Environment and Energy

New York Workers Need a Hero in This Time of Crisis – And They Expect Cuomo to Be That Guy
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New York Workers Need a Hero in This Time of Crisis – And They Expect Cuomo to Be That Guy

New York, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo could soon end up becoming a hero or a goat depending on how he reacts to calls from labor rights advocates to issue a new executive order aimed at protecting workers throughout the state. Supporters of the New York Health and Essential Rights Order — HERO — say…

America’s Meatpacking Workers Must Be Protected
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America’s Meatpacking Workers Must Be Protected

Washington DC – “To protect America’s food supply, America’s meatpacking workers must be protected. The reality is that these workers are putting their lives on the line every day to keep our country fed during this deadly outbreak, and at least 20 meatpacking workers have tragically died from coronavirus while more than 5,000 workers have been hospitalized or…

COVID-19 Looms Large On Workers’ Memorial Day; Pressure on OSHA to Act
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COVID-19 Looms Large On Workers’ Memorial Day; Pressure on OSHA to Act

New York, NY – Despite being inundated with more than 3,000 COVID-19 complaints since the outbreak began in January, the federal agency tasked with protecting American workers has, so far, failed to issue enforceable emergency guidelines. The BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of labor and environmental organizations took OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] to task…

Big Job Losses in Clean Energy Sector Could Top  500,000, Thanks to COVID-19
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Big Job Losses in Clean Energy Sector Could Top 500,000, Thanks to COVID-19

New York, NY – The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is causing havoc in the clean energy sector as job losses amounted to over 100,000 just in March and is expected to surpass 500,000 by the end of June if there is no additional intervention by Congress.  That’s according to a report released April 15, by E2,…

Congressional CARES ACT Provides Economic Relief to Employees
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Congressional CARES ACT Provides Economic Relief to Employees

Washington, DC – In its latest response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Congress has passed the third package of emergency relief legislation, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security “CARES” Act. This bill will provide immediate economic relief for workers across the United States, many of whom found themselves out of work overnight due to…

Workers Need Safe Healthy Work Environments
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Workers Need Safe Healthy Work Environments

Washington – DC, The Teamsters are raising concerns that coronavirus-related stimulus legislation is not addressing the health and safety of workers across industries. Whether it’s those in food processing, drivers who transport goods to market, those who stock the shelves, or cashiers who handle the sales, standards are needed to ensure their personal safety in…

Statement of President Tony Utano on the line of duty death of Conductor Peter Petrassi
Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Municipal Government, New York, Transportation

Statement of President Tony Utano on the line of duty death of Conductor Peter Petrassi

“The death due to the Coronavirus of our brother, Peter Petrassi, is a terrible tragedy. TWU Local 100 feels this loss and mourns with his family. Conductor Petrassi’s passing is a line-of-duty death just as if he had been killed on the job in any number of ways that have struck down transit workers in…

It’s a National War Against COVID-19 and Needs the Federal Government to Take Charge
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It’s a National War Against COVID-19 and Needs the Federal Government to Take Charge

New York, NY – COVID-19 is causing concerns for doctors and nurses regarding the use and availability of personal protective equipment (PPE).  The threat to physical safety and overwork is causing health care workers symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and distress. As the troops in the front line become ill, thousands of healthcare professionals will…

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