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

Trillions for Corporations – Crumbs for You: $600 Lifeline for the Unemployed Evaporates
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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…

Safety First
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Safety First

On Thursday, July 16, a man was killed when a scaffolding collapsed at a non-union job at an 11-story apartment building in the Murray Hill section of New York City. Four men were working at the residential co-op building at 136 E. 36th Street. Aside from the one death, three other men were injured but…

NYC Unions Challenge Trumpian Racism and the ‘Three-Pronged Crisis’ Gripping American Workers
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NYC Unions Challenge Trumpian Racism and the ‘Three-Pronged Crisis’ Gripping American Workers

New York, NY – Angry trade unionists on the front lines of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic stood up, on Monday morning, against the “three-pronged crisis” gripping workers in Donald Trump’s America, demanding an end to systemic racism and the immediate passage of the Heroes Act in the U.S. Senate.  “Working people are suffering under a…

Local 28 Sheet Metal Workers Answer NYS’ Emergency Call for New Hospitals – Stat!
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Local 28 Sheet Metal Workers Answer NYS’ Emergency Call for New Hospitals – Stat!

New York, NY – In early April, it became abundantly clear to Governor Andrew Cuomo that New York State would need to construct several temporary hospitals fast — in order to confront the COVID-19 crisis. Four locations throughout New York City and Long Island where selected for construction. Local 28 Sheet Metal Union members worked…

Notorious NYC ‘Body Shop’ Settles Sexual Harassment Suit Involving 18 Female Construction Workers
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Notorious NYC ‘Body Shop’ Settles Sexual Harassment Suit Involving 18 Female Construction Workers

NEW YORK, N.Y.—A leading supplier of low-wage labor to major construction projects has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle sexual-harassment complaints 18 women workers filed with the New York State Attorney General’s office. Attorney General Letitia James announced the deal with TradeOff on July 13. The company, based in Lynbrook, Long Island, also agreed…

Why We Choose To Go Union
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Why We Choose To Go Union

There is a longtime misconception about trade workers and their education. These ideas date back as far as the separation between white collar and blue. However, in an effort to move beyond the bias of both educational and social snobbery, there is a misunderstanding that exists in the fields of labor. First and foremost, there…

Workers Demand New York State Force Employers to Provide On-the-Job Protections As Reopening Progresses
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Workers Demand New York State Force Employers to Provide On-the-Job Protections As Reopening Progresses

Queens, NY – This week, a cross-section of essential workers throughout the city gathered in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the hardest hit communities during the coronavirus pandemic, to demand New York State pass new legislation compelling employers to provide them with necessary protective gear as New York City enters Phase 3 of its reopening…

Social Distancing Challenges NYC Carpenters Trying to Work Safe During COVID-19 Crisis
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Social Distancing Challenges NYC Carpenters Trying to Work Safe During COVID-19 Crisis

NEW YORK, N.Y.—“Construction is a very difficult job to do social distancing on,” New York City District Council of Carpenters President Paul Capurso tells LaborPress. But as the construction industry recovers from its epidemic-peak nadir, the union is relying on protective gear and education to keep its members safe.  Capurso took office in early March,…

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