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‘Doing Essential Work Under a Cloud of Fear…’
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‘Doing Essential Work Under a Cloud of Fear…’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—More than 130,000 workers deemed “essential” during the COVID-19 epidemic are facing the specter of deportation—and, with a federal court decision looming on whether the Trump administration can terminate their right to stay in the country, are calling on Congress to give them protection and a path to citizenship. Trump began trying in…

COVID-19 Looms Large On Workers’ Memorial Day; Pressure on OSHA to Act
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COVID-19 Looms Large On Workers’ Memorial Day; Pressure on OSHA to Act

New York, NY – Despite being inundated with more than 3,000 COVID-19 complaints since the outbreak began in January, the federal agency tasked with protecting American workers has, so far, failed to issue enforceable emergency guidelines. The BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of labor and environmental organizations took OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] to task…

Workers Circle Yiddish Concert Celebrates May Day; Benefits Florida Farmworkers
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Workers Circle Yiddish Concert Celebrates May Day; Benefits Florida Farmworkers

New York, NY – The Workers Circle, a Jewish organization celebrating its 120th anniversary this year, will be hosting a virtual Yiddish sing-along concert this weekend as part of May Day — International Workers’ Day. The Sunday concert is free, but any contributions made to the event, which will stream live on Facebook on May…

Unions Hit Hard During COVID-19 Crisis; Are Green Jobs the Answer?
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Unions Hit Hard During COVID-19 Crisis; Are Green Jobs the Answer?

NEW YORK, N.Y.—More than two-thirds of construction workers in two major New York building-trades unions are out of work because of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic, officials said Apr. 21. About three-fourths of District Council 9 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades’ 11,000 members are unemployed, political director Davon Lomax said this week….

MagnaCare Reaches Out to Labor During Coronavirus Crisis
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MagnaCare Reaches Out to Labor During Coronavirus Crisis

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part Q&A with MagnaCare President of Labor and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Michelle Zettergren where she talks about the company and how it is responding to clients and business partners during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.  LP: What kinds of calls are you receiving from union leaders…

Luxury-Building Workers Strike for Facemasks and a Union
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Luxury-Building Workers Strike for Facemasks and a Union

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Building-service workers at two luxury buildings in Manhattan and five in New Jersey staged a one-day strike Apr. 16, charging that their employer, the Planned Companies building-services contractor, had illegally tried to block them from joining a union and failed to provide them with proper protective equipment during the COVID-19 epidemic. “Things got…

Big Job Losses in Clean Energy Sector Could Top  500,000, Thanks to COVID-19
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Big Job Losses in Clean Energy Sector Could Top 500,000, Thanks to COVID-19

New York, NY – The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is causing havoc in the clean energy sector as job losses amounted to over 100,000 just in March and is expected to surpass 500,000 by the end of June if there is no additional intervention by Congress.  That’s according to a report released April 15, by E2,…

New Lifeline for Essential Immigrant Workers Facing Deportation
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New Lifeline for Essential Immigrant Workers Facing Deportation

New York, NY – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), this week, introduced the COVID-19 Employment Authorization Document Extension Act to prolong and retroactively authorize the extension of work permits to immigrant essential workers who are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.  According to Meng’s office, the bill would automatically extend the length of…

Security Officers Safeguarding NYC Homeless Shelters Forced to Work Sick; Lack Protection from Coronavirus Spread
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Security Officers Safeguarding NYC Homeless Shelters Forced to Work Sick; Lack Protection from Coronavirus Spread

New York, NY – Security officers tasked with safeguarding area homeless shelters during the coronavirus crisis say they don’t have the necessary items to protect themselves — and are too afraid to stay home if they feel sick.   Roneill Booker, a security officer at a city-run homeless shelter in the Bronx was reportedly fired…

Clogged Air Filters Raise Coronavirus Alarm at 30 Wall Street
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Clogged Air Filters Raise Coronavirus Alarm at 30 Wall Street

New York, NY – A specialist in HVAC [Heating, Ventilation and AirConditioning] systems is raising the alarm about the lack of replacement air filters at 30 Wall Street – a glaring violation that he says is creating dangerous conditions for workers and tenants in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis. Tauris McBride, owner of Tauris…

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