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Laborers Protest ‘Leaning Tower of New York’
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Laborers Protest ‘Leaning Tower of New York’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—“This looks like the Leaning Tower of New York,” says Joe Scopo, head organizer of District Council 16 of the Cement and Concrete Workers, as about a dozen Laborers Union members and supporters rallied outside a condominium building under construction in Manhattan Nov. 13.  The 13-story structure at Sixth Avenue and 14th Street is…

Workers Jeer McDonald’s as ‘Rotten from Top to Bottom;’ Walk Out and File Class Action Lawsuit
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Workers Jeer McDonald’s as ‘Rotten from Top to Bottom;’ Walk Out and File Class Action Lawsuit

New York, NY – Ronald McDonald’s image as America’s innocuous grinning clown took another series hit on Tuesday, November 12, after the American Civil Liberties Union and fast food workers in Michigan hit the multibillion-dollar eatery with a class action lawsuit alleging a “systemic problem” of sexual harassment in the shadow of its “Golden Arches.”…

Philly Public-Radio Staff Votes to Join SAG-AFTRA
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Philly Public-Radio Staff Votes to Join SAG-AFTRA

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—News staff at WHYY, Philadelphia’s public radio and TV station, voted 70-1 on Oct. 30 to join SAG-AFTRA. “It’s official! With 99% of the vote, we have won our union!” the WHYY Union exulted on Twitter. The union will represent almost 90 workers, but management is disputing whether 11 of them are eligible to…

Labor Activist Wins Primary Election for White Plains Common Council
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Labor Activist Wins Primary Election for White Plains Common Council

Reprinted aflcio.org Jenn Puja (IUOE), a labor activist and organizer, won her primary race for White Plains Common Council in New York this week. Puja, along with two other labor-endorsed candidates, advanced to the general election in November. Puja received strong labor backing, including from Operating Engineers (IUOE) General President James T. Callahan, and thanked all…

Michael Bloomberg: The WORST Democratic Candidate Possible
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Michael Bloomberg: The WORST Democratic Candidate Possible

Michael Bloomberg would be the worst candidate the Democrats could possibly nominate in 2020—unless they cross-endorse Donald Trump. The former New York mayor, who has begun preparations to run in the later primaries next year, has a grossly undeserved reputation as a “moderate.” His core ideology is plutocratic, that government’s primary purpose is to help…

National Endowment for Democracy Workers Join OPEIU
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National Endowment for Democracy Workers Join OPEIU

WASHINGTON—Workers at the National Endowment for Democracy voted to join Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 2 on Oct. 30. The union said it won by a 7-1 margin after about 10 months of organizing. It will represent about 150 workers, including program and grant officers, compliance experts, auditors, researchers, communications specialists, and public…

UAW Recommends Workers Ratify Deal With Ford
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UAW Recommends Workers Ratify Deal With Ford

DETROIT, Mich.—The United Auto Workers’ National Ford Council voted Nov. 1 to recommend that members ratify the tentative agreement the union reached with Ford Motor Co. Oct. 30. Like the UAW’s new contract with General Motors, the four-year deal would give workers 3% raises in its second and fourth years, with lump-sum bonuses of 4% of their…

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