New York’s biggest labor actions of the past year

Here’s a snapshot of the most significant union events over the past 12 months.


NY legislative staffers aren’t the only ones fighting to unionize

Long hours, health care and cultures of harassment have prompted union talk at state houses across the country.

Heard Around Town

NYC politicians back nurses on first day of strike

Over 7,000 nurses walked off the job at Mount Sinai and Montefiore Monday


At 57 New York hospitals, safe staffing law falls apart

Before thousands of New York City nurses prepared to strike, a new staffing law produced disagreements in about 1 in 4 New York hospitals – exacerbating a morale crisis that began during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Opinion: Minimum wage proposal for NYC app-based food delivery workers raises concerns

The data backing minimum pay rules has several red flags and needs a closer look to ensure workers’ interests are fairly represented.

New York State

Kyle Bragg: The 32BJ president’s exit interview

The union leader discusses his decision to step down and his many years of service to the labor movement.

New York State

‘It’s a marathon.’ Chris Smalls talks Amazon union gameplan after setbacks

Outside a billionaire studded conference, Smalls called for political support for his union. Eric Adams wasn’t there to get the message.


New York City’s forgotten labor stronghold

Staten Island is the city’s most unionized borough – and the home of many labor leaders.

New York State

Amazon Labor Union loses election at Albany warehouse

Workers at the Castleton-on-Hudson Amazon facility voted 2-1 against unionizing with the upstart Amazon Labor Union.

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New York City

Union organizers gear up for negotiations with New York City Council leadership

After an initial meeting in May, the Association of Legislative Employees wants higher pay and overtime compensation.

Power List

The 2022 NYC Labor Power 100

The leaders behind a revitalized labor movement in the city.


Buffalo Starbucks workers say the company illegally fired them. Will a conservative federal judge agree?

A pending labor case in Western New York could tip the scales for the Starbucks union after a recent victory in Tennessee.


NYC rolls out 20% pay jump for lifeguards in wake of dire shortages

Amid a national lifeguard shortage, city officials have agreed to increase wages and expedite training for lifeguards in order to staff public pools and beaches.

News & Politics

Injury rates surge at Amazon’s New York facilities

Amazon warehouses nationwide saw a spike in injuries in 2021, but the increase is even more stark in New York.

News & Politics

Exclusive: Chipotle workers file for HERO Act safety committees

A worker and union leaders allege the first attempt to invoke the law went ignored.


New York construction industry ‘flaggers’ allege rampant wage theft

Black and Latino nonunion flaggers on public construction projects report being paid just a third of wages they’re legally entitled to.