Slow Down! MTA Bus Operator Warns it’s Too Soon to Reemerge Out of COVID-19 Lockdown

Queens, NY – NYC recently entered into Phase 3 of its planned reopening, which is allowing more businesses to reemerge from coronavirus lockdown. The MTA, however, continues to mandate riders board city buses through the back doors to help keep drivers safe. Indeed, many bus operators insist that it’s too soon to relax the rules….

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LaborPress Spotlight on IBT Local 202 President Dan Kane, Jr. and Hunts Point Market Workers

New York, NY – Teamsters Local 202 represents 1,500 food-distribution workers at the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx, as well as 3,000 other members, including social-service workers, ATM mechanics, and telecommunications workers. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has subjected the food-distribution industry to enormous strain. LaborPress recently spoke to IBT Local 202 President, Daniel…

Home Health Aides to Cuomo: Enforce Protective-Gear Mandate Now!

NEW YORK, N.Y.—For home-health attendants, the COVID-19 epidemic has added danger to an already grueling job. Workers doing 24-hour shifts for 13 hours pay say they now have to contend with the risk of getting exposed to the virus—while receiving little or no protective gear from their employers. “I was sick with COVID-19 for a…

Workers Demand New York State Force Employers to Provide On-the-Job Protections As Reopening Progresses

Queens, NY – This week, a cross-section of essential workers throughout the city gathered in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the hardest hit communities during the coronavirus pandemic, to demand New York State pass new legislation compelling employers to provide them with necessary protective gear as New York City enters Phase 3 of its reopening…

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Slow Down! MTA Bus Operator Warns it’s Too Soon to Reemerge Out of COVID-19 Lockdown

Queens, NY – NYC recently entered into Phase 3 of its planned reopening, which is allowing more businesses to reemerge from coronavirus lockdown. The MTA, however, continues to mandate riders board city buses through the back doors to help keep drivers safe. Indeed, many bus operators insist that it’s too soon to relax the rules….

LaborPress Spotlight on IBT Local 202 President Dan Kane, Jr. and Hunts Point Market Workers

New York, NY – Teamsters Local 202 represents 1,500 food-distribution workers at the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx, as well as 3,000 other members, including social-service workers, ATM mechanics, and telecommunications workers. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has subjected the food-distribution industry to enormous strain. LaborPress recently spoke to IBT Local 202 President, Daniel…

Home Health Aides to Cuomo: Enforce Protective-Gear Mandate Now!

NEW YORK, N.Y.—For home-health attendants, the COVID-19 epidemic has added danger to an already grueling job. Workers doing 24-hour shifts for 13 hours pay say they now have to contend with the risk of getting exposed to the virus—while receiving little or no protective gear from their employers. “I was sick with COVID-19 for a…

Workers Demand New York State Force Employers to Provide On-the-Job Protections As Reopening Progresses

Queens, NY – This week, a cross-section of essential workers throughout the city gathered in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the hardest hit communities during the coronavirus pandemic, to demand New York State pass new legislation compelling employers to provide them with necessary protective gear as New York City enters Phase 3 of its reopening…

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App-Based Giants Muscle Their Way Onto California Ballot; Threaten Worker Rights

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Lyft, Uber, and DoorDash have gotten an initiative on the November state ballot that would redefine their taxi drivers and delivery workers as independent contractors instead of employees, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced July 1. The Proposition 22 initiative would exempt app-based drivers from Assembly Bill 5, the state law enacted last fall...
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Supreme Court Delays Decision on Taking ‘Janus II’ Case

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court won’t decide whether to take the case dubbed “Janus II” until at least this fall. Mark Janus, plaintiff in the Court’s 2018 Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 decision that ruled public-sector workers could not be required to pay “fair-share fees” to the union representing them, filed a follow-up suit demanding that Council...
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$1 Trillion Needed to Prevent Public Services Collapse, Saunders Says

WASHINGTON—Congress needs to enact “at least $1 trillion” in federal aid for state and local governments in order to prevent public services from collapsing, AFSCME President Lee Saunders declared this month. Speaking on a June 18, telephone press conference organized by the union, he said about 1.6 million public-sector workers have lost their jobs since the COVID-19...
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No Dice: Union Representing Casino Workers Says Masks Must be Mandatory As COVID-19 Cases Soar Out West

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Nevada’s casinos began reopening early this month, with the state Gaming Control Board requiring that customers wear masks during card and table games where they’re sitting with a dealer. That’s not anywhere near enough, say the unions representing casino workers. “That’s great for the dealer, but what about the bartender or the cocktail...
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More Women Come Forward Alleging ‘Unchecked’ Sexual Harassment of Teens at McDonald’s

New York, NY – Two more women who were teenagers when they worked at a McDonald’s in Lansing, Michigan added their names to a growing class action sexual harassment lawsuit that was first filed last fall.  In November, the ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of former McDonald’s worker Jenna Ries and a class of...
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Labor Groups Construct Virtual ‘Memorial Wall’ For Workers Lost to COVID-19 Pandemic

New York, NY – Two organizations, Jobs with Justice and UnionBase, have come together during the coronavirus pandemic to offer a new website, WorkersMemorialWall.org, where people can post pictures of their co-workers who have been lost to COVID-19. LaborPress recently talked with Jobs with Justice Executive Director Erica Smiley to learn more about the project,...