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Immigration Enforcement: A Tool to Silence Workers? Part 2

December 16, 2014
By Steve Wishnia

Simply exploiting fear can discourage workers from speaking out. “You only have to call ICE a couple times, and then everyone knows it’s a possibility,” says Nicky Coolberth of the United Food and Commercial Workers.

Attorney General Calls For Police Probe

December 16, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has recommended to Governor Cuomo that his office review cases involving unarmed civilians killed by law enforcement officers.  In a letter sent to Governor Cuomo, Attorney General Schneiderman formally requested that the Governor immediately issue an interim executive order now directing the Office of the Attorney General to investigate and, if necessary, prosecute cases involving unarmed civilians killed by police officers. 

A Tribute To Betty Powell

December 9, 2014
By Amanda LoMonaco

The late Betty Powell.

NEW YORK, NY – Last summer, Betty Powell, one of the most stalwart proponents of child care workers in the city, succumbed to cancer at age 74. On December 6, District Council 1707 AFSCME held a moving ceremony celebrating their longtime treasurer’s life and legacy. 

Government Employees Gain Raises

December 8, 2014
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC -  Through the efforts of the American Federation of Government Employee wages have been increased at Minot Air Force Base to compensate for a spike in living costs. AFGE is aggressively negotiating pay increases for all government workers.

City and Labor Officials Condemn No Indictment in Eric Garner Chokehold Case

December 4, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—Moments after the news broke that the impaneled grand jury in Staten Island decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner in July, several elected officials and labor leaders issued statements condemning the decision.

Dromm Confident Horse Carriage Ban Will Pass Council

December 3, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—That’s what Councilmember Daniel Dromm said in the accompanying video after a press conference organized by an animal rights group one day after it was reported that the de Blasio administration is drafting a bill that wouldn’t renew horse carriage licenses when they come due in May 2016. Photo courtesy of Councilmember Rodriguez's office.

Intel Cafeteria Workers Lose Jobs on Thanksgiving

November 25, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Santa Clara, California — In a brazen display of corporate indifference to the well-being of the workers that serve Intel’s sprawling Santa Clara campus, over 70 cafeteria workers at the Silicon Valley giant face losing their jobs on Thanksgiving. 

A Program for the Middle Class

November 21, 2014
By Oren M. Levin-Waldman

In the two weeks since the midterm elections pundits have made a great deal about the thrashing the Democrats received at the hands of the GOP. To the extent that Democrats represent a voice for a progressive agenda, that goal will no doubt be more difficult to achieve. And yet, if progressivism is defined by your ability to call the other side names, then they can keep it.


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