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Too Many Labor Leaders are Failing to Make the Case for Action in Face of Growing Climate Catastrophe
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Too Many Labor Leaders are Failing to Make the Case for Action in Face of Growing Climate Catastrophe

New York, NY – Working men and women, including more than 900 Amazon employees based in Seattle, Washington alone, figure to play a key role in Global Climate Strike actions Sept. 20-27 — but the true power of the labor movement is not being brought to bear because many labor leaders are still not treating…

Is the Gig Up for Uber, et al? California Produces Landmark Legislation
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Is the Gig Up for Uber, et al? California Produces Landmark Legislation

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Legislature has approved a landmark measure that would prohibit hiring workers as “independent contractors” unless their employers can prove they are legitimately independent businesspeople.  Assembly Bill 5, passed on Sept. 11 by 61-16, is intended to ensure that “workers who are currently exploited by being misclassified as independent contractors instead of recognized as…

Voices of the 2019 NYC Labor Day Parade
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Voices of the 2019 NYC Labor Day Parade

Floats, marching bands, cheer squads and people in carnival costumes, face paint and union letters and numbers lined the streets of Fifth Avenue Saturday for the Labor Parade. Approximately 150 unions and more than 50,000 marchers attended the event, according to Kate Whalen, the communications director of the New York City Central Labor Council, the…

IDG Urges Ending Caps on App-Based Cabs, Abolishing TLC
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IDG Urges Ending Caps on App-Based Cabs, Abolishing TLC

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Saying that the city is “failing 80,000 low-income app-based drivers,” Independent Drivers Guild head Brendan Sexton on Sept. 10 called for abolishing the Taxi and Limousine Commission and replacing it with a mayoral agency. Speaking to reporters and about 100 drivers at a rally in front of City Hall, Sexton said that drivers’…

Union Leaders Talk Solidarity, Worker Rights and More At Annual Labor Day Parade
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Union Leaders Talk Solidarity, Worker Rights and More At Annual Labor Day Parade

NEW YORK, N.Y.—What’s most important for the American labor movement going into 2020? Among 10 union leaders who spoke to LaborPress at the Labor Day parade Sept. 7, the three common themes were solidarity, turning back attacks on workers, and convincing people of the value of unions. “Unions as a group need to stand together,”…

Fearing Wage Theft, Workers At JFK Seek Better Access to Pay Records
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Fearing Wage Theft, Workers At JFK Seek Better Access to Pay Records

A delegation of more than two dozen 32BJ SEIU supporters and employees of Eulen America, a private contractor that employs baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants and cabin cleaners at John F. Kennedy International Airport, met supervisors of the firm on Tuesday to address serious problems with a workforce mobile application that workers fear is shortchanging them….

Health Aides Hail Bill to Ban 24-Hour Shifts
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Health Aides Hail Bill to Ban 24-Hour Shifts

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Calling the half-unpaid 24-hour shifts common in the home health-care industry an “inhumane” 21st-century sweatshop, a group of home-care aides and state legislators rallied Sept. 4 to announce the introduction of a bill to ban 24-hour shifts. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Roxanne Persaud (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblymember Harvey Epstein (D-Manhattan) would limit…

NYC Still a Union Town – But Young Workers Lag Behind
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NYC Still a Union Town – But Young Workers Lag Behind

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Union density in New York dipped slightly in the past year, but the state remains the most unionized in the country, with rates more than twice the national average of 10.5%, according to a report released Sept. 2 by the City University of New York School of Labor and Urban Studies. The report, The State of…

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