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Don’t Put the Car Before the Horse

April 16, 2015
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - That was the message Central Park’s carriage drivers were sending on the Upper West Side Wednesday morning April 15th. Carriage drivers were leafleting constituents of Council Members Mark Levine and Helen Rosenthal, who support a proposal that would ban the historic carriages from Central Park – and replace them with electric touring cars.

Growers Try to Gut California’s Farm Labor Law

April 15, 2015
By LaborPress

One of the country’s largest fruit growers has joined with national anti-union policy groups in an effort to gut California’s Agriculture Labor Relations Act, which enables unions to request a mandatory mediator if growers won’t agree to a first contract. Workers at Gerawan Farming voted to join the United Farm Workers in 1990, but the company has refused to sign a contract for 25 years.

N.J. Supreme Court to Take Christie Appeal

April 13, 2015
By LaborPress

The New Jersey Supreme Court agreed Apr. 6 to hear the Christie administration's appeal of a lower-court ruling that it illegally cut payments to the state workers' pension system. State Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled in February that the state, which promised to increase payments into the system in 2011, had broken the law when it paid less than half the $3 billion it owed.

May Day March Against Income Inequality

April 10, 2015
LaborPress Staff

Workers will have lots to say at this year's May Day Rally.

New York, NY - This year’s May Day Rally is expected to put income inequality and its corrosive effects on our society into focus like never before.

Fighting A Modern Day Plague

April 3, 2015
By Ann Toback, Executive Director of the Workmen’s Circle

Passover is the ultimate story of oppression, collective action, and redemption. Today in the United States we face a widespread modern day plague:  working poverty—workers who earn wages so low that they can’t afford to take care of their basic needs of life. 

AFSCME Supports Kenney for Philadelphia Mayor

April 2, 2015
By Stephanie West

Philadelphia, Pa. - Mayoral hopeful Jim Kenney picked up another major union endorsement this week when AFSCME members representing more than 27,000 city workers and retirees announced their support for the 56-year-old former city councilman.

Fully Repeal Indiana’s Discriminatory Law

April 2, 2015
By UFCW President Marc Perrone

Washington, DC - Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union [UFCW], is calling for a full repeal of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in response to Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s press conference where he offered to fix the law without providing specifics.

Boeing S.C. Vote Set for April 22

March 30, 2015
By LaborPress

The National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a union-authorization vote for April 22 at Boeing’s South Carolina aircraft plants. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has been trying to organize the 3,000 workers at the five factories, all in the Charleston area.


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