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 January 26, 2007:


Meet US Senator Schumer!!!

Class and Catastrophe: New Orleans

28 Senators Vote to Repeal Minimum Wage

James S. Colombo Scholarship Fund

Jack Davis Gives $10,000 to Veterans

Organizing Campaign Targets Pooler

Monroe County Tax Breaks Through COMIDA Under Fire

Newspaper Guild Rallies for a Fair Contract

Labor Adopts Two Stances on Health

Randy Kuhl Turns His Back on Labor

Roncone's Becomes First Union Restaurant in Rochester!

Upcoming Labor Council Meetings

Community Services Committee Fundraiser

On The Line Radio with Ken Warner

Links of Interest

Job Openings

Pictured Above: Sheet Metal Local 46 Members Dale Dowling and

Chris Hollfelder, with Bob Fink and Gene Simes of Operation

Firing for Effect 2008.

Editor's Note:

Coming soon......the newly improved Rochester & Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation Website!!!!! Stay logged in! For the time being, the Mobilizer has what you need to keep up with Labor in the mid-western counties of New York State. If there's something you want to know, see, or tell us, just drop a note.

US Senator, Charles Schumer (D-NY), Saturday January 27:  Join New York’s senior senator, Chuck Schumer, as he releases his new book “Positively American” this Saturday, January 27, and signs copies at book stores in Pittsford and Brockport. Sen. Schumer will appear at Lift Bridge Books, 45 Main Street, Brockport, from 12:30 to 1:30, then will travel to Barnes & Noble, 3349 Monroe Avenue in Pittsford, where he will sign copies of his book from 2:00 to 2:45.

Labor Lyceum - Saturday, February 17, 2007, 10am to Noon: NYSUT, 30 North Union Street, Rochester, NY. Class and Catastrophe: Rebuilding New Orleans After Katrina, presented by Credric Johnson, Professor of Political Science, Hobart & William Smith Colleges.

They Did What?!?!?!?!?! 28 US Senators Vote to Repeal the Minimum Wage:

James S. Colombo Scholarship Fund: The college scholarship fund established in honor of the late James S. Colombo, Rochester Labor Council President, 1973-74, will be accepting applications this spring. Scholarship awards up to $2000 will be granted to Rochester-area union members, their children or grandchildren who are pursuing a college education in a medically-related field. Awards will be based on educational goals, scholastic achievement, character, and financial need. For an application, please contact Linda Donahue at Cornell-ILR in Rochester, 585-262-4440; e-mail The deadline for submission of applications is June 1.

OFFE Receives $10,000 Donation from Pominent New York Businessman: In 2006, Jack Davis ran for Congress in New York State's 26th District. Davis spent close to $2 million of his own money in the campaign. Jack Davis garnered an impressive 48% of the vote against a well-known incumbent. Mr. Davis, a former Marine, is also very concerned with the future healthcare needs of our former military personnel. Today, Jack Davis met with 4 members of Operation Firing For Effect, a grassroots veteran’s rights organization devoted to full mandatory funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system. OFFE Chairman, Gene Simes, President of Sheet Metal Workers Local 46, Chris Hollfelder, OFFE Senior Trustee, Dale Dowling, and OFFE Historian, Bob Fink spent approximately a hour and a half with Mr. Jack Davis discussing OFFE’s plans to make mandatory funding a reality. At the conclusion of the meeting, Davis reached in his desk, pulled out his checkbook, and wrote a $10,000 donation check to OFFE to help the organization accomplish their goals. Mr. Jack Davis is challenging other corporations and businesses to follow his lead and support OFFE’s efforts to insure full mandatory funding for our former military personnel. Operation Firing For Effect is a subsidiary of Veterans For Veteran Connection Inc., and is a registered 501-3C non-profit organization. For more information please visit their website:

Pooler Enterprises Campaign starts its “Dig In”: On Monday December 18th organizers from the Rochester Building Trades began what could possibly be a long organizing campaign against Pooler Enterprises, Inc.  Ronn Pommerening from the Bricklayers Local #3 NY conveys the campaign’s goals, “We are hopeful that the company’s president, Gary Pooler, does not wish to ignore basic Building Trade organizations and quickly agrees to work with the Trades to come to an agreement on good, meaningful contracts”. The area’s four basic constructions trades (Bricklayers, Carpenters, Operating Engineers and Laborers) are spearheading this organizing campaign.  Presently, an informative banner to notify the general public is underway.  If you wish to drive by to show your support for the campaign, we are set up directly across Brooks Avenue from Wegman’s corporate headquarters at Cryovac Air Seal Corp.

