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Worker Advocates to Trump: We are All United!

February 16, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Hector Figueroa, president, 32 BJ.

Brooklyn, NY - This week’s defeat of Andy Puzder’s nomination as U.S. labor secretary could help further thwart the Trump administration’s strategy of dividing and conguering the labor movement — but the head of the largest union of property service workers in the nation is convinced that unions will stand together and fight no matter what. 

Thanks, Trump: Anti-Immigration Rhetoric is Helping Crooks Steal

February 16, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Comptroller Scott Stinger is 'doubling down' on crooked contractors.

New York, NY - The Trump administration’s already corrosive crusade against Muslim people and immigrant communities of color is now also helping to “embolden” crooked contractors intent on cheating vulnerable workers out of millions of dollars in hard-earned wages and benefits, according to New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. 

This Week's Buzz: Weingarten Puts DeVos on Notice!

February 15, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

AFT President Randi Weingarten is putting Betsy DeVos on notice.

New York, NY - Charter school zealot Betsy Devos may have been confirmed as U.S. labor secretary — but on this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers head, says pubic school advocates are ready to block any attempt to defund schools -- the same way Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban was blocked in federal court. Hector Figueroa, 32BJ SEIU president, talks solidarity and organized labor’s response to the Trump administration; and John Skinner, Ironworkers Local 46 political & legislative director, defends the rights of hard-pressed New York City construction workers. We’ll also learn how labor unions working with General Vision Services (GVS) are helping to change lives one pair of eyeglasses at a time. 

Labor: Safety Reforms Do Not Come At the Cost of Construction Jobs!

February 13, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Powerful interests have taken aim at the Construction Safety Act.

New York, NY - In the last two years, when construction workers have died on mostly non-union job sites throughout the city, it’s largely been communities of color who have been left to pick up the pieces. But that isn’t stopping opponents of the new Construction Safety Act from advancing the glaringly specious argument that legislative reforms now before the New York City Council will somehow limit opportunities for minority workers — and that has organized labor saying, “no way.”

This Week's Buzz: Construction Site Safety in the Balance; Fired Up Nurses And More!

February 8, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Bill and Neal with James Mahoney.

New York, New York - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, James Mahoney, president, New York State District Council of Ironworkers, pushes back against opponents of the new Construction Safety Act; Ellen Smith, president, Northeast Nurses Association, denounces Donald Trump’s leaked executive order threatening the health of the LGBTQ community; Assemblymember Walter Mosley gives his take on the new 421a tax abatement plan; and Sal Armao, CPA, Armao LLP, talks about the tax pitfalls facing labor unions this year. 

Construction Workers Rally as Council Eyes Safety Bills

February 1, 2017
By Steven Wishnia

New York, N.Y.—As the City Council took up a package of 21 bills intended to strengthen construction and crane safety regulationsJan. 31, thousands of construction workers were rallying alongside City Hall to demand that it pass them. The package’s centerpiece is Intro 1447, sponsored by Housing and Buildings Committee chair Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn).

This Week's Buzz: Hiring Freeze Backlash; Trump vs. Labor; Carnegie Deli Fight

January 31, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Workers are fighting back on this week's BCB!

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 The Answer, AFGE National President David Cox warns the American people are going to pay a “tough price” for Trump’s new federal pay and hiring freeze; while Ironworkers President Eric Dean says the Oval Office’s current occupant is defintely trying to “drive a wedge” between American labor unions. UniteHere Local 100 President Bill Granfield also talks about the latest efforts to save the jobs of longtime workers at the famed Carnegie Deli on 7th Avenue.  

Trump Starts Chipping Away At the House of Labor

January 26, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco
Reporter’s Notebook

Donald J. Trump: Divide and conquer?

Brooklyn, NY - Earlier this week, the leaders of several major unions reportedly exited a White House meeting with Donald Trump sounding upbeat and enthusiastic about the future — but it also looks like the meeting was actually the first step in Trump’s greater plan to divide and conquer the House of Labor. 

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