Labor

Jazz Musicians Stage Fight for Benefits and Pensions

Jazz Musicians Stage Fight for Benefits and Pensions

Culture, Labor March 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Despite their iconic status in the New York City music scene, jazz musicians are fighting for a different kind of status — equal benefits. Most symphony and Broadway performers who belong to the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 have employer-paid medical benefits and pensions, but jazz musicians in the union do not.

The Vulcan Society holds test prep classes for the FDNY firefighter entrance exam. (Photo by Bill More via Amsterdam News)

Test Prep for Minority FDNY Applicants Ignites Tension

African American, Labor March 12, 2012 at 9:37 pm

The Vulcan Society, which helps minority candidates apply to the FDNY, faced a ruckus over the highly regarded test prep classes they hold, which are intended for minority applicants.

A group shot of Workplace Project members in happier days (Photo via La Tribuna Hispana)

Day Laborer Groups Barely Pause to Celebrate Good News From Court

Immigration, Labor March 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm

In a victory for day laborers last month, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from a California city that had tried to prohibit laborers from soliciting work on sidewalks or parking lots. That same week, La Tribuna Hispana reported from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network’s VI National Assembly.

A publicity still from "The Help."

Voices in Focus: Muslim Students React to News of NYPD Spying

Crime, Culture, Immigration, Labor February 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Muslim students expressed shock at news that the NYPD has spied on their organizations; a proposed measure that would allow Irish immigrants special work visas causes controversy; and a domestic workers’ advocacy group takes advantage of Oscar buzz around “The Help.”