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Bernie Sanders Earns Major Union Endorsements Ahead of Upcoming Primaries
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Bernie Sanders Earns Major Union Endorsements Ahead of Upcoming Primaries

CONCORD, N.H.—Two major unions in the four states with upcoming presidential primaries or caucuses have endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for President. In New Hampshire, SEA/SEIU Local 1984, the state’s second-largest union, announced Jan. 12 it would back the Vermont senator in the Feb. 11 primary, as it did in 2016. In Nevada, the Clark County…

‘It’s Working People and Poor People Who Will Be Sent to Fight This War’
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‘It’s Working People and Poor People Who Will Be Sent to Fight This War’

New York, NY – “I don’t think there’s a single one of our colleagues who’s for this war.” On January 9, an energized group of New Yorkers concerned that the Trump administration’s assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleiman and a number of other Iranian officials earlier this month is being used to plunge the…

Florida Threatens to Fire Teachers Who Take Day Off for Rally
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Florida Threatens to Fire Teachers Who Take Day Off for Rally

LAKELAND, Fla.—The Florida Department of Education’s lead lawyer warned teachers Jan. 10 that if enough of them took Jan. 13 off to go to a union rally in Tallahassee, they could be fired for participating in an illegal strike. The warning came after Polk County Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd told the department that she expected between…

UFT’s United Community Schools Receives Prestigious Grant
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UFT’s United Community Schools Receives Prestigious Grant

New York, NY – United Community Schools, a program run by the United Federation of Teachers, has won a $2.3 million five-year federal grant to provide additional mental health services and after-school programming at three of its Bronx schools.      United Community Schools (UCS) was among only eight organizations in the nation – including…

Step Up – War with Iran is a Disaster for Working People Everywhere
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Step Up – War with Iran is a Disaster for Working People Everywhere

New York, NY – This past weekend, opponents of Trump’s lunatic drive for more war moved swiftly to denounce the assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleiman and the administration’s disastrous push for further military intervention in the Middle East. Additional acts of civil disobedience and protest will continue in NYC and around the country…

21 States Raising Minimum Wage for New Year; 21 Still Stuck at $7.25
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21 States Raising Minimum Wage for New Year; 21 Still Stuck at $7.25

NEW YORK, N.Y.—As the clock ticks over to a new decade, 21 states will raise their minimum wages. The 24 states and 48 cities and counties that will do so sometime in 2020 will be “the greatest number of states and localities ever to raise their wage floors” in a calendar year, according to a report released…

Electricians Bring ‘Muscle Memory’ to Queens Sculpture Park
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Electricians Bring ‘Muscle Memory’ to Queens Sculpture Park

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The metal crossbars shimmer as the solar-powered lights below them cut through the evening’s cold rain and fog. Those crossbars, galvanized electrical conduit and aluminum tubing, twist upward in a double-helix pattern around a spine whose vertebrae are the conduit holders electricians call “Mae Wests.” The undulating outer edges are held together by…

Trio of Labor Leaders Appointed to NYC Board Hoping to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
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Trio of Labor Leaders Appointed to NYC Board Hoping to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

NEW YORK, NY— New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Corey Johnson have  announced  the appointment of IUOE Local 94 Training Director Howard Styles and IBEW Local 3 Tresurer Michael Yee and SEIU 32BJ Political Director Candis Tolliver to the NYC Climate Advisory Board. In addition. Twelve other prominent New Yorkers will also serve on the board. “With New…

The Looming Commercial Cleaners Strike and Why Working People Need Medicare For All
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The Looming Commercial Cleaners Strike and Why Working People Need Medicare For All

Reporter’s Notebook New York, NY – Healthcare is such a core, fundamental issue for working men and women that in the next two weeks, more than 20,000 commercial cleaners throughout the city could walk off the job and strike to protect what they have — which begs the question: Why isn’t organized labor demanding a plan…

Trump’s NLRB Just Made it Harder for Workers to Unionize
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Trump’s NLRB Just Made it Harder for Workers to Unionize

WASHINGTON—Two National Labor Relations Board actions in the past week will further undo Obama-era efforts to enable union organizing. On Dec. 12, the board voted 2-1 to order an administrative law judge to approve a settlement between McDonald’s and workers who claimed they’d been illegally fired. She’d rejected it last year on the grounds that…

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