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Letter to the Editior – A Living Wage in New York

July 29, 2011 STUART APPELBAUM
 (Rev.) JESSE T. WILLIAMS Jr.
New York, July 20, 2011“They, Too, Sing America” Charles M. Blow is right on the mark when he writes, “The people who work these [low-wage] jobs are the backbone of this country, and will continue to be.” In New York City, more low-wage workers are employed…

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Court Dismisses Women’s Suit Against Wal-Mart

July 7, 2011 By Harry Kelber The Supreme Court decision, seen as a victory for Wal-Mart and Corporate America, makes it more difficult for employees to join together in a common lawsuit, unless they can identify a common injury. In a ruling on a secondary aspect of the case, all nine justices agreed that the…

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Macy’s Workers Authorize Strike

June 14, 2011 Stephanie West The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU), UFCW, has announced that more than 4000 Macy’s workers have authorized their executive board to call a strike in the event that a new contract is not secured by midnight on June 15. Local 1-S of RWDSU represents Macy’s workers at the…

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Hundreds Rally With Macy’s Workers For A Fair Contract

June 10, 2011  Reprint June 8, 2011 RWDSU/UFCW Today in New York City, hundreds of union members and activists gathered in front of the famous Macy’s store in Herald Square to call upon the retail chain’s management to bargain in good faith with RWDSU Local 1-S and negotiate a fair contract for the workers there….

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Workers Steamed at World’s Largest Store

June 10, 2011By Stephanie West On Wednesday June 9th, over two hundred Macy’s employees gathered outside the flagship store on Herald Square despite the extreme heat to rally for better wages and workers rights. With their five year contract due to expire on June 15th, many workers fear that they will lose their jobs or…

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In 90 Degree Heat, Solidarity with Macy’s Workers

June 9, 2011 Reprint, June 8, 2011, TWU Local 100 In the wilting heat of June 8, an upbeat and spirited group of Union members marched in front of the world’s largest store at Herald Square to make a very public statement about how Macy’s treats its workers. Local 1-S of the RWDSU/UFCW is trying…

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Walmart Supports Republicans

June 6, 2011 By Stephanie West Walmart’s Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Government Relations says that the company's politics were "relentlessly nonpartisan" during the 2008 presidential election.

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Labor For Marriage Equality, Comments By Stuart Applebaum

May 26, 2011By Stuart Applebaum Two years ago, i decided to affirm my gay identity within the American labor movement. I wanted to define myself publicly, and not just privately because I felt so strongly about the fight for marriage equality, because I wanted to be engaged in this struggle for equality and justice for…

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Coalition Demands Council Pass Living Wage Bill

May 16, 2011By Kismet BarksdaleAt a time when far too many working people struggle to survive, members of a growing citywide movement today demanded living wage jobs for all New Yorkers at a public City Council hearing. At the City Council’s Contracts Committee hearing today, Mayor Bloomberg’s biased and rigged anti living wage study was…

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