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Toledo Nurses Strike Over Understaffing, Scheduling
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Toledo Nurses Strike Over Understaffing, Scheduling

TOLEDO, Ohio—Before almost 1,900 nurses, lab technicians, and support staff went on strike at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center May 6, United Auto Workers Locals 2213 and 12 had already agreed that a three-year contract would raise pay by 2%. But money’s not the main problem, union leaders and rank-and-file members say: Understaffing and…

Oregon Teachers’ Walkout Shuts 600 Schools for a Day
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Oregon Teachers’ Walkout Shuts 600 Schools for a Day

PORTLAND, Ore.—A one-day walkout by thousands of teachers May 8 closed 600 schools, including those in Portland. They took unpaid days off to go to rallies around the state to demand smaller class sizes; restoring music, art, and gym classes; and hiring more counselors, librarians, and school nurses. “Nearly 45% of all reported classes in…

Cleveland Janitors Win Raises
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Cleveland Janitors Win Raises

CLEVELAND, Ohio—Janitors in downtown Cleveland office buildings unanimously ratified a new contract that will bring their average wage up to $15 an hour by 2023, Service Employees International Union Local 1 announced Apr. 27. The five-year master agreement covers about 500 janitors. Local 1 said the raises it won will average between $2,600 and $3,400 a…

Guild Introduces Mental Health Program For At-Risk Drivers In New York City
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Guild Introduces Mental Health Program For At-Risk Drivers In New York City

With the shadow of nine suicides hanging over the taxi industry, the Independent Drivers Guild announced a mental-health program for New York’s for-hire drivers May 7. Due to the “highly financially insecure nature of this job over the last handful of years, we’ve seen mental health go down,” IDG Executive Director Brendan Sexton told LaborPress….

NYC Continues Insuffient Oversight of Foster System
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NYC Continues Insuffient Oversight of Foster System

New York, NY – New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has released a report indicate serious concerns about procedures at the City’s Administration for Children’s Services.  The Comptroller’s audit found that ACS performs insufficient oversight of the foster system that leads to the improper certification of foster homes across New York City. The report found…

NYS Governor Bans Offshore Drilling
Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

NYS Governor Bans Offshore Drilling

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation (S.2316 (Kaminsky)/A.2572 (Englebright)) to ban offshore drilling in New York State waters.  The legislation will bar the state from granting permits for drilling, or oil or gas exploration in offshore areas controlled by the State. The ban will protect New York’s waters and coasts by making it more difficult for oil…

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