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Head of NYC Probation Officers Union Challenges Mayor’s Workforce Cuts
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Head of NYC Probation Officers Union Challenges Mayor’s Workforce Cuts

New York, NY – While the police may be safe from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s budget cuts, other public safety workers like those in the city’s Department of Probation may not be so lucky, according to President Dalvanie Powell of the United Probation Officers Association [UPOA], who is fighting to save jobs. “I am the…

Mourning Labor Leaders Warn: ‘We Must Build a Better World’
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Mourning Labor Leaders Warn: ‘We Must Build a Better World’

New York, NY – Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, joined National Nurses United President Jean Ross, RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum and frontline workers for the Jewish Labor Committee’s national day of mourning held July 28. “The coronavirus was real for the people that I represent before it was on the…

Mutual Aid Networks: Solidarity in Action…
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Mutual Aid Networks: Solidarity in Action…

New York, NY – Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx, Jackson Heights) recently held a teleconference with longtime activist and organizer Mariame Kaba to highlight the importance of having a Mutual Aid Network [MAN] during emergencies, like the spread of the coronavirus.  “This moment is really revealing who the frontline workers are in our society,” Ocasio-Cortez said….

Low-Wage Earners Fight to Keep Their Heads Above Water in the Age of COVID-19
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Low-Wage Earners Fight to Keep Their Heads Above Water in the Age of COVID-19

New York, NY – As different levels of government push for social distancing, curfews and working or schooling at home amidst the coronavirus outbreak — workers who live paycheck-to-paycheck, especially in the airline and fast food industries, are feeling the brunt of the economic crunch. While the Trump administration debates giving low- or no-interest loans…

AFL-CIO Condemns GOP Multi-Employer Pension Proposal
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AFL-CIO Condemns GOP Multi-Employer Pension Proposal

WASHINGTON—The AFL-CIO’s pension panel has roundly condemned proposals made by two leading Senate Republicans to shore up the nation’s endangered multiemployer pension funds that would cut benefits by up to 19%. The federation’s Retirement Security Working Group said Dec. 2 that the proposals contained in a white paper released Nov. 20 by Finance Committee chair…

Housing Works CEO Clashes With Elected Officials During Sidewalk Summit On Unionization
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Housing Works CEO Clashes With Elected Officials During Sidewalk Summit On Unionization

Brooklyn, NY – Housing Works CEO Charles King is sounding “a lot like a person who really is trying not to have a union.” That’s the conclusion New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams was left with Monday morning following a sidewalk summit between the non-profit head and elected leaders, in which King once again refused…

Will New York Follow California In Confronting the Misclassification of App-based Workers?
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Will New York Follow California In Confronting the Misclassification of App-based Workers?

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Should New York follow California and enact legislation limiting when employers can hire workers as “independent contractors”? The answer is “very simple,” New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento told a 4½-hour state Senate hearing in Lower Manhattan Oct. 16. Workers “should be considered employees” and have all the rights and protections that…

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