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Ending Worker Misclassification in California
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Ending Worker Misclassification in California

With the passage of  CA  AB5 historic landmark legislation,  all workers in California – from nail salon workers  to app drivers – will now have employee protections in that state. The California State Senate passed historic legislation to stop companies from misclassifying employees as independent contractors, denying workers basic protections like minimum wage and unemployment…

Voices of the 2019 NYC Labor Day Parade
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Voices of the 2019 NYC Labor Day Parade

Floats, marching bands, cheer squads and people in carnival costumes, face paint and union letters and numbers lined the streets of Fifth Avenue Saturday for the Labor Parade. Approximately 150 unions and more than 50,000 marchers attended the event, according to Kate Whalen, the communications director of the New York City Central Labor Council, the…

IDG Urges Ending Caps on App-Based Cabs, Abolishing TLC
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IDG Urges Ending Caps on App-Based Cabs, Abolishing TLC

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Saying that the city is “failing 80,000 low-income app-based drivers,” Independent Drivers Guild head Brendan Sexton on Sept. 10 called for abolishing the Taxi and Limousine Commission and replacing it with a mayoral agency. Speaking to reporters and about 100 drivers at a rally in front of City Hall, Sexton said that drivers’…

The multiemployer pension plan crisis: The Taft-Hartley Benefits Summit to examine potential solutions
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The multiemployer pension plan crisis: The Taft-Hartley Benefits Summit to examine potential solutions

Although the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives passed legislation in July meant to stabilize multiemployer pension plans, the bill will likely face stiff opposition from Republicans if the Senate decides to act on it this year. Yet with no other alternative, more than 100 of these pension plans are headed for a financial crisis and are…

Union Leaders Talk Solidarity, Worker Rights and More At Annual Labor Day Parade
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Union Leaders Talk Solidarity, Worker Rights and More At Annual Labor Day Parade

NEW YORK, N.Y.—What’s most important for the American labor movement going into 2020? Among 10 union leaders who spoke to LaborPress at the Labor Day parade Sept. 7, the three common themes were solidarity, turning back attacks on workers, and convincing people of the value of unions. “Unions as a group need to stand together,”…

Kaiser Hospital Workers Mobilize for October Strike
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Kaiser Hospital Workers Mobilize for October Strike

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Workers at the Kaiser Permanente health-care network protested in several Western cities Sept. 2, with arrests for civil disobedience in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Sacramento, California. More than 80,000 technicians, nurses, and medical personnel, members of the Service Employees International Union and other unions, have been working without a contract for 11 months,…

Indiana Building Trades, Management Unite Against Contractor Tax Fraud
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Indiana Building Trades, Management Unite Against Contractor Tax Fraud

CHESTERTON, Ind.—Building-trades unions and contractors in northwest Indiana have united in a campaign to outlaw construction companies hiring workers as “independent contractors.” So far, five communities in the region have enacted “responsible bidder” ordinances that hold companies that don’t pay workers as employees guilty of tax fraud. “These workers are being exploited,” Dewey Pearman, head…

NYC Still a Union Town – But Young Workers Lag Behind
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NYC Still a Union Town – But Young Workers Lag Behind

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Union density in New York dipped slightly in the past year, but the state remains the most unionized in the country, with rates more than twice the national average of 10.5%, according to a report released Sept. 2 by the City University of New York School of Labor and Urban Studies. The report, The State of…

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