Environment and Energy

Brooklyn Bicycle Lanes
Environment and Energy, Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

Brooklyn Bicycle Lanes

New York, NY — NYC planning more bike lanes in Brooklyn. This plan will include lanes along 4th Avenue north to Barclays Center and along Meeker Avenue in Williamsburg, connecting the Williamsburg Bridge to the new Kosciusko Bridge bike path.  “I can’t imagine a better place to kick off this year’s Green Wave than my beloved Brooklyn,” said Mayor…

Illinois Cannabis Workers Unionize
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Illinois Cannabis Workers Unionize

Springfield, Illinois – Workers at Cresco Labs, one of the largest cannabis companies in Illinois, voted to join UFCW Local 881. The group was the first in Illinois to join a union. Because Cresco’s cultivation employees are already covered under federal labor laws for agricultural workers, only non-cultivation personnel are eligible to join the bargaining…

Local 338 Cannabis Workers Ratify Contract
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Local 338 Cannabis Workers Ratify Contract

https://www.rwdsu.info/local_338_cannabis_workers Mineola, Long Island – Local 338 Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union (RWDSU)/United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), announced that the workers at Vireo Health New York have ratified a new 3-year contract. The new contract significantly builds on benefits that were included in the first contract, which was negotiated in 2016. The workers in the bargaining unit…

Trump Attacks Federal Workers; EPA Under ‘Systemic’ Threat
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Trump Attacks Federal Workers; EPA Under ‘Systemic’ Threat

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration has declared war on Environmental Protection Agency workers, says the head of the union representing some 7,000 of them. “In my 37 years of federal experience, I’ve never seen such an unprecedented attack on federal workers,” says Gary Morton, president of American Federation of Government Employees Council 238. “It’s a systematic plan…

‘It’s Working People and Poor People Who Will Be Sent to Fight This War’
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‘It’s Working People and Poor People Who Will Be Sent to Fight This War’

New York, NY – “I don’t think there’s a single one of our colleagues who’s for this war.” On January 9, an energized group of New Yorkers concerned that the Trump administration’s assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleiman and a number of other Iranian officials earlier this month is being used to plunge the…

Step Up – War with Iran is a Disaster for Working People Everywhere
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Step Up – War with Iran is a Disaster for Working People Everywhere

New York, NY – This past weekend, opponents of Trump’s lunatic drive for more war moved swiftly to denounce the assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleiman and the administration’s disastrous push for further military intervention in the Middle East. Additional acts of civil disobedience and protest will continue in NYC and around the country…

Uber and Postmates Sue to Kill California Gig-Economy Law
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Uber and Postmates Sue to Kill California Gig-Economy Law

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Uber and Postmates filed a suit in federal court Dec. 30 arguing that California’s new law limiting when employers can classify workers as “independent contractors.” The suit against the state of California and Attorney General Xavier Becerra calls the Assembly Bill 5 law, which went into effect Jan. 1, an “irrational and unconstitutional…

NY Farm Trade Groups Sue to Block State Labor Law
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NY Farm Trade Groups Sue to Block State Labor Law

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Two farmers’ trade associations filed a lawsuit in federal court in Buffalo Dec. 30 to stop New York State’s new farm-labor law from going into effect Jan. 1. The Northeast Dairy Producers Association and the New York State Vegetable Growers Association argue that the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act is unclear about who qualifies…

No New Talks as Asarco Strike Enters 12thWeek
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No New Talks as Asarco Strike Enters 12thWeek

TUCSON, Ariz.—The strike by more than 1,700 workers at Asarco copper mines and refineries in Arizona and Texas entered its 12thweek Dec. 29 with no new contract talks scheduled. Asarco, the Tucson-based subsidiary of the Mexican conglomerate Grupo México, has instead been using strikebreakers—which could violate the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement approved by the…

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