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Trump’s Racism is Clear – So is Labor’s Role in Defeating It
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Trump’s Racism is Clear – So is Labor’s Role in Defeating It

Brooklyn, NY – The latest round of deadly mass shootings and sweeping ICE raids on poor working families this week have, once again, laid racism bare, while also underscoring trade unionism’s essential role in combatting it.  “The Trump administration’s mistreatment of immigrants at the border and his constant attacks on black members of Congress, and…

Wegmans, Teamsters Local 118 Reach Agreement
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Wegmans, Teamsters Local 118 Reach Agreement

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Following months of negotiations, Wegmans Food Markets and Teamsters Local 118 now have  a new five-year agreement covering over 1,000 warehousing and distribution workers. The contract provides for the largest wage package of any agreement previously reached with Wegmans, and addresses such issues as seniority rights, vacations and the use of part-time workers.The ratification…

Best Market is the Worst Market for Employees
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Best Market is the Worst Market for Employees

Long Island, NY —  Best Market on Long Island continues to have  a record of low pay, minimal benefits, and gender discrimination. On July 30th Union members, community representatives and legislators demonstrated in front of Best Market’s East Meadow store. This notorious non-union supermarket chain is considered one of the worst places on Long Island…

Right-Wing Democrats Are Trying to Use Unions to Undermine Medicare for All
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Right-Wing Democrats Are Trying to Use Unions to Undermine Medicare for All

Brooklyn, NY – This week’s Democratic debates showed that right-wing corporate Democrats are intent on undermining Medicare for All — and they’re more than happy to use organized labor as pawns to do it.  As LP’s Steve Wishnia pointed out, the bloated field of Democratic Party contenders could barely bring themselves to utter the word…

Second Democratic Debate Largely Ignores Labor Issues
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Second Democratic Debate Largely Ignores Labor Issues

DETROIT, Mich.—Labor issues were a minimal part of the agenda at the second night of the Democratic presidential debate here July 31. The two candidates making unequivocally pro-union statements were Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who are both hovering around asterisk levels in the polls. Inslee, who has made…

CNN Works Hard to Frame Labor Issues Out of Latest Democratic Debate
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CNN Works Hard to Frame Labor Issues Out of Latest Democratic Debate

DETROIT, Mich.—James Hoffa didn’t get his wish, but the Democratic presidential debate July 30, dealt with labor issues noticeably more than the first round in June did. The Teamsters Union president had urged the 10 candidates on stage to address the pension crisis.“If multiemployer pension funds fail, it will have a ripple effect throughout the economy,”…

Even in Death, Héctor Figueroa Continues to Inspire Working People
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Even in Death, Héctor Figueroa Continues to Inspire Working People

New York, NY – When late 32BJ SEIU leader Héctor Figueroa was memorialized at Riverside Church in Upper Manhattan earlier this week, the family requested donations made in his name be sent to groups confronting climate change and advocating immigration reform. It was telling. Before his untimely death on July 11, at age 57, Figueroa…

House Passes Bill to Aid Endangered Pension Funds
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House Passes Bill to Aid Endangered Pension Funds

WASHINGTON—The House has approved a bill to rescue multiemployer pension funds whose collapse could cut off benefits for 1.3 million people, but it now faces an uphill battle in the Senate. The Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, sponsored by Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), passed by a 264-169 margin July 24, with 29 Republicans voting yes…

Now Playing: ‘At War’ (En Guerre) – The Movie Every American Trade Unionist Should See!
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Now Playing: ‘At War’ (En Guerre) – The Movie Every American Trade Unionist Should See!

New York, NY – “At War” (En Guerre) is a gripping new French language movie about the struggles of trade unionists trying to save 1,100 jobs after the profitable factory where they work announces immediate plans to shut down. It opens Friday night, July 19, at the Village East Cinema on 2nd Avenue, and is…

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