Municipal Government

Philly Public-Radio Staff Votes to Join SAG-AFTRA
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Philly Public-Radio Staff Votes to Join SAG-AFTRA

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—News staff at WHYY, Philadelphia’s public radio and TV station, voted 70-1 on Oct. 30 to join SAG-AFTRA. “It’s official! With 99% of the vote, we have won our union!” the WHYY Union exulted on Twitter. The union will represent almost 90 workers, but management is disputing whether 11 of them are eligible to…

Labor Activist Wins Primary Election for White Plains Common Council
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Labor Activist Wins Primary Election for White Plains Common Council

Reprinted aflcio.org Jenn Puja (IUOE), a labor activist and organizer, won her primary race for White Plains Common Council in New York this week. Puja, along with two other labor-endorsed candidates, advanced to the general election in November. Puja received strong labor backing, including from Operating Engineers (IUOE) General President James T. Callahan, and thanked all…

Michael Bloomberg: The WORST Democratic Candidate Possible
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Michael Bloomberg: The WORST Democratic Candidate Possible

Michael Bloomberg would be the worst candidate the Democrats could possibly nominate in 2020—unless they cross-endorse Donald Trump. The former New York mayor, who has begun preparations to run in the later primaries next year, has a grossly undeserved reputation as a “moderate.” His core ideology is plutocratic, that government’s primary purpose is to help…

City Expands Lead Inspections Following Comptrollers Investigation
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City Expands Lead Inspections Following Comptrollers Investigation

New York, NY – In response to New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer’s lead investigation released in September, the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) have agreed to make critical reforms consistent with the NYC Comptroller’s recommendations.  City agencies were not effectively inspecting residential buildings for lead…

General Mills Workers Nix ‘Last, Best’ Contract Offer
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General Mills Workers Nix ‘Last, Best’ Contract Offer

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—Union workers at General Mills’ cereal plant voted almost unanimously Nov. 6 to reject the company’s “last, best, and final” contract offer. Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union Local 110 told KCRG-TV that 99% had voted no. The about 520 workers at the facility joined Local 110 in January, over opposition from management,…

Housing Works CEO Clashes With Elected Officials During Sidewalk Summit On Unionization
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Housing Works CEO Clashes With Elected Officials During Sidewalk Summit On Unionization

Brooklyn, NY – Housing Works CEO Charles King is sounding “a lot like a person who really is trying not to have a union.” That’s the conclusion New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams was left with Monday morning following a sidewalk summit between the non-profit head and elected leaders, in which King once again refused…

Local Governments Can Afford To Pay a $15 Minimum Wage
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Local Governments Can Afford To Pay a $15 Minimum Wage

Although the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to increase the federal minimum wage from the $7.25 an hour it’s been stuck at for decades, there’s little chance the Senate as currently constituted will follow suit and approve raising the minimum wage to $15 over a six-year period. In contrast to this Congressional stalemate, there’s…

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