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Labor's 421-a Criticism Stings Mayor de Blasio

May 29, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Bill de Blasio.

New York, NY - The de Blasio administration is hitting back at organized labor groups this week after the New York State AFL-CIO and New York City Central Labor Council both lambasted Hizzoner’s plan to extend the 421-a tax abatement without also including a prevailing wage mandate for construction workers, and calling the move a “slap in the face” to hardworking men and women. 

School Crossing Guards Brave Bad Motorists To Protect Kids

May 28, 2015  
By Joe Maniscalco

Retired school crossing guards Sallie Robertson and Effie Tucker.

New York, NY - Sallie Robertson and Effie Tucker, both 73, appear to be the sweetest retirees anyone would ever want to me. But that never protected the former New York City school crossing guards from the outrageous behavior of boneheaded motorists who make the job of ushering kids to class every day a very dangerous occupation. 

Exploitation Has No Place In NY

May 28, 2015
By Governor Andrew M. Cuomo


The rights of nail salon employees must be respected, and we have launched an aggressive crackdown on the industry to make sure that happens. We formed a multi-agency Enforcement Task Force that will move immediately to stop wage theft, prevent unsafe working conditions, and shut down unlicensed businesses in the nail salon industry.

Crossing Guard Advocates To de Blasio: Treat Employees Better Than McDonald's Treats Workers

May 27, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

School crossing guards want $15 an hour, too.

New York, NY - Bill de Blasio is facing tough questions this week about why hizzoner is pushing a national agenda urging a $15 an hour minimum wage, while thousands of municipal workers — including vital school crossing guards — presently working for the mayor continue to earn substantially less than that. 

TPP and Trade Issues with China

May 27, 2015
By Neal Tepel


Washington, DC –- On a conference call May 21st, AFL-CIO Policy Director and Special Counsel Damon Silvers and Roosevelt Institute Senior Economist Adam Hersh described the reasons why the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not the solution to improving China’s trade policies.

City’s Property Tax System Needs Reform

May 27, 2015
By Neal Tepel


Queens, NY – Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D,WF-Fresh Meadows) have sent a letter to the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Real Property Taxation requesting that a public hearing be convened to examine the current state of the City’s property tax system.

AFGE Calls For Stronger Whistleblower Protections

May 26, 2015
By Neal Tepel


Washington, DC - Concerned that gaps in federal whistleblower laws are failing to protect some Veterans Administration whistleblowers,  the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is urging Congress to take aggressive action to shield employees.

Transparency Not Secrecy for TPP

May 25, 2015
By Neal Tepel


With most labor unions, environmental groups, and advocate organizations opposed to Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, there needs to be a slowing down of its passage. Trade deals like the TPP have cost us millions of good paying jobs in the past. We lost 700,000 jobs at home with NAFTA. Shipping work overseas puts Americans out-of-work.


 

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