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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…

City Council Bills Could Be a Boon For Struggling Security Guards Working at NYC Shelters
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City Council Bills Could Be a Boon For Struggling Security Guards Working at NYC Shelters

New York, NY – Council Members Francisco Moya (D-Corona) and Diana Ayala (D-East Harlem, Bronx) have introduced two new bills aimed at uplifting struggling security officers working long hours at privately run, but city-funded homeless shelters. These shelter security officers often work in risky environments, are highly susceptible to COVID-19 infections and suffer from improper…

California Child Care Providers Make History With Unionization Vote
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California Child Care Providers Make History With Unionization Vote

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—After 17 years of trying, 43,000 California childcare providers finally have a union. The union, Child Care Providers United, won 97% of the vote in representation-election results announced July 27. An alliance of SEIU Local 99 in Los Angeles, SEIU Local 521 in San Jose, and the United Domestic Workers in San Diego, AFSCME…

Safety First
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Safety First

On Thursday, July 16, a man was killed when a scaffolding collapsed at a non-union job at an 11-story apartment building in the Murray Hill section of New York City. Four men were working at the residential co-op building at 136 E. 36th Street. Aside from the one death, three other men were injured but…

No Way to Treat a Hero: L.I. Hospital Workers Rally for Hazard Pay
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No Way to Treat a Hero: L.I. Hospital Workers Rally for Hazard Pay

STONY BROOK, N.Y.—More than 250 workers at Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island rallied in 90-degree heat July 22, demanding that the state university system give them $2,500 in hazardous-duty pay for working extra during the COVID-19 epidemic. “We have workers putting their lives on the line.” Carlos Speight, president of Civil Service Employees…

NYC Unions Challenge Trumpian Racism and the ‘Three-Pronged Crisis’ Gripping American Workers
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NYC Unions Challenge Trumpian Racism and the ‘Three-Pronged Crisis’ Gripping American Workers

New York, NY – Angry trade unionists on the front lines of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic stood up, on Monday morning, against the “three-pronged crisis” gripping workers in Donald Trump’s America, demanding an end to systemic racism and the immediate passage of the Heroes Act in the U.S. Senate.  “Working people are suffering under a…

Local 28 Sheet Metal Workers Answer NYS’ Emergency Call for New Hospitals – Stat!
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Local 28 Sheet Metal Workers Answer NYS’ Emergency Call for New Hospitals – Stat!

New York, NY – In early April, it became abundantly clear to Governor Andrew Cuomo that New York State would need to construct several temporary hospitals fast — in order to confront the COVID-19 crisis. Four locations throughout New York City and Long Island where selected for construction. Local 28 Sheet Metal Union members worked…

Labor Joins Black Lives Matter in Coast to Coast Action Against Systemic Racism, Police Brutality and Economic Inequality
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Labor Joins Black Lives Matter in Coast to Coast Action Against Systemic Racism, Police Brutality and Economic Inequality

New York, NY – Workers in more than 150 cities staged walkouts and rallies as part of a nationwide “strike for black lives” July 20. Those actions included an early-morning strike by 1,500 office-building janitors in San Francisco; rallies by McDonald’s and hospital workers in Chicago; marches by fast-food workers in St. Louis and Durham,…

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