Salt City Coffee becomes the 1st locally owned coffee shop to have organized labor
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by Eddie Velazquez
2d ago
Salt City Coffee will be the first locally owned coffee company to have a unionized workforce after the company’s leadership voluntarily recognized its union.  A majority of employees at the company’s four locations in Onondaga County signed union cards Friday.  Voluntary recognition from ownership sidesteps a potential election through the National Labor Relations Board. It had been a demand of the workers’ campaign to unionize. About 40 workers from Salt City’s four locations and roastery are in the union.  Casey Moore, an organizer with Workers United who helped Salt City Co ..read more
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Local advocacy organizations rally for Syracuse tenants’ rights (photo of the week)
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by Michelle Gabel
5d ago
About 75 people gathered Saturday for a rally and march for safe housing as a part of the Stop The Slumlords: Safe Housing For All! campaign. The event, hosted by the Syracuse Tenants Union (STU) and Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), began in Clinton Square featuring tenant speakers and a march from Clinton Square to Salt City Market and back. Marchers are shown moving down Salina Street toward the market. The Syracuse Tenants Union called on the Syracuse Common Council to pass STU’s Rental Registry Proposal to hold slumlords accountable; opt into Good Cause Eviction to keep the communi ..read more
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‘Clayscapes’ at the Everson features artworks that explore landscape
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by Carl Mellor
1w ago
“Clayscapes,” a group exhibition at the Everson Museum, has a wide-open format. Indeed, the show, which celebrates ceramics, displays everything from delicate plates to a large sculpture portraying a broken-down fence, from a huge self-portrait to a teapot depicting a barn, from contemporary artworks to a bowl that was made around 1100 A.D. in a community located in what is now the Southwest United States. That community’s members are ancestors of current-day Pueblo peoples. Most of all, the exhibit features artworks that explore the notion of landscape in different ways. For example, Robert ..read more
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Smokepail Studios’ mother-daughter duo finds connection to art and each other through pottery
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by Yolanda Stewart
1w ago
For several hours each day, Ellen and Dia Haffar joyously toil away – sometimes accompanied by their pet cat, Bobbie, and dog, Gracie –  in their attic, sculpting and designing new ceramic pieces.  Ellen or Dia will sit down at a wheel thrower, molding clay in their hands. The other will sit a few feet away painting pieces further along in the process.  Two years ago, they began learning ceramics together. For Ellen, a soon-to-be-retired art teacher at Fayetteville-Manlius High School, and Dia, a former English teacher, the process has been a discovery of an art form and the de ..read more
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The 2024 Syracuse Poster Project focuses on CNY’s historical figures
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by Carl Mellor
2w ago
Since 2001, the Syracuse Poster Project, a non-profit group, has published an annual series of posters blending haiku, a short-form poem, with a work of art. Over the years, the posters have referenced dozens of local subjects– the Jerry Rescue statue in Clinton Square, birds and other wildlife, the one-of-a-kind traffic light on Tipperary Hill, and much more. From time to time, the project reinvents itself. That’s definitely the case with the 2024 posters; they focus entirely on historical figures, people with connections to the Syracuse area. “We wanted to keep things fresh,” said Jim Emmon ..read more
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Salt City Coffee employees call for owners to recognize union
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by Eddie Velazquez
2w ago
Salt City Coffee United, a group of workers organizing a union at the Syracuse-based coffee shop and roastery, and local elected officials held a press conference outside the University Avenue store on Monday, calling on company leaders to recognize workers’ efforts to unionize.  Central Current first reported on the union effort last week, when 40 baristas, bartenders, barbacks, and coffee roasters at the company’s four locations and its roastery filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to form the first union at a locally owned coffee company in Syracuse.  Since th ..read more
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Central Current takes home 6 Syracuse Press Club awards
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by Maximilian Eyle
2w ago
Explore the highlights from our 2023 coverage below: 1st place: Print/Digital Journalism: News Feature or Series – Chris Libonati, “He was appointed to reduce gun violence in Syracuse. Then his son was shot.” He was appointed to reduce gun violence in Syracuse. Then his son was shot. 2nd place: Print/Digital Journalism: Investigative Story or Series – Chris Gelardi (New York Focus) , Chris Libonati “How not to close a jail” How not to close a jail 2nd place: Best Multimedia Story: Gabe Pietrorazio, Michael Greenlar, “How a mysterious stone carving has secured a new home at the O ..read more
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Syracuse police officer accused of slapping child, pushing face near ‘soiled sheets,’ court records say
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by Chris Libonati
2w ago
A Syracuse police officer has been accused of slapping a child and forcefully shoving the child’s face near “soiled bed sheets,” according to a police report filed in Town of Clay Court. Jacob Ternosky, 33, was arrested by Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office deputies and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, court records show. The incident is not alleged to have happened while Ternosky was at work. Ternosky was arrested April 12. The alleged incidents happened between Feb. 16 and April 9, according to court records. Ternosky was placed on paid administrative le ..read more
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Salt City Coffee employees try to become 1st at locally owned coffee shop to unionize
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by Eddie Velazquez
3w ago
Workers across all Salt City Coffee locations filed a petition to unionize on Monday, citing the need for raises, more transparency around benefits, and workplace stability. If successful, 50 baristas, bartenders, barbacks, and coffee roasters at the company’s four locations would be the first to form a union at a locally owned coffee company in Syracuse. Their effort is aided by Workers United, an affiliate of the larger Service Employees International Union that helped kick off a wave of workplace organizing at several Starbucks locations in Buffalo two years ago.  To unionize, workers ..read more
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Syracuse University students raise encampment in solidarity with Palestinians during ongoing war in Gaza
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by Eddie Velazquez
3w ago
Editor’s note: After publication of this story, Syracuse University Senior Vice President and Student Experience Officer Allen Groves released a statement about the encampment. It is included at the end of the story. Students at Syracuse University raised an encampment in the center of campus Monday morning, demanding the university call for a ceasefire to the ongoing war in Gaza and halt financial investments in companies that contribute to the war effort. The encampment joins dozens of others at college campuses across the U.S. Students have congregated at those campuses and claimed them as ..read more
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