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Bloomberg’s the Villain as Unionists March Outside City Hall

June 15, 2011By Kismet Barksdale In a well-executed rally despite cloudy skies and occasional rain, District Council 37 brought thousands of green-shirted unionists to the borders of City Hall Park, with curtain calls by half the City Council and the full array of major municipal union leaders. Keynoted by AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Lee Saunders, the rally…

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Millions Turn Out for 54th Annual Puerto Rican Parade

June 13, 2011By Kismet BarksdaleOver one million people, many union members, marched in the 54th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade Sunday June 13, 2011 in Manhattan. Thousands marched on Fifth Ave. for the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. Crowds dressed in red and white and waved Puerto Rican flags cheering and blowing horns.

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Unions Save Lives

June 9, 2011By Dick MeisterA miner’s life is like a sailor’s ‘Board a ship to cross the waves Every day his life’s in danger Still he ventures being brave Traditional labor song A new study shows that unionization is a sure way to dramatically lessen the many deaths and serious Injuries that have been all…

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Let’s Rock City Hall on June 14

June 8, 2011By Lillian Roberts, 
Executive Director
 District Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO
 As we start economic bargaining amid the worst attacks in my lifetime on public services and the workers who deliver them, I want to rock City Hall with DC 37’s biggest demonstration ever. 

I am encouraged by the tremendous human rights fightback in…

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Thousands Rally June 3rd to Stop Fire Company Closures

June 6, 2011By Kismet Barksdale & Stephanie West Over 15,000 New Yorkers gathered Friday June 3rd at New York City Hall to protest Mike Bloomberg’s planned closing of 20 fire companies. Joining these thousands of demonstrators, hundreds of firefighters, City Council members and representatives of impacted communities began marching across the Brooklyn Bridge around 10:30…

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Statement from Bronx Borough President Diaz – Cuomo’s Decision on the Secure Communities Program

June 6, 2011 “I applaud Governor Cuomo for suspending New York State’s participation in the “Secure Communities” program, pending a review of the program’s goals and methods. While supporters of the program claim that it will improve public safety, such assertions could not be farther from the truth. Simply put, the ‘Secure Communities’ program would push…

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