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Postmaster’s Rationale for Removing Vital Sorting Machines Falls Apart
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Postmaster’s Rationale for Removing Vital Sorting Machines Falls Apart

New York, NY – The US Postal Service under Trump-installed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is asking the American public to believe that removing nearly 700 mail processing machines from plants nationwide is just a “routine” cost-saving measure — and not a brazen attempt to steal the 2020 Presidential Election two months ahead of the vote. …

Mourning Labor Leaders Warn: ‘We Must Build a Better World’
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Mourning Labor Leaders Warn: ‘We Must Build a Better World’

New York, NY – Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, joined National Nurses United President Jean Ross, RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum and frontline workers for the Jewish Labor Committee’s national day of mourning held July 28. “The coronavirus was real for the people that I represent before it was on the…

Trillions for Corporations – Crumbs for You: $600 Lifeline for the Unemployed Evaporates
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Trillions for Corporations – Crumbs for You: $600 Lifeline for the Unemployed Evaporates

WASHINGTON—The extra $600 a week in unemployment-insurance benefits that has helped support more than 30 million people who lost work in the COVID-19 epidemic is likely to expire July 31 without being extended by Congress. While the House passed a relief bill in May, the $3 trillion HEROES Act, that would have extended the supplement…

California Child Care Providers Make History With Unionization Vote
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California Child Care Providers Make History With Unionization Vote

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—After 17 years of trying, 43,000 California childcare providers finally have a union. The union, Child Care Providers United, won 97% of the vote in representation-election results announced July 27. An alliance of SEIU Local 99 in Los Angeles, SEIU Local 521 in San Jose, and the United Domestic Workers in San Diego, AFSCME…

Labor Joins Black Lives Matter in Coast to Coast Action Against Systemic Racism, Police Brutality and Economic Inequality
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Labor Joins Black Lives Matter in Coast to Coast Action Against Systemic Racism, Police Brutality and Economic Inequality

New York, NY – Workers in more than 150 cities staged walkouts and rallies as part of a nationwide “strike for black lives” July 20. Those actions included an early-morning strike by 1,500 office-building janitors in San Francisco; rallies by McDonald’s and hospital workers in Chicago; marches by fast-food workers in St. Louis and Durham,…

Unions Press Senators to Extend $600 Unemployment Payments as Clock Ticks Down
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Unions Press Senators to Extend $600 Unemployment Payments as Clock Ticks Down

WASHINGTON—With at least one out of every nine American workers still jobless, the extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits enacted in March is scheduled to expire before the end of the month. Labor unions are mounting a campaign to overcome Senate Republicans’ resistance to extending them. The House passed a bill in mid-May, the…

The Hazard Isn’t Over: Frontline Workers Urge Public to Support Them in the Fight for More COVID-19 Protections
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The Hazard Isn’t Over: Frontline Workers Urge Public to Support Them in the Fight for More COVID-19 Protections

Queens, NY – Essential workers, labor activists and safety advocates are increasing their demand for better protections for frontline workers in a new COVID-19 relief package already approved by the House, but left in limbo since July 2, when the U.S. Senate was last in session. While essential workers have been working non-stop since the…

App-Based Giants Muscle Their Way Onto California Ballot; Threaten Worker Rights
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App-Based Giants Muscle Their Way Onto California Ballot; Threaten Worker Rights

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Lyft, Uber, and DoorDash have gotten an initiative on the November state ballot that would redefine their taxi drivers and delivery workers as independent contractors instead of employees, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced July 1. The Proposition 22 initiative would exempt app-based drivers from Assembly Bill 5, the state law enacted last fall…

Supreme Court Delays Decision on Taking ‘Janus II’ Case
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Supreme Court Delays Decision on Taking ‘Janus II’ Case

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court won’t decide whether to take the case dubbed “Janus II” until at least this fall. Mark Janus, plaintiff in the Court’s 2018 Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 decision that ruled public-sector workers could not be required to pay “fair-share fees” to the union representing them, filed a follow-up suit demanding that Council…

$1 Trillion Needed to Prevent Public Services Collapse, Saunders Says
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$1 Trillion Needed to Prevent Public Services Collapse, Saunders Says

WASHINGTON—Congress needs to enact “at least $1 trillion” in federal aid for state and local governments in order to prevent public services from collapsing, AFSCME President Lee Saunders declared this month. Speaking on a June 18, telephone press conference organized by the union, he said about 1.6 million public-sector workers have lost their jobs since the COVID-19…

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