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Denial of Access in Wisconsin By Labor Reporters

March 10, 2011  By Frank Emspak, Executive Producer, WIN 

Last week, while working with WIN, Mark Roughen and his team were denied press passes by the Capitol Correspondents Association. After some intense discussion an agreement was reached to provide daily press passes to Mark and his crew along with WIN staff correspondents and producers Doug…

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Response to War on Workers

March 10, 2011 By John Pietaro Cleveland, OH: In the months before the embattled atmosphere over Wisconsin descended upon its working people, several veteran labor activists, Donna DeWitt, Jerry Gordon and Mark Dudzic among them, saw the urgency mounting. Reaching out to other established leaders, including Bill Fletcher (who, regrettably was instrumental in planning but…

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From NYC to Wisconsin – Same Struggle

February 28, 2011 By Kismet Barksdale Over 700 union members and supporters thronged City Hall Park Thursday, February 24, 2011; delivering a message that they’re prepared to hang tough to push back against massive layoffs of city workers proposed by Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Speakers made the point that even after an extra $2 billion was…

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Bloomberg’s Budget Cuts Hurts Child Care

February 22, 2011 By Letitia James The Administration of Children’s Services plans to eliminate 16, 624 child care slots, apparently due to a loss of federal funds, which will hurt low and moderate income families.  Children may be put in unregulated care, and/or parents may have to stay at home to care for them.  Also, thousands…

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Wisconsin: Our Pearl Harbor

February 22, 2011 By Neal Tepel TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen, calling the battle over public employee bargaining rights and benefits “Our Pearl Harbor,” has pledged to send a delegation of members from the 37,000-strong TWU Local 100 to the state capitol in Madison to join tens of thousands of union members and supporters…

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Annabel Palma Comments on Proposed Budget

February 21, 2011By Annabel Palmer In order to appropriately address New York City’s dire fiscal realities,
 visionary leadership and a commitment to shared sacrifice are necessary. 
Unfortunately, the Preliminary Budget Proposal reveals that the 
Administration has failed on both accounts.  The $300 million dollars in
cuts to Social Services outlined today are an assault on our…

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TWU, Advocates to Boost Transit on Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2011 By Neal Tepel The Transport Workers Union Local 100, and influential transit advocates including Transportation Alternatives, WEACT for Environmental Justice andNYPIRG’s Straphangers Campaign, will kick off a new campaign against transit service cuts and fare hikes with coordinated actions on Valentine’s Day. Thecampaign’s tag line, “I Can’t Live Without You,” will be…

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Labor unions uneasy as OSHA withdraws proposed rules

Reprint, February 8, 2011 By Kevin Bogardus – January, 30 2011, http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/141121-labor-uneasy-as-osha-withdraws-proposed-rules Labor is growing increasingly concerned as a number of proposed rules that were designed to protect workers’ health and safety have been withdrawn by the Obama administration.

They see the actions as fitting into a new tack by President Obama to soothe businesses’ concerns…

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NYC Central Labor Council’s Response to Mayor Bloomberg’s State of the City

By John T. Ahern, President, NYCCLCFebruary 8, 2011 Reprint, January 21, 2011 – www.nycclc.org In his remarks yesterday (1/19/2011) Mayor Bloomberg took up what has become a trendy political mantra – blame working Americans for the current state of economic affairs.  He essentially called for forced concessions as a prerequisite for new contracts.  We strongly…

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