Workers Defense League Sees Surge of Unemployed People Seeking Help Obtaining Benefits

New York, NY – The Workers Defense League has seen its fair share of unemployment insurance  (UI) cases, but after marking its 84th anniversary this year, the non-profit’s Executive Director Jon Bloom says there has been a surge in workers from all backgrounds and income levels requiring assistance.  “We work extensively helping workers get their…

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NYC Transit Workers Complete Three-Year Apprentice Program

New York, NY – On July 29, 17 transit workers were awarded certificates attesting to their completion of three-year apprenticeships in skilled trade titles within New York City Transit. The certificates were awarded by TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano, Training and Upgrading Fund Director Charles Jenkins, in conjunction with MTA/New York City Transit. These…

Returning Workers Still Question Workplace Safety As Pandemic Continues

New York, NY – Three weeks into Phase 4 of the city’s reopening plan and more workers are making their way back to the job. While many have welcomed the opportunity to return after months of COVID-19 quarantine, they still have questions about the safety guidelines and protocols that their employers should be implementing to…

Nurses in New York Join Nationwide Call for Proper Protections against COVID-19

NEW YORK, N.Y.—“We need to have proper PPE,” longtime nurse Stephanie McGrath says at a small lunch-hour rally outside the Veterans Administration hospital on East 23rd Street Aug. 5. “The VA supplies are below standards.” The rally was part of a national day of protest organized by National Nurses United, with actions at more than…

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PB Ventilating Says “I’m in!”

New York, NY – As we look to navigate through the post-Covid market, some employers are taking notice of changes that need to happen to improve their workforce. As a result of the financial setbacks, layoffs racial tensions, and protests, the call for unity in the workplace cannot go unaddressed. Local 28 member, President and…

NYC Transit Workers Complete Three-Year Apprentice Program

New York, NY – On July 29, 17 transit workers were awarded certificates attesting to their completion of three-year apprenticeships in skilled trade titles within New York City Transit. The certificates were awarded by TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano, Training and Upgrading Fund Director Charles Jenkins, in conjunction with MTA/New York City Transit. These…

Workers Defense League Sees Surge of Unemployed People Seeking Help Obtaining Benefits

New York, NY – The Workers Defense League has seen its fair share of unemployment insurance  (UI) cases, but after marking its 84th anniversary this year, the non-profit’s Executive Director Jon Bloom says there has been a surge in workers from all backgrounds and income levels requiring assistance.  “We work extensively helping workers get their…

Returning Workers Still Question Workplace Safety As Pandemic Continues

New York, NY – Three weeks into Phase 4 of the city’s reopening plan and more workers are making their way back to the job. While many have welcomed the opportunity to return after months of COVID-19 quarantine, they still have questions about the safety guidelines and protocols that their employers should be implementing to…

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Mourning Labor Leaders Warn: ‘We Must Build a Better World’

New York, NY – Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, joined National Nurses United President Jean Ross, RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum and frontline workers for the Jewish Labor Committee’s national day of mourning held July 28. “The coronavirus was real for the people that I represent before it was on the...
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Trillions for Corporations – Crumbs for You: $600 Lifeline for the Unemployed Evaporates

WASHINGTON—The extra $600 a week in unemployment-insurance benefits that has helped support more than 30 million people who lost work in the COVID-19 epidemic is likely to expire July 31 without being extended by Congress. While the House passed a relief bill in May, the $3 trillion HEROES Act, that would have extended the supplement...
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California Child Care Providers Make History With Unionization Vote

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—After 17 years of trying, 43,000 California childcare providers finally have a union. The union, Child Care Providers United, won 97% of the vote in representation-election results announced July 27. An alliance of SEIU Local 99 in Los Angeles, SEIU Local 521 in San Jose, and the United Domestic Workers in San Diego, AFSCME...
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Labor Joins Black Lives Matter in Coast to Coast Action Against Systemic Racism, Police Brutality and Economic Inequality

New York, NY – Workers in more than 150 cities staged walkouts and rallies as part of a nationwide “strike for black lives” July 20. Those actions included an early-morning strike by 1,500 office-building janitors in San Francisco; rallies by McDonald’s and hospital workers in Chicago; marches by fast-food workers in St. Louis and Durham,...
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Unions Press Senators to Extend $600 Unemployment Payments as Clock Ticks Down

WASHINGTON—With at least one out of every nine American workers still jobless, the extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits enacted in March is scheduled to expire before the end of the month. Labor unions are mounting a campaign to overcome Senate Republicans’ resistance to extending them. The House passed a bill in mid-May, the...
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The Hazard Isn’t Over: Frontline Workers Urge Public to Support Them in the Fight for More COVID-19 Protections

Queens, NY – Essential workers, labor activists and safety advocates are increasing their demand for better protections for frontline workers in a new COVID-19 relief package already approved by the House, but left in limbo since July 2, when the U.S. Senate was last in session. While essential workers have been working non-stop since the...