Saluting public workers: You don't give up, you get up!

Former President Barack Obama said: “When times are tough, we don’t give up. We get up.” That’s precisely what public employees did.

A crisis NOT to waste

There’s no doubt that, in years to come, so much will be written on the effect of the pandemic in all aspects of our lives, that entire libraries will be filled with books on the subject containing countless facts, findings ...

NYC’s Voting “Experiment”––a remedy; a mistake; or none of the above?

This year’s New York City Primary was different than ever before. It was held in June––not in September, which has been the case forever. For previous elections, there was never early, in-person voting––but now there was.

Voting is empowering

It was recently reported that hedge fund billionaire Daniel Loeb of Third Point LLC and his wife Margaret, Citadel founder Ken Griffin, and Citadel Securities CEO Peng Zhao have contributed a total of $1.5 million to increase voting among Blacks, ...

The road from virtual to real

A little more than one year has gone by since the first reported death in New York City caused by COVID-19; 30,000 more deaths were to follow to mark this somber anniversary.

A proposal that only leaves room for disaster

As president of Local 237, which represents School Safety Agents (SSAs), I recently spoke at a hearing of the New York City Council’s Education Committee.

Climbing that hill

At the inauguration ceremony of President Joe Biden, Amanda Gorman, the 22 year-old poet laureate, read her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” which begins with the words: “We ask ourselves when can we find light in this neverending shade?”

The deal is done: Hunts Point workers & market owners agree on a new contract

They’ve been essential to keeping the city going. Now, workers at the Hunts Point Produce Market feel essential.

As long as we have wee

In 1974, during the Watergate scandal, renowned children’s book writer Dr. Seuss sent a copy of his book, “Marvin K. Mooney” to newspaper columnist Art Buchwald, in which “Marvin K. Mooney” had been crossed out and replaced with “Richard M. ...

Be a protester: Vote!

The Pew Research Center recently issued a report that found 6% of American adults––equaling around 15 million people––attended summer rallies to protest racial injustice.

Seasons change. The crisis remains.

though the season may have changed, the horrors and hardships of the pandemic crisis have not. Its brutality continues to cost lives and livelihoods

WE GET UP: City workers staying strong

At a time of unimaginable grief, when a sudden, highly contagious virus rocked the entire world—and our own personal, little world—city workers, including members of my union, Local 237, didn’t give up, they got up and went to work.

We the people

Some have said that the tragic murder of George Floyd, a Black man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis, and the ensuing protests, represent an awakening in America.

Right out of Hollywood? Living in a coronavirus world

Indeed, in all of this darkness, there are many examples of the best of people on display. Health care professionals, first responders, transit workers, to name just a few, are among those who risk their lives to save the life ...

Why unions matter

It’s hard to believe, but five years have passed since I was sworn into office. Standing in the same spot and having the oath administered again by our General President James P. Hoffa, still conjured up that same feeling of ...