplaces.                                                                                                                                                            Locally, in addition to the annual observation, we will be participating in an historic multi-city tour and premiere of the award winning documentary, “A Day’s Work” that chronicles the criminally avoidable death on the 1st day of a young African-American’s job. (see Seeds Beneath the Snow April, 29th)

If you would like to help with the ongoing planning and activities please contact:

bonnie@cnylaborl.org   or  sprout@upstate.edu                                                                             607-372-3153         607-238-6892                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 


Single Payer Health Care: the Best Way to Reduce Taxes

By Andrew J Pragacz

New York counties annually pay $7 billion in Medicaid costs, or approximately 15% of total Medicaid cost in the state. This unique cost-sharing arrangement-(-no other state in the union burdens counties with Medicaid costs in this way)–are some of the largest single costs in county budgets.  In Broome County, for example, $38 million annually goes toward Medicaid costs.  That is more than entire BC Sheriff’s budget, running $30 million a year.  This $38 million chews through a full 60% of total cost of Department of Social Services, and accounts for 20% of the taxes taken in by the county through sales and property taxes. Read the rest of this entry »


The Press’ Attack on Public Services and Public Employees

By Dave Duncan 

The editors of the Press & Sun-Bulletin are getting shriller on their attacks against public service workers. There are more frequent attacks presented to their readers concerning the cost of public employees and their pensions. The public is taxed to the maximum and can no longer afford to provide the services and the salaries and benefits of public employees, say the editors of the Press. “Much of the burden comes in the form of salaries of public employees.” Read the rest of this entry »


Stop Suspending Marginalized Students!

By Mary Lister

On February 23rd, the Binghamton School Board Meeting erupted in community frustration and legitimate concern. For several hours, students, teachers, and community members lined up to praise or condemn new programs being implemented by Superintendent Martinez. These programs, including the Restorative Justice program in a middle school class in East and the Parent Mentorship Program in East and in the HS, have been proven to eliminate some of the very problems that Binghamton Schools have been cited for since 2003. Read the rest of this entry »