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Maf Uddin Elected Local 1407 President

May 26, 2015

By Stephanie West

Maf Misbah Uddin has won his sixth consecutive three year-term as president of Local 1407 of District Council 37 AFSCME, accountants and actuaries for New York City. The May 11 election came unopposed. Uddin is the first Bangladeshi elected president of a municipal union in the United States. He is also the treasurer of DC 37.

NYC Increasing Contracting Opportunities For Minority And Woman

May 26, 2015
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - The de Blasio administration is calling for changes in state law to increase contracting opportunities for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises [M/WBEs]. The city has already increased contract awards to M/WBE by 57 percent over the previous fiscal year, bringing total awards in the last fiscal year to $690 million, and recently announced a commitment to award more than $16 billion to M/WBE businesses over the next 10 years.

Lessons From the Best High School Rankings for the Debate About “The Test.”

May 21, 2015
By Larry Cary

Last week’s rankings by U.S. News & World Report of the “Best High Schools” in the country offer surprising support for the advocates of keeping the SHSAT – the Specialized High School Admissions Test – as the sole criteria for selecting students for admission to eight of the 400 public high schools and 700 high school programs serving the children of New York City.  The test-in schools are, with rare exception, the highest academically ranked schools in New York City.

Support For Prez’ Grow America Act

May 7, 2015
By Neal Tepel

Washington DC - President Barack Obama’s Grow America plan will provide $478 billion in funding over six years to boaster transportation infrastructure across the United States. This money will be critical so that transportation resources and crumbling infrastructure can be upgraded and repaired throughout the country. The plan will also create hundreds of thousands of new construction jobs.

Call for Stronger Rent Laws

May 7, 2015
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - To stem the loss of affordable apartments to deregulation — more than 35,000 affordable apartments have left rent regulation since 2011 — Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for stronger rent laws.  

Say Goodbye to Democracy

May 6, 2015
By Thomas J. Mackell, Jr., Ed.D. Special Advisor to the International President,
International Longshoreman’s Association

North Bergen, NJ - Well it has begun. The Main Street supermarket is chock full of some twenty potential Republican presidential candidates who are now on display and will be crisscrossing the country and the airwaves for the next 570 days showing off their stuff. We live in the era of the perpetual presidential campaign.

Sanitation Workers Say Speaking Out Got 'em Canned

May 5, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Five Star Carting owner Anthony Tristani (r).

Brooklyn, NY - The tug-o-war over the future of New York City's commercial sanitation industry is getting ugly following a special city council hearing held less than a week ago, in which private carting company workers testified about slave wages, 16-hour shifts and dangerously faulty equipment.

Republicans Go After State Prevailing-Wage Laws

May 5, 2015
By LaborPress

With Republicans controlling more than two-thirds of the nation’s state legislatures, they’re going after prevailing-wage laws. Indiana’s legislature passed a bill last month repealing the state’s law that workers on public construction projects must be paid the “common construction wage,” and Gov. Mike Pence is about to sign it.


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