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City Announces $2.8 Million in Funding for Cultural Organizations
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City Announces $2.8 Million in Funding for Cultural Organizations

New York, NY – Over $2.8 million in additional funding will be allocated to over 175 cultural organizations in underserved communities. This funding is being made available thanks to an agreement allowing the Metropolitan Museum of Art to charge mandatory admission to visitors from outside of New York State in exchange for sharing a portion of the…

Canadian Cannabis Call-Center Workers Vote to Join UFCW
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Canadian Cannabis Call-Center Workers Vote to Join UFCW

TORONTO, Ontario—With legal marijuana stores scheduled to open in Ontario April 1, call-center workers at the province’s government-owned pot wholesaler voted unanimously March 12 to join the United Food and Commercial Workers. But Line One Contact Centres, which provides call-center services to the Ontario Cannabis Store, is challenging the results, saying that seven of the…

Coming In April: Milliman Multi-Employer Healthcare Plans Seminar
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Coming In April: Milliman Multi-Employer Healthcare Plans Seminar

New York, NY – On April 10, a breakfast seminar on multi-employer healthcare plans will be held at the American Labor Museum in Haledon, NJ. Actuaries Milliman, accountants Novak Francella and attorneys O’Brien, Belland & Bushinsky will share what leading multi-employer healthcare plans are doing to control costs, reduce risk, and better serve their members….

Lead Contamination Addressed by NYC Council
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Lead Contamination Addressed by NYC Council

New York, NY — On March 18th,  Mayor de Blasio signed legislation to protect workers in the commercial hauling industry. Collecting and transporting trade waste, particularly in New York City, is a dangerous and strenuous job.  The collection trucks are huge and must share the road with many other motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians: Intro. 1329-A gives…

Mississippi House Votes to Quadruple Raise for Teachers
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Mississippi House Votes to Quadruple Raise for Teachers

JACKSON, Miss.—The Mississippi House voted March 11 to increase teachers’ pay by $4,000 over the next two years, four times the $500-a-year raises previously approved by the state Senate. Rep. Steve Holland, an independent from the Tupelo area, said he proposed the amendment to the teacher-pay bill after he visited a grandchild’s elementary school and…

The Lordstown Strike of ’72: Dreams Of Factory Liberation Deferred
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The Lordstown Strike of ’72: Dreams Of Factory Liberation Deferred

LORDSTOWN, Ohio—The General Motors plant that sprawls over a former cornfield along Interstate 80, shuttered since the company stopped production there earlier this month, is the site of one of the great what-ifs of American labor history: a three-week strike in 1972 by 7,500 workers who were not just demanding better wages, but rebelling against…

SEIU Staff Authorize Strike
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SEIU Staff Authorize Strike

WASHINGTON—Staff at the Service Employees International Union’s national headquarters here have voted to authorize a strike, Office of Professional Employees International Union Local 2 announced March 12.  The OPEIU said the size of its bargaining unit has fallen by half since 2005, and it blames that on SEIU outsourcing work out to non-union contractors, such…

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