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Workers Defense League Sees Surge of Unemployed People Seeking Help Obtaining Benefits
Education, Features, headline, Health and Safety, New York

Workers Defense League Sees Surge of Unemployed People Seeking Help Obtaining Benefits

New York, NY – The Workers Defense League has seen its fair share of unemployment insurance  (UI) cases, but after marking its 84th anniversary this year, the non-profit’s Executive Director Jon Bloom says there has been a surge in workers from all backgrounds and income levels requiring assistance.  “We work extensively helping workers get their…

Returning Workers Still Question Workplace Safety As Pandemic Continues
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Returning Workers Still Question Workplace Safety As Pandemic Continues

New York, NY – Three weeks into Phase 4 of the city’s reopening plan and more workers are making their way back to the job. While many have welcomed the opportunity to return after months of COVID-19 quarantine, they still have questions about the safety guidelines and protocols that their employers should be implementing to…

Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid Under Persistent and increasing Attacks
Features, Health and Safety, Municipal Government, New York

Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid Under Persistent and increasing Attacks

We must not forget the persistent and increasing attacks on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the foundations of a decent life for Retirees, seniors and ultimately all generations.  This is difficult in the midst of, and while addressing multiple social and personal crises (Covid-19 pandemic, protests and movements for racial justice, failing economy, and ongoing,…

Nurses in New York Join Nationwide Call for Proper Protections against COVID-19
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Nurses in New York Join Nationwide Call for Proper Protections against COVID-19

NEW YORK, N.Y.—“We need to have proper PPE,” longtime nurse Stephanie McGrath says at a small lunch-hour rally outside the Veterans Administration hospital on East 23rd Street Aug. 5. “The VA supplies are below standards.” The rally was part of a national day of protest organized by National Nurses United, with actions at more than…

Working Class Mothers Join Together Under ‘Moms United for Black Lives’ Banner
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Working Class Mothers Join Together Under ‘Moms United for Black Lives’ Banner

New York, NY – A new group of working-class mothers called “Moms United for Black Lives” has formed following the outrageous police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many other people of color. “Moms United started after the whole debacle with Wall of Moms,” Danialle James, a former caregiver and leader of the…

‘A No Brainer’ – Workers Feeding New Yorkers in Hot Kitchens During the Pandemic Need A/C
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‘A No Brainer’ – Workers Feeding New Yorkers in Hot Kitchens During the Pandemic Need A/C

New York, NY – Union officials, members, elected officials, and concerned passersby gathered in front of 250 Broadway on Wednesday, August 5th to speak and hear about the plight of school lunch workers, who have been deemed essential and who have been working during the coronavirus pandemic to feed, not only students — but the…

Mourning Labor Leaders Warn: ‘We Must Build a Better World’
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Mourning Labor Leaders Warn: ‘We Must Build a Better World’

New York, NY – Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, joined National Nurses United President Jean Ross, RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum and frontline workers for the Jewish Labor Committee’s national day of mourning held July 28. “The coronavirus was real for the people that I represent before it was on the…

The Right To Report
Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, New York

The Right To Report

Although construction has resumed since early June, the attention to Covid safety has not fallen to the wayside. Recently, building personnel and engineering staff have reported citywide visits from the Department of Buildings to inspect construction sites. The inspections are to ensure that workers are following the proper safety guidelines and to confirm the appropriate…

Trillions for Corporations – Crumbs for You: $600 Lifeline for the Unemployed Evaporates
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Trillions for Corporations – Crumbs for You: $600 Lifeline for the Unemployed Evaporates

WASHINGTON—The extra $600 a week in unemployment-insurance benefits that has helped support more than 30 million people who lost work in the COVID-19 epidemic is likely to expire July 31 without being extended by Congress. While the House passed a relief bill in May, the $3 trillion HEROES Act, that would have extended the supplement…

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