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COVID Crisis and the Toll on Our Mental Health
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COVID Crisis and the Toll on Our Mental Health

New York, NY​ – Although plans for a Coronavirus vaccine are still unclear as we move into the cooler months of autumn, some of our city’s prior mental health initiatives have given way to Covid updates and stories about infections. Before the outbreak, companies were rapidly spending more for the mental health of their employees….

Laborers Local 79 Confront Worker Exploitation at Beekman St. Construction Site
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Laborers Local 79 Confront Worker Exploitation at Beekman St. Construction Site

New York, NY – On Friday morning, Sept. 18, employees of SL Green Realty Corporation arrived at the corporate headquarters at 420 Lexington Avenue to find a big rat inflated outside the main entrance. This comes only a few days after their ceremonial ribbon cutting celebration for the proud opening of one of the city’s…

‘Modern Day Slavery’ Inside NYC’s Construction Industry
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‘Modern Day Slavery’ Inside NYC’s Construction Industry

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Wearing orange-and-black facemasks and waving “I AM WORTHY” signs that evoked the landmark 1968 strike by sanitation workers in Memphis, more than 200 construction workers rallied in Manhattan Sept. 15, as Laborers’ Local 79 and the Mason Tenders District Council launched a campaign against the “body shop” system of supplying low-wage nonunion labor…

AFL-CIO, 32BJ Rips Federal Court Decision to Deport Essential Workers
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AFL-CIO, 32BJ Rips Federal Court Decision to Deport Essential Workers

PASADENA, Calif.—A federal appeals court ruled Sept. 14 that the Trump administration can end temporary protected status for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan—possibly setting up more than 300,000 people to be deported beginning next year. Harvard janitor and 32BJ member Doris Landaverde, co-founder of the Harvard TPS committee, speaks out against the…

Rebound And Rebuild: New York City Workers Will Do What We Do Best
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Rebound And Rebuild: New York City Workers Will Do What We Do Best

New York, NY – With the unofficial end to summer behind us and Labor Day in the past, our city is tasked with the pressures of an economic downfall and the hopeful rebuild to save our city before the year’s end. Although hopeful, the average worker is faced with the current dilemma of an unemployment…

Workers Circle to Look at ‘Organizing to Win in the 21st Century’
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Workers Circle to Look at ‘Organizing to Win in the 21st Century’

New York, NY – On Sept. 8, Ann Toback, CEO of Workers Circle, will host a special Labor Day Webinar called “Labor Day 2020: Organizing to Win in the 21st Century.” The event takes place between 2-3 p.m. The Workers Circle is a social justice organization that powers progressive Jewish identity through Jewish cultural engagement,…

Defining the Line
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Defining the Line

New York, NY – As August comes to a close, we arrive at the start of the school year. However, the usual “Back to School” sentiments are different this time around. But even with the uncertainty of classroom activity and whether attendance will be virtual or physical, the actual structures and building facilities are still…

U.S. Workers to Senate Republicans: ‘Put Your Faith in Action; Provide PPE’
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U.S. Workers to Senate Republicans: ‘Put Your Faith in Action; Provide PPE’

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—SEIU members staged a week-long series of prayer vigils and protests around the nation Aug. 24-28, calling on employers to provide proper protective equipment and the Senate to pass legislation to aid essential workers. “Workers like us are dying from this disease, and we have to put some light on it,” says Sandra…

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