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Peggy Browning Fund Honors Labor Stalwarts

April 6, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter At the United Federation of Teachers headquarters on Tuesday, April 3, an eclectic group of union leaders, labor lawyers, union pension fund managers and advocates gathered for a Peggy Browning Fund fundraiser to honor three individuals who have dedicated their lives to labor’s cause.

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Silver Announces Sales Tax Exemption on Clothing

April 4, 2012Around Town – By Neal Tepel Speaker Sheldon Silver joined with Ed Gindi, owner of the downtown Manhattan Century 21 department store, and members of the Manhattan business community on Sunday April 1, 2012 to announce that New York State will no longer collect sales tax on clothing and footwear under $110. “Shoppers…

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32BJ Workers Report Back to Work

April 4, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter On March 1 U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan heard oral arguments from lawyers representing 32BJ and Renaissance Equity Holdings, the owner of the Flatbush Gardens apartment complex, regarding the National Labor Relations Board’s filing of a motion for an injunction to end the lockout of 70 workers at…

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Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Subsidized Child Care

April 2, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter The City Council continued hearings on Mayor Bloomberg’s FY 2013 Preliminary Budget on Thursday, March 29, as the Council’s General Welfare Committee questioned the Administration for Children’s Services’ staff why are there cuts being proposed for the subsidized child care system.

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Assemblymember Rory Lancman Endorsed by CWA Local 1182

April 2, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter Assemblymember Rory Lancman of Assembly District 25 received an endorsement today, March 28, for Congress from the Communications Workers of America Local 1182. Lancman is running for the Congressional seat left vacant by Gary Ackerman’s retirement. Local 1182’s President, James Huntley, said that his local is endorsing Lancman’s…

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Protecting All New Yorkers

March 30, 2012By Governor Andrew M. Cuomo I announced an agreement with legislative leaders to make New York the first state in the nation to require collection of DNA samples, a modern-day fingerprint, from anyone convicted of a felony or misdemeanor. The DNA database will help convict the guilty, exonerate the innocent, and give law…

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Health Risk at Second Avenue Subway Construction Sites

March 28, 2012By John Bae, Staff Writer LaborPress The Second Avenue Subway construction site was found to have deadly levels of silica during a federal safety inspection.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that exposure to the carcinogen may aid in the development of silicosis, lung cancer, pulmonary tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases.  According…

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NYSNA Galvanizes Nurses for May Vote

March 28, 2012By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter New York State Nurses Association nurses rallied outside The Brooklyn Hospital Center on Tuesday, March 27, not to specifically protest any management shenanigans, but to rally for a stronger union. NYSNA, probably unlike any other union in the country, has a two-body governing structure that includes supervisors from…

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No Union, No Hilton

March 27, 2012By Ray Parker, Staff Writer Monday, March 26 — About 300 ironworkers and other building trades members briefly blocked traffic at noontime outside of New York’s busiest hotel construction site. 54th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue is a hive of activity, with a Hilton Hotel going up on the eastern end, a…

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State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Statement on Tier VI

March 26, 2012By Thomas P. DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller The agreement reached between the Governor and the Legislature on Tier VI will reduce pension costs for new employees. But this new tier will not significantly lower costs for local governments in the short run. I am pleased that it does not include the inadequate 401k–style plan…

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