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NYC Emergency Management Distributes Coats
Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Municipal Government, New York

NYC Emergency Management Distributes Coats

NEW YORK, NY – On Wednesday December 5th, the New York City Emergency Management Department and New York Cares  distributed more than 300 winter coats at the Salvation Army in Harlem. “Each winter, many New Yorkers face the extreme cold without a warm coat. Prolonged exposure to cold weather can lead to hypothermia, frostbite, and can…

L.A. Nurses Reach Contract, Call Off Four-Day Strike
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L.A. Nurses Reach Contract, Call Off Four-Day Strike

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Los Angeles County emergency-room nurses and nurse practitioners called off a planned strike Nov. 27, after reaching a tentative contract agreement with county officials. Service Employees International Union Local 721, which represents more than 7,000 registered nurses at the county’s public hospitals and clinics, voted almost unanimously earlier in the month to authorize…

Texas Court Voids Austin’s Paid Sick-Leave Law
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Texas Court Voids Austin’s Paid Sick-Leave Law

AUSTIN, Tex.—A Texas appeals court struck down Austin’s paid-sick-leave law on Nov. 16, holding that it violated state law prohibiting local governments from setting a minimum wage higher than the state’s. “Employees who take sick leave will receive more pay per hour than actually worked,” the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals declared. “Thus, the ordinance…

Mass. Eyes Forcing Lockout Company to Restore Health Insurance
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Mass. Eyes Forcing Lockout Company to Restore Health Insurance

BOSTON, Mass.—Massachusetts House leaders say they plan to hold hearings this month on a bill that would require the National Grid gas company to continue health-insurance coverage for the 1,200 workers it cut off when it locked them out in June. The measure, introduced by Rep. James O’Day (D-Worcester), would also prohibit the state from…

Oregon Mental-Health Workers Join AFSCME
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Oregon Mental-Health Workers Join AFSCME

PORTLAND, Ore.—After two years of organizing, about 270 mental-health and addiction-recovery workers at Oregon’s largest behavioral health provider voted to join Oregon AFSCME in October and November. The votes came at a mobile mental-health crisis-response team and five outpatient clinics in Portland and its Milwaukie suburb run by the nonprofit Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. Low pay…

AFL-CIO Sees ‘No Progress’ Protecting Workers From Serious Injuries
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AFL-CIO Sees ‘No Progress’ Protecting Workers From Serious Injuries

WASHINGTON—The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual job injury and illness report “shows no overall progress protecting workers from serious injuries and illnesses on the job, and that workplace violence is getting worse,” AFL-CIO Safety and Health Director Peg Seminario said Nov. 14. The 2.8 million work-related injuries reported were not significantly changed from 2016,…

Flint Water, Immigrant Child Cages: Prosecute Abusive Public Officials
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Flint Water, Immigrant Child Cages: Prosecute Abusive Public Officials

National Report from Washington–A monthly Series exclusive to LaborPress by Robert Weiner, Ben Lasky, and on this piece Madeline Cusick Unlike the private sector, where white collar criminals like conmen Bernie Madoff, and Enron’s Kenneth Lay and Jeffery Skilling went to jail, public officials have often gotten by unscathed for abuses of power.  People occupying…

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