Overtime Pay May Be Required for Salaried Employees Considered Exempt

The recent labor law violations uncovered at Ithaca Trader K’s (http://ithacavoice.com/2014/11/trader-ks-found-violate-nys-wage-law/) highlight the importance of understanding the difference between exempt and non-exempt employees with respect to overtime payments. Many people classified as managers or administrators, and paid on a salaried basis, are not exempt from the requirement to also receive overtime pay (for working over […]

Trader K’s Clothing Store in Ithaca Found to Violate NYS Wage Law

(Ithaca) A New York State Department of Labor (DOL) investigation of employee complaints of wage underpayment between 2011 and 2013 at Trader K’s in Ithaca has concluded that the business is guilty. Trader K’s failed to pay overtime properly to nine employees and was assessed over $7,500 in damages and underpayments to the employees. The […]

ACTION ALERT: Adjunct Professors @ TC3 Need Your Help ASAP!!

There is a sprouting and thriving movement by Adjunct Professors at colleges and universities around the country to call attention to their plight (see our recent cover story article in our most recent newsletter). In Tompkins and Cortland counties, we have no shortage of Adjunct Professors who are beginning to organize to improve their contingent […]

Amazing Story from How a Union (UAW Local 2300) Started at Cornell University

Editor’s Note: The following interview of Sue Heisey Compton, a founder back in the early 1980s of a union at Cornell University that represents over 1,100 building maintenance and service workers. The interview was conducted by Joan Lockwood, staff person with Local 2300, several months ago. Compton unfortunately passed away this past October 17th, 2014. […]

Need Restaurant Workers to Help End Sub-Minimum Wages

Are you a restaurant worker, tipped or otherwise–or do you know of a restaurant worker in your work through your Agency–who would be interested in changing the wages that ‘tipped’ workers receive? Governor Cuomo has called for a Wage Board to study the state’s sub-minimum wage for tipped workers – and with the stroke of a […]

Contingent Labor: Focus on Higher Education and Adjunct Professors

By Rebecca F. Plante On one hand, I like my job, which I take pride in doing well, and I look forward to every class.  On the other hand, it is dead end job (only every semester), with stagnant pay, and no pathway to predictable employment. The merits of my work are known only to […]

Become a Monthly Sustainer of the Tompkins County Workers’ Center!

Who is looking out for the local worker? The Tompkins County Workers’ Center [TCWC] is, and we can only do it with your help! We are asking for your support right now to strengthen our work in our community and with local workers. Consider becoming a Monthly Sustainer of our work and/or a one-time donor!! […]

Youth Training: Health and Safety in the Workplace

We will train fellow teenagers and youth in these areas: • Introduction to OSHA Rights • Sexual Harassment • Workplace Violence • Health & Safety Hazard • Solutions at Work Potential peer trainers will receive a stipend to attend. Job opportunities are available with the Midstate Council for Occupational Safety and Health after training. This […]

Over 300 People Attend 31st Annual Labor Day Picnic in Ithaca: List of Awards

Over 300 people attended the Tompkins County Workers’ Center and Midstate Central Labor Council’s 31st Annual Labor Day Picnic on Monday, September 1st. The Picnic organizers focused on the theme: Building a Strong Local Economy for Workers, Awards were handed out to the following deserving recipients: **Mother Jones Award went to: Christine Johnson, a longtime […]

Tompkins County Workers’ Center Certifies Foodnet’s Meals on Wheels as Living Wage-Certified

(Ithaca) The Tompkins County Workers’ Center is pleased to announce that we now have certified 85 employers as being Living Wage Employers, having just added the following: • Foodnet’s Meals on Wheels, 2422 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca Foodnet’s Meals on Wheels employ a total of 23 workers; this brings the total of workers, countywide and […]

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