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Protecting NYC Workers: How Cities Can and Should Fill the Gap
Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

Protecting NYC Workers: How Cities Can and Should Fill the Gap

The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is committed to making sure that all New Yorkers are protected by workplace laws – including minimum wage, overtime, and paid safe and sick leave to ensure they are being paid for their hard work and can achieve financial stability. In reality, very little has changed in workplace protections…

Federal Contract Workers Get Shafted in Shutdown
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Federal Contract Workers Get Shafted in Shutdown

WASHINGTON—Federal employees furloughed or forced to work without pay during the government’s partial shutdown will likely get back pay after it reopens—but the thousands of workers for federal contractors most likely won’t. “It is a cowardly disgrace,” SEIU 32BJ President Héctor Figueroa, said in a statement. The property-services union represents more than 2,000 federal workers…

L.A. Schools Hire 400 ‘Scabstitutes’ as Teachers’ Strike Looms
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L.A. Schools Hire 400 ‘Scabstitutes’ as Teachers’ Strike Looms

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—With the United Teachers Los Angeles union planning to strike Jan. 10, the Los Angeles Unified School District has hired 400 “substitutes” to keep schools open. “We have hired substitutes, we have made plans as to alternate curriculums for days that there is a strike,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said Dec. 27. “It is…

GM Lordstown Plant’s Closure Leads to Layoffs at Seat-Maker
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GM Lordstown Plant’s Closure Leads to Layoffs at Seat-Maker

LORDSTOWN, Ohio—In repercussions from General Motors’ decision to close its Lordstown assembly plant, a nearby car-seat manufacturer has warned workers that they will be laid off within two months. The Magna company filed a federally required Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification with the state labor department informing the 120 employees of its Lordstown Seating Systems…

Arizona Teachers Slam Bill That Could Ban ‘#RedForEd’ Shirts
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Arizona Teachers Slam Bill That Could Ban ‘#RedForEd’ Shirts

TUCSON, Ariz.—A proposed state law that would bar public and charter school teachers from discussing “political, ideological, or religious” issues in class has drawn sharp opposition from Arizona teachers. The bill, introduced in late December by state Rep. Mark Finchem, a Republican from the Tucson suburbs, would allow districts to fire teachers for introducing “controversial”…

Federal Workers’ Union Sues Trump Over ‘Inhumane’ Shutdown
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Federal Workers’ Union Sues Trump Over ‘Inhumane’ Shutdown

WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Government Employees filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Dec. 31, charging that it is violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying the 420,000 “essential” federal employees working despite the partial shutdown of the federal government. Another 380,000 have been furloughed because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept…

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