Municipal Government

Arizona Teachers Slam Bill That Could Ban ‘#RedForEd’ Shirts
Education, Features, Labor News Briefs, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

Arizona Teachers Slam Bill That Could Ban ‘#RedForEd’ Shirts

TUCSON, Ariz.—A proposed state law that would bar public and charter school teachers from discussing “political, ideological, or religious” issues in class has drawn sharp opposition from Arizona teachers. The bill, introduced in late December by state Rep. Mark Finchem, a Republican from the Tucson suburbs, would allow districts to fire teachers for introducing “controversial”…

Federal Workers’ Union Sues Trump Over ‘Inhumane’ Shutdown
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Federal Workers’ Union Sues Trump Over ‘Inhumane’ Shutdown

WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Government Employees filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Dec. 31, charging that it is violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying the 420,000 “essential” federal employees working despite the partial shutdown of the federal government. Another 380,000 have been furloughed because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept…

Jail Time for Boss that Stole from Workers
Features, Finance, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

Jail Time for Boss that Stole from Workers

SOUTHAMPTON, NY – Richard Bivona, the owner of Southampton Princess Diner (“Princess Diner”), and John Kalogeras, former manager of Princess Diner, were charged with failing to pay restaurant workers. Together, Bivona and Kalogeras misappropriated a total of over $132,000 from 23 workers. Bivona was sentenced to six months in jail. Bivona has been required to pay $88,428 to 15 workers…

Kohler Workers OK Contract That Shrinks Two-Tier Gap
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Kohler Workers OK Contract That Shrinks Two-Tier Gap

KOHLER, Wisc.—Production workers at the Kohler plumbing-products company here overwhelmingly ratified a contract Dec. 2 that will eliminate most of the two-tier pay differences established in 2010. The five-year deal won approval from 87% of the more than 1,000 United Auto Workers Local 833 members who voted—in contrast to 2015, when the company’s insistence on…

NYC Emergency Management Distributes Coats
Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Municipal Government, New York

NYC Emergency Management Distributes Coats

NEW YORK, NY – On Wednesday December 5th, the New York City Emergency Management Department and New York Cares  distributed more than 300 winter coats at the Salvation Army in Harlem. “Each winter, many New Yorkers face the extreme cold without a warm coat. Prolonged exposure to cold weather can lead to hypothermia, frostbite, and can…

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