Strikes like the one underway at General Motors are rare, but not unheard of, in the Buffalo Niagara region in recent years. The strike by the United Auto Workers at GM was in its second full day on Tuesday, with no sign of an immediate resolution. The walkout impacts GM's facilities in the Town of Tonawanda and Lockport, which combined have more than 3,000 employees. Strikes – and lockouts, in which management blocks employees from working – have occurred locally at employers of different sizes. The work stoppages, typically at manufacturers, have lasted as short as just a couple of days, to as long as nearly a year. In some cases, the strikes involved operations only in the Buffalo Niagara region. In others, workers in the region were part of wider job actions, as in the current case of GM. Few strikes have occurred in the Buffalo Niagara region in the past several years, especially during and immediately after the Great Recession. The region's manufacturing sector is … [Read more...] about Unions on strike: a look at past walkouts in Western New York
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WASHINGTON — For all of the talk from White House aides about how President Trump's State of the Union address would center on unity and finding common ground, the thrust of his speech Tuesday night was anything but. Sure, there were niceties at the beginning. "I stand here ready to work with you to achieve historic breakthroughs for all Americans," Trump remarked. "The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda." But at its core, Trump's speech was a full-throttled demand for his immigration policies and border wall - which precipitated the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. And while he avoided mentioning the past shutdown, he also offered no path forward to avoid the next looming one. "No issue better illustrates the divide between America's working class and America's political class than illegal immigration," he said. "Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and … [Read more...] about The White House plugged ‘unity’ ahead of the State of the Union. That’s not what Trump delivered
TULSA, Oklahoma — On a fall morning in 2018, veteran technology teacher Abraham Kamara was working with his robotics team at Memorial Junior High School when Tulsa school superintendent Deborah Gist entered the classroom with a TV news crew. Gist was there to surprise Kamara with the school year’s first Golden Apple Award, recognizing him as one of Tulsa’s “outstanding teachers.” “We have heard so much about everything you do … making sure your kids have all the tools they need to be successful,” Gist said, her exuberance matched by the candy-apple red blazer she wore for the occasion. Handing him the palm-sized trophy, she continued, “We also recognize that you go above and beyond in this room, often at your own expense,” adding that the award comes with a $500 classroom grant.Story Continued Below Gist launched Tulsa’s Golden Apple Awards when she took the helm of the district three years ago, partnering with the … [Read more...] about Deborah Gist Used to Fight Teachers Unions. Now She’s Marching With Them.
Felon and former state Sen. Carlos Uresti’s Helotes estate is heading for the foreclosure auction block. The 8,100-square-foot estate, featuring six bedrooms and six full bathrooms, has been posted for the Feb. 5 foreclosure auction by a mortgage servicer for lender Security Service Federal Credit Union, records show. The property has been listed for $1.5 million. The property is slated to be sold outside the Bexar County Courthouse. The longtime Democrat and his wife, Lleanna, had the house built in 2013 — long before his 2017 indictment on charges that he was involved in a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors in a now-defunct oil-field services company called FourWinds Logistics. A federal jury last February found Uresti, 55, guilty on 11 felony charges. A judge later sentenced Uresti to 12 years in prison and ordered him to pay $6.3 million in restitution to victims of the fraud. The property was posted for foreclosure on Jan. 14. San Antonio attorney Marty LaCouture, … [Read more...] about Carlos Uresti’s Helotes estate heading for foreclosure
There's no end in sight to the partial federal shutdown and, more distressing to federal workers, no paycheck in sight either. The shutdown has furloughed 380,000 federal workers and forced an additional 420,000 to work without pay. President Donald Trump has said he is willing to keep the government closed for months or even years to get his demands met. But even if an agreement is reached and the government reopens, it could be some time before anyone earns a fresh paycheck or gets potential back pay. It's a burden that few American households can bear without strain. Some experts weigh in with tips on how to cope: PRIORITIZE YOUR BILLS Sit down and take a good look at what bills are due, or will be due soon. Rank your obligations by importance in case you cannot meet them all. Mortgage and utility bills should top the list, followed by credit card payments and any other revolving debt. Consider making just the minimum payments on your credit cards for now. Then look at any other … [Read more...] about How you (and your finances) can survive the federal shutdown