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School Bus Companies on the Brink; 16K Drivers Out of Work
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School Bus Companies on the Brink; 16K Drivers Out of Work

New York, NY – School bus companies in New York City and Long Island are on the brink of collapse after some school districts in both areas refused to fulfill their commitments to honor contracts last week. Fulfilling the contracts would have paid drivers through June after the COVID-19 pandemic led to a statewide shutdown…

Out of Work, New Yorkers Call for Rent Cancellation on May Day
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Out of Work, New Yorkers Call for Rent Cancellation on May Day

New York, NY – Thousands of Americans took to the streets and the virtual world for the #CancelRent strike on May Day — the international holiday celebrating workers from around the world.  While some workers from the Big Apple from the Housing Justice for All campaign and the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition protested outside…

‘Doing Essential Work Under a Cloud of Fear…’
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‘Doing Essential Work Under a Cloud of Fear…’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—More than 130,000 workers deemed “essential” during the COVID-19 epidemic are facing the specter of deportation—and, with a federal court decision looming on whether the Trump administration can terminate their right to stay in the country, are calling on Congress to give them protection and a path to citizenship. Trump began trying in…

Union Brother Remembers MTA Conductor Ben Schaeffer as a Man Who ‘Wanted to Make Things Better’
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Union Brother Remembers MTA Conductor Ben Schaeffer as a Man Who ‘Wanted to Make Things Better’

New York, NY – When the call went out for blood donations to try and help save MTA conductor Ben Schaeffer’s life, his union brothers at TWU Local 100 stepped up. Bus operator John Landers was among them. Shaeffer succumbed to COVID-19 complications this week. Doctors had hoped a new experimental treatment called “convalescent plasma”…

COVID-19 Looms Large On Workers’ Memorial Day; Pressure on OSHA to Act
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COVID-19 Looms Large On Workers’ Memorial Day; Pressure on OSHA to Act

New York, NY – Despite being inundated with more than 3,000 COVID-19 complaints since the outbreak began in January, the federal agency tasked with protecting American workers has, so far, failed to issue enforceable emergency guidelines. The BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of labor and environmental organizations took OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] to task…

Workers Circle Yiddish Concert Celebrates May Day; Benefits Florida Farmworkers
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Workers Circle Yiddish Concert Celebrates May Day; Benefits Florida Farmworkers

New York, NY – The Workers Circle, a Jewish organization celebrating its 120th anniversary this year, will be hosting a virtual Yiddish sing-along concert this weekend as part of May Day — International Workers’ Day. The Sunday concert is free, but any contributions made to the event, which will stream live on Facebook on May…

‘They Appreciate Us’: Downtown Bus Driver On Giving Lifts To People Who Need Them Most
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‘They Appreciate Us’: Downtown Bus Driver On Giving Lifts To People Who Need Them Most

For the past six months, Carlisle Gibson has commuted from his home in Pennsylvania to his job driving the Downtown Alliance’s Downtown Connection bus around Lower Manhattan. A few weeks ago, Gibson finally made the leap and rented a place in Brooklyn, but hasn’t been able to settle in yet because, as he put it, “the whole…

MagnaCare Reaches Out to Labor During Coronavirus Crisis
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MagnaCare Reaches Out to Labor During Coronavirus Crisis

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part Q&A with MagnaCare President of Labor and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Michelle Zettergren where she talks about the company and how it is responding to clients and business partners during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.  LP: What kinds of calls are you receiving from union leaders…

MTA Announces COVID-19 Testing for Transit Workers: Why Did it Take So Long?
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MTA Announces COVID-19 Testing for Transit Workers: Why Did it Take So Long?

New York, NY – On Wednesday, April 15th, the MTA announced that it will be partnering with Northwell Health to provide priority testing to transit workers who have COVID-19 symptoms. About 50 tests per day, or 350 per week will be administered. This is similar to the partnership the organization has with the NYPD and…

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