Municipal Government

Sepúlveda Throws Support Behind Public Works Bill
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Sepúlveda Throws Support Behind Public Works Bill

New York, NY – Within a few short months State Senator Luis Sepúlveda has done an about-face in regards to the Public Works Bill [S1947]. Three months ago, members of labor union Laborers Local 79, which represents construction workers, rallied against Sepúlveda outside his office in the Bronx for not supporting the bill and on…

House Bill Aims to Help NYC Cabbies Survive Underwater Medallion Loans
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House Bill Aims to Help NYC Cabbies Survive Underwater Medallion Loans

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Representative Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) introduced a bill January 16, to exempt debt relief for taxi drivers from federal taxes. The measure, cosponsored by all of the city’s House members plus Long Island Republican Peter King, is a second front in the struggle to win relief for yellow-cab owner-drivers who owe hundreds of thousands…

Bernie Sanders Earns Major Union Endorsements Ahead of Upcoming Primaries
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Bernie Sanders Earns Major Union Endorsements Ahead of Upcoming Primaries

CONCORD, N.H.—Two major unions in the four states with upcoming presidential primaries or caucuses have endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for President. In New Hampshire, SEA/SEIU Local 1984, the state’s second-largest union, announced Jan. 12 it would back the Vermont senator in the Feb. 11 primary, as it did in 2016. In Nevada, the Clark County…

W.Va. Supreme Court to Rule on Union-Shop Ban
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W.Va. Supreme Court to Rule on Union-Shop Ban

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—The West Virginia Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Jan. 15 on the state’s appeal of a lower-court decision striking down its 2016 law banning the union shop. The state AFL-CIO challenged the so-called “right-to-work” law’s constitutionality just before it went into effect, arguing that it was an unconstitutional “taking” of unions’ property because…

Florida Threatens to Fire Teachers Who Take Day Off for Rally
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Florida Threatens to Fire Teachers Who Take Day Off for Rally

LAKELAND, Fla.—The Florida Department of Education’s lead lawyer warned teachers Jan. 10 that if enough of them took Jan. 13 off to go to a union rally in Tallahassee, they could be fired for participating in an illegal strike. The warning came after Polk County Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd told the department that she expected between…

UFT’s United Community Schools Receives Prestigious Grant
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UFT’s United Community Schools Receives Prestigious Grant

New York, NY – United Community Schools, a program run by the United Federation of Teachers, has won a $2.3 million five-year federal grant to provide additional mental health services and after-school programming at three of its Bronx schools.      United Community Schools (UCS) was among only eight organizations in the nation – including…

Hoffa Joins ASARCO Strikers on Picket Line
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Hoffa Joins ASARCO Strikers on Picket Line

TUCSON, Ariz.—Teamsters General President James Hoffa joined striking ASARCO workers the picket line in Sahuarita Dec. 29, telling them their struggle is an “a national strike.” “This company is owned by a Mexican company that’s exploiting the American workers,” he said. “They haven’t had a raise in 10 years… and this is from a company,…

Internet Master Plan for NYC
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Internet Master Plan for NYC

New York, NY – New York City has announced its NYC Internet Master Plan. Its goal is to ensure affordable, high-speed, reliable broadband service across all five boroughs with the private sector working closely with the Big Apple. “Every New Yorker deserves easy, affordable access to the internet,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “With the Internet Master…

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