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Working In This Heat? Take Care…And Confront The Climate Crisis
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Working In This Heat? Take Care…And Confront The Climate Crisis

Brooklyn, NY – Right now, at the time of this writing, the temperature out on these mean city streets feels like a blistering 103-degrees; Congress is seriously considering a newly introduced bill seeking to better protect U.S. workers from heat related deaths; and the Democratic National Committee is under pressure to host a presidential debate…

Héctor J. Figueroa: ‘Only The Good Die Young’
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Héctor J. Figueroa: ‘Only The Good Die Young’

New York, NY – I dunno, but after the sudden death of 32BJ President  Héctor J. Figueroa late Thursday evening and Donald J. Trump’s plan to raid working families in 10 American cities over the weekend, I can’t help thinking that, indeed, “only the good die young.” Maybe, you’re thinking the same thing. I didn’t…

The Landmark Agreement Between NYC & DC 1707
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The Landmark Agreement Between NYC & DC 1707

The recently settled  contract agreement between District Council 1707 early childhood care providers and New York City benefits over 4,000 of their union members. District Council 1707 Local 205 educators provide critical services to young children yet they had been paid much less than teachers in the city school system. The contract extension will benefit…

‘Where Were You When Children Were Being Stripped From The Hands Of Their Mothers?’
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‘Where Were You When Children Were Being Stripped From The Hands Of Their Mothers?’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Facing the back side of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices with chants of “Close the camps” and a forest of orange and white electric candlelights, more than 1,000 people rallied in lower Manhattan July 12, to protest what 32BJ SEIU called “the inhumane detention practices and brutal immigration policies of the Trump…

Trump’s Labor Secretary Quits Amidst Creepy Sex Scandal
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Trump’s Labor Secretary Quits Amidst Creepy Sex Scandal

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta resigned July 12, three days after the indictment of multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein on charges of sexually abusing scores of underage girls drew renewed scrutiny to the lenient plea deal Acosta gave him as a federal prosecutor in Miami in 2008. President Donald Trump said that Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick…

Sudden Death of 32BJ Leader Héctor Figueroa Shocks City
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Sudden Death of 32BJ Leader Héctor Figueroa Shocks City

NEW YORK, N.Y.—32BJ SEIU President Héctor J. Figueroa, an outspoken immigrants-rights advocate whose organizing campaigns dramatically expanded the building-service workers’ union, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack July 11. He was 57.  “This is a devastating loss,” 32BJ said in a statement. “In his many years of service to our union, to the labor…

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