Municipal Government

32BJ President Kyle Bragg on Juneteenth: ‘We Have to Agitate and Take to the Streets!’
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32BJ President Kyle Bragg on Juneteenth: ‘We Have to Agitate and Take to the Streets!’

Brooklyn, NY – Labor unions — if they aren’t already in the streets following the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many other unarmed people of color — need to stand with the community activists confronting police brutality and “brining the heat for change in this country.”  That’s the message 32BJ SEIU…

Transit Union Head to New Yorkers: ‘The Virus is Still Here – Wear a Mask!’
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Transit Union Head to New Yorkers: ‘The Virus is Still Here – Wear a Mask!’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—With subway and bus ridership recovering from its early-April nadir, Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano says his main concerns are “the crowding situation and social distancing.” Subway trains are cleaner and transit workers now have adequate personal protective equipment, Utano told LaborPress, but they are still at risk of being…

Elizabeth Crowley Heads into June 23, Borough Prez Election with the Most Union Endorsements
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Elizabeth Crowley Heads into June 23, Borough Prez Election with the Most Union Endorsements

New York, NY – With the coronavirus and a hundred-year pandemic hitting the borough of Queens the hardest, the Borough President race has been rescheduled a couple of times. Many candidates, including union candidate Elizabeth Crowley had to revamp their campaigns to do more virtual and phone outreach.  Crowley has the most union endorsements with…

Growing Backlash Against Massive Cuts to CUNY
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Growing Backlash Against Massive Cuts to CUNY

New York, NY – At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, legislators granted Governor Andrew Cuomo emergency powers to control New York’s budget. Consequently, the Empire State faces approximately $10 billion in rolling cuts. But PSC-CUNY, the union representing CUNY staff, is urging citizens to support lawmakers who are willing to pushback against the draconian…

Union Healthcare Workers Take a Knee Against Police Brutality and Systemic Racism
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Union Healthcare Workers Take a Knee Against Police Brutality and Systemic Racism

Brooklyn, NY – Healthcare workers continuing to struggle on the front lines of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic spent Thursday’s noontime lunch break invoking the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery — and all the other victims of police violence, both here and across the nation. In Brooklyn, motorists on Rockaway Parkway…

Bklyn, SI Paratransit Workers Reach Deal to End 13-Day Strike
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Bklyn, SI Paratransit Workers Reach Deal to End 13-Day Strike

New York, N.Y.—A tentative contract deal has been reached to end a 13-day-old strike by paratransit workers in Brooklyn and Staten Island, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 announced June 9.  The agreement with the Dallas-based contractor MV Transportation, which describes itself as the nation’s leading provider of paratransit services for elderly and disabled people, was…

Labor Veterans React to Presidents ‘Photo-Op’ that Used Military
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Labor Veterans React to Presidents ‘Photo-Op’ that Used Military

The AFL-CIO’s Union Veterans Council has called for the resignation of both U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley for their participation in the violent clearing of peaceful protesters in Washington DC. The event was staged for a President Trump photo-op.   On the evening…

More Civilians Could Be Taking Over For Desk Duty Cops, Says DC37 Local 1549 VP
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More Civilians Could Be Taking Over For Desk Duty Cops, Says DC37 Local 1549 VP

New York, NY – “Defund the Police” has become a rallying cry among protestors who want to see police precincts demilitarized and defunded with part of their budgets going towards community programs or services following the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota on Memorial Day.  Floyd’s killing has not only led to demonstrators demanding police…

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