Municipal Government

Schools Must be Funded Adequately
Education, Finance, Municipal Government, New York

Schools Must be Funded Adequately

Albany, N.Y. — “The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the vital role that our schools play in our communities. They provide meals, they provide care for the needs of children, they provide mental health services — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. “We traveled the state earlier this year to hear directly from the educators, students, and…

Workers Need Safe Healthy Work Environments
Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

Workers Need Safe Healthy Work Environments

Washington – DC, The Teamsters are raising concerns that coronavirus-related stimulus legislation is not addressing the health and safety of workers across industries. Whether it’s those in food processing, drivers who transport goods to market, those who stock the shelves, or cashiers who handle the sales, standards are needed to ensure their personal safety in…

Coronavirus Takes Deadly Toll On NYC’s Frontline Workers
Building Trades, Education, Entertainment, Features, headline, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York, Retail, Transportation

Coronavirus Takes Deadly Toll On NYC’s Frontline Workers

New York, N.Y.—In a week where the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York City multiplied to more than 33,000, three transit workers, a high-school principal, and a parking-meter collections assistant became the first city employees confirmed to have died from the lung-afflicting virus. Peter Petrassi, 49, a subway conductor who had been working…

Frontline Workers in NYC
Features, Health and Safety, Municipal Government, New York

Frontline Workers in NYC

New York, NY –  New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has released a comprehensive report of New York City’s essential frontline workers helping battle the COVID-19 pandemic. These professionals work in public transit, health care, child care, grocery, pharmacy, sanitation, janitorial, utility, and delivery industries. “As our City faces the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19, frontline workers…

Statement of President Tony Utano on the line of duty death of Conductor Peter Petrassi
Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Municipal Government, New York, Transportation

Statement of President Tony Utano on the line of duty death of Conductor Peter Petrassi

“The death due to the Coronavirus of our brother, Peter Petrassi, is a terrible tragedy. TWU Local 100 feels this loss and mourns with his family. Conductor Petrassi’s passing is a line-of-duty death just as if he had been killed on the job in any number of ways that have struck down transit workers in…

Coronavirus Heaps Further Hardship on Vulnerable Construction Workers
Building Trades, Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York, topslot

Coronavirus Heaps Further Hardship on Vulnerable Construction Workers

New York, NY – Mayor Bill de Blasio is under increasing pressure to institute a citywide moratorium on all non-essential building — but the coronavirus pandemic is already impacting the most vulnerable construction workers in the industry.  Unrepresented non-union construction workers, already especially vulnerable to wage theft, misclassification and other worker abuses, are being told…

Insurance Companies’ Bad Faith Behavior Costs Victims AND their Policyholders
Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

Insurance Companies’ Bad Faith Behavior Costs Victims AND their Policyholders

In addition to the duties outlined in your policy, insurance companies have responsibilities to injury claimants under both common law and statutory law. Generally, the insurance company owes you a duty of good faith and fair dealing when handling any transaction. It also has the obligation to faithfully investigate and honor valid insurance claims. This…

Credit Bureaus Need to Protect Consumers from Negative Impacts on Credit Scores due to COVID-19
Environment and Energy, Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

Credit Bureaus Need to Protect Consumers from Negative Impacts on Credit Scores due to COVID-19

“COVID-19 has upended the lives and finances of consumers across the nation, and especially in New York City which is already experiencing enormous economic fallout. I am calling on all major credit bureaus – FICO, TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax – to take immediate action to protect consumer credit scores from any negative impact on their…

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