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Elevator Constructors Union Renews Calls For Enhanced Safety Following 30-Year-Old’s Tragic Death
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Elevator Constructors Union Renews Calls For Enhanced Safety Following 30-Year-Old’s Tragic Death

New York, NY – On Thursday morning, just before 8:30 a.m., 30-year-old Samuel Charles Waisbren was killed in an elevator accident at the Manhattan Promenade in Kips Bay, a high-rise building on the east side of Manhattan. Officials said Waisbren was trying to exit after he became trapped when the car shifted. Six other people…

NYC Trade Unionists to de Blasio: We’re Fed Up with the Race to the Bottom
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NYC Trade Unionists to de Blasio: We’re Fed Up with the Race to the Bottom

New York, NY – The de Blasio administration is insisting that New York City remains a “union town” despite the prevalence of irresponsible nonunion contractors ripping off millions from workers and putting their lives at risk.  “New York City is a union town and will continue to fight to all uplift workers, both union and…

‘Texas isn’t Really An Anti-Union State,’ AFL-CIO President says
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‘Texas isn’t Really An Anti-Union State,’ AFL-CIO President says

Editor’s Note: This is Part 1 of a two-part series on labor issues in Texas. AUSTIN, Tex.—“I feel like we’re on the cusp of achieving some measurable political power that we haven’t had in decades,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy, speaking in the organization’s offices near the state capitol, tells LaborPress. Texas is widely considered…

Meet IUEC Local 1 Leader Lenny Legotte
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Meet IUEC Local 1 Leader Lenny Legotte

Editor’s Note: IUEC Local 1 Business Manager and President Lenny Legotte will be honored along with CWA Local 1180 President Gloria Middleton; CWA Local 1180 President Emeritus Arthur Cheliotes; NYPD Det. Michael Lollo and DC1707 Executive Director Kim Medina at LaborPress’ 8th Annual Heroes of Labor Awards on Thursday, October 3. New York, NY –…

Many in Labor Thought Stephen Ross Was ‘Racist’ and ‘Misogynistic’ Long Before His Lavish Trump Fundraiser
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Many in Labor Thought Stephen Ross Was ‘Racist’ and ‘Misogynistic’ Long Before His Lavish Trump Fundraiser

New York, NY – This week, many irate Equinox and SoulCycle members flipped out, canceled their memberships and urged others to do the same after learning corporate investor Stephen Ross planned to throw a lavish Hamptons fundraiser on Friday night for Racist-In-Chief Donald Trump’s re-election bid. Trade unionists, however, have long accused Related Companies’ billionaire…

Trump’s Racism is Clear – So is Labor’s Role in Defeating It
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Trump’s Racism is Clear – So is Labor’s Role in Defeating It

Brooklyn, NY – The latest round of deadly mass shootings and sweeping ICE raids on poor working families this week have, once again, laid racism bare, while also underscoring trade unionism’s essential role in combatting it.  “The Trump administration’s mistreatment of immigrants at the border and his constant attacks on black members of Congress, and…

Sanders to Trade Unionists: Medicare for All Also Offers ‘Stability’ Now Lacking In Existing Healthcare Plans
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Sanders to Trade Unionists: Medicare for All Also Offers ‘Stability’ Now Lacking In Existing Healthcare Plans

New York, NY – This past weekend, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders once again slapped down the notion advanced by some of his Democratic Party rivals on the Right that Medical Care for All will somehow hurt union members who have secured health insurance through collective bargaining. Taking part in AFSCME’s Public Service Forum in Las…

Right-Wing Democrats Are Trying to Use Unions to Undermine Medicare for All
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Right-Wing Democrats Are Trying to Use Unions to Undermine Medicare for All

Brooklyn, NY – This week’s Democratic debates showed that right-wing corporate Democrats are intent on undermining Medicare for All — and they’re more than happy to use organized labor as pawns to do it.  As LP’s Steve Wishnia pointed out, the bloated field of Democratic Party contenders could barely bring themselves to utter the word…

Second Democratic Debate Largely Ignores Labor Issues
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Second Democratic Debate Largely Ignores Labor Issues

DETROIT, Mich.—Labor issues were a minimal part of the agenda at the second night of the Democratic presidential debate here July 31. The two candidates making unequivocally pro-union statements were Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who are both hovering around asterisk levels in the polls. Inslee, who has made…

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