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Now Playing: ‘At War’ (En Guerre) – The Movie Every American Trade Unionist Should See!
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Now Playing: ‘At War’ (En Guerre) – The Movie Every American Trade Unionist Should See!

New York, NY – “At War” (En Guerre) is a gripping new French language movie about the struggles of trade unionists trying to save 1,100 jobs after the profitable factory where they work announces immediate plans to shut down. It opens Friday night, July 19, at the Village East Cinema on 2nd Avenue, and is…

Working In This Heat? Take Care…And Confront The Climate Crisis
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Working In This Heat? Take Care…And Confront The Climate Crisis

Brooklyn, NY – Right now, at the time of this writing, the temperature out on these mean city streets feels like a blistering 103-degrees; Congress is seriously considering a newly introduced bill seeking to better protect U.S. workers from heat related deaths; and the Democratic National Committee is under pressure to host a presidential debate…

Héctor J. Figueroa: ‘Only The Good Die Young’
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Héctor J. Figueroa: ‘Only The Good Die Young’

New York, NY – I dunno, but after the sudden death of 32BJ President  Héctor J. Figueroa late Thursday evening and Donald J. Trump’s plan to raid working families in 10 American cities over the weekend, I can’t help thinking that, indeed, “only the good die young.” Maybe, you’re thinking the same thing. I didn’t…

Trump’s Labor Secretary Quits Amidst Creepy Sex Scandal
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Trump’s Labor Secretary Quits Amidst Creepy Sex Scandal

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta resigned July 12, three days after the indictment of multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein on charges of sexually abusing scores of underage girls drew renewed scrutiny to the lenient plea deal Acosta gave him as a federal prosecutor in Miami in 2008. President Donald Trump said that Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick…

Sudden Death of 32BJ Leader Héctor Figueroa Shocks City
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Sudden Death of 32BJ Leader Héctor Figueroa Shocks City

NEW YORK, N.Y.—32BJ SEIU President Héctor J. Figueroa, an outspoken immigrants-rights advocate whose organizing campaigns dramatically expanded the building-service workers’ union, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack July 11. He was 57.  “This is a devastating loss,” 32BJ said in a statement. “In his many years of service to our union, to the labor…

Pennsylvania Flooring Company Locks Out 180 Workers
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Pennsylvania Flooring Company Locks Out 180 Workers

LANCASTER, Pa.—As the day shift at the Armstrong Flooring factory and distribution center here ended at 4 p.m. July 2, the company locked out all 180 members of United Steelworkers Local 285. The workers’ last contract expired in October 2017, and Local 285 members have rejected three tentative agreements since then. Armstrong spokesman Steve Trapnell…

Teamsters Survey Rank And File With An Eye On 2020 Presidential Election
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Teamsters Survey Rank And File With An Eye On 2020 Presidential Election

New York, NY – The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is asking members throughout the country to start seriously thinking about the 2020 field of presidential candidates and the issues that matter most to their working lives.  An online survey launched on June 27, at Teamsters2020.com quickly garnered responses from IBT members in 41 states within…

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