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Labor In America- Who Do We Want To Be?
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Labor In America- Who Do We Want To Be?

As most of you are probably aware, May is Labor History Month. Our roots, as America’s workers, are explored from the birth of “Mother” Jones in 1830, to that first May Day march of 1886, followed by the tragic Haymarket bombing. Miners, teachers, machinists, and railway workers all celebrate significant anniversaries in the month of…

After Medallion Loan-Fraud Exposé, NYWA Calls On City To Help Drivers
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After Medallion Loan-Fraud Exposé, NYWA Calls On City To Help Drivers

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The New York Times’ exposé of massive fraud and predatory loan practices in the taxi-medallion business didn’t shock the union representing yellow-cab drivers. “We’ve been sounding the alarm on the crisis of suicides, foreclosures, and bankruptcies among our city’s professional drivers for years,” New York Taxi Workers Alliance executive director Bhairavi Desai said in a…

The Working Theater Keeps The Spotlight On The People
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The Working Theater Keeps The Spotlight On The People

New York, NY – Worker issues usually don’t bubble up and take centerstage in this town until there is a job action or strike — but the Working Theater is on a dedicated mission to shake up that paradigm, continually cultivating fresh new voices from within the labor community and bringing them straight to working…

Reporter’s Notebook: Mayor de Blasio Runs For President
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Reporter’s Notebook: Mayor de Blasio Runs For President

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Earlier this week, I got an email from a PR person touting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s impending run for President. It included five questions he said he could answer. I decided it would be unprofessionally snarky to reply with my own answers, but now that the mayor has officially announced, here they are:…

In Another Blow To Worker Rights, NLRB Takes Sides Against For-Hire Drivers
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In Another Blow To Worker Rights, NLRB Takes Sides Against For-Hire Drivers

WASHINGTON—In a memo released May 14, a National Labor Relations Board lawyer has instructed the agency to presume that Uber drivers are independent contractors and not employees entitled to minimum wage, workers’ compensation, and the right to form unions. The memo, written in April by associate general counsel Jayme L. Sophir, recommends that NLRB regional…

New Calls For A General Strike In The Face Of Coming Climate Catastrophe!
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New Calls For A General Strike In The Face Of Coming Climate Catastrophe!

New York,, NY – Shut. It. Down. Amalgamated Transit Union VP Bruce Hamilton, this weekend, urged U.S. trade unionists to “learn from our past” and start building towards a general strike in a last ditch effort to avert climate disaster.  “What we need to understand is that climate struggle is class struggle,” Hamilton told the…

Good Jobs, Green Jobs: Green New Deal Advocates Need More Support From Labor
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Good Jobs, Green Jobs: Green New Deal Advocates Need More Support From Labor

New York, NY – In the fight to head-off climate catastrophe, Green New Deal advocates determined to confront the fossil fuel industry are hitting the streets, occupying the space and agitating our elected officials. But enlisting a united House of Labor in that all-out-fight remains a daunting task.  Last week, on April 30, Annika Rosenvinge…

Labor Movement Mourns Loss of ATU President Larry Hanley
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Labor Movement Mourns Loss of ATU President Larry Hanley

HARRISBURG, Pa. –  The American Labor Movement mourns the passing of our union brother and International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union Lawrence J. Hanley.  The officers of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder, on behalf of our Vice Presidents and more than 700,000 union members in our Commonwealth, have issued the following statement: “Brother Larry…

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