The Front Line of the Worker’s Struggle: Verizon Workers on Strike!

By Rick Sprout

Nearly 40,000 Verizon customer service reps, network technicians, repair people, and other skilled workers represented by the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers (IBEW) went on strike on April 13 after nearly one year of working without a contract. Read the rest of this entry »


Minimized: New York Sells Out Upstate on Minimum Wage

By Andrew Pragacz

Once again, the economic and political elites of New York have sold out Upstate workers.  The much anticipated raise in the minimum wage to $15 per hour for all workers in the State was sacrificed in this year’s state budget dealing.  While Downstate will see the full increase after inflation, the minimum wage in upstate will only reach $11 (2016 dollars) by 2022.  This extraordinarily modest “growth” in the minimum wage does nothing to address Upstate’s flailing economy, rooted in low-incomes, job insecurity, and inequality.  A $2 raise over six years is not going to help families decrease the poverty rate, nor prevent the continued outflow of the area’s young people. Read the rest of this entry »

Senator Libous Has Died

NYS Senator Thomas Libous has died.  He was in his Senate seat for 27 years. The Press has gone to great lengths to print stories of his passing.  According to the one Press article, the “Senator was remembered as a caring and passionate public servant”.                                        In a somewhat different view from that of the Press, we saw the Senator as a person who could use public money to take care good care of many well connected people in the community and to his family. Read the rest of this entry »

Media Attention to Candidate’s Kin

By Dave Duncan

The Press and the rest of the general media have given front page reports to the kin of Hillary Clinton who visited our area to drum up support for her candidacy.  Husband Bill interrupted his multi- million dollar speaking engagements to Wall St financiers and related banking groups, while daughter Chelsea took time out from her $250,000 a year job as director of the Clinton Foundation to come and tell us how good Hillary would be as president. Read the rest of this entry »

Workers’ Memorial Day

By Rick Sprout                                                                                                                                             On Saturday April 30, union and community members gathered to  remember and honor those who were killed at work in NY State in the past year. Men, women, black, white, Hispanic.  Their ages ranging from as young as 9 years to over 70.  Included in the event were the photographs  of the more than 40 known dead in NY State.  Those in attendance vowed to continue fighting for safer & better workplace conditions for all.

 Among those participating, were members and allies of striking Verizon workers: Communication Workers of America (CWA) & International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)



Downtown Garbage

I have lived my whole live in a home near the corner of Court and Carroll Streets in Binghamton. Across the street from me is a building that is rented to students. There is a constant pile of garbage stacked at that site. The garbage overflows the containers. It is an ugly sight to see day after day. I have made frequent calls to the code enforcement office and to the Mayor’s office. This unsightly pile remains. In warmer weather it stinks. Why can’t a life time taxpaying resident get help? Why can’t the landlord provide adequate containers for the garbage?  Is downtown Binghamton no longer a place for the long time residents?      Rena Sardo

Free Enterprise: Broome County Style

By Dave Duncan

The Chamber of Commerce and the Press want the residents of Broome County to adhere strictly to the Free Enterprise System. This system believes that beneficial market activity is best encouraged by keeping the major capitalist free of government influence.  These people want a minimalist role played by the government in economic activities. Read the rest of this entry »