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Laborers Local 79 Confront Worker Exploitation at Beekman St. Construction Site
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Laborers Local 79 Confront Worker Exploitation at Beekman St. Construction Site

New York, NY – On Friday morning, Sept. 18, employees of SL Green Realty Corporation arrived at the corporate headquarters at 420 Lexington Avenue to find a big rat inflated outside the main entrance. This comes only a few days after their ceremonial ribbon cutting celebration for the proud opening of one of the city’s…

Local 420 President Jeers State’s ‘Reactive’ Posture in the Face of COVID-19
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Local 420 President Jeers State’s ‘Reactive’ Posture in the Face of COVID-19

New York, NY – Carmen Charles is president of the New York City Municipal Hospitals Employees Union, Local 420, DC37, AFSCME. The union represents healthcare workers in NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H), the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). She…

Pushed Too Far, Nursing Home Workers Strike
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Pushed Too Far, Nursing Home Workers Strike

WELLSVILLE, N.Y.—After spending more than two years trying to win their first union contract, workers at the Highland Park Nursing Home in Wellsville staged a two-day strike Sept. 17-19, protesting unfair labor practices by the home’s owner. “We’ve been in negotiations for almost 26 months,” says Cindy Costello, a veteran licensed practical nurse who has…

Hunter College Educators, Parents Demand COVID Testing, Ventilation Inspections and Contact Tracing
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Hunter College Educators, Parents Demand COVID Testing, Ventilation Inspections and Contact Tracing

New York, NY – On Wednesday, September 16, angry Hunter College educators rallied outside the campus demanding random COVID-19 testing, room-by-room ventilation inspections and contact tracing. “Why are Hunter Campus Schools students, teachers and staff not entitled to the same safety standards as all other New York City public school students? Are Hunter College and CUNY…

Parents, Teachers Unite Against ‘Super-Spreader’ School Reopenings
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Parents, Teachers Unite Against ‘Super-Spreader’ School Reopenings

New York, NY – The city may have agreed to delay in-person classes for 10 days amid a potential strike from the UFT, but for some parents it’s not enough to ensure the safety of their youngest loved ones. Earlier this month, Tanesha Grant, the former administrator for the Wall of Moms chapter in New…

‘Modern Day Slavery’ Inside NYC’s Construction Industry
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‘Modern Day Slavery’ Inside NYC’s Construction Industry

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Wearing orange-and-black facemasks and waving “I AM WORTHY” signs that evoked the landmark 1968 strike by sanitation workers in Memphis, more than 200 construction workers rallied in Manhattan Sept. 15, as Laborers’ Local 79 and the Mason Tenders District Council launched a campaign against the “body shop” system of supplying low-wage nonunion labor…

AFL-CIO, 32BJ Rips Federal Court Decision to Deport Essential Workers
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AFL-CIO, 32BJ Rips Federal Court Decision to Deport Essential Workers

PASADENA, Calif.—A federal appeals court ruled Sept. 14 that the Trump administration can end temporary protected status for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan—possibly setting up more than 300,000 people to be deported beginning next year. Harvard janitor and 32BJ member Doris Landaverde, co-founder of the Harvard TPS committee, speaks out against the…

Rebound And Rebuild: New York City Workers Will Do What We Do Best
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Rebound And Rebuild: New York City Workers Will Do What We Do Best

New York, NY – With the unofficial end to summer behind us and Labor Day in the past, our city is tasked with the pressures of an economic downfall and the hopeful rebuild to save our city before the year’s end. Although hopeful, the average worker is faced with the current dilemma of an unemployment…

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