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1199 Joins Campaign for Stronger Rent Laws
Law and Politics, New York

1199 Joins Campaign for Stronger Rent Laws

February 16, 2015 By Steven Wishnia Local 1199SEIU has become the first major New York labor union to join the campaign to renew and strengthen the state’s rent-regulation laws, which expire June 15. “More than 70,000 1199SEIU members live in rent-regulated apartments,” Helen Schaub, the health-care workers’ union’s policy director, said in a statement for…

The Public Ought To Know
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The Public Ought To Know

February 13, 2015 By Corey Bearak Why Not Chance Some Real Property Tax Reform? The recent stories on the accumulation of foreign, non-resident ownership of residential real estate, in particular housing that serves its owners as a pied-a-terre, renew attention to the outdated New York City real property tax system.  It remains a system that…

Is Illinois Gov. Rauner the Next Scott Walker?
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Is Illinois Gov. Rauner the Next Scott Walker?

February 12, 2015 By Steven Wishnia Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has declared war on state employees’ ability to have an effective union. On Feb. 9, he issued an executive order that said the state would no longer deduct “fair-share fees” from the paychecks of workers who aren’t union members, and hired a prominent law firm…

AT&T and DIRECTV Merger Would Benefit Workers
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AT&T and DIRECTV Merger Would Benefit Workers

February 11, 2015 By Vincent Alvarez, President of the New York City Central Labor Council  As a member of the Nation’s largest regional Labor federation, and a card-carrying union member, I know first-hand about the benefits of ensuring that workers have a voice in the workplace. That is why I proudly support the proposed agreement…

The “Real Unemployment Rate” vs. The Spin
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The “Real Unemployment Rate” vs. The Spin

February 10, 2015 By John Zogby Washington, DC – I am compelled to comment on the recent comments of Jim Clifton, longtime CEO of Gallup, and his recent statements on the "real unemployment rate". In short, Clifton penned an op-ed on the company website referring to the "big lie" of the official Bureau of Labor…

Staff Attorneys Still on Strike!
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Staff Attorneys Still on Strike!

February 9, 2015 By Marc Bussanich New York, NY—The approximately 70 staff members represented by the Legal Services Staff Association entered this week still picketing MFY Legal Services on 299 Broadway because management didn’t propose a counteroffer over the weekend.

Best Wishes to NYS Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie
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Best Wishes to NYS Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie

February 9, 2015 By District Council 1707 AFSCME Executive Director Victoria Mitchell District Council 1707 AFSCME congratulates Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie on his election as the Speaker of the New York State Assembly.  While we are joining with the Assembly to not only applaud his selection but to also commend him for his consistent and…

Staff Attorneys Strike for Parity
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Staff Attorneys Strike for Parity

February 6, 2015 By Marc Bussanich New York, NY—Staff attorneys working for MFY Legal Services and represented by the United Automobile Workers walked the picket line for the fourth day before both sides return to the bargaining table on Friday.

NYS Protection from Immigration Assistance Fraud
Law and Politics, New York

NYS Protection from Immigration Assistance Fraud

February 6, 2015 By Neal Tepel Albany, NY – Those that defraud New Yorkers seeking immigration-related assistance will now be subject to felony and/or misdemeanor charges. Previously, there was no law specifically protecting newcomers from fraud, scams and exploitation. With the implementation of this New York State legislation, immigrants will have protections from those providing…

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