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Call for Stronger Rent Laws
Law and Politics, New York

Call for Stronger Rent Laws

May 7, 2015 By Neal Tepel New York, NY – To stem the loss of affordable apartments to deregulation — more than 35,000 affordable apartments have left rent regulation since 2011 — Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for stronger rent laws.  

Say Goodbye to Democracy
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Say Goodbye to Democracy

May 6, 2015 By Thomas J. Mackell, Jr., Ed.D. Special Advisor to the International President, International Longshoreman’s Association North Bergen, NJ – Well it has begun. The Main Street supermarket is chock full of some twenty potential Republican presidential candidates who are now on display and will be crisscrossing the country and the airwaves for…

Sanitation Workers Say Speaking Out Got ’em Canned
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Sanitation Workers Say Speaking Out Got ’em Canned

May 5, 2015 By Joe Maniscalco Brooklyn, NY – The tug-o-war over the future of New York City's commercial sanitation industry is getting ugly following a special city council hearing held less than a week ago, in which private carting company workers testified about slave wages, 16-hour shifts and dangerously faulty equipment.

Republicans Go After State Prevailing-Wage Laws
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Republicans Go After State Prevailing-Wage Laws

May 5, 2015 By LaborPress With Republicans controlling more than two-thirds of the nation’s state legislatures, they’re going after prevailing-wage laws. Indiana’s legislature passed a bill last month repealing the state’s law that workers on public construction projects must be paid the “common construction wage,” and Gov. Mike Pence is about to sign it.

SEIU 1199 Supported by Boston City Council
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SEIU 1199 Supported by Boston City Council

April 30, 2015 By Neal Tepel Boston, MA – The Boston City Council has formerly requested the CEOs of two major Boston hospitals allow for a free and fair union election for hospital staff at Tufts Medical Center,located in Boston. Tufts Medical Center, the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine, has more…

Cities Oppose Trans-Pacific Partnership
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Cities Oppose Trans-Pacific Partnership

April 30, 2015 By Stephanie West New York, NY –  On the heels of Mayor Bill de Blasio criticizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as a “raw deal” and "huge mistake,” the New York City Council voted to pass a resolution declaring the city a “TPP-free zone” and urging Congress to reject “Fast Track” legislation for the trade deal.

Stop the Fast Track to Lower Wages
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Stop the Fast Track to Lower Wages

April 22, 2015 By Richard Trumka, president, AFL-CIO Washington, DC – At a time when workers all over the country are standing up for higher wages, Congress is considering legislation that will speed through corporate-driven trade deals. For decades, we’ve seen how fast-tracked trade deals devastated our communities through lost jobs and eroded public services.

Obama Weakened Over Iran, Trade
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Obama Weakened Over Iran, Trade

April 21, 2015 By John Zogby Washington DC – Not a good time for the president. A bipartisan Congress dissed Mr. Obama by voting overwhelmingly for a stronger role in the Iran nuclear deal. The president is not severely weakened but he certainly didn't want what he considers to be interference. However, at least he…

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