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IBEW Local 3 Apprentice Returns to Work After Monthlong Furlough
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IBEW Local 3 Apprentice Returns to Work After Monthlong Furlough

New York, NY – Elsie Ingabire had steady work after graduating from NEW’s [Nontraditional Employment for Women] Building Trades program. But then the COVID–19 pandemic hit town. Ingabire left her construction job at Rockefeller Center on a Friday evening in early March, when she got a call from a supervisor telling her she was being…

School Bus Companies on the Brink; 16K Drivers Out of Work
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School Bus Companies on the Brink; 16K Drivers Out of Work

New York, NY – School bus companies in New York City and Long Island are on the brink of collapse after some school districts in both areas refused to fulfill their commitments to honor contracts last week. Fulfilling the contracts would have paid drivers through June after the COVID-19 pandemic led to a statewide shutdown…

Viveka Health Offers Free Mobile App to Relay Critical Information in Real-Time to Furloughed, Laid Off and Remote Workers
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Viveka Health Offers Free Mobile App to Relay Critical Information in Real-Time to Furloughed, Laid Off and Remote Workers

Labor unions, TPAs, and employers responsible for employee benefits, policies and services struggle to meaningfully reach beneficiaries. They should adopt real-time, mobile solutions to communicate and exchange essential data with workers who have been laid-off, furloughed or forced to work remotely. During the Covid-19 crisis Viveka Health is donating its applications to those groups needing…

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
Education, Finance, Municipal Government, New York

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…

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