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VA Workers Protest Understaffing, Privatization
Features, Labor News Briefs, National

VA Workers Protest Understaffing, Privatization

OTEEN, N.C.—Veterans Administration workers gathered at Charles George VA Medical Center here Oct. 12 to protest the federal government leaving 49,000 staff positions vacant nationwide, while appropriating $2.1 billion to save the nearly bankrupt Choice Program, created in 2014 to pay for veterans to see private doctors if they don’t want to wait 30 days for an…

Protect a Woman’s Right to Choose
Features, Law and Politics, New York

Protect a Woman’s Right to Choose

Albany, NY – “The federal administration’s decision to allow employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women is disgraceful. This major loophole for employers is a direct assault on women’s rights and shows a callous disregard for the millions of women who rely on birth control for an assortment of critical medical…

California First Responders Get Minimum Wage to Fight Wildfires
Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Labor News Briefs, National

California First Responders Get Minimum Wage to Fight Wildfires

Sooma, Calif.—Hundreds of the men and women risking their lives to battle the massive, fast-moving wildfires devastating Northern California are being paid only $10.50 an hour for it—the state’s minimum wage. Under International Association of Firefighters Local 2881’s contract with “Cal Fire,” the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, entry-level first responders get the…

Syracuse International Airport Upgraded
Features, New York, Transportation

Syracuse International Airport Upgraded

Syracuse, NY – The first phase of a $48.8 million construction project to transform Syracuse Hancock International Airport into a modern-day facility has begun. The project includes a reconstruction of the terminal building  increasing the facility to 14,500 square feet. Construction is scheduled to conclude in the fall of 2018. 

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