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‘Doing Essential Work Under a Cloud of Fear…’
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‘Doing Essential Work Under a Cloud of Fear…’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—More than 130,000 workers deemed “essential” during the COVID-19 epidemic are facing the specter of deportation—and, with a federal court decision looming on whether the Trump administration can terminate their right to stay in the country, are calling on Congress to give them protection and a path to citizenship. Trump began trying in…

Walmart Workers Help Launch COVID-19 Tracer Site Following Employee Fatalities
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Walmart Workers Help Launch COVID-19 Tracer Site Following Employee Fatalities

New York, NY – Walmart workers and associates have launched a new website that will allow them to upload and read in real time the number of suspected Covid-19 infections in their store and surrounding area.  The non-profit United for Respect that represents Walmart associates said they created the areyousafe.work site because of the alarming…

COVID-19 Looms Large On Workers’ Memorial Day; Pressure on OSHA to Act
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COVID-19 Looms Large On Workers’ Memorial Day; Pressure on OSHA to Act

New York, NY – Despite being inundated with more than 3,000 COVID-19 complaints since the outbreak began in January, the federal agency tasked with protecting American workers has, so far, failed to issue enforceable emergency guidelines. The BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of labor and environmental organizations took OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] to task…

Workers Circle Yiddish Concert Celebrates May Day; Benefits Florida Farmworkers
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Workers Circle Yiddish Concert Celebrates May Day; Benefits Florida Farmworkers

New York, NY – The Workers Circle, a Jewish organization celebrating its 120th anniversary this year, will be hosting a virtual Yiddish sing-along concert this weekend as part of May Day — International Workers’ Day. The Sunday concert is free, but any contributions made to the event, which will stream live on Facebook on May…

Concern for Worker Safety Continues at McDonald’s
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Concern for Worker Safety Continues at McDonald’s

San Jose, California – Twenty-two percent of McDonald’s workers reported they went to work feeling sick during the COVID-19 pandemic because of a lack of paid sick leave, fear of management retaliation for missing shifts or because they simply cannot afford to miss a paycheck, according to a survey last month of 843 McDonald’s workers…

Chipotle, Victoria’s Secret Among 2020’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ Employers
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Chipotle, Victoria’s Secret Among 2020’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ Employers

Multiple American companies made the cut this year for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health’s list of 2020 “Dirty Dozen” employers.  The Special Coronavirus Edition highlights how the actions of the companies on the list are contributing to hazardous work environments.  The edition’s release coincides with Workers Memorial Week, a global event to…

MagnaCare Reaches Out to Labor During Coronavirus Crisis
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MagnaCare Reaches Out to Labor During Coronavirus Crisis

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part Q&A with MagnaCare President of Labor and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Michelle Zettergren where she talks about the company and how it is responding to clients and business partners during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.  LP: What kinds of calls are you receiving from union leaders…

System Fails Workers – #CancelRent Strike Set for May 1
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System Fails Workers – #CancelRent Strike Set for May 1

New York, NY – Tenants and housing advocates announced on Thursday, April16, that they will no longer wait on Governor Andrew Cuomo to move past his 90-day rent freeze initiative, but will organize a one million-strong rent strike on May 1 to #CancelRent from April through the end of June.  Despite the federal government’s attempts…

New Lifeline for Essential Immigrant Workers Facing Deportation
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New Lifeline for Essential Immigrant Workers Facing Deportation

New York, NY – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), this week, introduced the COVID-19 Employment Authorization Document Extension Act to prolong and retroactively authorize the extension of work permits to immigrant essential workers who are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.  According to Meng’s office, the bill would automatically extend the length of…

More Workers Accuse McDonald’s of Sexual Harassment on the Job
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More Workers Accuse McDonald’s of Sexual Harassment on the Job

Two female McDonald’s employees announced they are joining a $500 million lawsuit against the company over claims of sexual harassment. Jamelia Fairley and Ashley Reddick both said they had to endure verbal abuse and physical touching by male co-workers.   Rather than the harassers being disciplined, Fairley and Reddick claim that their supervisors retaliated against…

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