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Senator’s Pension-Cut Proposal Infuriates N.J. Unions
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Senator’s Pension-Cut Proposal Infuriates N.J. Unions

TRENTON, N.J.—A top New Jersey politician’s proposal to set up a two-tier pension system for government workers and cut their health benefits immediately infuriated public-sector unions. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) introduced a 27-bill package May 16 that would move non-uniformed public-sector workers on the job for five years or less to a hybrid…

Reporter’s Notebook: Mayor de Blasio Runs For President
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Reporter’s Notebook: Mayor de Blasio Runs For President

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Earlier this week, I got an email from a PR person touting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s impending run for President. It included five questions he said he could answer. I decided it would be unprofessionally snarky to reply with my own answers, but now that the mayor has officially announced, here they are:…

12 Unions Urge Stronger Statewide Rent Regulations
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12 Unions Urge Stronger Statewide Rent Regulations

ALBANY, N.Y.—A dozen New York State labor leaders are urging the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to enact laws that would both strengthen the state’s rent-stabilization laws and extend tenant protections to almost all its renter households. “In their homes, just like in their workplaces, our members—tenants—need protection from unfair and unreasonable rent increases, from…

In Another Blow To Worker Rights, NLRB Takes Sides Against For-Hire Drivers
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In Another Blow To Worker Rights, NLRB Takes Sides Against For-Hire Drivers

WASHINGTON—In a memo released May 14, a National Labor Relations Board lawyer has instructed the agency to presume that Uber drivers are independent contractors and not employees entitled to minimum wage, workers’ compensation, and the right to form unions. The memo, written in April by associate general counsel Jayme L. Sophir, recommends that NLRB regional…

Chinese Rail Workers Remembered on 150th Anniversary of ‘Golden Spike’
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Chinese Rail Workers Remembered on 150th Anniversary of ‘Golden Spike’

OGDEN, Utah—The descendants of Chinese immigrants who worked on the first transcontinental railroad marked the 150th anniversary of its completion May 9. Margaret Yee of the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association helped Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and a descendant of Union Pacific’s chief engineer on the project tap a ceremonial spike in Ogden. “They say…

Toledo Nurses Strike Over Understaffing, Scheduling
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Toledo Nurses Strike Over Understaffing, Scheduling

TOLEDO, Ohio—Before almost 1,900 nurses, lab technicians, and support staff went on strike at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center May 6, United Auto Workers Locals 2213 and 12 had already agreed that a three-year contract would raise pay by 2%. But money’s not the main problem, union leaders and rank-and-file members say: Understaffing and…

New Members to NYC M/WBE
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New Members to NYC M/WBE

NEW YORK, NY – Seven new members have been appointed to the City’s Minority – and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) Advisory Board. Their role continues to be to help create more economic opportunity for M/WBEs. “The M/WBE Advisory Board has been a crucial partner in helping us reach some of our most important milestones, including awarding…

New Calls For A General Strike In The Face Of Coming Climate Catastrophe!
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New Calls For A General Strike In The Face Of Coming Climate Catastrophe!

New York,, NY – Shut. It. Down. Amalgamated Transit Union VP Bruce Hamilton, this weekend, urged U.S. trade unionists to “learn from our past” and start building towards a general strike in a last ditch effort to avert climate disaster.  “What we need to understand is that climate struggle is class struggle,” Hamilton told the…

Oregon Teachers’ Walkout Shuts 600 Schools for a Day
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Oregon Teachers’ Walkout Shuts 600 Schools for a Day

PORTLAND, Ore.—A one-day walkout by thousands of teachers May 8 closed 600 schools, including those in Portland. They took unpaid days off to go to rallies around the state to demand smaller class sizes; restoring music, art, and gym classes; and hiring more counselors, librarians, and school nurses. “Nearly 45% of all reported classes in…

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