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Immigration Reform Needed Now

November 26, 2014
By President Barack Obama

Washington, DC - There's no disagreement in Washington that our immigration system is badly broken. That's why a bipartisan majority in the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform. That was more than 500 days ago, but we're still waiting for the House to hold a vote.

Raise Pay for Legislators But Limit Pols Outside Income

November 26, 2014
By NYS Senator Brad Hoylman

New York, NY - It’s been over 15 years since Albany lawmakers got a raise. As a result, some of my colleagues in the state Legislature are once again floating the idea of a pay hike in a lame-duck session.

One Thing New Yorkers Can Expect from the DNC: Jobs!

November 25, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—That’s what the U.S. Senator from New York, Charles Schumer, said in the rotunda at City Hall on Monday evening in the accompanying video interview while a statue of George Washington loomed overhead.

Fulfilling the American Promise for Immigrant Families

November 25, 2014
By George Miranda, President of Teamsters Joint Council 16

New York, NY – Teamsters know that our diversity gives us strength. When our brothers and sisters demand justice and respect, we stand with them. President Obama is fulfilling the American promise for millions of immigrant families. People who make homes in this country, who pay taxes, who do the jobs that run our economy should be full participants in our society. And we should keep their families together.

32BJ Public School Cleaners Settles Contract

November 24, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - A contract agreement has been reached between Local 891 School Custodians and their employees, 32BJ public school cleaners. The cleaners work primarily in the City schools. Because of an unusual arrangement these building cleaners are not employees of the City although funding for their contract is provided by New York City.
While School Custodians serve as the employers of the school cleaners, the city is a key party to the negotiations.

Maintaining Infrastructure Will Avoid Disaster

November 24, 2014
By Robert J. Rodriguez

We are in the midst of an infrastructure crisis. As the governor prepares the priorities of New York to be unveiled at the State of the State in January, rebuilding our infrastructure should be one of them.

SEIU Henry: Allow Undocumented to Stay

November 21, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Building on his prior order that let the Dreamers, undocumented youths who are now in college or the military, stay in the U.S., President Obama plans an executive order to allow undocumented adults to stay in the country. SEIU President Mary Kay Henry has taken the lead in supporting the President's decision.

Obama's Executive Order on Immigration

November 21, 2014
By Hector Figueroa, President of 32BJ SEIU

New York, NY - President Obama has taken a bold and important step on behalf of millions of immigrant families, who can finally come out of the shadows without fear of deportation and being separated from their loved ones.


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