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Law of the Land: Civil Rights Act of ’64 Protects LGBTQ Workers, Too
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Law of the Land: Civil Rights Act of ’64 Protects LGBTQ Workers, Too

WASHINGTON—In a landmark 6-3 decision June 15, the Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s ban on employment discrimination on the basis of sex extends to sexual orientation and gender identity. “Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote, joined…

Growing Backlash Against Massive Cuts to CUNY
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Growing Backlash Against Massive Cuts to CUNY

New York, NY – At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, legislators granted Governor Andrew Cuomo emergency powers to control New York’s budget. Consequently, the Empire State faces approximately $10 billion in rolling cuts. But PSC-CUNY, the union representing CUNY staff, is urging citizens to support lawmakers who are willing to pushback against the draconian…

Court Says Workers Don’t Need New Safety Rules For COVID-19
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Court Says Workers Don’t Need New Safety Rules For COVID-19

WASHINGTON—One day after the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. passed 2 million, the nation’s second most powerful court denied the AFL-CIO’s petition to force the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue emergency safety rules to protect workers from being exposed to the virus. In a one-paragraph ruling issued June 11, a…

Gearing Up
Building Trades, Features, Health and Safety, New York

Gearing Up

Construction has resumed in New York City. However, tension is still high after recent events. Some of New York City’s office buildings have been looted and vandalized.  Buildings like 437 Madison for example had three of their main lobby windows smashed by eight people in masks. The damage to the building’s atrium was done during…

Union Healthcare Workers Take a Knee Against Police Brutality and Systemic Racism
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Union Healthcare Workers Take a Knee Against Police Brutality and Systemic Racism

Brooklyn, NY – Healthcare workers continuing to struggle on the front lines of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic spent Thursday’s noontime lunch break invoking the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery — and all the other victims of police violence, both here and across the nation. In Brooklyn, motorists on Rockaway Parkway…

Bklyn, SI Paratransit Workers Reach Deal to End 13-Day Strike
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Bklyn, SI Paratransit Workers Reach Deal to End 13-Day Strike

New York, N.Y.—A tentative contract deal has been reached to end a 13-day-old strike by paratransit workers in Brooklyn and Staten Island, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 announced June 9.  The agreement with the Dallas-based contractor MV Transportation, which describes itself as the nation’s leading provider of paratransit services for elderly and disabled people, was…

Labor Veterans React to Presidents ‘Photo-Op’ that Used Military
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Labor Veterans React to Presidents ‘Photo-Op’ that Used Military

The AFL-CIO’s Union Veterans Council has called for the resignation of both U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley for their participation in the violent clearing of peaceful protesters in Washington DC. The event was staged for a President Trump photo-op.   On the evening…

More Civilians Could Be Taking Over For Desk Duty Cops, Says DC37 Local 1549 VP
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More Civilians Could Be Taking Over For Desk Duty Cops, Says DC37 Local 1549 VP

New York, NY – “Defund the Police” has become a rallying cry among protestors who want to see police precincts demilitarized and defunded with part of their budgets going towards community programs or services following the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota on Memorial Day.  Floyd’s killing has not only led to demonstrators demanding police…

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