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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…

21 States Raising Minimum Wage for New Year; 21 Still Stuck at $7.25
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21 States Raising Minimum Wage for New Year; 21 Still Stuck at $7.25

NEW YORK, N.Y.—As the clock ticks over to a new decade, 21 states will raise their minimum wages. The 24 states and 48 cities and counties that will do so sometime in 2020 will be “the greatest number of states and localities ever to raise their wage floors” in a calendar year, according to a report released…

No New Talks as Asarco Strike Enters 12thWeek
Environment and Energy, Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Labor News Briefs, Law and Politics, National

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…

Electricians Bring ‘Muscle Memory’ to Queens Sculpture Park
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Electricians Bring ‘Muscle Memory’ to Queens Sculpture Park

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The metal crossbars shimmer as the solar-powered lights below them cut through the evening’s cold rain and fog. Those crossbars, galvanized electrical conduit and aluminum tubing, twist upward in a double-helix pattern around a spine whose vertebrae are the conduit holders electricians call “Mae Wests.” The undulating outer edges are held together by…

Trio of Labor Leaders Appointed to NYC Board Hoping to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
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Trio of Labor Leaders Appointed to NYC Board Hoping to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

NEW YORK, NY— New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Corey Johnson have  announced  the appointment of IUOE Local 94 Training Director Howard Styles and IBEW Local 3 Tresurer Michael Yee and SEIU 32BJ Political Director Candis Tolliver to the NYC Climate Advisory Board. In addition. Twelve other prominent New Yorkers will also serve on the board. “With New…

AG James, Comptroller Stringer, and 32BJ President Bragg Return More Than $400,000 in Recovered Wages to Underpaid Building Service Workers
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AG James, Comptroller Stringer, and 32BJ President Bragg Return More Than $400,000 in Recovered Wages to Underpaid Building Service Workers

NEW YORK, NY – on December 17th Attorney General Letitia James, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, and 32BJ SEIU President Kyle Bragg distributed more than $400,000 in back wage plus interest to 11 building service employees. “There is zero tolerance for cheating workers out of their hard-earned pay,” said Attorney General James. “As a result…

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