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Stop the Fast Track to Lower Wages
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Stop the Fast Track to Lower Wages

April 22, 2015 By Richard Trumka, president, AFL-CIO Washington, DC – At a time when workers all over the country are standing up for higher wages, Congress is considering legislation that will speed through corporate-driven trade deals. For decades, we’ve seen how fast-tracked trade deals devastated our communities through lost jobs and eroded public services.

Obama Weakened Over Iran, Trade
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Obama Weakened Over Iran, Trade

April 21, 2015 By John Zogby Washington DC – Not a good time for the president. A bipartisan Congress dissed Mr. Obama by voting overwhelmingly for a stronger role in the Iran nuclear deal. The president is not severely weakened but he certainly didn't want what he considers to be interference. However, at least he…

Walker Go Home!
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Walker Go Home!

April 22, 2015 By Henry Garrido, executive director, DC37 [Editor's Note: The following comes on the heels of Governor Scott Walker's visit to the Union League Club in New York City over the weekend. Members of organized labor stood outside in protest.]  We came out to show presidential-wannabe Scott Walker that he is persona non…

New ‘Action Plan’ For Jamaica
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New ‘Action Plan’ For Jamaica

April 21, 2015 By Stephanie West Queens, NY – Teaming up together, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Borough President Katz have introduced what's being called an aggressive and holistic 21-point plan to stimulate smart growth and improve livability in Jamaica, Queens.

State Budget Roundup
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State Budget Roundup

April 20, 2015 By NYS Senator Liz Krueger New York, NY – This year’s budget process lived up to the old adage that laws are like sausages – it’s better not to see them being made. To meet the budget deadline, the legislature passed a series of bills over the final days of March and…

Don’t Put the Car Before the Horse
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Don’t Put the Car Before the Horse

April 16, 2015 By Stephanie West New York, NY – That was the message Central Park’s carriage drivers were sending on the Upper West Side Wednesday morning April 15th. Carriage drivers were leafleting constituents of Council Members Mark Levine and Helen Rosenthal, who support a proposal that would ban the historic carriages from Central Park…

Growers Try to Gut California’s Farm Labor Law
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Growers Try to Gut California’s Farm Labor Law

April 15, 2015 By LaborPress One of the country’s largest fruit growers has joined with national anti-union policy groups in an effort to gut California’s Agriculture Labor Relations Act, which enables unions to request a mandatory mediator if growers won’t agree to a first contract. Workers at Gerawan Farming voted to join the United Farm…

N.J. Supreme Court to Take Christie Appeal
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N.J. Supreme Court to Take Christie Appeal

April 13, 2015 By LaborPress The New Jersey Supreme Court agreed Apr. 6 to hear the Christie administration's appeal of a lower-court ruling that it illegally cut payments to the state workers' pension system. State Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled in February that the state, which promised to increase payments into the system in 2011,…

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