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Gagging on the Gig Economy: Labor Dept. Fast-Tracks Rule Widening Independent-Contractor Status
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Gagging on the Gig Economy: Labor Dept. Fast-Tracks Rule Widening Independent-Contractor Status

WASHINGTON—The Labor Department has proposed a rule intended to make it easier for employers to classify workers as independent contractors—and is fast-tracking it so it could be finalized before the next President takes office. The proposed rule, announced Sept. 22, would widen when workers can be considered an independent contractor instead of an employee. Independent…

Labor Mourns RBG – Hopes to Stop Trump From Further Packing U.S. Supreme Court
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Labor Mourns RBG – Hopes to Stop Trump From Further Packing U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON—Several major labor unions are opposing President Donald Trump’s bid to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the election, but Senate Republicans appear to have fallen into line to confirm whomever he nominates. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who in 2016 blocked consideration of President Barack Obama’s nominee Judge Merrick Garland…

COVID Crisis and the Toll on Our Mental Health
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COVID Crisis and the Toll on Our Mental Health

New York, NY​ – Although plans for a Coronavirus vaccine are still unclear as we move into the cooler months of autumn, some of our city’s prior mental health initiatives have given way to Covid updates and stories about infections. Before the outbreak, companies were rapidly spending more for the mental health of their employees….

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg an Icon
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg an Icon

“Justice Ginsburg is an icon. She leaves behind a legacy as a brilliant, hardworking jurist and a trailblazing feminist; her loss is incalculable. Long before she became notorious, she broke barriers most never even dreamed to approach. Her unfailing sense of justice reminded us of its awesome power, and her unbending sense of duty reminded…

Laborers Local 79 Confront Worker Exploitation at Beekman St. Construction Site
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Laborers Local 79 Confront Worker Exploitation at Beekman St. Construction Site

New York, NY – On Friday morning, Sept. 18, employees of SL Green Realty Corporation arrived at the corporate headquarters at 420 Lexington Avenue to find a big rat inflated outside the main entrance. This comes only a few days after their ceremonial ribbon cutting celebration for the proud opening of one of the city’s…

Local 420 President Jeers State’s ‘Reactive’ Posture in the Face of COVID-19
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Local 420 President Jeers State’s ‘Reactive’ Posture in the Face of COVID-19

New York, NY – Carmen Charles is president of the New York City Municipal Hospitals Employees Union, Local 420, DC37, AFSCME. The union represents healthcare workers in NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H), the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). She…

Pushed Too Far, Nursing Home Workers Strike
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Pushed Too Far, Nursing Home Workers Strike

WELLSVILLE, N.Y.—After spending more than two years trying to win their first union contract, workers at the Highland Park Nursing Home in Wellsville staged a two-day strike Sept. 17-19, protesting unfair labor practices by the home’s owner. “We’ve been in negotiations for almost 26 months,” says Cindy Costello, a veteran licensed practical nurse who has…

Hunter College Educators, Parents Demand COVID Testing, Ventilation Inspections and Contact Tracing
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Hunter College Educators, Parents Demand COVID Testing, Ventilation Inspections and Contact Tracing

New York, NY – On Wednesday, September 16, angry Hunter College educators rallied outside the campus demanding random COVID-19 testing, room-by-room ventilation inspections and contact tracing. “Why are Hunter Campus Schools students, teachers and staff not entitled to the same safety standards as all other New York City public school students? Are Hunter College and CUNY…

Parents, Teachers Unite Against ‘Super-Spreader’ School Reopenings
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Parents, Teachers Unite Against ‘Super-Spreader’ School Reopenings

New York, NY – The city may have agreed to delay in-person classes for 10 days amid a potential strike from the UFT, but for some parents it’s not enough to ensure the safety of their youngest loved ones. Earlier this month, Tanesha Grant, the former administrator for the Wall of Moms chapter in New…

‘Modern Day Slavery’ Inside NYC’s Construction Industry
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‘Modern Day Slavery’ Inside NYC’s Construction Industry

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Wearing orange-and-black facemasks and waving “I AM WORTHY” signs that evoked the landmark 1968 strike by sanitation workers in Memphis, more than 200 construction workers rallied in Manhattan Sept. 15, as Laborers’ Local 79 and the Mason Tenders District Council launched a campaign against the “body shop” system of supplying low-wage nonunion labor…

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