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Senator’s Pension-Cut Proposal Infuriates N.J. Unions
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Senator’s Pension-Cut Proposal Infuriates N.J. Unions

TRENTON, N.J.—A top New Jersey politician’s proposal to set up a two-tier pension system for government workers and cut their health benefits immediately infuriated public-sector unions. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) introduced a 27-bill package May 16 that would move non-uniformed public-sector workers on the job for five years or less to a hybrid…

12 Unions Urge Stronger Statewide Rent Regulations
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12 Unions Urge Stronger Statewide Rent Regulations

ALBANY, N.Y.—A dozen New York State labor leaders are urging the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to enact laws that would both strengthen the state’s rent-stabilization laws and extend tenant protections to almost all its renter households. “In their homes, just like in their workplaces, our members—tenants—need protection from unfair and unreasonable rent increases, from…

In Another Blow To Worker Rights, NLRB Takes Sides Against For-Hire Drivers
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In Another Blow To Worker Rights, NLRB Takes Sides Against For-Hire Drivers

WASHINGTON—In a memo released May 14, a National Labor Relations Board lawyer has instructed the agency to presume that Uber drivers are independent contractors and not employees entitled to minimum wage, workers’ compensation, and the right to form unions. The memo, written in April by associate general counsel Jayme L. Sophir, recommends that NLRB regional…

New Calls For A General Strike In The Face Of Coming Climate Catastrophe!
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New Calls For A General Strike In The Face Of Coming Climate Catastrophe!

New York,, NY – Shut. It. Down. Amalgamated Transit Union VP Bruce Hamilton, this weekend, urged U.S. trade unionists to “learn from our past” and start building towards a general strike in a last ditch effort to avert climate disaster.  “What we need to understand is that climate struggle is class struggle,” Hamilton told the…

Advocates For Pre-K Teachers Urge: No RFPs Without Pay Parity!
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Advocates For Pre-K Teachers Urge: No RFPs Without Pay Parity!

New York, NY – As pay equity talks between the Mayor’s Office and the union representing underpaid Early Childhood Education teachers continue this week— a large group of Community Based Organizations staffing those shortchanged educators is calling on Hizzoner to pump the brakes on plans to restructure the entire birth-to-five system until pay parity is…

Guild Introduces Mental Health Program For At-Risk Drivers In New York City
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Guild Introduces Mental Health Program For At-Risk Drivers In New York City

With the shadow of nine suicides hanging over the taxi industry, the Independent Drivers Guild announced a mental-health program for New York’s for-hire drivers May 7. Due to the “highly financially insecure nature of this job over the last handful of years, we’ve seen mental health go down,” IDG Executive Director Brendan Sexton told LaborPress….

NYC Workers Bring May Day To Trump’s Doorstep
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NYC Workers Bring May Day To Trump’s Doorstep

New York, NY – Stagnant wages, unsafe working and attacks on immigrant communities of color all combined to define the overall feeling of insecurity working men and women expressed during this week’s May Day observance along Central Park West on Wednesday. “We’ve got to stand strong because they’re trying to bust us up,” NYCHA secretary…

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