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Amazon Has Failed to Provide a Safe Work Environment
Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, New York, Retail

Amazon Has Failed to Provide a Safe Work Environment

Statement from RWDSU President Stuart Applebaum On Amazon Workers Death New York, NY – On May 4, 2020, a worker at Amazon’s JFK8 facility in Staten Island, New York died of COVID-19. Amazon warehouse workers across the country have been protesting since March the company’s lack of safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stuart Appelbaum, President…

School Bus Companies on the Brink; 16K Drivers Out of Work
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School Bus Companies on the Brink; 16K Drivers Out of Work

New York, NY – School bus companies in New York City and Long Island are on the brink of collapse after some school districts in both areas refused to fulfill their commitments to honor contracts last week. Fulfilling the contracts would have paid drivers through June after the COVID-19 pandemic led to a statewide shutdown…

Out of Work, New Yorkers Call for Rent Cancellation on May Day
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Out of Work, New Yorkers Call for Rent Cancellation on May Day

New York, NY – Thousands of Americans took to the streets and the virtual world for the #CancelRent strike on May Day — the international holiday celebrating workers from around the world.  While some workers from the Big Apple from the Housing Justice for All campaign and the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition protested outside…

The Haymarket Affair
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The Haymarket Affair

Chicago, Illinois — “No single event has influenced the history of labor in Illinois, the United States, and even the world, more than the Chicago Haymarket Affair. It began with a rally on May 4, 1886, but the consequences are still being felt today. Although the rally is included in American history textbooks, very few…

Trumka: Feds Not Protecting Workers During COVID-19 Crisis
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Trumka: Feds Not Protecting Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

Washington DC – In a strongly worded letter to Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka stated that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been “missing in action” in their role to protect workers. “Since this crisis began, the Department of Labor and federal government have failed to meet their obligation and duty to protect workers;…

‘Doing Essential Work Under a Cloud of Fear…’
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‘Doing Essential Work Under a Cloud of Fear…’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—More than 130,000 workers deemed “essential” during the COVID-19 epidemic are facing the specter of deportation—and, with a federal court decision looming on whether the Trump administration can terminate their right to stay in the country, are calling on Congress to give them protection and a path to citizenship. Trump began trying in…

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