Transportation

NYC Streetcar Project Moves Forward
Features, Municipal Government, New York, Transportation

NYC Streetcar Project Moves Forward

NEW YORK, NY — New York City is moving forward with the proposed Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) streetcar following the completion of a two-year feasibility study. Despite two decades of rapid growth in population and jobs on the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront, public transit has not kept pace. At full implementation, the NYC streetcar project  will increase public…

Labor Dept. OKs Funds for Training Laid-Off Ohio Autoworkers
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Labor Dept. OKs Funds for Training Laid-Off Ohio Autoworkers

LORDSTOWN, Ohio—The U.S. Department of Labor announced Sept. 12 that it will give an $875,000 grant to help workers laid off from the General Motors plant in Lordstown and three nearby auto-parts suppliers find new jobs. The funding will provide training, job-hunting assistance, and other support services, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services…

S.F. Tech-Shuttle Companies Hire Scab Drivers—Before Strike Vote
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S.F. Tech-Shuttle Companies Hire Scab Drivers—Before Strike Vote

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—After tech-shuttle drivers in San Francisco rejected a contract offer in mid-August, the two companies involved began training strikebreaker drivers—even though Teamsters Local 853 members have not authorized a walkout. “This is really extraordinary, considering the members have not voted to strike,” Doug Bloch, political director of Teamsters Joint Council 7, told the…

Denver Airport Workers Launch Ballot Initiative for $15 an Hour
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Denver Airport Workers Launch Ballot Initiative for $15 an Hour

DENVER, Colo.—Workers at Denver International Airport launched a campaign to win a $15-an-hour minimum wage with a rally Aug. 23 in front of the Denver City and County Building. Backed by UNITE HERE, they are collecting signatures to put an initiative for an airport-specific minimum on the city’s May 2019 ballot. If passed, the measure…

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