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Fire Officers Okay Contract; Get 11-Percent Raise

January 31, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

UFOA President Jake Lemonda.

New York, NY - After more than three years without a contract, the Uniformed Fire Officers Association [UFOA] has ratified a seven-year deal with the city which gives its 2,700 members an 11 percent raise. 

Cuomo's Crumbs Leave Low-Wage Workers Hungry

January 22, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Activists with 15 Now NYC march in Brooklyn.

New York, NY -  There’s a yawning chasm between the worker-based drive for a $15 an hour minimum wage and the tiny bump in pay that Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing for the Empire State - and the lukewarm response the chief executive is getting from those supposedly directly helped by the effort, is clearly indicative of that fact. 

'All Labor Has Dignity': King's Other Legacy

January 19, 2015
By Thomas E. Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor

A few weeks ago, I saw Selma, a remarkable movie about the unbreakable persistence and moral leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans in the Jim Crow South.

Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 19, 2015
By Assemblyman Luis R. Sepulveda

A civil rights leader, community activist, humanitarian and Nobel Laureate, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. remains a remarkable and influential figure. As we observe Martin Luther King  Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 19, it is important to remember Dr. King’s legacy and how we can continue to honor it with our actions.

New Labor Leader Looks to Transform City's Biggest Union

January 15, 2015
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The new executive director of District Council 37, Henry Garrido, began his tenure at the helm of the city's biggest public sector union by creating and fulfilling two new positions to lead the union's political action. 

Federal Employees Finally Get a Raise

January 15, 2015
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC – Federal employees will be getting a 3.8 percent pay raise by 2016 thanks to new legislation. The president of the American Federation of Government Employees National President, J. David Cox, said it was long overdue. 

Educators Protest Cuomo

January 13, 2015
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - Over 1,000 parents, students, advocates and community members rallied on Monday here to protest Governor Cuomo’s education policies. The protests highlighted inequities in school funding.

Republicans Attack Social Security on First Day Back to Work

January 12, 2015
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Editorial

Washington DC - With both houses in Congress controlled by the Republican party, the GOP is attacking the Social Security system. The Republican agenda in Washington includes reducing benefits for the millions of people who rely on Social Security.


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