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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.

NYC to Trump and Pal Puzder: You're Not Normal!

January 14, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Fast food workers Jorel Ware, Shantel Walker and City Council Member Core Johnson join others in jeering the Puzder nomination.

New York, NY - The union behind pioneering fast food workers in New York City teamed up with City Council Speaker Melissa-Mark Viverito and other elected officials on Thursday to denounce fast food kingpin Andy Puzder’s nomination as U.S. Labor Secretary — and to urge Congressional Democrats to grill the CEO like a well-done burger during upcoming confirmation hearings in February. 

Why Andrew Puzder’s Appointment Would Violate Labor Law

January 10, 2017 
By Alexander Schmidt
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP

New York, NY - The law creating the Department of Labor and the Secretary of Labor position was signed by President Taft in 1913.  The law resulted from a five-decade organized labor effort to create a cabinet-level voice for workers within the government who had an unequivocal mandated duty to advance the interests of working people.

Labor Should Work to Impeach & Imprison Trump

January 6, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Priority No. One: Dump Trump.

Reporter’s Notebook

Brooklyn, NY -  So, less than half of Americans participating in a new Gallup poll released earlier this week believe Donald J. Trump will be able to effectively carry out the basic duties of president. The only question now is — who in their right mind still believes that he can do the job?

KKK Giddy As System Designed By Slaveholders Trumps Popular Vote

December 24, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

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Washington, DC - The Electoral College cast it's votes for Trump for President Monday - using a system set up by slave owners designed to override the power of the popular vote.

Trump: Undermining Rights of American Workers

December 16, 2016 
By NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

Washington, DC - President-elect Trump’s reported choice to lead the Labor Department has done everything in his power to undermine the rights of American workers, from driving down wages to opposing overtime pay. Even worse, Andrew Puzder presided over a fast-food chain that repeatedly stole workers’ hard earned wages.

Senators Want Investigation Into Russian Election Hacking

December 13, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

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Washington, DC - A bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators say America should be alarmed by Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Carrier Union Leader Says Trump ‘Lied His Ass Off’

December 11, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Indianapolis, IN - United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones told the Washington Post Dec. 6 that Donald Trump had “lied his ass off” when telling workers at the Carrier air-conditioner plant here Dec. 1 that he’d worked out a deal to save more than 1,100 jobs. Carrier executives later told Jones that only 730 of the production jobs would stay, and 550 members of Local 1999 would be laid off.

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