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Housing Works Employees File For NLRB Election Confident in Union Victory
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Housing Works Employees File For NLRB Election Confident in Union Victory

Brooklyn, NY – This week, Housing Works employees striving to unionize with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union [RWSDSU] officially filed for a federal election with the National Labor Relations Board [NLRB] — and although it might have been just what the advocacy group’s CEO wanted all along — they are confident they will…

Culinary Union Skips Presidential Endorsement After Jeering Medicare 4 All
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Culinary Union Skips Presidential Endorsement After Jeering Medicare 4 All

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—After a week of intense arguments about health care, the 60,000-member Culinary Workers Union, the most politically powerful union in Nevada, decided not to endorse a candidate for President Feb. 13, nine days before the state’s Democratic caucus. “We are going to endorse our goals. We are not going to endorse a presidential…

More American Workers Are Going Out on Strike!
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More American Workers Are Going Out on Strike!

WASHINGTON—Led by a wave of walkouts by fed-up teachers, the last two years have seen more American workers go out on strike than any time since the 1980s, according to figures released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics Feb. 11. The BLS reported that 425,500 workers were involved in 25 “major work stoppages” that…

Trade Unionists Help Latino Construction Workers Fight Wage Theft – But Exploitation Continues
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Trade Unionists Help Latino Construction Workers Fight Wage Theft – But Exploitation Continues

Brooklyn, NY – Trade unionists advocating on behalf of a group of more than 40 Latino construction workers owed tens of thousands of dollars for work they did in Upper Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn have succeeded in helping to get most of those workers paid — but the so-called model of “open shop” development that…

Leveling the Playing Field: House Votes ‘Yes’ on Pro Act
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Leveling the Playing Field: House Votes ‘Yes’ on Pro Act

WASHINGTON—The House voted Feb. 6 to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, a bill lead sponsor Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) called “the most significant upgrade to U.S. labor law in 80 years.”  The vote was 224-194, largely along party lines. Five Republicans voted yes, while seven Democrats voted no, four of them members…

Residents of Queensbridge Houses Set Their Sights on Upcoming Pathways To Apprenticeship Course
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Residents of Queensbridge Houses Set Their Sights on Upcoming Pathways To Apprenticeship Course

Queens, NY – After a long and difficult struggle, 696 Build Queensbridge Director K. Bain and Laborers Local 79 organizer Bernard Callegari have succeeded in bringing a neighborhood-based pre-apprenticeship program to one of the most underserved communities in the city.  About 100 young men and women, mainly residents of the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island…

Labor Joins Queens Riders, Politicians Fed Up With MTA Bus Redesign
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Labor Joins Queens Riders, Politicians Fed Up With MTA Bus Redesign

Queens, NY – The MTA spent months conducting informational meetings and surveys on how to improve bus service, but clearly didn’t take into account the opinions of the riders from the World’s Borough. The Metropolitan Transit Authority’s bus redesign plan for the geographically largest borough and the second most populous is to eliminate bus routes…

The Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Workers’ Compensation
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The Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Workers’ Compensation

New York, NY – In combatting the nation’s opioid epidemic the federal government may have unintentionally increased the amount of workers’ compensation denials across the country, resulting in victims not receiving immediate treatment after an accident in the workplace.  In 2018, a report revealed that nearly 70-percent of workers’ compensation claims were denied, according to…

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