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Weingarten Re-Elected AFT President
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Weingarten Re-Elected AFT President

WASHINGTON, DC — The 1.7-million-member American Federation of Teachers overwhelmingly re-elected President Randi Weingarten. In addition, Fedrick Ingram was elected Secretary-Treasurer and Evelyn DeJesus was elected  Executive Vice President. The election marks the seventh term for Weingarten, who taught social studies and civics at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn, New York. Fedrick Ingram assumes the…

Coronavirus Fears Stoke Strike Talk; City Decides to Push Back Return to Schools
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Coronavirus Fears Stoke Strike Talk; City Decides to Push Back Return to Schools

New York, NY – The MORE Movement, a collective of UFT members, associates of school communities and their allies, held an emergency meeting this past weekend to discuss authorizing a possible teachers strike due to safety concerns surrounding Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to reopen schools during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Over 1,000 people logged…

U.S. Workers to Senate Republicans: ‘Put Your Faith in Action; Provide PPE’
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U.S. Workers to Senate Republicans: ‘Put Your Faith in Action; Provide PPE’

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—SEIU members staged a week-long series of prayer vigils and protests around the nation Aug. 24-28, calling on employers to provide proper protective equipment and the Senate to pass legislation to aid essential workers. “Workers like us are dying from this disease, and we have to put some light on it,” says Sandra…

Labor Marches for Nationwide Policing Reforms and Stronger Voting Rights
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Labor Marches for Nationwide Policing Reforms and Stronger Voting Rights

Washington, DC – On Friday, a powerful coalition of Labor unions joined forces to help co-sponsor the 57th anniversary celebration of 1963’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom — an event packed with extraordinary urgency and profundity in an era of ongoing police brutality and calls to defund the police. This year’s anniversary march…

Opposition Grows Against Mayor de Blasio’s ‘Dangerous and Reckless’ Plan to Reopen NYC Schools
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Opposition Grows Against Mayor de Blasio’s ‘Dangerous and Reckless’ Plan to Reopen NYC Schools

New York, NY – Fellow elected officials, the CSA, the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) and the UFT are blasting Mayor Bill de Blasio on all fronts regarding his school reopening strategy. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams lambasted the mayor on Thursday in a statement where he called de Blasio’s Safe School Strategy a “failure.” “The…

Head of NYC Probation Officers Union Challenges Mayor’s Workforce Cuts
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Head of NYC Probation Officers Union Challenges Mayor’s Workforce Cuts

New York, NY – While the police may be safe from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s budget cuts, other public safety workers like those in the city’s Department of Probation may not be so lucky, according to President Dalvanie Powell of the United Probation Officers Association [UPOA], who is fighting to save jobs. “I am the…

New Statue Honoring Women’s Rights Icons Debuts in Central Park
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New Statue Honoring Women’s Rights Icons Debuts in Central Park

New York, NY – On Wednesday, Aug. 26, Monumental Women, an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization created in 2014, unveiled a statue seven years in the making, a monument of women’s rights pioneers Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The organization was created with the initial goal of breaking the “bronze ceiling” and creating…

Mayor de Blasio Earns Jeers as 400 EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors Face the Chopping Block
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Mayor de Blasio Earns Jeers as 400 EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors Face the Chopping Block

New York, NY – In a little over six weeks, 10-percent of FDNY-EMT workers face the possibility of getting a pink slip on Oct. 1 because of a $38 million budget cut to the FDNY, according to President Oren Barzilay of the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics & Fire Inspectors – FDNY Local 2507 AFSCME, AFL-CIO. As…

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