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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Comments on Governor Cuomo’s Decision to Suspend New York’s Participation in the Federal Secure Communities Program

June 6, 2011“I commend Governor Cuomo for suspending New York’s participation in the federal Secure Communities Program and thank the Assembly’s Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force for calling attention to this issue. The stated purpose of the program was to identify and remove illegal aliens convicted of serious crimes, however the vast majority of immigrants deported…

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Obama Enlists Employers to Discharge Undocumented Workers

June 3, 2011By Harry KelberObama administration officials are increasing their crackdown on employers who hire illegal immigrants. Last year, the Immigration and Enforcement Department (ICE) started 2,740 workplace investigations, in addition to its audits, more than double the number in 2008, with fines totaling about $43 million and jail sentences, according to government figures. The…

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June 3rd Rally to Save Firehouses

  
On Friday, June 3 beginning at 11:30 a.m. officials of the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA), Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA), New York City Firefighters, community leaders and elected officials will hold a major Save the Fire Companies rally in City Hall Park (Broadway). Speakers include: UFA President Steve Cassidy, UFOA President Captain Alexander Hagen,…

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Stringer Blasts Contractor Scandals at DOE

June 2, 2011By Kismet BarksdaleManhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer blasted the “shameful contractor scandals” rocking the Department of Education and called for an immediate halt to all new and non essential contracts pending a “top to bottom probe, a thorough housecleaning of the department’s contracting procedures.” He unveiled a reform package requiring DOE to…

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Sandy Pope – A New Face for Teamsters

May 31, 2011By Erica Varlese With a resume that boasts her status as a former truck driver, warehouse worker, and steel hauler, Sandy Pope is running a strong campaign as a candidate for the Teamster’s General President. The election will take place this fall, with Pope running against long-term incumbent James Hoffa and a potential…

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Labor Law Reform – A Key Battle for Mexican Unions Today

May 31, 2011By David Bacon

Changing Mexico’s labor law threatens the lives of millions of workers. It would cement the power of a group of industrialists who have been on the political offensive for decades, and who now control Mexico’s presidency and national government. “Labor law reform will only benefit the country’s oligarchs,” claims Andres Manuel…

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Actor’s Equity Celebrates 98th

May 26, 2011By Stephanie WestActors’ Equity Association celebrates its 98th Anniversary today, May 26, 2011. The oldest performing arts union in America, Equity proudly represents more than 49,000 professional stage actors and stage managers nationwide. On this day, 98 years ago, 112 Actors gathered at the Pabst Circle Hotel in New York City to form…

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Labor Will Be Independent in 2012 Elections

May 26, 2011By Harry KelberAFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, in an impassioned speech before the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on May 20, charted a new course for working people and their unions by declaring “we must do more than just protect our own right to a voice in this life of our nation. We…

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