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Guild Introduces Mental Health Program For At-Risk Drivers In New York City
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Guild Introduces Mental Health Program For At-Risk Drivers In New York City

With the shadow of nine suicides hanging over the taxi industry, the Independent Drivers Guild announced a mental-health program for New York’s for-hire drivers May 7. Due to the “highly financially insecure nature of this job over the last handful of years, we’ve seen mental health go down,” IDG Executive Director Brendan Sexton told LaborPress….

NYC Workers Bring May Day To Trump’s Doorstep
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NYC Workers Bring May Day To Trump’s Doorstep

New York, NY – Stagnant wages, unsafe working and attacks on immigrant communities of color all combined to define the overall feeling of insecurity working men and women expressed during this week’s May Day observance along Central Park West on Wednesday. “We’ve got to stand strong because they’re trying to bust us up,” NYCHA secretary…

U.S. Workers Continue to Die On-the-Job in Large Numbers
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U.S. Workers Continue to Die On-the-Job in Large Numbers

New York, NY – Deaths on-the-job is a national crisis, said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  “It’s well past the time that folks in Washington, D.C., stop playing politics and take action to prevent these tragedies.” In 2017, the number of worker deaths totaled  5,147. Although the number was less than 2016 with 5,190, deaths on-the-job…

NewsGuild, Teamsters Urge Gannett Shareholders to Stop Alden Takeover
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NewsGuild, Teamsters Urge Gannett Shareholders to Stop Alden Takeover

WASHINGTON—In a letter released April 11, The NewsGuild-CWA and the Teamsters urged stockholders in the Gannett newspaper chain to vote for the incumbent board of directors to block a hostile takeover by what they called the “vulture hedge fund” Alden Global Capital. The two unions, which represent a total of about 1,300 workers at Gannett…

UAW Trying Again at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga Plant
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UAW Trying Again at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga Plant

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—The United Auto Workers filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board Apr. 9 for a new union vote at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant—and its officials hope there won’t be any “outside interference.” “We hope that doesn’t happen like the last time,” UAW Local 42 President Steve Cochran told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Local…

GM Closed Lordstown After UAW Agreed to $118 Million in Concessions
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GM Closed Lordstown After UAW Agreed to $118 Million in Concessions

Lordstown, Ohio—Three weeks after General Motors suspended production at its factory here, workers at the United Auto Workers Local 1112 union hall were livid. They agreed to make $118 million a year in concessions to save the plant in mid-2017, only to see it idled, possibly forever. “Everything they asked us to do, we did,”…

Trump & Friends Attacking Unions in Rail & Airline Industries
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Trump & Friends Attacking Unions in Rail & Airline Industries

New York, NY – With Trump controlling the three-member panel overseeing the National Mediation Board – unions in the airline and railroad industries are now under attack. The National Mediation Board (NMB), was established in 1934 to resolve labor-management disputes in the airline and railroad industries. The board is currently targeting unions through is role with the Railway…

Plight Of Underpaid Early Childhood Education Teachers Looms Large In Budget Talks
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Plight Of Underpaid Early Childhood Education Teachers Looms Large In Budget Talks

New York, NY – Contrary to what the de Blasio administration is claiming, equal pay advocates rallying on the steps of City Hall last week, insisted that the ongoing plight of Early Childhood Education teachers fighting for pay parity with their DOE counterparts is not merely a “contractual issue”  — it’s a racially charged social…

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