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AFA Leader: Unions Are Taking A New Approach To Presidential Endorsements
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AFA Leader: Unions Are Taking A New Approach To Presidential Endorsements

New York, NY – The International Association of Fire Fighters [IAFF] may have already put their eggs in Senator Joe Biden’s basket, just as the NY Hotel & Motel Trades Council has done for Mayor Bill de Blasio — but we shouldn’t expect to see more unions rushing to endorse candidates for the 2020 Presidential…

Trump NLRB Head Moves to Oust Agency Inspector
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Trump NLRB Head Moves to Oust Agency Inspector

WASHINGTON—National Labor Relations Board Chair John Ring has filed a formal complaint against agency Inspector General David Berry, the official who got a 2017 NLRB decision reversing an Obama-era “joint employer” rule voided. Ring’s complaint to the panel overseeing federal inspectors is that Berry allegedly treated agency employees harshly. But three current and former senior…

Justice is what they deserve, justice is what we can deliver
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Justice is what they deserve, justice is what we can deliver

WASHINGTON, DC – It’s been nearly six months since the longest government shutdown in our country’s history, and while federal government employees rightfully received backpay for the time they couldn’t go to work, thousands of government contractors have yet to be made whole for the wages lost over the course of the shutdown. The federal…

Happy 4th Of July: ‘If They’re Against Unions – F&%k ’em!’
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Happy 4th Of July: ‘If They’re Against Unions – F&%k ’em!’

New York, NY – “You can’t love your union and love Trump.”  Last week’s Federal Hall rally to save “Scabby The Rat” from the National Labor Relations Board’s [NLRB] bid to stick a pin in him on Staten Island, crystalized the threat to fundamental free speech rights that efforts to ban the union balloon actually…

Labor Can ‘Move Mountains’ And Help ‘Close The Camps’, Demonstrators Say
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Labor Can ‘Move Mountains’ And Help ‘Close The Camps’, Demonstrators Say

Brooklyn, NY – Grassroots activists demonstrating outside Senator Chuck Schumer’s Prospect Park West apartment building on Tuesday night said the American Labor Movement has the power to “move mountains” and bring about a swift end to the abuse of children being held inside detention centers along the nation’s southern border. “Labor’s been the backbone of…

Judge Upholds Labor’s First Amendment Right To Deploy ‘Scabby The Rat’ In ShopRite Dispute
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Judge Upholds Labor’s First Amendment Right To Deploy ‘Scabby The Rat’ In ShopRite Dispute

New York, NY – “Scabby The Rat” will not be silenced! For the second time in as many months, a federal judge has upheld Construction & General Building Laborers Local 79’s First Amendment right to use the inflatable cartoon character in an ongoing labor dispute on Staten Island.  For months, Local 79 has been employing…

UFCW Organizing Toronto Uber Drivers
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UFCW Organizing Toronto Uber Drivers

TORONTO, Canada – United Food and Commercial Workers Canada are organizing hundreds of Toronto Uber drivers. According to the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Economic Policy Institute, Uber drivers earn less than $10 an hour once commissions, vehicle expenses, and self-employment taxes are factored in. Low pay continues to be a driving factor for drivers to organize. Uber and…

Labor/Environmental Coalition Backs Commercial Waste Zone System
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Labor/Environmental Coalition Backs Commercial Waste Zone System

New York, NY – A diverse coalition of New Yorkers rallied on the steps of City Hall, late last week, alongside members of the City Council in advance of same-day testimony at a City Council hearing on legislation to reform the private carting industry. The Thursday rally included sanitation workers and environmental justice, safe streets,…

Protecting Collective Bargaining Rights for Public  Employees
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Protecting Collective Bargaining Rights for Public Employees

WASHINGTON, DC — American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement in support of the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, reintroduced  in the House of Representatives, which will guarantee collective bargaining rights for public sector employees across the country: “Public workers educate our students, treat our patients and keep our communities…

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