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Barrett Nomination Looms Ominous for Labor Law
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Barrett Nomination Looms Ominous for Labor Law

WASHINGTON—Judge Amy Coney Barrett, nominated to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by President Donald Trump Sept. 25, is expected to be an active anti-labor vote if confirmed, despite her limited judicial record. “Judge Barrett’s record demonstrates a clear disdain for workers’ rights, and her confirmation would push the most corporate-friendly Supreme…

NYC Building Trades Confront ‘Bad Actors with a History of Fraud’
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NYC Building Trades Confront ‘Bad Actors with a History of Fraud’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—More than 100 construction workers returned to the sidewalk outside Brookfield Properties’ Battery Park City offices Sept. 23, accusing the developer of hiring nonunion contractors with records of wage theft. “We want these jobs shut down immediately,” Joe Scopo, organizing director for the Laborers Union’s Cement and Concrete Workers District Council, told the…

Gagging on the Gig Economy: Labor Dept. Fast-Tracks Rule Widening Independent-Contractor Status
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Gagging on the Gig Economy: Labor Dept. Fast-Tracks Rule Widening Independent-Contractor Status

WASHINGTON—The Labor Department has proposed a rule intended to make it easier for employers to classify workers as independent contractors—and is fast-tracking it so it could be finalized before the next President takes office. The proposed rule, announced Sept. 22, would widen when workers can be considered an independent contractor instead of an employee. Independent…

Labor Mourns RBG – Hopes to Stop Trump From Further Packing U.S. Supreme Court
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Labor Mourns RBG – Hopes to Stop Trump From Further Packing U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON—Several major labor unions are opposing President Donald Trump’s bid to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the election, but Senate Republicans appear to have fallen into line to confirm whomever he nominates. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who in 2016 blocked consideration of President Barack Obama’s nominee Judge Merrick Garland…

COVID Crisis and the Toll on Our Mental Health
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COVID Crisis and the Toll on Our Mental Health

New York, NY​ – Although plans for a Coronavirus vaccine are still unclear as we move into the cooler months of autumn, some of our city’s prior mental health initiatives have given way to Covid updates and stories about infections. Before the outbreak, companies were rapidly spending more for the mental health of their employees….

Laborers Local 79 Confront Worker Exploitation at Beekman St. Construction Site
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Laborers Local 79 Confront Worker Exploitation at Beekman St. Construction Site

New York, NY – On Friday morning, Sept. 18, employees of SL Green Realty Corporation arrived at the corporate headquarters at 420 Lexington Avenue to find a big rat inflated outside the main entrance. This comes only a few days after their ceremonial ribbon cutting celebration for the proud opening of one of the city’s…

Local 420 President Jeers State’s ‘Reactive’ Posture in the Face of COVID-19
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Local 420 President Jeers State’s ‘Reactive’ Posture in the Face of COVID-19

New York, NY – Carmen Charles is president of the New York City Municipal Hospitals Employees Union, Local 420, DC37, AFSCME. The union represents healthcare workers in NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H), the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). She…

Pushed Too Far, Nursing Home Workers Strike
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Pushed Too Far, Nursing Home Workers Strike

WELLSVILLE, N.Y.—After spending more than two years trying to win their first union contract, workers at the Highland Park Nursing Home in Wellsville staged a two-day strike Sept. 17-19, protesting unfair labor practices by the home’s owner. “We’ve been in negotiations for almost 26 months,” says Cindy Costello, a veteran licensed practical nurse who has…

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