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Starbucks Unionized Baristas Plan Strike for Red Cup Day

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Ridgewood NJ, Baristas affiliated with Starbucks Workers United, are planning their most significant strike to date this week, alleging the company’s refusal to engage in fair negotiations at cafes that have voted to unionize.

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For the First Time Since 1960 Actors have Joined Writers on the Picket Line

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Ridgewood NJ, Actors hit picket lines Friday in their first strike against film and TV productions since 1980 and the nation’s largest strike since 1997. Thousands of actors officially go on strike starting Friday as the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists failed to secure a new contract with major studios by the Wednesday midnight deadline.

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TEAMSTERS SAY NATIONWIDE UPS STRIKE IS IMMINENT

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Ridgewood NJ, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters walked away from the national bargaining table and officially demanded UPS exchange its last, best, and final offer no later than June 30.

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Is Governor Murphy’s big “framework deal ” for Rutgers faculty and adjuncts in Jeopardy?

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New Brunswick NJ, a week after Governor Murphy’s big “framework deal ” announcement Rutgers faculty and adjuncts are still without a contract. Union members say that they are growing more frustrated. Union members were on strike for about a week before they agreed to go back to the classroom amid a tentative deal. But with no permanent deal in place, and union members are again requesting help from Governor Phil Murphy.

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Rutgers Physicians, Researchers, and other Health Science Faculty Join Rutgers Facility Unions and Overwhelmingly Approve Strike Action

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New Brunswick NJ, the union that represents 1300 Rutgers University physicians, researchers, and other health science faculty have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, with 95% of clinicians who voted casting ballots in favor of a strike.

With this move, union members at AAUP-BHSNJ joined members at two other Rutgers faculty unions representing full-time faculty, graduate students, post-docs and part-time adjuncts, who held successful strike authorization votes earlier in the month.

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Rutgers University Faculty Members Vote to Strike

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New Brunswick NJ, classes at the three campuses of Rutgers University may come to a halt for its 67,620 students as faculty members gave their union leaders the authority to call for a strike a week from now.

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Strike Narrowly Averted at Atlantic City Casinos

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Atlantic City NJ, the main union for Atlantic City casino workers local 54 of the Unite Here reached agreements on new contracts with four casinos on Thursday, The labor peace will avoid a strike on the Fourth of July weekend, one of the casinos’ busiest of the year.
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Etsy Goes on Strike, Now Talk about Forming a Union

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Ridgewood NJ, over 14,000 Etsy workers are striking from 11 to 18 April to protest the company’s increase in transaction fees. The workers are asking the company to cancel its fee increase, take down resellers who offer mass-produced goods, introduce a faster seller support system, allow sellers to opt-out of off-platform advertising, and end the Star Seller program. Etsy says its new fee increase will allow it to invest in marketing, customer support, and moderation. The company’s revenue gains grew more than 106% in 2020 to $10 billion, and by another 31% in 2021.

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Ridgewood Commuters: NJT Prepares for Strike and System Wide Rail Shutdown

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March 4th 2016

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Ridgewoood NJ, NJ TRANSIT Rail Operations faces the prospect of a systemwide shutdown should the membership of its rail union opt to participate in a work stoppage. This would result in the complete suspension of NJ TRANSIT rail service, affecting more than 160,000 customers who ride the system on a typical weekday. In the event of such a stoppage,
NJ TRANSIT has developed a contingency plan that would accommodate up to about 38 percent, or about 40,000 seats, of the existing New York-bound customer base.

Regional Park-Ride Service
Park-ride service will operate on a first come, first served basis from five key regional park-ride lots, weekdays only, during four-hour AM inbound (6 a.m. to 10 a.m.) and four-hour PM outbound (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) peak periods.

  • MetLife Stadium to Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York
  • PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel to New York City (Academy Bus)
  • Hamilton Rail Station to Newark Penn Station for PATH service
  • Metropark Rail Station to Harrison PATH Station
  • Ramsey/Route 17 Rail Station to Lincoln Harbor Ferry, Weehawken

No midday, evening, weekend or reverse commute service will operate on these park-ride routes.

Park-ride locations were selected based on their size/parking capacity, access to regional highways, and geographical distribution. Access to area PATH stations and ferry service also was analyzed to minimize congestion at Hudson River crossings.

Enhanced NJ TRANSIT New York Bus Service
NJ TRANSIT will enhance peak period service on 29 existing New York bus routes in close proximity to rail stations. The routes are:

  • Northeast Corridor: 108, 112, 115 and 129 bus routes
  • North Jersey Coast Line: 116 and 133/135 bus routes
  • Raritan Valley Line: 113 and 114X bus routes
  • Morris & Essex Lines: 107X and 114X bus routes
  • Montclair-Boonton Lines: 191X and 324 bus routes
  • Main/Bergen County Lines: 145, 160L, 160T, 160P, 163P, 164SX, 190P/D, 190R, 190X and 192X bus routes
  • Pascack Valley Line: 151, 162, 163L, 165P, 165R and 165T bus routes

In addition, to accommodate Atlantic City Rail Line customers, NJ TRANSIT will enhance service on the 554 bus route, which operates between Atlantic City and Lindenwold. At Lindenwold, customers can connect with PATCO service to Philadelphia. PATCO will cross honor Atlantic City Rail Line tickets and passes to/from Philadelphia (8th & Market St. Station).

