MEMPHIS, Tenn.—More than 500 people marched to Memphis City Hall Feb. 12 to demand a $15-an-hour minimum, taking the same route city sanitation workers did when they launched their historic strike on Feb. 12, 1968.
HUNTINGTON, W. Va.—Teachers in four West Virginia counties went on strike Feb. 16 to demand better pay and protest the state’s plans to increase their health-insurance costs. The one-day walkout closed schools in Cabell County—which includes Huntington, the state’s second-largest city—and the neighboring Wayne, Mason, and Lincoln counties.
At several community meetings, I stood up and spoke out against luxury towers that the city’s Economic Development Corporation pitched as part of Inwood’s rezoning. The buildings would loom large over the neighborhood and threaten rent-stabilized tenants next door, possibly pushing them out. Worse, too few units would be made affordable.
Anyone who has been listening to “the Buzz” lately, or reading Joe Maniscalco’s articles or my editorials, knows where Labor Press stands on the issue of striking Spectrum workers. If you don’t have Spectrum now, don’t order it. Don’t fall into the “give me something for only $29.95 per month” trap. Long term, it’s not…
New York, NY – A coalition of multi-faith leaders from throughout New York City convened this past Thursday at the Riverside Church in Upper Manhattan, calling for change and presenting policy recommendations to the mayor and the city council.
HARTFORD, Conn.—Finally given a chance to speak before the state’s “competitiveness commission” Feb. 9, Connecticut labor leaders said that strengthening unions and closing tax loopholes for the rich would benefit the state’s economy.
WASHINGTON—Leaders of the nation’s two largest teachers’ unions found the doors to the Department of Education locked on Feb. 8 when they tried to deliver “report cards” on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s first year in office.
SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, Chiapas—Teachers from Section 40 of the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (National Union of Education Workers) blocked highways at three places in Mexico’s southernmost state Feb. 8 to demand the rebuilding of classrooms damaged in last September’s earthquake and pay for teachers and other workers hired in the…