Municipal Government

N.J. State Workers Rally for ‘Millionaires Tax,’ Against Benefit Cuts
Features, Finance, Labor News Briefs, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

N.J. State Workers Rally for ‘Millionaires Tax,’ Against Benefit Cuts

TRENTON, N.J.—New Jersey public workers rallied outside the Statehouse June 13, supporting Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed tax on income over $1 million and state Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s plans to cut their pension and health benefits. “Come July 1, there will be a full accounting of who was on which side,” Communications Workers of America…

NYC Health Department Closes Two  Schools For Violating Measles Regulations
Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

NYC Health Department Closes Two Schools For Violating Measles Regulations

NEW YORK, NY  – The New York City Health Department has announced it has closed two schools in Williamsburg for failing to comply with an Order of the Health Commissioner in response to the current measles outbreak.  UTA of Williamsburg – Yeshiva Torah V’Yirah (590 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, NY 11249) has been closed for failing to provide…

NYS  Legislation Overhauling  Tenant Protection Laws
Features, Finance, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

NYS Legislation Overhauling Tenant Protection Laws

For years, we have been struggling with a housing affordability crisis in New York.  Countless tenants have been forced from their homes due to skyrocketing rents, harassment, and retaliatory eviction.  Loopholes added to the rent regulation laws since 1994 led to deregulation of approximately 300,000 apartments, contributed to tenant harassment, and drove massive speculation in…

Trumka Against New NAFTA
Features, Finance, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

Trumka Against New NAFTA

WASHINGTON, DC – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is urging union members to lobby against the new NAFTA.  Trumka believes the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA would harm workers just as the treaty it replaced. Trumka is touring through states that have been hardest hit by anti-worker trade rules and agreements like NAFTA. His tour includes Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, swing…

Senior Staff Changes  at  Cinematographers Guild
Entertainment, Features, Municipal Government, National

Senior Staff Changes at Cinematographers Guild

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – The International Cinematographers Guild ( IATSE Local 600) is undergoing major staff changes in both their Western and Eastern Region offices, according to National Executive Director Rebecca Rhine. Alexander Tonisson, a 14-year veteran of the labor movement, has been hired as the Guild’s new Western Region Director. He most recently served as Director of…

Study shows UFT-DOE teacher leader program is a model to follow
Education, Features, Municipal Government, New York

Study shows UFT-DOE teacher leader program is a model to follow

In 2013–14, the United Federation of Teachers and the New York City Department of Education created a  teacher leadership/career pathway program to expand teachers’ voice  in their schools. A study of the program recently released by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the International Institute for Educational Planning (UNESCO-IIEP) found that it…

NYC Legislation to Overhaul the Private Carting Industry
Features, Finance, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

NYC Legislation to Overhaul the Private Carting Industry

New York, NY —  AVM Construction Corp., of Valley Stream, NY, has failed to pay proper prevailing wages to workers related to a publicly-funded New York City construction project.    The defendants, Vickram Mangru and his wife Gayatri Mangru were sentenced in Bronx County Supreme Court. Vickram Mangru will serve 30 days in jail, followed by 3…

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