February 2015

The Power of Organizing: Congratulations to Brooklyn’s Cablevision Workers & CWA

Yesterday, after 37 months, the 262 workers at Cablevision sites in Brooklyn were finally offered a fair contract by Cablevision (aka Optimum, owned by Jim Dolan, who also owns Madison Square Garden, and the Knicks). 

Back in 2012, these workers had the courage to form a union, as part of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Like the other 15,000 Cablevision workers in the region, they knew the company was treating them unfairly – low poor, poor health benefits, and rotten treatment. Unlike the other 15,000, they had the courage to do something about it. Read more »

A few personal highlights from Mayor de Blasio's State of the City

In case you missed it, earlier today Mayor Bill de Blasio gave his annual State of the City speech. I’ve focused my whole career on working for affordable housing and vibrant communities – so I especially appreciated his focus on what it will take to create and preserve affordable housing, protect residents from displacement, keep our communities diverse, and still insure great, vibrant, livable neighborhoods.  

Below are a few personal highlights from the speech: Read more »