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Met Council Director Rapfogel Sentenced
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Met Council Director Rapfogel Sentenced

July 30, 2014 By Neal Tepel New York, NY – William Rapfogel, former executive director and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty has been sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $3 million in restitution to Met Council. The Attorney General’s investigation revealed that Rapfogel…

Vito Marcantonio Lives In August!
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Vito Marcantonio Lives In August!

July 24, 2014 By Joe Maniscalco New York, NY – Although largely overlooked today, Vito Marcantonio was one of the most potent champions for working men and women in the 20th Century. On August 9th, at 1 p.m., the late U.S. congressman and labor advocate will get an opportunity to speak directly to today’s constituency at a…

Can Unions Overcome the Supreme Court’s Latest?
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Can Unions Overcome the Supreme Court’s Latest?

July 21, 2014 By Steven Wishnia The Supreme Court’s June 30 decision in Harris v. Quinn—which held that home health-care aides hired by individuals do not have to pay “fair-share fees” to the unions that represent them—attacks labor in two ways. First, it undermines recent efforts to organize home health-care aides, who work in one…

Rodneyse Bichotte Picks Up Labor Endorsements
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Rodneyse Bichotte Picks Up Labor Endorsements

July 21, 2014 By Stephanie West Brooklyn, NY – Citing her commitment to working people, the Building and Construction Trade Council of Greater New York, Teamsters Joint Council 16, Tenants Political Action Committee, Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, and the Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York & Long Island have endosed…

N.J. Building Council Supports Sweeney for Governor in 2017
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N.J. Building Council Supports Sweeney for Governor in 2017

July 17, 2014 By Stephanie West New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council  President Bill Mullen urged Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) to run for governor in 2017. President Mullen made the announcement of support at the trades council  convention in Atlantic City July 15th. The Council represents about 100 union locals with over…

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Rand Paul Leads the GOP Pack for 2016

July 15, 2014 By John Zogby A new Zogby Analytics poll of likely Republican primary voters in 2016 shows Rand Paul starting to build a lead over better known – and more establishment – GOP figures. The poll of 282 likely and eligible voters in GOP presidential primaries was conducted June 27-29 and has a…

Immigration Reform Needed Now
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Immigration Reform Needed Now

July 9, 2014 By AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Washington, DC – John Boehner has acknowledged that the Republican House of Representatives will not hold a vote on the bipartisan Senate immigration bill. Responsibility for the historic failure to enact comprehensive immigration reform lies squarely, completely and embarrassingly at the feet of the Republican leaders of…

Crime Wave in Albany Continues to Grow
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Crime Wave in Albany Continues to Grow

July 9, 2014 By Dick Dadey, Citizens Union Executive Director Albany NY – Ten Unethical Legislators in 2013-14 is Double the previous record of 5 in 2007-2008. Good Legislators’ Inaction on ethics have allows bad legislators to hide in the darkness of corruption. The crime wave of corruption in Albany has reached epic proportions with 26…

Teamsters Announce Senate Endorsements
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Teamsters Announce Senate Endorsements

July 8, 2014 By Stephanie West New York, NY – Teamsters Joint Council 16 has announced endorsements in three competitive New York State Senate races. The union is backing Senator Gustavo Rivera for reelection in his Bronx district, SEIU1199 veteran Dell Smitherman to unseat Senator John Sampson in Brooklyn, and Queens Deputy Borough President Leroy…

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Organizing Workers in Tobacco Fields

June 8, 2014 By David Flores My life as a farmworker began when I was nine years old, working alongside my parents harvesting cucumbers, tomatoes, cherries, and strawberries. This summer, my heart is leading me back to the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) to be part of the largest farmworker organizing drive since Cesar Chavez.

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