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Why Lulus Might Be Trouble for Everyone

May 23, 2017 
By Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein

New York, NY - Right now, the top news in the New York politics is the story of the State Senate’s lulu payments, the extra money that legislators in leadership positions earn.

Critic Calls on Labor to Help Take Down REBNY 'Bullies'

May 19, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

'REBNY Bullies' on Blue Collar Buzz

New York, NY - A corporate watchdog intent on upending the powerful Real Estate Board of New York’s grip on city politics is calling on organized labor to help “divide and conquer” the more than 120-year-old organization. 

City Council to Probe Spectrum Standoff With Workers

May 19, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Pressure is mounting on Spectrum.

New York, NY - A Queens councilman on Thursday promised striking Spectrum/Charter Communications workers rallying outside the multi-billion dollar telecom's 23rd Street offices that hearings will soon be held looking into the company’s activities during the almost two-month-old standoff with IBEW Local 3 members.  

Gottfried Tells Blue Collar Buzz: Whatever They Do In Washington Will Only Make Healthcare Worse!

May 18, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Blue Collar Buzz: Assembly Member Gottfried.

New York, NY - The health insurance scheme being concocted in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will only make the nation’s already broken healthcare system much worse -- and the only way out is universal single-payer healthcare, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried recently said on an episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970. 

New TWU Leader: Democrats Need 'Class-Based Message'

May 13, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

John Samuelsen.

New York, NY - John Samuelsen, newly tapped president of the Transportation Workers Union of America, [TWU] says he will bring the same kind of “working class progressivism” he was known for as the outspoken leader of TWU Local 100 in New York City, to his new role as head of the 140,000-member national organization.

Trumka Calls Talks With Trump 'Not Very Satisfying’

May 12, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Pittsburg, PA - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said May 6 that his recent talks with President Donald Trump about how to revive manufacturing in the United States were “not very satisfying.”

Is President Trump a Working-Class Hero? Hardly

May 11, 2017 
By Larry Cary

Well, it’s been a bit more than 100 days.  That’s enough time to see the outline of where President Trump stands on helping working people, the group that abandoned the Democratic Party in three key states and gave him a victory because they wanted someone to “shake-up” the establishment.

Congress Repeals Rule Allowing State-Run Retirement Plans

May 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Senate voted May 3 to repeal an Obama-era rule that lets states sponsor their own retirement-savings programs for low-income workers.

Senate Confirms Acosta as Secretary of Labor

May 3, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Senate voted 60-38 to confirm Alex Acosta as Secretary of Labor Apr. 27. Eight Democrats and independent Angus King of Maine joined 51 Republicans in approving Donald Trump’s second nominee to the post.

House GOP Pushes Overtime-Pay Substitution

April 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - House Republicans are quietly advancing a bill called the Working Families Flexibility Act that would end the federal requirement of time-and-a-half pay for overtime and let private-sector employers offer comp time off instead.

Attorney for 9/11 Workers: Deadline Approaching for Federal Compensation Protection

April 26, 2017 
By: Michael Barasch, 
Managing Partner, Barasch McGarry
Lawyer for the 9/11 Community

Throughout 2015, a union coalition fought for and achieved the permanent reauthorization and funding to secure Congressional passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.  This critical federal law provides healthcare and $7.3 billion in compensation for those sickened in the aftermath of the attacks.

Trump Ends Wage-Theft Reporting for Federal Contractors

April 1, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - President Donald Trump signed a bill Mar. 27 repealing an Obama-era regulation that required companies bidding for federal contracts to disclose their labor-law violations from the previous three years.

AFL-CIO Opposes Trump’s Labor Pick

March 25, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The AFL-CIO announced Mar. 22 that it was opposed to the confirmation of Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor.

Still Getting 'It' Wrong

March 19, 2017 
By William Spriggs
Reprinted:
  AFL-CIO

Washington, DC -On Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the economy gained 235,000 payroll slots in February and upped its estimates for December and January by another 9,000 jobs. Over the three-month period, that means an average job growth of 209,000 jobs a month.

Protect Retirement Security of Working Families

March 15, 2017 
By AFL-CIO Director of Policy Damon Silvers

Washington, DC - Despite all of the talk we heard during the election, it’s shaping up to be more business as usual in Washington, D.C., for Wall Street.

Senate Votes to Overturn Limits on Labor-Law Violators

March 12, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Senate voted Mar. 6 to invoke a law that would let President Donald Trump cancel former President Barack Obama’s executive order requiring companies bidding on government contracts to disclose labor-law violations—such as wage theft, discrimination, or unsafe conditions—they’ve had within the last three years.

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