32 arrested during civil disobedience at LaGuardia Airport as workers call for better treatment


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Katelyn Di Salvo

Wendy Arellano, a single mother of two from Corona, holds three jobs to try to make it through the months. She makes $8 an hour working at LaGuardia Airport and has now stood up to make her voice heard.

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Port Authority orders airlines to raise wages, give paid holiday to airport workers


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THE COURIER/ File Photo

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Director Patrick Foye has ordered the CEOs of Delta, JetBlue, American and United airlines to immediately raise wages and make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a paid holiday for the 8,000 contracted workers at John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports.

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City Planning holds public hearing on Astoria Cove


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of STUDIO V Architecture

The City Planning Commission grilled representatives of builders of the mega mixed-use development Astoria Cove at a public hearing in Manhattan on Wednesday, July 6.

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JFK Airport workers rally for fair wages


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Dave Sanders SEIU 32BJ

David Harrison has worked as a skycap at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport for three years, and is struggling to live with his $4.15 hourly pay. Four days a week, Harrison helps passengers with their bags from the curb to their respective ticket counters. He relies heavily on tips from these incoming travelers, but […]

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Primary guide: City Council District 31


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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As the clock ticks closer to city primaries on Tuesday, September 10, The Courier would like to provide you, the reader and the voter, with a fair, detailed guide of who is running. Here is a list of the City Council District 31 primary candidates (Rosedale, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, the Rockaways), who they are, what they stand […]

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Op-Ed: School buildings need adequate funding


| oped@queenscourier.com

BY COUNCILMEMBER JULISSA FERRERAS Long before I was elected to office, I was the Beacon Program director at P.S. 19 in Corona, known at the time as the most overcrowded school in the country. My years of work engaging our neighborhood children helped me understand the effect of school building conditions on their academic performance. […]

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JFK Airport workers want a living wage


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

File photo/THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Security workers at John F. Kennedy International Airport find themselves in limbo – between terminals and supporting families on minimum wage. “Nobody cares about our guys in the airport,” said Lorrington McKenzie who works traffic security outside the terminals. McKenzie, along with other security officers, gets paid $8 an hour. He has not gotten a […]

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Report: Five Queens schools falling apart


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of SEIU Local 32BJ

Some city schools need a major makeover, according to a building inspections report released by the school cleaners’ union. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ issued a report on the 20 schools in the worst condition after tallying scores from the city’s annual school inspections. Out of about 1,500 schools citywide, five Queens […]

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MLS stadium coming to Queens?


| spreuss@queenscourier.com

The most recent updates on the proposed MLS soccer stadium in Queens showed much disinterest from each of the mayoral candidates. The main concern being the lack of guarantee of where the parkland will be restored, which has been an issue with past development projects. Although most news has been reporting what seems like negative […]

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Quinn: City Council reaches deal on required paid sick leave


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Twitter/@ChrisCQuinn

Small businesses will soon be mandated to provide an allotted number of sick days, after a compromise on the much-debated legislation was struck last night. Union leaders, advocates and city lawmakers came to a deal on the Paid Sick Leave bill, which has been opposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a […]

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Borough president candidates pick up endorsements


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

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As the candidates start to get out and campaign, the race is heating up for the next Queens borough president. Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., who has led in terms of fundraising since mid-2012, was the most recent candidate to officially kick off his campaign with an event on Monday, March 11 in his native Astoria. […]

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Unions back Queens soccer stadium


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Major League Soccer

Kicking in their support for hundreds of potential jobs, several construction unions have backed the proposed Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The Hotel Trades Council; the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York; and 32BJ SEIU all backed the project for its potential to give union workers jobs and […]

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JFK security workers agree to hold off on strike


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Travelers headed through John F. Kennedy International Airport can breathe a sigh of relief, as, for now, security workers will remain on the job. Employees of the Air Serv and Global Elite security organizations had voted unanimously to go on strike starting Thursday, December 20, right before the airport’s holiday rush. However, in response, the […]

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JFK workers say cutting corners puts passengers at risk


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Things do not seem to be flying smoothly at John F. Kennedy International Airport. In recent months, two separate groups of contracted JFK security officers have filed complaints with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), citing problems with officials making employees cut corners when inspecting aircrafts and working within the terminals, along with substandard working conditions. […]

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First Hispanic Leadership Awards


By Queens Courier Staff

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer honored six outstanding members of the Latino community for demonstrating strong commitment and leadership during the first Hispanic Leadership Awards ceremony on October 29. At the awards held at the Floresta Restaurant in Sunnyside, each honoree was presented with a City Council Proclamation. Among the honorees were FOX 5 reporter and […]

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