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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.

Bag Tax Not Good for NYC

November 20, 2014
By IBT Local 237 President Greg Floyd

New York, NY - We stand in opposition to Intro 209, that would charge a fee on plastic and paper retail bags distributed to consumers in New York City stores.  We believe this legislation would lead to irreparable harm to the unionized plastic bag manufacturing industry in New York City in favor of reusable bags that are made overseas.

Executive Action Needed on Immigration

November 11, 2014
By AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Washington, DC - The President needs to take executive action to support immigrant rights.  But he also needs to take action on immigration to ensure the rights of all of us.

NYS Senate Election Winners and Losers

November 10, 2014
By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

Election Day has passed and for all of us in the New York State Senate, the dust has settled.  In one of my earlier columns “Who will be the “Cappo di tutti capi”of the New York State Senate?” I mentioned different scenarios about how Senator Dean Skelos, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, or Senator Jeff Klein could be winners and losers.

Post Election: The Road Ahead for Democracy and Justice

November 7, 2014
By Thomas J. Mackell, Jr.,Ed.D.

Washington DC - Was it the Republican voter suppression, the well-off Boomers who have grown more conservative, the disengagement of voters from President Obama or just a failure of voters to vote?

The Midterm Elections Impact on Federal Unions

November 7, 2014
By Neal Tepel

"What happened Tuesday November 4th is just the beginning of what we already knew would be a tough two years for government employees," said American Federation of Government Employees National President David Cox.

New Law: Gerrymandering Killer Or Enabler?

November 6, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Has NYS really made elections more competitive?

New York, NY - On Election Day, voters casting ballots for Proposition 1 did so in a bid to end the kind of gerrymandering that typically makes painfully awkward districts look like something Salvador Dali might have conjured up on a bad day. But whether or not things have really been made better with the introduction of a new redistricting system is unclear.


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