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Healthy Terminal Act Clears Hurdle; Awaits Cuomo’s Signature
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Healthy Terminal Act Clears Hurdle; Awaits Cuomo’s Signature

Queens, NY – Unprotected airport workers have fought for more than a year for access to affordable healthcare — and as of Wednesday, they now have enough support from the New York Legislature to pass a bill that will achieve their goals. All that is left for the Healthy Terminals Act to become a reality…

No Way to Treat a Hero: L.I. Hospital Workers Rally for Hazard Pay
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No Way to Treat a Hero: L.I. Hospital Workers Rally for Hazard Pay

STONY BROOK, N.Y.—More than 250 workers at Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island rallied in 90-degree heat July 22, demanding that the state university system give them $2,500 in hazardous-duty pay for working extra during the COVID-19 epidemic. “We have workers putting their lives on the line.” Carlos Speight, president of Civil Service Employees…

NYC Unions Challenge Trumpian Racism and the ‘Three-Pronged Crisis’ Gripping American Workers
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NYC Unions Challenge Trumpian Racism and the ‘Three-Pronged Crisis’ Gripping American Workers

New York, NY – Angry trade unionists on the front lines of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic stood up, on Monday morning, against the “three-pronged crisis” gripping workers in Donald Trump’s America, demanding an end to systemic racism and the immediate passage of the Heroes Act in the U.S. Senate.  “Working people are suffering under a…

Labor Joins Black Lives Matter in Coast to Coast Action Against Systemic Racism, Police Brutality and Economic Inequality
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Labor Joins Black Lives Matter in Coast to Coast Action Against Systemic Racism, Police Brutality and Economic Inequality

New York, NY – Workers in more than 150 cities staged walkouts and rallies as part of a nationwide “strike for black lives” July 20. Those actions included an early-morning strike by 1,500 office-building janitors in San Francisco; rallies by McDonald’s and hospital workers in Chicago; marches by fast-food workers in St. Louis and Durham,…

Remarkable 1199SEIU Member Leaves a Legacy of Excellence and a Vital Lesson About COVID-19
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Remarkable 1199SEIU Member Leaves a Legacy of Excellence and a Vital Lesson About COVID-19

Queens, NY – Dr. Yves Roseus, a Haitian-American immigrant, occupational therapist and 1199 SEIU member, died from COVID-19 at the height of the pandemic — but he lived as the embodiment of the American Dream.  The otherwise healthy 66-year-old was the son of an illiterate small farmer in Port-au-Prince who always taught him the importance…

Unions Press Senators to Extend $600 Unemployment Payments as Clock Ticks Down
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Unions Press Senators to Extend $600 Unemployment Payments as Clock Ticks Down

WASHINGTON—With at least one out of every nine American workers still jobless, the extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits enacted in March is scheduled to expire before the end of the month. Labor unions are mounting a campaign to overcome Senate Republicans’ resistance to extending them. The House passed a bill in mid-May, the…

The Hazard Isn’t Over: Frontline Workers Urge Public to Support Them in the Fight for More COVID-19 Protections
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The Hazard Isn’t Over: Frontline Workers Urge Public to Support Them in the Fight for More COVID-19 Protections

Queens, NY – Essential workers, labor activists and safety advocates are increasing their demand for better protections for frontline workers in a new COVID-19 relief package already approved by the House, but left in limbo since July 2, when the U.S. Senate was last in session. While essential workers have been working non-stop since the…

Notorious NYC ‘Body Shop’ Settles Sexual Harassment Suit Involving 18 Female Construction Workers
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Notorious NYC ‘Body Shop’ Settles Sexual Harassment Suit Involving 18 Female Construction Workers

NEW YORK, N.Y.—A leading supplier of low-wage labor to major construction projects has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle sexual-harassment complaints 18 women workers filed with the New York State Attorney General’s office. Attorney General Letitia James announced the deal with TradeOff on July 13. The company, based in Lynbrook, Long Island, also agreed…

TWU Local 100 Calls for ‘Eagle Teams’ to Enforce Mask Rule following Vicious Attack on Bus Operator
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TWU Local 100 Calls for ‘Eagle Teams’ to Enforce Mask Rule following Vicious Attack on Bus Operator

New York, NY – The coronavirus crisis is putting everyone at risk. But that’s especially true for frontline workers like those who work in mass transit, where more than 130 MTA workers have succumbed to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in January. Now, MTA workers face a new threat: angry passengers who are…

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