Municipal Government

Allentown Newspaper Staff Join NewsGuild
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Allentown Newspaper Staff Join NewsGuild

ALLENTOWN, Pa.—Editorial staff at the Allentown Morning Call, the Lehigh Valley’s largest newspaper,have joined the NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America. The Morning Call Guild said staff were suffering from “stagnant pay, shrinking newsrooms and an ever-growing workload.” “We know unionizing doesn’t magically solve the problems with the news industry,” said reporter Michelle Merlin. “But it does…

Cabbies Circle Cuomo’s Office In Protest of $2.50 Surcharge
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Cabbies Circle Cuomo’s Office In Protest of $2.50 Surcharge

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Lines of yellow cabs oozed past Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Third Avenue offices March 6, honking their horns in polyphonic cacophony, their hoods, back-seat windows, and fenders bearing posters reading “Respect the Drivers” and “No More Suicides, No More Bankruptcies.” Someone called out “Tax the rich” in a South Asian accent, and the drivers…

WBUR Employees Vote  SAG-AFTRA
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WBUR Employees Vote SAG-AFTRA

Boston, Mass. – WBUR in Boston voted SAG-AFTRA as their union. With an overwhelming election result of 73 to 3 the journalists at WBUR decided the union way was best. The bargaining unit will cover producers, editors, hosts, reporters and writers at the NPR affiliate in Boston. This new SAG-AFTRA affiliate is now preparing for negotiations with Boston…

Drivers At DHL Contractor In Los Angeles Vote To Join Teamsters
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Drivers At DHL Contractor In Los Angeles Vote To Join Teamsters

Los Angeles, Ca. – Drivers at KWK Trucking in Los Angeles, a contractor for DHL Express, voted  to beteamsters represented by Teamsters Local 986. “It feels wonderful being a Teamster, seeing our long effort finally pay off,” said Sergio Rodriguez, a lead driver and five-year employee. “We work with drivers from DHL who have a contract that…

AFT Weingarten: Legislation needed to Protect Healthcare Workers
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AFT Weingarten: Legislation needed to Protect Healthcare Workers

Washington, DC — The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1309), introduced by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), would make nurses and healthcare workers safer in their workplaces. The bill requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to develop protection measures and enforceable safety standards for people who work in front-line healthcare jobs. Those…

AT&T Layoffs Continue
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AT&T Layoffs Continue

New York, NY – AT&T is continuing to go ahead with another round of layoffs. Despite billions in tax breaks reductions are on the way. Our sources indicate that ongoing personell reductions and outsourcing aboard will continue indefinately.  The company’s position is clear – the workforce needs to be ‘adjusted’. As  managers are  briefed on…

Congress Introducing Permanent 9/11 Fund
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Congress Introducing Permanent 9/11 Fund

Washington DC – Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the Congress that would ensure all 9/11 first responders that were injured by toxins at Ground Zero would receive full compensation. On February 15, 2019, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund anounced  that due to a funding shortfall, injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors will receive…

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