clock menu more-arrow no yes

Worker Safety

Filed under:

Blood Pressure: Workers Say NYC Lab Firm Discriminated Against Chinese Employees

Six Chinese phlebotomists employed by BioReference Laboratories are alleging years of unequal pay and work conditions. They’ve filed complaints with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission while preparing a lawsuit.

Filed under:

Under the Bus: Hero Drivers Fight MTA Over Pay After Being Attacked While Protecting New Yorkers

At least two drivers have been denied injured-on-the-job claims because one was on a coffee break when he saved an elderly couple from a mugger and the other had just stepped off a bus before a maskless passenger hit him.

Filed under:

Unions and City Hall Lining Up Vaccinations for Municipal Workers as NYC Death Toll Passes 30,000

Filed under:

Memorial Ride Planned for Subway Motorman Killed in the Line of Duty

Family and friends will complete Garrett Goble’s final Brooklyn-to-The Bronx subway run on March 27, a year to the day he died in an train fire in Manhattan. "He didn’t die in vain," one coworker said.

Filed under:

COVID Clusters Hit City Workplaces as Frontline Employees Wait for Vaccines

A Sanitation garage in Brooklyn and Flushing Meadows Corona Park locker room are among recent virus breakout sites. Union officials are calling for shots for thousands more municipal employees: "We can’t work from home."

Filed under:

Wrong Masks and ‘Missing’ Ventilators: NYC’s Billion-Dollar COVID Gear Bungle

At the height of the pandemic, the city issued $1.4 billion in emergency, no-bid contracts for crucial medical equipment — and got the wrong masks and lost track of deliveries, records show. "Stop this s—t!" one bureaucrat cried during an online meeting.

Filed under:

Why Zero Unemployment Benefits May Not Mean Zero Unemployment Benefits

THE CITY’s Open Newsroom team breaks down some of the latest info about working in NYC during the pandemic. Sign up for our new jobs newsletter to get updates.

Filed under:

Bookstore Fight Suggests COVID Workplace Safety Issues Are Growing Story

Some labor experts fear that keeping employees safe, especially nonunion workers, in the era of coronavirus will be difficult without more proactive government oversight.

Filed under:

No ‘Easy Fix’: Products Used to Prevent Coronavirus Offer Little Guarantees

Filed under:

Here’s Why Food Delivery Drivers Worry for Their Safety, Despite Curfew Exemption

The arrest of a deliverer in Manhattan Thursday night underscored the fears of encounters with cops and protests that keep some cyclists and drivers sidelined.

GOT A TIP?

We’re here to listen. Email tips@thecity.nyc or visit our tips page for other ways to share.

Filed under:

New York City Courts Paused — But Overtime Kept Flowing

Taxpayers are on the hook for $170,000 for after-hours cleaning and maintenance, even after most courthouses closed and hearings moved to video.

Filed under:

Garbage Bag Ponchos for Workers Moving Homeless People’s Belongings

The de Blasio administration’s shift from homeless shelters to isolation hotels for people with COVID-19 leaves storage and moving staff largely unprotected from coronavirus, union officials say.

Filed under:

NYC Eyes Turning Senior Centers into COVID-19 Testing Sites

The de Blasio administration is looking to use senior centers for coronavirus disease and antibody testing, but operators worry about contamination.

Filed under:

Amazon Warehouse Packers Say They’re Jammed onto Staten Island Buses

Workers call on the retail giant to provide shuttle transportation so they can socially distance. They’re also seeking more service from the MTA.

Filed under:

Subway Service Slowly Gets Back on Track as Transit Workers Return

With some employees rebounding from illness and isolation, more frequent service is planned to help remaining riders better socially distance.

Filed under:

What You Need to Know if You’re an Essential Worker in NYC

THE CITY has heard from hundreds of essential workers. We’ve answered some of the most common questions we’ve received from the front lines.

Filed under:

City Grants Work Permits for Embattled 200 Amsterdam Ave. Tower

Crews return to controversial Upper West Side site as developers say wind threatens the unfinished building and officials OK "emergency work."

Filed under:

New Exceptions in Construction Shutdown Keep Thousands of NYC Sites Open

Permitted "essential" projects — including hotels, a Queens Target and apartment renovations — go on despite Gov. Cuomo’s March order to limit work.

Filed under:

Nurses Face Scores More Deaths Due to Protective Gear Shortage, Union Suit Charges

Union lawsuits estimate that three out of four New York nurses have been exposed to coronavirus — and that 250 could die of COVID-19.

Filed under:

Some Hospitals Defy Cuomo Panel Mask-on-Demand Order, Nurses Charge

Workers say protective equipment remains scarce, despite ruling. Meanwhile, public hospital nurses plan a protest over doctor’s note sick day edict.