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The Changing Face of the Low-Wage Labor Market

October 23, 2014
By Oren M. Levin-Waldman, Ph.D.

Over the last three decades along with the various structural changes that have taken place in the economy, we can say that the face of the low-wage labor market has also changed. It used to be that the low-wage labor market characterized by unskilled labor as perhaps reflected by the percentage of high-school dropouts was extremely high.

Council Considers Taxi Protection Act

October 22, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - On October 21st, New York Taxi Workers Alliance members rallied in support of the Taxi Driver Protection Act.  The Council votes today October 22nd on this important legislation that would treat an assault on a taxi driver as a felony with a penalty up to 25 years in prison. Upon passage of a bill, warning signs will be posted in all yellow or green cabs as well as liveries.

The Labor Boycott of Staples Continues

October 21, 2014
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - On Oct. 10th, APWU President Mark Dimondstein called for the resignation of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, saying he is on “a rampage to cut, cut, cut” and has no plan to save the United States Postal Service. According to Politico on October 10th,  37,400 jobs were lost in 2013 and 169,000 jobs could be eliminated by 2022. The destruction of the United States Postal Service is now continuing at a rapid rate continued Dimondstein.

NYC Launches Program to Increase Volunteering

October 21, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY — The de Blasio administration has launched a volunteer promotion campaign—a series of targeted ads in 1,000 subway cars and 75 bus shelters—to encourage more New Yorkers across the five boroughs to volunteer. This promotion campaign highlights three areas NYC has determined are in high need of volunteers: Supporting Youth Development, Reducing Hunger and Engaging Seniors.

Cab Drivers Stand Together and Win!

October 14, 2014
By Olivia Sandbothe
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Chicago, Ill. – In a big win for a new AFSCME local, Chicago Cab Drivers United has reached an agreement with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that would put thousands of dollars back into their pockets and signals a new era in relations with the city.

NYC Garbage Distribution Legislation

October 10, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY – Council Members, environmental justice advocates, and community-based organizations rallied for waste equity legislation on October 7th prior to a hearing on the distribution of solid waste. The bill, sponsored on October 7th by Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, is aimed at an equitable distribute  of solid waste management throughout the city. The proposed legislation will decrease permitted capacity for waste processing in overburdened communities and cap permitted capacity for each community.  This legislative initiative will provide safeguards to ensure that every community handle their fair share.

Working Families Party Rallies to Win State Senate

October 9, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—With less than four weeks to go before voters go to the polls to elect their representatives for the State Senate, the Working Families Party held a get-out-the-vote rally where they impressed upon their members that if their endorsed candidates don’t win, the progressive agenda in Albany will peter out.

Doctors' Morale At An All-New Low

October 9, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Feeling disrespected, but putting on a brave face.

New York, NY - Doctor morale at the city’s safety net hospitals has hit an all-new low according to the union representing public sector physicians - and the lack of progress in contract talks, as well as the cold shoulder the Health & Hospital Corporation has given healers hoping to help shape systemwide reforms, is the reason why. 


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