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Home Health Aides to Cuomo: Enforce Protective-Gear Mandate Now!
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Home Health Aides to Cuomo: Enforce Protective-Gear Mandate Now!

NEW YORK, N.Y.—For home-health attendants, the COVID-19 epidemic has added danger to an already grueling job. Workers doing 24-hour shifts for 13 hours pay say they now have to contend with the risk of getting exposed to the virus—while receiving little or no protective gear from their employers. “I was sick with COVID-19 for a…

Workers Demand New York State Force Employers to Provide On-the-Job Protections As Reopening Progresses
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Workers Demand New York State Force Employers to Provide On-the-Job Protections As Reopening Progresses

Queens, NY – This week, a cross-section of essential workers throughout the city gathered in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the hardest hit communities during the coronavirus pandemic, to demand New York State pass new legislation compelling employers to provide them with necessary protective gear as New York City enters Phase 3 of its reopening…

Airline Contractor Flouting NYC Sick Leave Protections to Pay Workers Over $150,000 in Restitution
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Airline Contractor Flouting NYC Sick Leave Protections to Pay Workers Over $150,000 in Restitution

New York, NY – Months of collective action have paid off for local airport workers cheated out sick leave during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This week, Eulen America, the airline contractor providing American Airlines with customer service representatives, baggage handlers, cargo agents and wheelchair agents, finally decided to settle a lawsuit involving more than 400…

Social Distancing Challenges NYC Carpenters Trying to Work Safe During COVID-19 Crisis
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Social Distancing Challenges NYC Carpenters Trying to Work Safe During COVID-19 Crisis

NEW YORK, N.Y.—“Construction is a very difficult job to do social distancing on,” New York City District Council of Carpenters President Paul Capurso tells LaborPress. But as the construction industry recovers from its epidemic-peak nadir, the union is relying on protective gear and education to keep its members safe.  Capurso took office in early March,…

Frontline Train Conductor: ‘Reactive’ MTA Should Have Shut the System Down for Two to Four Weeks; Workers Deserve Hazard Pay
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Frontline Train Conductor: ‘Reactive’ MTA Should Have Shut the System Down for Two to Four Weeks; Workers Deserve Hazard Pay

New York, NY – MTA Train Conductor Vincent Clementoni, a member of TWU Local 100, is approaching his seventh year on the job. LaborPress spoke with him to learn about his daily working life and the challenges he faces in the era of coronavirus. Originally from Brooklyn, where he grew up in Park Slope, the…

Professional Staff Congress Sues CUNY for Violating Federal CARES Act
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Professional Staff Congress Sues CUNY for Violating Federal CARES Act

New York, NY – The Professional Staff Congress has filed a lawsuit against the City University of New York seeking immediate injunctive relief against the firing of nearly 3,000 adjunct faculty and staff. The layoffs loom, even though the university received a total of $250 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic…

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…

NYC Airport Workers Still Without Healthcare After Massive Industry Bailout
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NYC Airport Workers Still Without Healthcare After Massive Industry Bailout

Queens, New York – Dozens of airport workers that are members of 32BJ SEIU were in a social distancing outdoor rally in the simmering heat at the Katch Astoria Gastropub & Bar in Queens on Thursday, to advocate for the Healthy Terminals Act.  Since the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, the union lost over…

New City Budget Could Ax 1 Out of Every 15 City Workers
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New City Budget Could Ax 1 Out of Every 15 City Workers

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The coronavirus-austerity budget passed by the City Council July 1 could result in one out of every 15 city workers being laid off if labor costs aren’t cut by $1 billion within three months—and the unions representing them aren’t happy about that. “That’s a thank-you we get for fighting the virus,” Uniformed Sanitationmen’s…

Exposing the Bad Apples
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Exposing the Bad Apples

The State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on June 25. The suit alleges Grewal’s orders to expose “Bad apple” cops will have a dangerous impact on those whose names have been disclosed. A directive given by Grewal required the New Jersey Division of State Police, the…

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