Monroe County Tax Breaks Through COMIDA Under Fire: Labor questions COMIDA's (County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency) about the use of local labor on projects receiving tax incentives. Subsequent Reviews of current projects finds a local project failing to meet compliance standards, and loses its funding.

Henrietta Project Violates COMIDA Regulations - Loses Tax Breaks

Labor Questions Local Labor Use on Henrietta Hotel Project

Channel 13 - Labor Speaks Out About COMIDA

GRC 9 Labor Asks Questions About COMIDA Tax Incentives

Channel 10 2006 Report on COMIDA's Efficacy

Newspaper Guild Rallies for a Fair Contract!: By a vote of 51-4, the Newspaper Guild voted against the final contract offer from Gannett Newspapers. Rallying outside the Democrat & Chronicle, members of the Newspaper Guild, fellow union members and friends stood in solidarity, asking Gannett to come back to the table and negotiate a fair and respectful contract.

Working Together: All three of our Labor Council's within the Rochester and Genesee Valley ALF signed resolution endorsing Single Payer Healthcare (previously HR 676) and Mandatory Funding for Veteran's healthcare being promoted by OFFE (as seen above).  The Labor Councils working together in unison as an Area Labor Federation allows support of over 90,000 union members for these resoluitions. 

Kuhl Slaps Labor’s Face: It took only days after the election for Randy Kuhl to turn on labor.  Instead of asking how he could better work with Labor, he had his name removed as a sponsor from the Employee Free Choice Act proposed legislation.  This Act would be a huge victory for labor in the organizing field.  This would allow unions to simply get more than 50 percent of their intent cards signed before a union must be recognized and a fair contract negotiated.  This would avoid unnecessary intimidation as well as cutting time and cost drastically.   Since this was first on his priority list, it should also be first on ours.  The question is: why did Mr. Kuhl support this piece of legislation if he didn't believe in it? AND, why did he so abruptly change his mind?  The Steuben/Livingston Labor Council is considering an action on this issue that may include all labor leaders in the area.  We will keep you informed, but please be ready to help.


Roncone's Restaurant - Welcome to Organized Labor!!!: Roncone's Restaurant at 232 Lyell Avenue became Rochester's first UNION RESTAURANT on November 17th, 2006 with a strong welcome from Mayor Duffy, Assemblywoman John, Senator Robach and many union brothers and sisters. Next time you have a craving for pasta, support fellow union members at Roncone's.

Roncone's in the Democrat and Chronicle


Upcoming Labor Council Meetings:

Rochester Labor Council COPE (Committee on Political Education) - 4pm, February 7, 2007, NYSUT


Steuben/Livingston 2007 Labor Leaders meeting will take place on February 7, 2007. from 10 AM until noon.  Thiswill take place at the USW local 1000 hall in Corning.  This meeting will be to evaluate what the labor council has done over the past year and what you want to see in the future.  ALL labor leaders are asked to have a representative at this meeting.


NOTE THE CHANGE! Chemung/Schuyler Labor Assembly will hold their general membership meeting on February 7, 2007 at 6 PM.  This will be held at the CWA local 1111 union hall, 459 E. Church Street in Elmira.  The change was made due to the normal date falling on Valentines Day.  We hope this will be more convient for our delegates. 


Rochester Labor Council Executive Committee - 5pm, February 8, 2007, IBEW Local 86


Rochester Labor Council Delegates Meeting - 7pm, February 8, 2007, IBEW Local 86


Rochester Labor Council Organizers Meeting - 9am, February 12, 2007, NYSUT


Finger Lakes Central Labor Council Meeting - 5:30pm, February 12, 2007, IBEW in Geneva (Rt 20)



United Way's AFL-CIO Community Services Fundraiser

Order tickers to the February 11th, 2007 Rochester RazorSharks game. Tickets are $10.50, half of which is a doantion to the Community Services Committee.

