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Voices of the 2019 NYC Labor Day Parade
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Voices of the 2019 NYC Labor Day Parade

Floats, marching bands, cheer squads and people in carnival costumes, face paint and union letters and numbers lined the streets of Fifth Avenue Saturday for the Labor Parade. Approximately 150 unions and more than 50,000 marchers attended the event, according to Kate Whalen, the communications director of the New York City Central Labor Council, the…

Shut It Down: Workers Urged to Support Upcoming Global Climate Strike Actions
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Shut It Down: Workers Urged to Support Upcoming Global Climate Strike Actions

New York, NY – Later this week, young climate change activists from across the nation and around the globe will kick off eight days of protests designed to compel government leaders to finally get real about global warming — and they are urging workers everywhere to join them in the fight to quit fossil fuels….

Union Leaders Talk Solidarity, Worker Rights and More At Annual Labor Day Parade
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Union Leaders Talk Solidarity, Worker Rights and More At Annual Labor Day Parade

NEW YORK, N.Y.—What’s most important for the American labor movement going into 2020? Among 10 union leaders who spoke to LaborPress at the Labor Day parade Sept. 7, the three common themes were solidarity, turning back attacks on workers, and convincing people of the value of unions. “Unions as a group need to stand together,”…

NYC Still a Union Town – But Young Workers Lag Behind
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NYC Still a Union Town – But Young Workers Lag Behind

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Union density in New York dipped slightly in the past year, but the state remains the most unionized in the country, with rates more than twice the national average of 10.5%, according to a report released Sept. 2 by the City University of New York School of Labor and Urban Studies. The report, The State of…

Healthcare Looms Large For 32BJ Building Service Workers Gearing Up For Contract Talks
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Healthcare Looms Large For 32BJ Building Service Workers Gearing Up For Contract Talks

New York, NY – The four-year contract covering 25,000 commercial building service workers in New York City — many of them cleaners — will expire at the end of the year and union members are concerned.  Yenny Hernandez, 47, knows what life is like without the benefits secured by a collectively bargained union contract —…

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…

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