Law and Politics

Nurses in Crisis: We Can’t Wait for Biden/Harris to Change Course
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Nurses in Crisis: We Can’t Wait for Biden/Harris to Change Course

New York, NY – Nurses across the country continue to grapple with ongoing physical, mental, and emotional anguish as they try to shoulder the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis — often becoming surrogate family members to an unprecedented amount of dying patients. As the national death toll surpasses a quarter of a million fatalities, nurses are still…

NSBCTC President Calls Anti-Mask Crowd ‘Sinful’ – Champions Smart Safety Protocols
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NSBCTC President Calls Anti-Mask Crowd ‘Sinful’ – Champions Smart Safety Protocols

Long Island, NY – Last spring, Long Island was a hotbed of COVID-19, and although cases are once again spiking in New York, efforts to curtail the virus resulted in the Empire State eventually ranking fourth in the lowest infection rates nationwide. That achievement helped many Suffolk County businesses keep the lights on. “A coalition…

Jersey-Based Company is Violating Long Island First Policy, Local 66 Political Coordinator Says
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Jersey-Based Company is Violating Long Island First Policy, Local 66 Political Coordinator Says

Melville, L.I. – Members of Laborers Local 66 are protesting outside the former Newsday building in Melville this week, after learning the new property owners, despite receiving generous tax breaks, will not be using local demolition services on the construction site. The union believes Hartz Mountain Industries Inc., a New Jersey company, should not be…

Not All Business is Down During the Pandemic
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Not All Business is Down During the Pandemic

New York, NY – Although the year 2020 has been a bust for many companies and small businesses, there are some businesses that have experienced a steady upswing. Small businesses, such as drafting services for those looking to make home improvements, have been fortunate. Delivery services have become important to those who do not want…

2020 Heroes of Labor: Oren Barzilay, Local 2507, Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics, and Fire Inspectors President
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2020 Heroes of Labor: Oren Barzilay, Local 2507, Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics, and Fire Inspectors President

Editor’s Note: On Thursday, November  19, LaborPress and Emblem Health bring you the second half of the 9th Annual LaborPress Heroes of Labor Awards. The virtual event beginning at 2 p.m. will feature a timely discussion with union leaders representing New York City Emergency Services workers. Honorees include Uniformed Fire Alarm Dispatchers Benevolent Association President Faye Smyth; Uniformed Firefighters…

Confronting Our Historic Failure on Racism
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Confronting Our Historic Failure on Racism

Editor’s Note: Larry Moskowitz’s first picket line was in 1964 demanding federal intervention when Civil Rights activists Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney went missing, but before their bodies were found. He was a leader of the anti-war movement in Maine and a rank and file Teamster in Massachusetts.The founding staff member of The Working Families Party,…

‘They Need it Now’ – 32BJ Calls on Cuomo to Sign Healthy Terminals Act
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‘They Need it Now’ – 32BJ Calls on Cuomo to Sign Healthy Terminals Act

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Standing on circles chalked six feet apart, members of SEIU 32BJ and supporters rallied at LaGuardia Airport Nov. 17 to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that would require airport employers to subsidize workers’ health insurance. The bill, the Healthy Terminals Act, was passed by the state Legislature in July. It…

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer Endorses Taxi Union’s Debt-Relief Plan
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NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer Endorses Taxi Union’s Debt-Relief Plan

NEW YORK, N.Y.—City Comptroller Scott Stringer has endorsed the New York Taxi Workers’ Alliance’s plan to relieve up to 6,000 yellow-cab owner-drivers of massive debt. The comptroller announced his support for the plan at a rally on Broadway outside City Hall Nov. 12, saying his office has vetted the proposal and “found it fiscally sound.”…

Phil Cohen Memoir Chronicles the Fight against Union Busting in North Carolina
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Phil Cohen Memoir Chronicles the Fight against Union Busting in North Carolina

New York, NY – Phil Cohen, a veteran organizer, was called out of retirement in 2017 by Workers United/SEIU to investigate and expose an illegal union-busting plot by Mohawk Industries at its North Carolina carpet mill. Cohen’s account of his fight to prove that management was behind an unlawful decertification petition and forced workers to…

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