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‘They Need it Now’ – 32BJ Calls on Cuomo to Sign Healthy Terminals Act
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‘They Need it Now’ – 32BJ Calls on Cuomo to Sign Healthy Terminals Act

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Standing on circles chalked six feet apart, members of SEIU 32BJ and supporters rallied at LaGuardia Airport Nov. 17 to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that would require airport employers to subsidize workers’ health insurance. The bill, the Healthy Terminals Act, was passed by the state Legislature in July. It…

NY Restaurant Workers Press Fight to Scrap Sub-Minimum Wage
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NY Restaurant Workers Press Fight to Scrap Sub-Minimum Wage

NEW YORK, N.Y.—In front of a towering cardboard cutout dubbed “Elena the Essential Worker”—a woman with long braids and an apron, flexing her biceps in a Rosie-the-Riveter pose—the One Fair Wage coalition launched a statewide campaign Nov. 16 to end New York State’s sub-minimum wage for tipped workers. Food-service employees who receive tips currently have…

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer Endorses Taxi Union’s Debt-Relief Plan
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NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer Endorses Taxi Union’s Debt-Relief Plan

NEW YORK, N.Y.—City Comptroller Scott Stringer has endorsed the New York Taxi Workers’ Alliance’s plan to relieve up to 6,000 yellow-cab owner-drivers of massive debt. The comptroller announced his support for the plan at a rally on Broadway outside City Hall Nov. 12, saying his office has vetted the proposal and “found it fiscally sound.”…

CWA Backs Michigan Congressmember for Secretary of Labor
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CWA Backs Michigan Congressmember for Secretary of Labor

WASHINGTON—The Communications Workers of America are urging President-elect Joseph Biden to pick Rep. Andy Levin (D-Mich.), a former union organizer and green-energy advocate, as Secretary of Labor. “Congressman Levin checks every box that you’ll need in a Secretary of Labor to help implement your agenda effectively,” CWA President Chris Shelton wrote in a letter to…

57th St. Crane Crash Happened on Notoriously Anti-Union Job Site
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57th St. Crane Crash Happened on Notoriously Anti-Union Job Site

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The “Billionaires’ Row” building where a spinning crane knocked large chunks of metal and glass onto the street below Oct. 29 is the tallest structure ever built in the city with nonunion labor—and the accident was a sign that the developer was cutting corners, Joe Scopo, organizing director for the Laborers Union’s Cement…

California Drivers Lose Ground Amidst National Turmoil; Other Workers Score Victories
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California Drivers Lose Ground Amidst National Turmoil; Other Workers Score Victories

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—California voters approved a ballot initiative that will lock app-based transportation and delivery workers into nonunion independent-contractor status Nov. 3. But Florida voted to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years, and Colorado passed a measure that will give workers 12 to 16 weeks of paid…

Unions Won’t Let Trump Steal Election; General Strike is on the Table
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Unions Won’t Let Trump Steal Election; General Strike is on the Table

WASHINGTON—What do American labor unions plan to do if Donald Trump makes a serious effort to steal the election, such as by trying to cut off the counting of mailed-in ballots after election night? Several major unions have passed resolutions that they will defend democracy and the peaceful transition of power. But they are vague…

Labor Dept. Ramming Through Rule That Could Cost Workers $3.7 Billion
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Labor Dept. Ramming Through Rule That Could Cost Workers $3.7 Billion

WASHINGTON—A proposed rule the federal Department of Labor is trying to push through before the next Congress takes office would cost American workers at least $3.7 billion a year, the Economic Policy Institute estimated Oct. 26. The proposed rule, announced Sept. 22, would widen when workers can be considered an independent contractor instead of an…

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