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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…

Green New Deal Town Hall At 32BJ Does Little To Win Over Labor Skeptics
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Green New Deal Town Hall At 32BJ Does Little To Win Over Labor Skeptics

New York, NY – Despite a profound need to confront climate change charging the room — Friday night’s Green New Deal Town Hall at 32BJ’s W18th Street HQ, demonstrated the movement’s frustrating failure to fully draft organized labor into the cause.  Earlier this month, the AFL-CIO’s Climate Committee penned a letter to Green New Deal…

Pro-Union Amazon Worker fired In NJ After Eye Injury; Online Giant Makes ‘Dirty Dozen’ List Of Employers – Again!
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Pro-Union Amazon Worker fired In NJ After Eye Injury; Online Giant Makes ‘Dirty Dozen’ List Of Employers – Again!

New York, NY – Another metropolitan area man who lost his job after he dared challenge Amazon’s piss-poor treatment of its warehouse employees is speaking out this week — just in time for the notoriously anti-union retail giant to be welcomed back onto National COSH’s annual list of “Dirty Dozen” employers.  David Jamel Williams told…

Workers Memorial Week: Time For Real Reflection
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Workers Memorial Week: Time For Real Reflection

New York, NY – This past week, the mournful wail of bagpipes honoring New York City construction workers killed or injured on the job were once again forced to compete with the rising lamentations of deep pocketed industry executives bemoaning the economic costs of enacting enhanced safety regulations.  Never mind how incremental and insufficient any…

Laborers Graduate Apprentices, Urge Union-Built Affordable Housing
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Laborers Graduate Apprentices, Urge Union-Built Affordable Housing

NEW YORK, N.Y.–The about 60 Laborers International Union apprentices lined up in a side room at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in Manhattan Apr. 17, clad in brilliant saffron-orange caps and gowns.  “When you graduate, you’re part of this forever,” Local 79 apprentice coordinator Timmy Valentine told them. They marched into the cathedral’s main room, chanting…

More Death On The Job: ‘Somebody Needs To Speak To It’
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More Death On The Job: ‘Somebody Needs To Speak To It’

New York, NY – “Somebody needs to pass a law saying this can’t happen anymore.” That’s how Donald Nesbit, Local 372 executive vice-president, is reacting to the death of his friend since childhood, Gregory Echevarria — one of a trio of construction workers tragically killed on non-union job sites last week.  Nesbit and Echevarria grew…

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