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After Medallion Loan-Fraud Exposé, NYWA Calls On City To Help Drivers
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After Medallion Loan-Fraud Exposé, NYWA Calls On City To Help Drivers

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The New York Times’ exposé of massive fraud and predatory loan practices in the taxi-medallion business didn’t shock the union representing yellow-cab drivers. “We’ve been sounding the alarm on the crisis of suicides, foreclosures, and bankruptcies among our city’s professional drivers for years,” New York Taxi Workers Alliance executive director Bhairavi Desai said in a…

The Working Theater Keeps The Spotlight On The People
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The Working Theater Keeps The Spotlight On The People

New York, NY – Worker issues usually don’t bubble up and take centerstage in this town until there is a job action or strike — but the Working Theater is on a dedicated mission to shake up that paradigm, continually cultivating fresh new voices from within the labor community and bringing them straight to working…

NLRB Eyes Ending Protections for Workers Suing Employers
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NLRB Eyes Ending Protections for Workers Suing Employers

WASHINGTON—National Labor Relations Board general counsel Peter Robb is looking for ways to end workers’ protections against retaliation for actions not directly related to collective bargaining. While the National Labor Relations Act prohibits employers from punishing workers for collective action for “mutual aid or protection,” Robb’s office is arguing that the Supreme Court’s 2018 Epic…

Reporter’s Notebook: Mayor de Blasio Runs For President
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Reporter’s Notebook: Mayor de Blasio Runs For President

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Earlier this week, I got an email from a PR person touting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s impending run for President. It included five questions he said he could answer. I decided it would be unprofessionally snarky to reply with my own answers, but now that the mayor has officially announced, here they are:…

12 Unions Urge Stronger Statewide Rent Regulations
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12 Unions Urge Stronger Statewide Rent Regulations

ALBANY, N.Y.—A dozen New York State labor leaders are urging the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to enact laws that would both strengthen the state’s rent-stabilization laws and extend tenant protections to almost all its renter households. “In their homes, just like in their workplaces, our members—tenants—need protection from unfair and unreasonable rent increases, from…

In Another Blow To Worker Rights, NLRB Takes Sides Against For-Hire Drivers
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In Another Blow To Worker Rights, NLRB Takes Sides Against For-Hire Drivers

WASHINGTON—In a memo released May 14, a National Labor Relations Board lawyer has instructed the agency to presume that Uber drivers are independent contractors and not employees entitled to minimum wage, workers’ compensation, and the right to form unions. The memo, written in April by associate general counsel Jayme L. Sophir, recommends that NLRB regional…

Chinese Rail Workers Remembered on 150th Anniversary of ‘Golden Spike’
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Chinese Rail Workers Remembered on 150th Anniversary of ‘Golden Spike’

OGDEN, Utah—The descendants of Chinese immigrants who worked on the first transcontinental railroad marked the 150th anniversary of its completion May 9. Margaret Yee of the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association helped Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and a descendant of Union Pacific’s chief engineer on the project tap a ceremonial spike in Ogden. “They say…

Toledo Nurses Strike Over Understaffing, Scheduling
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Toledo Nurses Strike Over Understaffing, Scheduling

TOLEDO, Ohio—Before almost 1,900 nurses, lab technicians, and support staff went on strike at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center May 6, United Auto Workers Locals 2213 and 12 had already agreed that a three-year contract would raise pay by 2%. But money’s not the main problem, union leaders and rank-and-file members say: Understaffing and…

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