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Workers Demand New York State Force Employers to Provide On-the-Job Protections As Reopening Progresses
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Workers Demand New York State Force Employers to Provide On-the-Job Protections As Reopening Progresses

Queens, NY – This week, a cross-section of essential workers throughout the city gathered in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the hardest hit communities during the coronavirus pandemic, to demand New York State pass new legislation compelling employers to provide them with necessary protective gear as New York City enters Phase 3 of its reopening…

Airline Contractor Flouting NYC Sick Leave Protections to Pay Workers Over $150,000 in Restitution
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Airline Contractor Flouting NYC Sick Leave Protections to Pay Workers Over $150,000 in Restitution

New York, NY – Months of collective action have paid off for local airport workers cheated out sick leave during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This week, Eulen America, the airline contractor providing American Airlines with customer service representatives, baggage handlers, cargo agents and wheelchair agents, finally decided to settle a lawsuit involving more than 400…

NYC Airport Workers Still Without Healthcare After Massive Industry Bailout
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NYC Airport Workers Still Without Healthcare After Massive Industry Bailout

Queens, New York – Dozens of airport workers that are members of 32BJ SEIU were in a social distancing outdoor rally in the simmering heat at the Katch Astoria Gastropub & Bar in Queens on Thursday, to advocate for the Healthy Terminals Act.  Since the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, the union lost over…

Supermarket Industry Vet to Shoppers: ‘New York City is Not Yet Out of the Woods’
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Supermarket Industry Vet to Shoppers: ‘New York City is Not Yet Out of the Woods’

New York, NY – Eddie Quezada, an executive board member at Local 338, has experienced many changes over his 32-year career in the supermarket industry — but he never saw anything like the hysteria that took place at the start of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  “There’s been a modernization of the industry in the way…

Supreme Court Delays Decision on Taking ‘Janus II’ Case
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Supreme Court Delays Decision on Taking ‘Janus II’ Case

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court won’t decide whether to take the case dubbed “Janus II” until at least this fall. Mark Janus, plaintiff in the Court’s 2018 Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 decision that ruled public-sector workers could not be required to pay “fair-share fees” to the union representing them, filed a follow-up suit demanding that Council…

A Little Bit of  PPE Nirvana For Frontline Workers…
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A Little Bit of PPE Nirvana For Frontline Workers…

New York, NY – The Buddha’s Light International Association, in conjunction with the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple of New York, were recognized last week by Queens Borough President Sharon Lee for its generous donation of fresh produce to other religious communities within the interfaith community and of PPE to frontline workers.  “Thank you BLIA…

No Dice: Union Representing Casino Workers Says Masks Must be Mandatory As COVID-19 Cases Soar Out West
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No Dice: Union Representing Casino Workers Says Masks Must be Mandatory As COVID-19 Cases Soar Out West

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Nevada’s casinos began reopening early this month, with the state Gaming Control Board requiring that customers wear masks during card and table games where they’re sitting with a dealer. That’s not anywhere near enough, say the unions representing casino workers. “That’s great for the dealer, but what about the bartender or the cocktail…

More Women Come Forward Alleging  ‘Unchecked’ Sexual Harassment of Teens at McDonald’s
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More Women Come Forward Alleging ‘Unchecked’ Sexual Harassment of Teens at McDonald’s

New York, NY – Two more women who were teenagers when they worked at a McDonald’s in Lansing, Michigan added their names to a growing class action sexual harassment lawsuit that was first filed last fall.  In November, the ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of former McDonald’s worker Jenna Ries and a class of…

Labor Groups Construct Virtual ‘Memorial Wall’  For Workers Lost to COVID-19 Pandemic
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Labor Groups Construct Virtual ‘Memorial Wall’ For Workers Lost to COVID-19 Pandemic

New York, NY – Two organizations, Jobs with Justice and UnionBase, have come together during the coronavirus pandemic to offer a new website, WorkersMemorialWall.org, where people can post pictures of their co-workers who have been lost to COVID-19. LaborPress recently talked with Jobs with Justice Executive Director Erica Smiley to learn more about the project,…

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