Municipal Government

Home Health Aides to Cuomo: Enforce Protective-Gear Mandate Now!
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Home Health Aides to Cuomo: Enforce Protective-Gear Mandate Now!

NEW YORK, N.Y.—For home-health attendants, the COVID-19 epidemic has added danger to an already grueling job. Workers doing 24-hour shifts for 13 hours pay say they now have to contend with the risk of getting exposed to the virus—while receiving little or no protective gear from their employers. “I was sick with COVID-19 for a…

Workers Demand New York State Force Employers to Provide On-the-Job Protections As Reopening Progresses
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Workers Demand New York State Force Employers to Provide On-the-Job Protections As Reopening Progresses

Queens, NY – This week, a cross-section of essential workers throughout the city gathered in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the hardest hit communities during the coronavirus pandemic, to demand New York State pass new legislation compelling employers to provide them with necessary protective gear as New York City enters Phase 3 of its reopening…

Frontline Train Conductor: ‘Reactive’ MTA Should Have Shut the System Down for Two to Four Weeks; Workers Deserve Hazard Pay
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Frontline Train Conductor: ‘Reactive’ MTA Should Have Shut the System Down for Two to Four Weeks; Workers Deserve Hazard Pay

New York, NY – MTA Train Conductor Vincent Clementoni, a member of TWU Local 100, is approaching his seventh year on the job. LaborPress spoke with him to learn about his daily working life and the challenges he faces in the era of coronavirus. Originally from Brooklyn, where he grew up in Park Slope, the…

Public Employee Pensions Under Attack
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Public Employee Pensions Under Attack

New York public servants are members of one of the eight public employee pension systems in the State and City.  Approximately 700,000 active employees are contributing to their future pensions. Approximately 500,000 members and survivors collect Defined Benefits Pensions. We are protected by the NYS constitution – current pension benefits are the state and city’s…

Professional Staff Congress Sues CUNY for Violating Federal CARES Act
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Professional Staff Congress Sues CUNY for Violating Federal CARES Act

New York, NY – The Professional Staff Congress has filed a lawsuit against the City University of New York seeking immediate injunctive relief against the firing of nearly 3,000 adjunct faculty and staff. The layoffs loom, even though the university received a total of $250 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic…

NYC Airport Workers Still Without Healthcare After Massive Industry Bailout
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NYC Airport Workers Still Without Healthcare After Massive Industry Bailout

Queens, New York – Dozens of airport workers that are members of 32BJ SEIU were in a social distancing outdoor rally in the simmering heat at the Katch Astoria Gastropub & Bar in Queens on Thursday, to advocate for the Healthy Terminals Act.  Since the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, the union lost over…

New City Budget Could Ax 1 Out of Every 15 City Workers
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New City Budget Could Ax 1 Out of Every 15 City Workers

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The coronavirus-austerity budget passed by the City Council July 1 could result in one out of every 15 city workers being laid off if labor costs aren’t cut by $1 billion within three months—and the unions representing them aren’t happy about that. “That’s a thank-you we get for fighting the virus,” Uniformed Sanitationmen’s…

Exposing the Bad Apples
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Exposing the Bad Apples

The State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on June 25. The suit alleges Grewal’s orders to expose “Bad apple” cops will have a dangerous impact on those whose names have been disclosed. A directive given by Grewal required the New Jersey Division of State Police, the…

Wellness Where It Counts
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Wellness Where It Counts

Due to the pandemic, the U.S. unemployment rate, according to tradingeconomics.com, went from 3.6% in March 2020 to 14.7% in June. This means roughly 1 in 7 workers are unemployed, excluding off-the-books workers and 1099 contractors. Couple this with the statistical rate of 1 in 5 people that struggle with mental illness in our Country…

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