SEIU union members gather in Midtown Manhattan.

UNION STRONG: Thousands of 32BJ SEIU members rally in Midtown Manhattan. (PHOTO/Safiyah Riddle)

NEW YORK CITY—In this episode of AudioFiles season 12, we head to Midtown Manhattan where thousands of Service Employees International Union members rally ahead of the first day of contract negotiations. We also meet Indian Americans celebrating Diwali, and learn more about what it means to have the holiday recognized by the city government.
Later in the show, Reporter Kimberly Izar heads to Hostos Community College where PSC-CUNY union members at three Bronx campuses delivered petitions to their college presidents to demand a new contract. Then, our host Christian Nazario sits down with Robert Fanuzzi, the president of the Bronx Council For Environmental Quality, to talk about how the Mayor’s new program to extend the city’s greenway corridors is beneficial to New Yorkers.
Reporters: Rachel Goldman, Kimberly Izar, Amanda Kari McHugh, Aaliyah Fisher, Safiyah Riddle, Sajina Shrestha, Cullen Fagan and Jiana Smith
EditorsMaggie Freleng and Richard Yeh
Sound Engineers:
Amber Watson and Chad Bernhard
Marcella Moslow, Robert Fanuzzi, and Justin Pines
Managing Producer: Ashley Reed
Host: Christian Nazario
Show Producer: Nicolas Magrino
Associate Producer: Amanda Kari McHugh

Music Credits:  Jason Shaw, Benjamin Tissot, Justin Pines, Celdro & Emil Wennerholm, Monplaisir, Beat Mekanik, and Aldous Ichnite