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Reporter’s Notebook: Mayor de Blasio Runs For President
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Reporter’s Notebook: Mayor de Blasio Runs For President

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Earlier this week, I got an email from a PR person touting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s impending run for President. It included five questions he said he could answer. I decided it would be unprofessionally snarky to reply with my own answers, but now that the mayor has officially announced, here they are:…

12 Unions Urge Stronger Statewide Rent Regulations
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12 Unions Urge Stronger Statewide Rent Regulations

ALBANY, N.Y.—A dozen New York State labor leaders are urging the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to enact laws that would both strengthen the state’s rent-stabilization laws and extend tenant protections to almost all its renter households. “In their homes, just like in their workplaces, our members—tenants—need protection from unfair and unreasonable rent increases, from…

New Calls For A General Strike In The Face Of Coming Climate Catastrophe!
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New Calls For A General Strike In The Face Of Coming Climate Catastrophe!

New York,, NY – Shut. It. Down. Amalgamated Transit Union VP Bruce Hamilton, this weekend, urged U.S. trade unionists to “learn from our past” and start building towards a general strike in a last ditch effort to avert climate disaster.  “What we need to understand is that climate struggle is class struggle,” Hamilton told the…

Good Jobs, Green Jobs: Green New Deal Advocates Need More Support From Labor
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Good Jobs, Green Jobs: Green New Deal Advocates Need More Support From Labor

New York, NY – In the fight to head-off climate catastrophe, Green New Deal advocates determined to confront the fossil fuel industry are hitting the streets, occupying the space and agitating our elected officials. But enlisting a united House of Labor in that all-out-fight remains a daunting task.  Last week, on April 30, Annika Rosenvinge…

NYC Workers Bring May Day To Trump’s Doorstep
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NYC Workers Bring May Day To Trump’s Doorstep

New York, NY – Stagnant wages, unsafe working and attacks on immigrant communities of color all combined to define the overall feeling of insecurity working men and women expressed during this week’s May Day observance along Central Park West on Wednesday. “We’ve got to stand strong because they’re trying to bust us up,” NYCHA secretary…

Green New Deal Town Hall At 32BJ Does Little To Win Over Labor Skeptics
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Green New Deal Town Hall At 32BJ Does Little To Win Over Labor Skeptics

New York, NY – Despite a profound need to confront climate change charging the room — Friday night’s Green New Deal Town Hall at 32BJ’s W18th Street HQ, demonstrated the movement’s frustrating failure to fully draft organized labor into the cause.  Earlier this month, the AFL-CIO’s Climate Committee penned a letter to Green New Deal…

‘Hardhat Mass’ Mourns Workers Killed On The Job
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‘Hardhat Mass’ Mourns Workers Killed On The Job

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Bagpipes skirled on the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral Apr. 25, and the funereal thump of bass drums resounded off the high vaulted ceilings as International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3’s kilt-clad pipe band marched in. They were followed by a procession of carpenters, ironworkers, insulators, laborers, operating engineers, and more for…

Workers Memorial Week: Time For Real Reflection
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Workers Memorial Week: Time For Real Reflection

New York, NY – This past week, the mournful wail of bagpipes honoring New York City construction workers killed or injured on the job were once again forced to compete with the rising lamentations of deep pocketed industry executives bemoaning the economic costs of enacting enhanced safety regulations.  Never mind how incremental and insufficient any…

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