At a time when organized labor is in retreat across the nation, New York is mounting an aggressive counterattack. The state, which boasts one of the highest unionization rates in the country, is leading the way in passing worker-friendly legislation. Last year, the state teachers union played a key role in helping Democrats flip the state Senate, paving the way for a flood of progressive policies. While some unions supported Amazon’s proposed HQ2, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union joined forces with elected officials to defeat the Queens project. And in all-blue Albany, state lawmakers passed a series of labor-backed bills, including groundbreaking protections for farmworkers.
Keeping the labor movement active and energetic are an array of impressive individuals who are fighting for their members while adapting to the changing political environment and adjusting their tactics to meet new threats. Bolstering their cause are elected officials, activists, academics and other allies advocating for workers. In City & State’s inaugural Labor Power 100, we recognize the most noteworthy figures on the front lines in New York.
This list was compiled with input from insiders and experts, and it ranks each person based on their accomplishments, their political ties and policy influence, and their ability to deliver for workers. This Labor Day, we present the Labor Power 100.
As president of The NewsGuild of New York since 2017, Grant Glickson oversees a union representing nearly 3,000 journalists and other media employees at The New York Times, Consumer Reports, Reuters and other outlets. In July, 80 reporters, editors and designers at BuzzFeed News joined the NewsGuild after five months of bargaining over who would be eligible. Glickson joined the Times in 1987 and became involved in the union leadership several years later.
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