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Out of Work, New Yorkers Call for Rent Cancellation on May Day
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Out of Work, New Yorkers Call for Rent Cancellation on May Day

New York, NY – Thousands of Americans took to the streets and the virtual world for the #CancelRent strike on May Day — the international holiday celebrating workers from around the world.  While some workers from the Big Apple from the Housing Justice for All campaign and the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition protested outside…

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…

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…

Schools Must be Funded Adequately
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Schools Must be Funded Adequately

Albany, N.Y. — “The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the vital role that our schools play in our communities. They provide meals, they provide care for the needs of children, they provide mental health services — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. “We traveled the state earlier this year to hear directly from the educators, students, and…

Coronavirus Takes Deadly Toll On NYC’s Frontline Workers
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Coronavirus Takes Deadly Toll On NYC’s Frontline Workers

New York, N.Y.—In a week where the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York City multiplied to more than 33,000, three transit workers, a high-school principal, and a parking-meter collections assistant became the first city employees confirmed to have died from the lung-afflicting virus. Peter Petrassi, 49, a subway conductor who had been working…

Mutual Aid Networks: Solidarity in Action…
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Mutual Aid Networks: Solidarity in Action…

New York, NY – Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx, Jackson Heights) recently held a teleconference with longtime activist and organizer Mariame Kaba to highlight the importance of having a Mutual Aid Network [MAN] during emergencies, like the spread of the coronavirus.  “This moment is really revealing who the frontline workers are in our society,” Ocasio-Cortez said….

Meet Laurent Laor and Viveka Health…
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Meet Laurent Laor and Viveka Health…

New York, NY – Laurent Laor MSc MBA, AHFI, is an author, speaker and founder of Viveka Health, a company whose mission is “to drive value in healthcare through automation and intelligence.” By eliminating fraud, waste, abuse and errors, Viveka’s technologies reduces benefit fund healthcare expenses by up to 20-percent. Their solutions for member eligibility,…

Unions Praise Senate Democrats for Blocking ‘Corporate Power Grab’
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Unions Praise Senate Democrats for Blocking ‘Corporate Power Grab’

WASHINGTON—Leaders of major U.S. unions praised Senate Democrats for blocking a $1.8 trillion economic-stimulus package Mar. 22, calling it a “corporate power grab” that would have done little to help workers laid off during the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic. “This is not a moment for corporate power grabs or crony capitalism,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said…

Children of the Working Poor Hit Hard by Coronavirus Closings; Advocacy Group Urges ‘Robust’ 2020 Census Count
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Children of the Working Poor Hit Hard by Coronavirus Closings; Advocacy Group Urges ‘Robust’ 2020 Census Count

New York, NY -This week’s mandatory closure of bars, restaurants, movie theaters and other service sector workplaces throughout the city due to the coronavirus outbreak — spell particular trouble for the children of the working poor.  More than 200,000 New York City kids under the age of five live in low-income households, according to the…

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