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Cleveland Janitors Win Raises
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Cleveland Janitors Win Raises

CLEVELAND, Ohio—Janitors in downtown Cleveland office buildings unanimously ratified a new contract that will bring their average wage up to $15 an hour by 2023, Service Employees International Union Local 1 announced Apr. 27. The five-year master agreement covers about 500 janitors. Local 1 said the raises it won will average between $2,600 and $3,400 a…

Advocates For Pre-K Teachers Urge: No RFPs Without Pay Parity!
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Advocates For Pre-K Teachers Urge: No RFPs Without Pay Parity!

New York, NY – As pay equity talks between the Mayor’s Office and the union representing underpaid Early Childhood Education teachers continue this week— a large group of Community Based Organizations staffing those shortchanged educators is calling on Hizzoner to pump the brakes on plans to restructure the entire birth-to-five system until pay parity is…

Guild Introduces Mental Health Program For At-Risk Drivers In New York City
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Guild Introduces Mental Health Program For At-Risk Drivers In New York City

With the shadow of nine suicides hanging over the taxi industry, the Independent Drivers Guild announced a mental-health program for New York’s for-hire drivers May 7. Due to the “highly financially insecure nature of this job over the last handful of years, we’ve seen mental health go down,” IDG Executive Director Brendan Sexton told LaborPress….

Nevada Assembly Votes to Reverse Prevailing-Wage Rollbacks
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Nevada Assembly Votes to Reverse Prevailing-Wage Rollbacks

CARSON CITY, Nev.—The Nevada state Assembly voted Apr. 29 to repeal a 2015 state law that weakened the state’s prevailing wage requirements. Assembly Bill 136, which passed on a 28-12 party-line vote, would reverse the 2015 law’s reducing wages for school construction projects to 90% of the local prevailing wage, eliminate its exemption for charter-school…

NYC Continues Insuffient Oversight of Foster System
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NYC Continues Insuffient Oversight of Foster System

New York, NY – New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has released a report indicate serious concerns about procedures at the City’s Administration for Children’s Services.  The Comptroller’s audit found that ACS performs insufficient oversight of the foster system that leads to the improper certification of foster homes across New York City. The report found…

NYS Governor Bans Offshore Drilling
Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

NYS Governor Bans Offshore Drilling

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation (S.2316 (Kaminsky)/A.2572 (Englebright)) to ban offshore drilling in New York State waters.  The legislation will bar the state from granting permits for drilling, or oil or gas exploration in offshore areas controlled by the State. The ban will protect New York’s waters and coasts by making it more difficult for oil…

N.C. Educators March for More Funds
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N.C. Educators March for More Funds

RALEIGH, N.C.—Thousands of teachers, school staff, and supporters marched through downtown Raleigh May 1. Their five demands included a 5% raise for all school employees and a $15-an-hour minimum for school support staff; expanding Medicaid “to improve the health of our students and families”; restoring extra pay for teachers with advanced degrees; cancelling the elimination…

South Carolina Teachers March in State Capital
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South Carolina Teachers March in State Capital

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Chanting “We teach. We vote,” about South Carolina 10,000 teachers and supporters marched on the Statehouse May 1 to call for higher salaries, smaller classes, and more state funding for education. Organized by SC for Ed with less than two weeks’ notice, teachers took personal days off to attend, forcing seven school districts with…

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