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Seniors and The NYS Budget
Features, Finance, Municipal Government, New York

Seniors and The NYS Budget

Now is the time for all working people and retirees in New York State to focus on the budget. The economic security of retirees and their families depend on a set of benefits and services provided by state and localities. Among seniors, 38.6% of  singles and 24% of couples have difficulty making ends meet.  The…

NYS Unemployed Hits Record
Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

NYS Unemployed Hits Record

Albany, NY – The New York State  Department of Labor has paid out  $9.2 billion in unemployment insurance benefits to two million New Yorkers. Melissa DeRosa, Assistant to Governor Cuomo said that while most applications have been processed, there are 23,000 claimants that haven’t been processed due to duplicate applications or missing information. In addition,…

CUNY To Lay Off Staff
Education, Features, Finance, Health and Safety, New York

CUNY To Lay Off Staff

New York, NY —  CUNY colleges have announced planned layoffs of hundreds of adjunct professors. Adjuncts teach 56% of courses at CUNY.  “Adjunct faculty are not expendable. They are talented teachers and devoted mentors of students; they deserve far better than panicked, preemptive layoffs. CUNY management should be fighting to protect every job at the University, not finding…

Safety Issues Continue as Trump Orders Re-Opening of Meat-packing Plants
Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, National

Safety Issues Continue as Trump Orders Re-Opening of Meat-packing Plants

Washington DC – The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) – is opposed to the re-opening of 14 meatpacking plants mandated to open by President Trump’s executive order. These operations continue without adequate procedures to ensure worker safety. UFCW has raised health and safety concerns that are affecting employees and risking the food…

Amazon Has Failed to Provide a Safe Work Environment
Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, New York, Retail

Amazon Has Failed to Provide a Safe Work Environment

Statement from RWDSU President Stuart Applebaum On Amazon Workers Death New York, NY – On May 4, 2020, a worker at Amazon’s JFK8 facility in Staten Island, New York died of COVID-19. Amazon warehouse workers across the country have been protesting since March the company’s lack of safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stuart Appelbaum, President…

Labor Unions Blast Trump Administration for Skirting CARES Act Payroll Requirements
Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

Labor Unions Blast Trump Administration for Skirting CARES Act Payroll Requirements

Washington, DC – Seven leading labor unions, representing millions of working people across the country, have blasted the Trump Administration for skirting payroll requirements in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act at the expense of working families.  In letters to Senators Chuck Schumer and Sherrod Brown and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Communications Workers…

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