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House Bill Aims to Help NYC Cabbies Survive Underwater Medallion Loans
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House Bill Aims to Help NYC Cabbies Survive Underwater Medallion Loans

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Representative Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) introduced a bill January 16, to exempt debt relief for taxi drivers from federal taxes. The measure, cosponsored by all of the city’s House members plus Long Island Republican Peter King, is a second front in the struggle to win relief for yellow-cab owner-drivers who owe hundreds of thousands…

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…

Construction Workers Call BS on Bronx Senator’s Prevailing Wage Stance
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Construction Workers Call BS on Bronx Senator’s Prevailing Wage Stance

New York, NY – The coalition of NYC Building Trades and nonunion construction workers pushing new legislation ensuring good middle-class jobs throughout the booming construction industry continues to call BS on a Bronx state senator opposing the effort.  State Senator Luis Sepúlveda [D-32nd District] says he opposes prevailing wage legislation aimed at lifting the salaries…

Union And Nonunion Workers Team Up Against Ongoing Exploitation In The Construction Industry
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Union And Nonunion Workers Team Up Against Ongoing Exploitation In The Construction Industry

New York, NY – Trade unionists and their counterparts in the nonunion building sector teamed up this week, to demand an end to the ongoing exploitation of vulnerable workers throughout the construction industry — but the de Blasio administration insists that it has already begun enforcing a “new generation of labor standards” aimed at cleaning…

Collective Action Finally Leads To Pre-K Pay Parity!
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Collective Action Finally Leads To Pre-K Pay Parity!

New York, NY — Mayor de Blasio’s administration put their money where their mouths have been for years – finally moving to compensate early childhood educators in community-based organizations for their role in the Mayor’s signature achievement – bringing educational opportunity to the youngest New Yorkers. According to a press release issued by Brooklyn Councilman…

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