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City Council OKs Prevailing Wage for Workers in ‘Affordable Housing’
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City Council OKs Prevailing Wage for Workers in ‘Affordable Housing’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The City Council voted 46-1 Nov. 14 to pass a law that would require the operators of many future “affordable housing” developments to pay building-service workers prevailing wage. The bill, sponsored by Councilmember Rafael L. Espinal Jr. (D-Brooklyn), amends the city’s 2012 Prevailing Wage Law to remove the exemption that affordable-housing projects and nonprofit…

New Jersey Rules Uber Drivers Are Employees
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New Jersey Rules Uber Drivers Are Employees

TRENTON, N.J.—The New Jersey Department of Labor has assessed Uber for almost $650 million for failing to pay unemployment and disability taxes for its drivers. The department charged that Uber evaded $523 million in taxes over the past four years by misclassifying its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, according to letters sent to…

Laborers Protest ‘Leaning Tower of New York’
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Laborers Protest ‘Leaning Tower of New York’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—“This looks like the Leaning Tower of New York,” says Joe Scopo, head organizer of District Council 16 of the Cement and Concrete Workers, as about a dozen Laborers Union members and supporters rallied outside a condominium building under construction in Manhattan Nov. 13.  The 13-story structure at Sixth Avenue and 14th Street is…

Hoops And Hope: Trade Unionists Hold Basketball Tourney on S.I. to Benefit Courageous Kids
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Hoops And Hope: Trade Unionists Hold Basketball Tourney on S.I. to Benefit Courageous Kids

Staten Island, NY – This past Sunday, rank and file members from the Cement and Concrete Workers District Council and the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust [LECET] hit the hardwood on Staten Island to help a bunch of Metropolitan Area kids in the fight of their lives.  The afternoon of charitable basketball at the Lucille…

Workers Jeer McDonald’s as ‘Rotten from Top to Bottom;’ Walk Out and File Class Action Lawsuit
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Workers Jeer McDonald’s as ‘Rotten from Top to Bottom;’ Walk Out and File Class Action Lawsuit

New York, NY – Ronald McDonald’s image as America’s innocuous grinning clown took another series hit on Tuesday, November 12, after the American Civil Liberties Union and fast food workers in Michigan hit the multibillion-dollar eatery with a class action lawsuit alleging a “systemic problem” of sexual harassment in the shadow of its “Golden Arches.”…

Michael Bloomberg: The WORST Democratic Candidate Possible
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Michael Bloomberg: The WORST Democratic Candidate Possible

Michael Bloomberg would be the worst candidate the Democrats could possibly nominate in 2020—unless they cross-endorse Donald Trump. The former New York mayor, who has begun preparations to run in the later primaries next year, has a grossly undeserved reputation as a “moderate.” His core ideology is plutocratic, that government’s primary purpose is to help…

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