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9/11 Fund Extends Compensation Deadline for Cancer Victims

Febraury 25, 2017
By Michael Barasch, Esq. and Richard Alles, FDNY Deputy Chief, Ret.

A new Department of Justice regulation allows people diagnosed with cancer to register a Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)  claim within 2 years of the date that the WTC Health Program (or a governmental agency such as the Workers Compensation Board) certifies that the cancer was caused by exposure to the WTC toxins. Hundreds of people diagnosed with cancers over a decade ago are now eligible for significant compensation.  And, if a loved one has passed away due to cancer, their families may assert a claim within 2 years of their death.

Trump's Contempt for Our Courts

February 18, 2017 
By Congressman Jerry Nadler

Washington, DC - Donald Trump went to war against Judge James Robart -- a Republican appointee -- who dared to stand up against his destructive, dangerous and ill-conceived refugee ban.

Unions React Cautiously to Trump’s New Labor Pick

February 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

Washington, DC - American labor unions are reacting cautiously to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Florida law-school dean R. Alexander Acosta to be Secretary of Labor Feb. 16, calling for a careful examination of his record.

Puzder Pulls Out of Cabinet Nomination

February 16, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

Washington, DC - Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, withdrew his name from consideration Feb. 15. His nomination had drawn virtually unanimous opposition from Democrats and labor unions, and his ex-wife’s accusations that he’d beaten her had recently resurfaced.

Trump Moves Prevailing-Wage Foes into Labor Department

February 15, 2017    
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Two members of President Donald Trump’s “beachhead team” at the Department of Labor have long histories of opposing prevailing-wage laws.

Tipped Workers Can't Afford Andy Puzder's Ugly Sexism

February 14, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

ROC-United leader Saru Jayaraman denounces Puzder nomination as U.S. Labor Secretary.

New York, NY - The prospect of having fast food kingpin Andy Puzder confirmed as U.S. Labor Secretary during Senate confirmation hearings scheduled later this week, has low-wage workers across the country feeling sick to their stomaches — and the nausea is even worse among hardworking women forced to depend on tipped wages to eke out a living.

Voting Rights Must Be Protected

February 12, 2017 
By NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Washington, DC - The Senate has confirmed Jeff Sessions as the next U.S. Attorney General – someone who once called the Voting Rights Act "intrusive legislation" and tried unsuccessfully to prosecute civil rights activists on bogus charges of "voter fraud," when all they did was register more citizens to vote.

Federal Workers Plot Resistance to Trump Policies

February 11, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Workers at several federal agencies are developing ways to resist Trump administration policies, from his ban on refugees entering the country to his attempt to cancel ads urging people to sign up for Obamacare.

Hello? There's No Working With Trump

February 7, 2017
Reporter’s Notebook
By Joe Maniscalco

Why does anyone think Labor can work with Donald Trump?

Brooklyn, NY - Eighteen days into the Trump administration finds the House of Labor playing a very dangerous game with the “Bully-in-Chief” — simultaneously standing on the very vanguard of the Trump resistance, while at the same time — whether through wishful thinking or staggering myopia — helping to legitimize it. 

Bodega Owners Launch Strike In Brooklyn

February 3, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

NYC bodega operators at BK Borough Hall protest Trump's Muslim ban

Brooklyn, NY - Yemeni-American bodega owners throughout the city kicked off a one-day strike in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall Thursday evening in response to the Trump administration’s continued travel ban on several Muslim countries. 

Nurses: Trump Will Have to Come Through Us First!

February 3, 2017
By Joe Maniscaclo 

Nurses are vowing to fight Trump's discriminatory policies.

Brooklyn, NY - The heads of two of the northeast’s most prominent nurses unions are striking back against a leaked exectuive order coming out of the Trump administration this week, which could threaten the lives and well-being of women and members of the LGBTQ community all across the country. 

Opposition to Trump's Labor Secretary Pick Grows Louder

February 1, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Senate confirmation hearings for Andy Puzder have been postponed - again.

New York, NY - Today (February 1), is national call-in day to “Say No” to U.S. Labor Secretary pick Andy Puzder, and the prospect of having the fast food kinpin responsible for upholding the rights of working men and women througout the country is expected to have the Congressional switchboard buzzing in opposition.

PSC Endorses Mayor Bill de Blasio

February 1, 2017
By Stephanie West


New York, NY - The Professional Staff Congress (PSC) has announced its endorsement of Mayor Bill de Blasio for re-election. The union, which represents 27,000 faculty and professional staff at the City University of New York, is backing de Blasio because of his strong support of public higher education.

Reposted: Trump Doesn't Give a Crap About White Workers

January 31, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Editors's Note: Legendary investigative journalist Wayne Barrett was laid to rest this past week after a long battle with cancer.  We repost this article, containing some of the interview Wayne gave to LaborPress last September, in his honor. Wayne's educated take on then presidential candidate Donald J. Trump is worth repeating. 

The late Wayne Barrett (right) knew all about Donald Trump.

New York, NY - Some frustrated white working class men and women left cold by the neoliberal policies of the Democratic Party elite may think that they have an ally in Donald Trump — but the legendary NYC journalist who has been following Trump for the last four decades, said at City Limits’ 40th anniversary bash on Monday night, that the Republican nominee “doesn’t give a crap” about white working class voters and has a long history of sacrificing their interests for personal gain. 

Labor Coalition Uses a Big Stick Against Union Busters & Climate Change Deniers

January 24, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Union worker whacks a piñata outside City Hall on Monday.

New York, NY - A grassroots coalition of community groups and unions took a big stick to Donald Trump’s cabinet of climate change deniers and anti-labor crusaders on Monday morning, urging the New York City Council to enact a bold new strategy for renewable solar energy that benefits both the environment and workers alike.

Letter to President Donald Trump

January 22, 2017  
By Seth Bornstein, Executive Director, Queens Economic Development Corp.

Dear President Trump:

Washington, DC - The peaceful transition of power in this country is remarkable. Since George Washington handed over the reins of government to John Adams in 1797, we have set the standard for the rest of the world.

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