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Sepúlveda Throws Support Behind Public Works Bill
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Sepúlveda Throws Support Behind Public Works Bill

New York, NY – Within a few short months State Senator Luis Sepúlveda has done an about-face in regards to the Public Works Bill [S1947]. Three months ago, members of labor union Laborers Local 79, which represents construction workers, rallied against Sepúlveda outside his office in the Bronx for not supporting the bill and on…

Teamsters Local 237 Executive Board Sworn In
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Teamsters Local 237 Executive Board Sworn In

New York, NY – Teamsters Local 237 inducted the seven elected members of its Executive Board on Friday, January 17. The slate includes Gregory Floyd, president; Ruben Torres, vice-president; Donald Arnold, secretary-treasurer; Jeanette Taveras, recording secretary; Curtis Scott, trustee; Ben Carenza, trustee; and Catherine Rice, trustee. Local 237 is the largest local union in the…

House Bill Aims to Help NYC Cabbies Survive Underwater Medallion Loans
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House Bill Aims to Help NYC Cabbies Survive Underwater Medallion Loans

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Representative Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) introduced a bill January 16, to exempt debt relief for taxi drivers from federal taxes. The measure, cosponsored by all of the city’s House members plus Long Island Republican Peter King, is a second front in the struggle to win relief for yellow-cab owner-drivers who owe hundreds of thousands…

Bernie Sanders Earns Major Union Endorsements Ahead of Upcoming Primaries
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Bernie Sanders Earns Major Union Endorsements Ahead of Upcoming Primaries

CONCORD, N.H.—Two major unions in the four states with upcoming presidential primaries or caucuses have endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for President. In New Hampshire, SEA/SEIU Local 1984, the state’s second-largest union, announced Jan. 12 it would back the Vermont senator in the Feb. 11 primary, as it did in 2016. In Nevada, the Clark County…

‘It’s Working People and Poor People Who Will Be Sent to Fight This War’
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‘It’s Working People and Poor People Who Will Be Sent to Fight This War’

New York, NY – “I don’t think there’s a single one of our colleagues who’s for this war.” On January 9, an energized group of New Yorkers concerned that the Trump administration’s assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleiman and a number of other Iranian officials earlier this month is being used to plunge the…

W.Va. Supreme Court to Rule on Union-Shop Ban
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W.Va. Supreme Court to Rule on Union-Shop Ban

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—The West Virginia Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Jan. 15 on the state’s appeal of a lower-court decision striking down its 2016 law banning the union shop. The state AFL-CIO challenged the so-called “right-to-work” law’s constitutionality just before it went into effect, arguing that it was an unconstitutional “taking” of unions’ property because…

Building Managers at 30 Wall Street Pull the Rug Out from Under Workers and Their Families
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Building Managers at 30 Wall Street Pull the Rug Out from Under Workers and Their Families

New York, NY – Building service workers who had earned family sustaining wages and benefits helping to run 30 Wall Street are beginning the new year wondering what the heck just happened to their little piece of the American Dream after Colonnade Management introduced a new contractor and torpedoed their jobs. Workers, some with a…

Trump Labor Dept. Narrows ‘Joint Employer’ Rule to Favor Franchises
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Trump Labor Dept. Narrows ‘Joint Employer’ Rule to Favor Franchises

WASHINGTON—A rule released by the federal Department of Labor Jan. 12 will narrow when companies can be considered “joint employers,” making it harder for them to be held responsible for wages or working conditions at their franchises or contractors. The rule, which will go into effect March 16, is intended to reverse a 2015 decision…

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