Environment and Energy

AFT Pres Weingarten Tells Walmart ‘Stop Selling Guns’
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AFT Pres Weingarten Tells Walmart ‘Stop Selling Guns’

WASHINGTON, DC – AFT President Randi Weingarten Tells Walmart to stop selling guns or “we’ll stop shopping in your stores”. Weingarten sent a strong letter to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon on August 7th with a clear message. “Walmart has millions of customers and they all should feel safe while shopping,” said the AFT President  after…

ICE Raids on Mississippi Food Plants Leave Children Unattended
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ICE Raids on Mississippi Food Plants Leave Children Unattended

FOREST, Miss.—Federal immigration raids on a Mississippi poultry-processing plant Aug. 7 left many children homeless and unattended in this town of about 6,000 people. In a massive operation that seized 680 alleged undocumented immigrants in seven Mississippi towns, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested three busloads of workers at a Koch Foods Inc. plant in…

Denver City Council Staff  Join Teamsters
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Denver City Council Staff Join Teamsters

DENVER, Colorado  – The Denver City Council office staff are now members of Teamsters Local 17.  “We want to have salary protections and an above-standard sexual harassment policy,” said Galia Halpern of the District 10 office. “I’m from the northeastern U.S. where there are more unions. When I started working here I reached out to the Teamsters…

Kentucky Miners Block Coal Train to Demand Back Pay
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Kentucky Miners Block Coal Train to Demand Back Pay

HARLAN, Ky.—Coal miners in Harlan County, Kentucky blocked a railroad track July 29 to prevent a train from carrying coal they mined but didn’t get paid for. The Blackjewel company, which declared bankruptcy July 1 and closed six mines here, either didn’t pay the workers for their last shifts or gave them bad checks. After…

Second Democratic Debate Largely Ignores Labor Issues
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Second Democratic Debate Largely Ignores Labor Issues

DETROIT, Mich.—Labor issues were a minimal part of the agenda at the second night of the Democratic presidential debate here July 31. The two candidates making unequivocally pro-union statements were Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who are both hovering around asterisk levels in the polls. Inslee, who has made…

MTA Not Addressing Homelessness
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MTA Not Addressing Homelessness

NEW YORK, NY – The number of homeless men and woman on trains and live at bothboth Penn Station and Grand Central continue to increase.  “Straphangers and commuters can see firsthand that homelessness is a growing problem in the transit system, but the MTA is not doing enough to oversee its own outreach program,” said…

Wind Energy Expands on Long Island
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Wind Energy Expands on Long Island

Long Island, NY ­- Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. This is now the most comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation in the country and expected to produce 1,600 jobs. The legislation mandates that at least 70 percent of New York’s electricity comes from renewable energy sources such as…

Working In This Heat? Take Care…And Confront The Climate Crisis
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Working In This Heat? Take Care…And Confront The Climate Crisis

Brooklyn, NY – Right now, at the time of this writing, the temperature out on these mean city streets feels like a blistering 103-degrees; Congress is seriously considering a newly introduced bill seeking to better protect U.S. workers from heat related deaths; and the Democratic National Committee is under pressure to host a presidential debate…

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