"The strength and solidarity of our union paid off with a fair contract that contains virtually none of the drastic concessions ATI sought to arbitrarily impose."
Taxi drivers, like millions of other such exploited workers nationwide, are not "independent contractors" but are really employees.
"The union movement should join with others who are saying 'instead of building more prisons, we should be creating more jobs and offering more job training.'"
The ATI ploy to sow dissension and jealousy in the community appears to have failed miserably: community members routinely drop off donuts and soup at union halls and send pizzas to the picket lines.
Steffen stressed "unity and militancy at the bargaining table" and his commitment to the campaign against big business and big givers' monetary dominance in politics.
"We need a robust tax on Wall Street trading to provide the revenue needed to invest in education, health and communities."
Congress' year-end rush to approve a massive spending bill for the rest of fiscal 2015, and to extend a hodge-podge of special tax breaks, may produce little for workers.
Once again, a Senate Republican filibuster killed a pro-worker bill, the Bring The Jobs Home Act, to extend tax credits to firms which do just that.
National Nurses United and the Congressional Progressive Caucus relaunched their drive for a financial transactions tax.
States and cities frequently shower firms with millions of dollars in tax breaks, all in the name of gaining - or keeping - jobs. The corporate rich get richer from it.