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32BJ Prepares for Possible Strike

December 16, 2011By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter The contract agreement between SEIU 32BJ and the commercial real estate industry will expire in 17 days, and if an agreement isn’t reached, the union that represents 22,000 doormen, porters and cleaners will go on strike. The Realty Advisory Board (RAB), the industry’s multi-employer association, will be distributing…

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New York Campaign to Stop Wal-Mart’s Entry

December 13, 2011By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City ReporterJohn Marshall, an economist with UFCW, said at a labor forum on December 7 at the Murphy Institute that in response to slow growth in the U.S., Wal-Mart’s new strategy is to build in the country’s urban areas. The company has opened stores in Chicago and Washington, D.C.,…

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Just Cause and Occupy Oakland Fight Fannie Mae and Banks

December 12, 2011Photos and Story by David Bacon OAKLAND, CA – Activists from Causa Justa:Just Cause and Occupy Oakland protested foreclosures, and demanded that banks stop foreclosures and allow families to move into foreclosed and vacant homes in Oakland. The action was one of over two dozen carried out by Occupy activists and supporters across…

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Locked-Out IBT Local 814 Rallies at Sotheby’s

December 9, 2011By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter It’s been a long four months for the 43 art handlers of Teamsters Local 814 who were locked-out by Sotheby’s on August 1. The Local held a rally outside Sotheby’s on December 8 as wealthy buyers, or the 1 percent, walked past the members, or the 99 percent,…

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Jobs and Children’s Safety at Risk

December 9, 2011By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter Michael Cordiello, President of ATU Local 1181-1061, in response to Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement that the union would be going on strike, announced on the steps of City Hall on December 6 that his union will not be striking this holiday season. For more than 30 years Local 1181…

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The NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus and The Puerto Rican and Hispanic Task Force
 Applaud Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation

December 8, 2011 The members of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, and the New York State Puerto Rican and Hispanic Task Force, long-time advocates for a fair, equitable system of taxation, applaud Governor Cuomo, Speaker Silver and Democratic Leader John Sampson for their leadership in making this agreement possible….

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President Obama and Isreal

December 8, 2011Commentary By Ed Koch                                 “Americans For Peace Now” is currently involved in a fundraising campaign.  Surprisingly, that organization’s latest pitch is devoted to assailing me for having said that over the last few years President Obama has, in various ways, thrown Israel under the bus. President Obama, you will recall, invited Benjamin Netanyahu,…

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DC 1707 Files Lawsuit Against City

December 8, 2011By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter On the steps of City Hall a press conference was held by union officials to denounce, again, Mayor Bloomberg’s attacks on working families and union members. The latest denouncement comes from DC 1707, as the union announced on December 5 that it issued a lawsuit against the Bloomberg…

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TWU Local 100 Fighting for More Work

December 7, 2011By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter John Samuelsen, TWU Local 100’s President, said at last weekend’s membership meeting that conversations with Joseph Lhota have thus far been productive. The union’s contract with the MTA expires on January 15, 2012. One of the demands from the union, as presented by Samuelsen at the opening of…

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