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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…

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…

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…

NYC Planning Climate Protection Strategy
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NYC Planning Climate Protection Strategy

New York, NY —  On March 15th, New York City issued its comprehensive recommendations for the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency (LMCR) project. The study identified a set of strategies to build resilience in Lower Manhattan. Recommendations include extending the Manhattan shoreline into the East River. This will protect the low-lying and highly constrained Seaport and Financial…

Chicago Symphony Musicians Strike to Save Pensions
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Chicago Symphony Musicians Strike to Save Pensions

CHICAGO, Ill.—Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians went on strike March 10, resisting management’s demand to change their retirement plan from a defined-benefit pension to a 401(k)-style defined-contribution plan. “Individuals would have a retirement account which the association would fund. But the value of that account would not be defined. It would not be guaranteed,” bassist Stephen…

Kansas Teamsters Argue For School Bus Driver Summer Unemployment Insurance
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Kansas Teamsters Argue For School Bus Driver Summer Unemployment Insurance

TOPEKA, Kan. – Members from Teamsters Locals 696, 795 and 838 in Kanses are lobbying for the extension of unemployment insurance (UI) in the summer months for school bus drivers employed by private companies. Pending Kanses state legislation would extend unemployment insurance (UI) in the summer months to school bus drivers employed by private companies….

Allentown Newspaper Staff Join NewsGuild
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Allentown Newspaper Staff Join NewsGuild

ALLENTOWN, Pa.—Editorial staff at the Allentown Morning Call, the Lehigh Valley’s largest newspaper,have joined the NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America. The Morning Call Guild said staff were suffering from “stagnant pay, shrinking newsrooms and an ever-growing workload.” “We know unionizing doesn’t magically solve the problems with the news industry,” said reporter Michelle Merlin. “But it does…

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