To order tickets, please contact Rosemarie McKinney (585) 242-6477 or


On The Line Radio with Host, Doc Warner, Saturday, 9:05am, 950AM WROC

Newstalk 950AM WROC features a radio show each Saturday morning focused on Labor issues in our community.


Some Links of Interest:


Presenteeism: Is it a Problem? CNNMoney.Com Article 


Jim Bertolone replies to Unshackle Upstate:


UAW Union Approved Car List


Concerned about Religion, Politics and Labor? This link is for you!


The Bush Economy and Outsourcing:


Working Assets


Would you like to purchase AFL-CIO materials?


Do you know someone NOT currently receiving the Mobilizer?  If they wish to be included, please contact the Area Labor Federation staff to provide their contact information.  Rochester office; Aron, at (585) 263-2650.  Elmira office; Carol at (607) 734-8290.


AFTRA LOCAL 223 JOB OPENING: Labor friendly organization is seeking a part-time accountant. Interested individuals should forward a resume to AFTRA president, June Baller at

UAW 1752: Employees at Schweizer Aircraft would like to make interested parties aware of a large hiring that is taking place in the Southern Tier.  There will be 100+ people hired over the next couple of months.  Positions include: Maintanence, Machinist, Electric Shop, Stock Clerk, Wood and Plastic worker, and painter.  Military Experience in hydralics, aviation, and flight systems a definite plus.  Apply at Schweizer Aircraft, 1250 Schweizer Rd. in Horseheads NY. 

AFSCME ORGANIZING OPPORTUNITIES 2006/2007: Organizer-in-Training program is an intensive year-long program to learn the fundamentals of building worker power through union organizing. Organizers-in-Training come from diverse backgrounds of work, organizing and academic experience. Organizers-in-Training learn the nuts and bolts of an organizing campaign from talking one-on-one with workers, to developing leaders, and organizing direct actions. Candidates are placed on active campaigns with experienced lead organizers who provide mentoring and one-on-one training throughout the program. Salary starts at $33,216 with family health coverage, a car allowance, twelve paid holidays, 401k, pension plan and more. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Open to Seniors. For more information, visit

Union ALTERNATIVE Winter Break is a program for students interested in learning about the labor movement and the work of union organizing. Participants travel to a union organizing campaign for five days of intensive classroom and field training. Program participants will be provided with lodging and transportation during the week as well as a $150 stipend for food. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to the campaign site. Open to juniors and seniors only. For more information and to apply, visit www.afscme/ WINTER BREAK is January 7th - 12th, 2007.
Deadline to apply is November 17, 2006.

Union alternative spring break 2007 same concept as Winter Break, simply in the spring! We have two sessions to pick from: March 11th to 17th and March 18th - 23rd. Deadline to apply is February 28th,

AFSCME/UNCF Union Scholars Internship provides students of color with an opportunity to work on the front lines of the labor movement. Students will participate in a variety of activities that may include helping non-union workers organize a union at their job, building AFSCME's grassroots political program or conducting research for organizing campaigns. The best part is that you'll have a chance to make a difference in people's lives. The ten-week internship provides a stipend of $4,000, on-site housing, and an opportunity to attend a week-long orientation and training at Harvard University. In addition, participants who successfully complete their internships are eligible to receive an academic scholarship of up to $5000. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors of color only. For more information and to apply, visit and look under the section pertaining to internships. Look for the AFSCME/UNCF Union Scholars Program.
Application deadline: February 28, 2007.

* Passion for social and economic justice and the ability to
articulate that passion.
* Desire to work something other than a 9 to 5 job, ability to
work nights and weekends.
* Valid Driver's License
* Ability and desire to travel extensively.

For more information, contact Sherry Wright at (513)910-0998 or

Editors: Carol Leber & Aron Reina

Executive Editor: James Bertolone

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