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32BJ President Kyle Bragg on Juneteenth: ‘We Have to Agitate and Take to the Streets!’
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32BJ President Kyle Bragg on Juneteenth: ‘We Have to Agitate and Take to the Streets!’

Brooklyn, NY – Labor unions — if they aren’t already in the streets following the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many other unarmed people of color — need to stand with the community activists confronting police brutality and “brining the heat for change in this country.”  That’s the message 32BJ SEIU…

Labor Groups Construct Virtual ‘Memorial Wall’  For Workers Lost to COVID-19 Pandemic
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Labor Groups Construct Virtual ‘Memorial Wall’ For Workers Lost to COVID-19 Pandemic

New York, NY – Two organizations, Jobs with Justice and UnionBase, have come together during the coronavirus pandemic to offer a new website, WorkersMemorialWall.org, where people can post pictures of their co-workers who have been lost to COVID-19. LaborPress recently talked with Jobs with Justice Executive Director Erica Smiley to learn more about the project,…

Transit Union Head to New Yorkers: ‘The Virus is Still Here – Wear a Mask!’
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Transit Union Head to New Yorkers: ‘The Virus is Still Here – Wear a Mask!’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—With subway and bus ridership recovering from its early-April nadir, Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano says his main concerns are “the crowding situation and social distancing.” Subway trains are cleaner and transit workers now have adequate personal protective equipment, Utano told LaborPress, but they are still at risk of being…

Offsite Montefiore Workers Got Sick from COVID-19, But They Aren’t Getting Hazard Pay
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Offsite Montefiore Workers Got Sick from COVID-19, But They Aren’t Getting Hazard Pay

New York, NY – 1199SEIU members gathered for a candlelight vigil at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx yesterday — while some members who work in the hospital’s main campus and satellite facilities have received crisis pay during the ongoing pandemic   — others who work in non-clinical departments in three offsite locations have not. The…

Elizabeth Crowley Heads into June 23, Borough Prez Election with the Most Union Endorsements
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Elizabeth Crowley Heads into June 23, Borough Prez Election with the Most Union Endorsements

New York, NY – With the coronavirus and a hundred-year pandemic hitting the borough of Queens the hardest, the Borough President race has been rescheduled a couple of times. Many candidates, including union candidate Elizabeth Crowley had to revamp their campaigns to do more virtual and phone outreach.  Crowley has the most union endorsements with…

Black Lives Matter Movement Adds Sense of Urgency to Justice for Janitors Observance
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Black Lives Matter Movement Adds Sense of Urgency to Justice for Janitors Observance

New York, NY – 32BJ SEIU janitors, doormen and security officers took a knee along 6th Avenue today to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Justice for Janitors movement. (Watch Video below) The commemoration coincides with a week’s worth of action organized by the Movement for Black Lives, which has stipulated a series of demands,…

Law of the Land: Civil Rights Act of ’64 Protects LGBTQ Workers, Too
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Law of the Land: Civil Rights Act of ’64 Protects LGBTQ Workers, Too

WASHINGTON—In a landmark 6-3 decision June 15, the Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s ban on employment discrimination on the basis of sex extends to sexual orientation and gender identity. “Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote, joined…

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