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Trillions for Corporations – Crumbs for You: $600 Lifeline for the Unemployed Evaporates
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Trillions for Corporations – Crumbs for You: $600 Lifeline for the Unemployed Evaporates

WASHINGTON—The extra $600 a week in unemployment-insurance benefits that has helped support more than 30 million people who lost work in the COVID-19 epidemic is likely to expire July 31 without being extended by Congress. While the House passed a relief bill in May, the $3 trillion HEROES Act, that would have extended the supplement…

Healthy Terminal Act Clears Hurdle; Awaits Cuomo’s Signature
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Healthy Terminal Act Clears Hurdle; Awaits Cuomo’s Signature

Queens, NY – Unprotected airport workers have fought for more than a year for access to affordable healthcare — and as of Wednesday, they now have enough support from the New York Legislature to pass a bill that will achieve their goals. All that is left for the Healthy Terminals Act to become a reality…

NYC Unions Challenge Trumpian Racism and the ‘Three-Pronged Crisis’ Gripping American Workers
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NYC Unions Challenge Trumpian Racism and the ‘Three-Pronged Crisis’ Gripping American Workers

New York, NY – Angry trade unionists on the front lines of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic stood up, on Monday morning, against the “three-pronged crisis” gripping workers in Donald Trump’s America, demanding an end to systemic racism and the immediate passage of the Heroes Act in the U.S. Senate.  “Working people are suffering under a…

Labor Joins Black Lives Matter in Coast to Coast Action Against Systemic Racism, Police Brutality and Economic Inequality
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Labor Joins Black Lives Matter in Coast to Coast Action Against Systemic Racism, Police Brutality and Economic Inequality

New York, NY – Workers in more than 150 cities staged walkouts and rallies as part of a nationwide “strike for black lives” July 20. Those actions included an early-morning strike by 1,500 office-building janitors in San Francisco; rallies by McDonald’s and hospital workers in Chicago; marches by fast-food workers in St. Louis and Durham,…

Unions Press Senators to Extend $600 Unemployment Payments as Clock Ticks Down
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Unions Press Senators to Extend $600 Unemployment Payments as Clock Ticks Down

WASHINGTON—With at least one out of every nine American workers still jobless, the extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits enacted in March is scheduled to expire before the end of the month. Labor unions are mounting a campaign to overcome Senate Republicans’ resistance to extending them. The House passed a bill in mid-May, the…

The Hazard Isn’t Over: Frontline Workers Urge Public to Support Them in the Fight for More COVID-19 Protections
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The Hazard Isn’t Over: Frontline Workers Urge Public to Support Them in the Fight for More COVID-19 Protections

Queens, NY – Essential workers, labor activists and safety advocates are increasing their demand for better protections for frontline workers in a new COVID-19 relief package already approved by the House, but left in limbo since July 2, when the U.S. Senate was last in session. While essential workers have been working non-stop since the…

LaborPress Spotlight on IBT Local 202 President Dan Kane, Jr. and Hunts Point Market Workers
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LaborPress Spotlight on IBT Local 202 President Dan Kane, Jr. and Hunts Point Market Workers

New York, NY – Teamsters Local 202 represents 1,500 food-distribution workers at the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx, as well as 3,000 other members, including social-service workers, ATM mechanics, and telecommunications workers. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has subjected the food-distribution industry to enormous strain. LaborPress recently spoke to IBT Local 202 President, Daniel…

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…

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