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Sepúlveda Throws Support Behind Public Works Bill
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Sepúlveda Throws Support Behind Public Works Bill

New York, NY – Within a few short months State Senator Luis Sepúlveda has done an about-face in regards to the Public Works Bill [S1947]. Three months ago, members of labor union Laborers Local 79, which represents construction workers, rallied against Sepúlveda outside his office in the Bronx for not supporting the bill and on…

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…

Bernie Sanders Earns Major Union Endorsements Ahead of Upcoming Primaries
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Bernie Sanders Earns Major Union Endorsements Ahead of Upcoming Primaries

CONCORD, N.H.—Two major unions in the four states with upcoming presidential primaries or caucuses have endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for President. In New Hampshire, SEA/SEIU Local 1984, the state’s second-largest union, announced Jan. 12 it would back the Vermont senator in the Feb. 11 primary, as it did in 2016. In Nevada, the Clark County…

‘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…

Florida Threatens to Fire Teachers Who Take Day Off for Rally
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Florida Threatens to Fire Teachers Who Take Day Off for Rally

LAKELAND, Fla.—The Florida Department of Education’s lead lawyer warned teachers Jan. 10 that if enough of them took Jan. 13 off to go to a union rally in Tallahassee, they could be fired for participating in an illegal strike. The warning came after Polk County Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd told the department that she expected between…

‘Take it Back!’ Trade Unionists & Nonunion Workers United in Ongoing Fight Against Wage Theft
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‘Take it Back!’ Trade Unionists & Nonunion Workers United in Ongoing Fight Against Wage Theft

New York, NY – The last time trade unionists and nonunion workers teamed up in November to demand one of the largest construction management companies in the city cough up $70,000 in unpaid wages — the company cooly thumbed its nose at protesters and barred elected officials from entering its Seventh Avenue offices. But that…

Montreal Airport Refuelers on Strike
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Montreal Airport Refuelers on Strike

MONTREAL, QUEBEC—More than 100 workers who refuel the planes at two Montreal airports went on strike Dec. 31, after working under an expired contract since August. Swissport Canada, the airports’ refueling contractor, immediately complained to the federal Canada Industrial Relations Board that their union, the International Association of Machinists, was negotiating in bad faith. The…

UFT’s United Community Schools Receives Prestigious Grant
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UFT’s United Community Schools Receives Prestigious Grant

New York, NY – United Community Schools, a program run by the United Federation of Teachers, has won a $2.3 million five-year federal grant to provide additional mental health services and after-school programming at three of its Bronx schools.      United Community Schools (UCS) was among only eight organizations in the nation – including…

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