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Congress Concerned with Post Office Closings

September 17, 2014
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - One hundred sixty members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the leaders of the House Appropriations Committee on Sept. 11 urging them to stop devastating cuts to the Postal Service.


Postal Workers vs. Staples in Boston

September 15, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Boston, Mass. - Opponents of a no-bid deal between Staples and the United States Postal Service have taken the fight to the Massachusetts-based company’s home turf. Postal workers, union members, teachers and customers are staging rallies against Staples in and around Boston.

Road Apples! Activists Back NYPD Nags; Oppose Central Park Horses

September 11, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Councilman Espinal (c) stands with horse carriage drivers.

New York, NY - On Wednesday, animal rights activists pushing Mayor de Blasio to scrap the Central Park horse carriage industry chided City Councilman Rafael Espinal [D-37th Councilmanic District] on the steps of City Hall for deciding to oppose a proposed ban - but it turns out that the same group is completely fine with cops continuing to fight street crime on horseback because they say the NYPD treats its animals better.

Mayor 'Hoofs It' Past Horse Carriage Drivers

Sept 8, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Christina Hansen and Stephen Malone with 'Tyson.'

New York, NY - Bill de Blasio says he wants to take away their jobs, but that didn’t stop the “Tale of Two Cities” mayor from marching in the same procession with Central park horse carriage drivers in this year’s Labor Day Parade - and that was just fine with the Teamsters from Local 553. 

Labor Day Parade Has Electricians’ Spark

September 8, 2014
By Steven Wishnia

“For me, every day is Labor Day. When it’s in your blood, when you get the opportunity to represent working men and women, every day is Labor Day,” says Chris Erikson, business manager of Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. “But today is special.”

New York Pols March with Labor

September 8, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—New York’s labor movement marched up 5th Avenue on Saturday to celebrate the nation’s Labor Day holiday, and they were joined by Governor Andrew Cuomo and his primary challenger Zephyr Teachout.

AG Recovers $17 Million for Cheated Workers

September 4, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a Labor Day report containing highlights of his office’s labor enforcement work over the past three years. Since Attorney General Schneiderman took office in January 2011, his Labor Bureau has successfully brought cases against employers that cheated their workers out of wages and otherwise violated state labor laws, returning over $17 million in restitution to almost 14,000 workers and recovering more than $2 million in restitution and penalties for the state.

Sikora Runs for Assembly on ‘Green Jobs’ Platform

September 3, 2014
By Steven Wishnia

“I’m running to take on income inequality and climate change, which I think are the two big moral—and really, existential—challenges that we face in society,” says Pete Sikora, one of three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in Brooklyn’s 52nd Assembly District.


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