To lessen traffic congestion and delays at the Lincoln Tunnel and to take advantage of the proximity to connecting PATH and ferry service, NJ TRANSIT will make the following service adjustments in the event of a rail stoppage:

    • The 156R, 158 and 159R bus routes serving the River Road corridor will terminate at the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken on weekdays, enabling cross honoring with connecting NY Waterway ferry service. Weekend service will operate on its regular route to/from New York.
    • The 126 bus route in Hoboken will operate on a reverse routing on weekday mornings, beginning at Willow Avenue and 19th Street and operating south to Hoboken Terminal for cross honoring with PATH and ferry service. In the evening, the 126 bus route will operate from Hoboken Terminal back to Willow Avenue and 19th Street. Weekend service will operate on its regular route to/from New York.

 

Ticketing

  • All existing valid rail tickets and passes with an origin or destination of New York will be accepted for travel on all park-ride service, and will be cross-honored on NJ TRANSIT buses and light rail lines, private bus carriers, PATH, NY Waterway and Seastreak.
  • Customers who do not already have a ticket or pass may purchase round-trip tickets to/from New York during morning hours on site from the park-ride locations. Round-trip tickets for regional park-ride service also will be available via MyTix, a mobile ticketing feature on NJ TRANSIT’s mobile app.
  • Fares from regional park-rides are based on the existing fares from those locations. Adult, senior/disabled, and child fares will be available as follows:

 

ORIGIN DESTINATION ADULT
ROUND TRIP FARE
SENIOR/DISABLED
ROUND TRIP FARE
CHILD
ROUND TRIP FARE
MetLife Stadium Port Authority
Bus Terminal
$11.00 $4.90 $4.90
Ramsey/
Route 17
Lincoln Harbor
Ferry Terminal
$24.50 $11.40 $11.40
Metropark Harrison
PATH Station
$21.50 $9.80 $9.80
Hamilton Newark Penn Station
for PATH connection
$32.50 $14.70 $14.70
PNC Bank Arts Center New York $36.00 $18.00 $18.00

 

Cross-Honoring
NJ TRANSIT rail tickets and passes will be cross-honored on all NJ TRANSIT bus and light rail lines as well as on private bus carriers and PATH trains. Passes also will be cross-honored on all NY Waterway service, including Weehawken, Hoboken and North Hoboken, as well as on Seastreak service into Manhattan and PATCO service at Lindenwold Station to/from Philadelphia (8th & Market St. Station).

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Ridgewood Board of Education Meets on March 7 at 7:30 p.m.

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BOARD UPDATES

BOE-REA Negotiations
Click here to read a Letter to the Editor of The Ridgewood News, which appeared in the paper on February 12, 2016.Click here to read the Ridgewood Board of Education’s Fact-Finding Presentation with the The Ridgewood Education Association.

Click here to view the backup for the Ridgewood Board of Education’s Fact-Finding Presentation with The Ridgewood Education Association.

BOE Meets on March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
The Ridgewood Board of Education will hold a Regular Public Meeting on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the meeting at the Ed Center, 49 Cottage Place, Floor 3. The meeting may also be viewed on FiOS channel 33, Optimum channel 77 or from computers via the “Live BOE Meeting” tab on the district website.FiOS channel 33, Optimum channel 77 or from computers via the “Live BOE Meeting” tab on the district website.

Click here to view the agenda for the February 22, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.

Click here to view the minutes of the February 8, 2016 Regular Public Meeting.

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NJ TRANSIT Commuters Gearing Up For Potential Strike

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February 22, 2016 8:52 PM

RAMSEY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — NJ TRANSIT commuters are preparing for the worst if a strike happens next month.

Commuters tell 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck that nerves about a possible walkout are starting to set in.

“Just like anything else, you just have to get to the table and hash it out, working around the clock and avoid those last-minute negotiations that keep everybody biting their fingernails to the morning of,” one person told 1010 WINS.

Another commuter was concerned about the bus capacity.

“The bus doesn’t run as efficiently,” he said. “It could get crowded and it definitely could affect people.”

At NJ TRANSIT’s board meeting earlier this month, the head of the union that represents conductors said more than a dozen unions affected by the contract negotiations have authorized a strike if necessary.

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/02/22/commuters-nj-transit-strike/

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New York-Area Ports Shut Down as Longshoremen Walk Off the Job

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By MARC SANTORAJAN. 29, 2016

Thousands of longshoremen in New York and New Jersey walked off the job on Friday, grinding activity at some of the busiest ports on the East Coast to a halt and threatening to disrupt the delivery of goods across the region.

The walkout surprised many involved in the operation of the ports, according to officials, and the reasons behind the move were not immediately clear.

News of the work stoppage came in an alert issued by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which acts as a landlord for the ports but does not control daily operations.

“Due to the current work stoppage in the port, no new trucks will be allowed to queue on port roadways,” the alert said. “Do not send trucks to the Port at this time.”

Officials with the New York Shipping Association, which runs the ports, could not immediately be reached for comment.

A spokeswoman for the association who spoke to Bloomberg News said the group was “trying to understand the reason for what appears to be a walkout and will take every measure available to ensure work resumes.”

The International Longshoremen’s Association, the union representing port workers, also could not be reached for comment, but a representative of the union told a local radio station that the dispute centered on hiring practices.

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/30/nyregion/new-york-area-ports-longshoremen.html?_r=0