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Rick Wegryn read on Facebook about the ceremony for Casimer Mazurek. Wegryn, a retiree from Bethlehem Steel, put in almost 30 years in the steel plant. Sometimes, in the first seconds after sleep, he will come out of a dream and believe he is still there, walking from the lunchroom to go back to the floor. He said that once you have done the work, once you have seen the…

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Union members in the Buffalo Niagara region tend to earn more and feel better about their standard of living than their nonunion counterparts. Those were among the findings in a report, called "Citizens of the United State of Western New York," released by the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations in Buffalo. Union membership in the Buffalo Niagara region …

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The United Steelworkers union's Cheektowaga-based District 4 is getting a new leader. Del Vitale will succeed John Shinn as director, effective July 15. Shinn, the director for the past seven and a half years, was promoted to secretary-treasurer of the Pittsburgh-based union, a position equivalent to chief financial officer. Vitale has served as assistant to the directo…

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A union has accused Tesla of spying on workers and improper firing at the company's Buffalo solar products plant in an unfair labor practice charge. The United Steelworkers union, one of two unions attempting to organize workers at the South Buffalo plant, filed the charge this week with the National Labor Relations Board. Specifics of the allegations against Tesla, …

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Developer Nick Sinatra looks around and sees new opportunities emerging in places like the East Side. But he wonders what will become of those opportunities if the state expands its prevailing wage mandate to include private projects that receive any public subsidies, including tax breaks. "We could see another wave of development here in this town," Sinatra said. "E…

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Better transportation. Less restrictive drug testing policies. More apprenticeships. These are some of the ideas a new study by labor and community groups raises to promote diversity in the region's manufacturing workforce, at a time when those employers are clamoring to fill job openings. While manufacturers grapple with a wave of retirements by experienced workers,…

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Christopher M. Shelton, president of the Communications Workers of America, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the annual dinner of the Western New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, on April 25 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The CWA represents 700,000 private and public sector workers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Shelton was ele…

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Workers' struggles at Wendt Corp. and New Era Cap remain key issues to the local labor movement, said Richard Lipsitz Jr., president of the Western New York Area Labor Federation. Workers at Wendt in Cheektowaga are still trying to secure a first contract, after voting to join Shopmen Ironworkers Local 576 in June 2017. "While progress has been made, this struggle is…

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A judge for the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wendt Corp. violated federal labor law in how it treated workers who supported efforts to secure a first labor contract. The charges highlighted tensions inside the Cheektowaga manufacturing plant. Shopmen's Local Union No. 576, which brought the accusations to the NLRB, and Wendt have yet to reach agreement on a firs…

Absolut Care and 1199 SEIU have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year labor contract covering 60 workers at two long-term care facilities. The agreement covers a range of professional and technical workers at Absolut Aurora Park and Absolut at Orchard Park. Ratification votes at the two locations are expected to be held next week.  

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