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Office Cleaners Strike over Wage Cuts
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Office Cleaners Strike over Wage Cuts

November 22, 2013 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—Office workers with 32BJ took to the streets at 295 Madison Avenue on Wednesday because the cleaners say the builder owner hired a new cleaning contractor who in turn slashed their wages by half and eliminated their health insurance benefits. The union has filed unfair labor practice…

Ford Plant Upgrade Creates NY Jobs
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Ford Plant Upgrade Creates NY Jobs

November 22, 2013 By Stephanie West Albany, NY – Ford Motor Company is planning to invest $150 million to make significant upgrades to its Hamburg facility, just outside Buffalo. The new machinery and state-of-the-art equipment will allow the Ford Stamping Plant to remain competitive, secure its long-term presence in the region and retain 640 full-time,…

Trumka Calls Make the Road NY ‘Example’
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Trumka Calls Make the Road NY ‘Example’

November 18, 2013 By Steven Wishnia Make the Road New York honored AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka at its annual gala Nov. 13, and the praise was mutual. Deborah Axt, codirector of the Brooklyn/Queens-based community group, said Trumka was at “the forefront of building deep alliances between labor and communities,” while Trumka lauded “the incredible, incredible…

Build Up NYC Awaits Safe Jobs Act
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Build Up NYC Awaits Safe Jobs Act

November 15, 2013 By Marc Bussanich  New York, NY—On the same day that Public Citizen released a report revealing how New York City can reduce the risk of construction fatalities by requiring the use of registered apprentices on publicly-funded construction projects, Build Up NYC members took to City Hall to call on the City Council…

4 WTC Open 4 Commerce
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4 WTC Open 4 Commerce

November 14, 2013 By Marc Bussanich Lower Manhattan, NY—Twelve years and two months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 4 World Trade Center reopened for commerce in Lower Manhattan. World Trade Center Developer Larry Silverstein, along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Shelly Silver, John Liu and other politicos, cut the ceremonial ribbon to announce 4 WTC’s grand…

Marty Walsh as Mayor of Boston is a Great Victory for Labor
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Marty Walsh as Mayor of Boston is a Great Victory for Labor

November 7, 2013 By Terry O’Sullivan, LIUNA President and Armand E. Sabitoni, LIUNA Secretary-Treasurer Washington, DC – “On behalf of the half-million proud, hard-working members of LIUNA, we congratulate Marty Walsh on his successful campaign for mayor. Electing Marty mayor is a tremendous victory for all residents of Boston, regardless of where they come from,…

Beyond ‘Boomerang Jobs’ On Staten Island
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Beyond ‘Boomerang Jobs’ On Staten Island

November 1, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco Staten Island, NY – Now that a new Project Labor Agreement (PLA) guaranteeing the redevelopment of the north shore will be 100-percent union is finally being hammered out – organized labor is sticking to its promise that Staten Islanders will soon have exciting pathways to careers through special programs like Non-Traditional…

Strong Push For Worker Safety & Savings
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Strong Push For Worker Safety & Savings

October 29, 2013 By Joe Maniscalco New York, NY – A new bill slated to improve safety standards in an industry that claimed the lives of 36 construction workers and 13 others in New York City between 2011 and 2012, is now winding its way through the City Council with broad support from elected officials, citizen advocacy…

AFL-CIO Ramps Up Rez 5
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AFL-CIO Ramps Up Rez 5

October 25, 2013 By Marc Bussanich New York—It is old news that American workers represented by unions has been steadily declining since union strength peaked in the 1950s. But at the AFL-CIO’s recent convention in Los Angeles, California the delegates voted to stop the bleeding and start embarking on new forms of organizing through the…

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