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NYS Assembly to Strengthen Rent Laws

March 17, 2011By Neal TepelA report released by the Assembly, verified rent stabilized housing’s critical role in protecting millions of working New Yorkers. The document, The New Housing Emergency, revealed that more than 10,000 rent regulated apartments are lost each year because of loopholes in the rent laws set to expire on June 15th. More…

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Wisconsin Firefighters Shut Down Bank That Funded Walker

Reprint March 16, 2011 By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd – March 11, 2011http://www.alternet.org Everybody knows the GOP’s biggest weakness is money, so why not hit ’em in the sweet spot? That’s what many amazing Wisconsin firefighters did when they collectively began withdrawing their funds from Madison’s M&I Bank whose executives and board members were among the…

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Community Groups and Unions – Join Coalition


March 11, 2011By Stephanie West

Leaders of New York’s community groups and unions launched the Strong Economy for All Coalition Tuesday to press for policies to benefit working, middle class and low income New Yorkers, including retaining the “Millionaires Tax,” job creation, fair taxation, better wages, emergency homeless services, effective government action and strong consumer protections…

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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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