Environment and Energy

City Expands Lead Inspections Following Comptrollers Investigation
Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

City Expands Lead Inspections Following Comptrollers Investigation

New York, NY – In response to New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer’s lead investigation released in September, the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) have agreed to make critical reforms consistent with the NYC Comptroller’s recommendations.  City agencies were not effectively inspecting residential buildings for lead…

NYC Coastal Resiliency Project Moves Forward
Environment and Energy, Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, New York

NYC Coastal Resiliency Project Moves Forward

New York, NY – The East Side Coastal Resiliency Project is now moving forward providing urgently needed flood protection for 110,000 New Yorkers along the East Side of Manhattan. The ESCR is a critical project to protect  New York neighborhoods from the effects of climate change and future storms.  The resiliency of coastal communities will be increased…

The Great Society
Environment and Energy, Features, New York

The Great Society

“The Great Society” is a continuation of Robert Schenkkan’s Tony award-winning play “All The Way” which dealt with the first year of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidency and the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 which effectively ended segregation and the racist principle of separate but equal.  The play echoes the hopes…

17-Day Strike Ends at Canadian Utilities
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17-Day Strike Ends at Canadian Utilities

REGINA, Saskatchewan—Strikers at six Saskatchewan utilities began returning to work Oct. 21, after they reached a tentative contract agreement with the Unifor union. The five-year deal, announced by the provincial government Oct. 20, ends a 17-day strike at SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskTel, Directwest, SecurTek, and SaskWater. The six are “Crown corporations,” government-owned businesses that provide water,…

JFK Airport Workers Answer Union-Busting Bosses With 24-Hour Strike
Environment and Energy, Features, New York, Retail, topslot, Transportation

JFK Airport Workers Answer Union-Busting Bosses With 24-Hour Strike

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Workers for airline contractor Eulen at John F. Kennedy International Airport went out on strike for 24 hours Oct. 21, demanding that the company stop interfering with their efforts to organize a union. “This really is about dignity,” 32BJ SEIU President Kyle Bragg told about 100 people picketing outside the airport’s Terminal 8….

‘Bernie’s the Guy We Need,’ Union Supporters Say as 26,000 Pack Queens Park to Cheer Sanders’ Pro-Union, Pro-Worker Agenda
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‘Bernie’s the Guy We Need,’ Union Supporters Say as 26,000 Pack Queens Park to Cheer Sanders’ Pro-Union, Pro-Worker Agenda

Queens, NY – With just 100 days to go before the Iowa Caucus, 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, on Saturday afternoon, moved to solidify his position as the Labor candidate — drawing about 26,000 to Queensbridge Park in Long Island City with a pro-worker agenda that promises to double union membership nationwide during his first…

Report: Unionization Needed to Help Remedy Dangers at Amazon’s S.I. Warehouse
Building Trades, Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, New York, Retail, topslot

Report: Unionization Needed to Help Remedy Dangers at Amazon’s S.I. Warehouse

New York, NY – A newly-released safety report coinciding with the one-year anniversary of Amazon’s sprawling 855,000 square foot warehouse on Staten Island recommends the online giant finally abandon its anti-union stance and implement changes to a workplace that at least one hard-pressed employee says is “beating up” workers.  This past year, between January 3,…

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