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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,…

New City Budget Could Ax 1 Out of Every 15 City Workers
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New City Budget Could Ax 1 Out of Every 15 City Workers

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The coronavirus-austerity budget passed by the City Council July 1 could result in one out of every 15 city workers being laid off if labor costs aren’t cut by $1 billion within three months—and the unions representing them aren’t happy about that. “That’s a thank-you we get for fighting the virus,” Uniformed Sanitationmen’s…

Supreme Court Delays Decision on Taking ‘Janus II’ Case
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Supreme Court Delays Decision on Taking ‘Janus II’ Case

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court won’t decide whether to take the case dubbed “Janus II” until at least this fall. Mark Janus, plaintiff in the Court’s 2018 Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 decision that ruled public-sector workers could not be required to pay “fair-share fees” to the union representing them, filed a follow-up suit demanding that Council…

32BJ Rallies Behind NYC Security Officers Suffering Under Unequal ‘Caste System’
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32BJ Rallies Behind NYC Security Officers Suffering Under Unequal ‘Caste System’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Chanting “Equal Pay for Equal Work,” about 60 32BJ SEIU members rallied outside a Manhattan homeless shelter June 24, demanding that privately run shelters that receive city funds pay their security officers the same wages that guards at city-run shelters get. “This double standard is unfair,” 32BJ vice president Denis Johnston, head of…

32BJ President Kyle Bragg on Juneteenth: ‘We Have to Agitate and Take to the Streets!’
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32BJ President Kyle Bragg on Juneteenth: ‘We Have to Agitate and Take to the Streets!’

Brooklyn, NY – Labor unions — if they aren’t already in the streets following the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many other unarmed people of color — need to stand with the community activists confronting police brutality and “brining the heat for change in this country.”  That’s the message 32BJ SEIU…

Labor Groups Construct Virtual ‘Memorial Wall’  For Workers Lost to COVID-19 Pandemic
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Labor Groups Construct Virtual ‘Memorial Wall’ For Workers Lost to COVID-19 Pandemic

New York, NY – Two organizations, Jobs with Justice and UnionBase, have come together during the coronavirus pandemic to offer a new website, WorkersMemorialWall.org, where people can post pictures of their co-workers who have been lost to COVID-19. LaborPress recently talked with Jobs with Justice Executive Director Erica Smiley to learn more about the project,…

Safety Mode
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Safety Mode

So far, the general feedback is construction is happy to resume in New York City. Of course the safety guidelines have been met with varying opinions. As someone working in the field, I have seen appropriate signage placed in freight areas of construction floors. There are sanitizing stations set up and work crews have been…

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