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Trade Unionists Block Midtown Traffic In Fight For Middle Class Wages & Benefits
Building Trades, Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, New York, topslot

Trade Unionists Block Midtown Traffic In Fight For Middle Class Wages & Benefits

New York, NY – Members of District Council 16 of the Cement and Concrete Workers and allied supporters briefly shutdown midtown traffic this week, in an ongoing protest against so-called “open shop” development.  Angry trade unionists fed up with the race to the bottom that so-called “open shop” development creates — broke off their noisy…

Mining Unions Call for Lower Silica-Exposure Standard
Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Labor News Briefs, National

Mining Unions Call for Lower Silica-Exposure Standard

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Saying there is “a disturbing trend in black lung cases,” United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts and United Steelworkers President Leo W. Gerard called on the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration to adopt stronger standards to protect miners from silica dust. Lowering the level considered unsafe from 100 micrograms per cubic meter of…

AFA Head Downplays Labor’s Green New Deal Opposition
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AFA Head Downplays Labor’s Green New Deal Opposition

New York, NY – The head of the union representing flight attendants in the U.S. isn’t buying the idea that organized labor doesn’t support the Green New Deal.  “I don’t really buy the argument that there’re unions that are against it,” Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants [AFA] recently told LaborPress….

Albany Passes Patient Protection Legislation
Education, Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

Albany Passes Patient Protection Legislation

In a big victory for the UFT, union-supported legislation curbing exorbitant hospital fees charged to out-of-network patients for emergency care passed both houses of the state Legislature in June. It now needs Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature to become law. The bill, which passed the state Assembly on June 5 and the state Senate on June…

Homeless On Subway Addressed By NYC
Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, New York

Homeless On Subway Addressed By NYC

NEW YORK, NY —  New York City is attempting to address the expanding  homelessness on the subways by offering alternative pathways off the streets into transitional and permanent housing.  The New York City Police Department, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the City’s Department of Homeless Services, will provide new options to individuals they encounter…

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