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More American Workers Are Going Out on Strike!
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More American Workers Are Going Out on Strike!

WASHINGTON—Led by a wave of walkouts by fed-up teachers, the last two years have seen more American workers go out on strike than any time since the 1980s, according to figures released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics Feb. 11. The BLS reported that 425,500 workers were involved in 25 “major work stoppages” that…

Trade Unionists Help Latino Construction Workers Fight Wage Theft – But Exploitation Continues
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Trade Unionists Help Latino Construction Workers Fight Wage Theft – But Exploitation Continues

Brooklyn, NY – Trade unionists advocating on behalf of a group of more than 40 Latino construction workers owed tens of thousands of dollars for work they did in Upper Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn have succeeded in helping to get most of those workers paid — but the so-called model of “open shop” development that…

Leveling the Playing Field: House Votes ‘Yes’ on Pro Act
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Leveling the Playing Field: House Votes ‘Yes’ on Pro Act

WASHINGTON—The House voted Feb. 6 to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, a bill lead sponsor Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) called “the most significant upgrade to U.S. labor law in 80 years.”  The vote was 224-194, largely along party lines. Five Republicans voted yes, while seven Democrats voted no, four of them members…

House to Vote Thursday on Landmark Labor Bill
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House to Vote Thursday on Landmark Labor Bill

WASHINGTON—The House it scheduled to vote Thursday, Feb. 6 on a landmark labor bill that would greatly expand workers’ rights to form and keep unions, from outlawing the replacement of strikers to voiding state laws banning the union shop. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019, sponsored by House Education and Labor Committee…

Residents of Queensbridge Houses Set Their Sights on Upcoming Pathways To Apprenticeship Course
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Residents of Queensbridge Houses Set Their Sights on Upcoming Pathways To Apprenticeship Course

Queens, NY – After a long and difficult struggle, 696 Build Queensbridge Director K. Bain and Laborers Local 79 organizer Bernard Callegari have succeeded in bringing a neighborhood-based pre-apprenticeship program to one of the most underserved communities in the city.  About 100 young men and women, mainly residents of the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island…

The Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Workers’ Compensation
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The Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Workers’ Compensation

New York, NY – In combatting the nation’s opioid epidemic the federal government may have unintentionally increased the amount of workers’ compensation denials across the country, resulting in victims not receiving immediate treatment after an accident in the workplace.  In 2018, a report revealed that nearly 70-percent of workers’ compensation claims were denied, according to…

Time Running Out On Cuomo to Sign Prevailing Wage Bills
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Time Running Out On Cuomo to Sign Prevailing Wage Bills

New York, NY – In a little over a week, approximately 4,000 building service workers could either be lifted out of poverty or remain there with or without the stroke of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pen, according to 32BJ SEIU Vice President John Santos.  “The governor is holding two bills of ours right now,” Santos said…

Wall Street Wipe Out Crushes Working Families; Glimpses the Ugly Truth Behind Nation’s Rosy Unemployment Stats
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Wall Street Wipe Out Crushes Working Families; Glimpses the Ugly Truth Behind Nation’s Rosy Unemployment Stats

New York, NY – The new decade is starting off bleak this month, for building service workers in the heart of the Financial District who have either been fired outright — or forced to reapply for previously good jobs suddenly recast as paltry minimum wage gigs with zero benefits. But they and their union brothers…

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