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More American Workers Are Going Out on Strike!
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More American Workers Are Going Out on Strike!

WASHINGTON—Led by a wave of walkouts by fed-up teachers, the last two years have seen more American workers go out on strike than any time since the 1980s, according to figures released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics Feb. 11. The BLS reported that 425,500 workers were involved in 25 “major work stoppages” that…

Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Truck Enforcement & Repairs Critical
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Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Truck Enforcement & Repairs Critical

New York, NY — New York City will be increasing truck enforcement and performing urgent, structural repairs on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.  The Mayor signed an Executive Order to create the new NYPD BQE Truck Enforcement Task Force. This new unit will increase enforcement against illegal, overweight trucks that are exacerbating the BQE’s structural issues. “The BQE is…

Leveling the Playing Field: House Votes ‘Yes’ on Pro Act
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Leveling the Playing Field: House Votes ‘Yes’ on Pro Act

WASHINGTON—The House voted Feb. 6 to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, a bill lead sponsor Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) called “the most significant upgrade to U.S. labor law in 80 years.”  The vote was 224-194, largely along party lines. Five Republicans voted yes, while seven Democrats voted no, four of them members…

House to Vote Thursday on Landmark Labor Bill
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House to Vote Thursday on Landmark Labor Bill

WASHINGTON—The House it scheduled to vote Thursday, Feb. 6 on a landmark labor bill that would greatly expand workers’ rights to form and keep unions, from outlawing the replacement of strikers to voiding state laws banning the union shop. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019, sponsored by House Education and Labor Committee…

Labor Joins Queens Riders, Politicians Fed Up With MTA Bus Redesign
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Labor Joins Queens Riders, Politicians Fed Up With MTA Bus Redesign

Queens, NY – The MTA spent months conducting informational meetings and surveys on how to improve bus service, but clearly didn’t take into account the opinions of the riders from the World’s Borough. The Metropolitan Transit Authority’s bus redesign plan for the geographically largest borough and the second most populous is to eliminate bus routes…

NY/NJ Airport Workers: ‘We Need Health Insurance Now!’
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NY/NJ Airport Workers: ‘We Need Health Insurance Now!’

New York, NY – Low-wage workers who help move multitudes in and out of New York and New Jersey airports daily but still can’t afford the prohibitively high cost of private health insurance are hoping this is the year legislators on both sides of the Hudson confront tight-fisted employers.  On Tuesday, January 22, hundreds of…

Williams Advances Workers’ Rights, Affordable Housing in ‘State of the People’ Address
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Williams Advances Workers’ Rights, Affordable Housing in ‘State of the People’ Address

New York, NY – Affordable housing, pre-employment marijuana testing, public safety and workers’ rights were just a few of the topics that Public Advocate Jumaane Williams touched upon during his first-ever State of the People address at Brooklyn College on Wednesday.  Williams is nearly a year into his term, but has already taken drastic measures…

FedEx Ran Massive ‘Union Avoidance’ Campaign
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FedEx Ran Massive ‘Union Avoidance’ Campaign

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—FedEx ran a massive campaign to ward off attempts by drivers to organize with the Teamsters over the past five years, spending at least $837,000 on union-avoidance between 2014 and 2018. According to recordings and videos obtained by the U.K. Guardian, workers at captive-audience meetings were told that union supporters were “very ungrateful,” and…

Teamsters Local 237 Executive Board Sworn In
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Teamsters Local 237 Executive Board Sworn In

New York, NY – Teamsters Local 237 inducted the seven elected members of its Executive Board on Friday, January 17. The slate includes Gregory Floyd, president; Ruben Torres, vice-president; Donald Arnold, secretary-treasurer; Jeanette Taveras, recording secretary; Curtis Scott, trustee; Ben Carenza, trustee; and Catherine Rice, trustee. Local 237 is the largest local union in the…

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