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Legislation Bans Solitary Confinement for Adolescents

April 16, 2014
By Stephanie. West

Albany, NY - Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell has introduced A9268, which would ban solitary confinement for New York State inmates under the age of 21. "A9268 would provide long-overdue protection to one of our state’s most vulnerable populations—adolescents under 21 who have been tried and sentenced as adults.

The Teamster Who Would Be Governor of NY State

April 15, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins.

Brooklyn, NY - Howie Hawkins is a Teamster with Local 317, and for about the past 15 years he’s loaded packages for UPS on the night shift in Syracuse. He’s also the Green Party candidate for governor who believes that big money has captured both major political parties, and that working men and women need to start “running their own people” in elections.

Governor Cuomo Has Decapitated Mayor de Blasio, Critics Say

April 14, 2014

By Joe ManiscalcoPublic school advocates rally this week.

New York, NY - Whether cutting him off at the knees or downright beheading him - opponents of charter school expansion say that Governor Andrew Cuomo has effectively boxed out progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio and set the stage for “academic apartheid in New York City.”

Political Firing in Brooklyn DA Office

April 11, 2014
By Stephanie West Special to LaborPress

Brooklyn, NY - In response to a recent story in the NY Post which stated that the firing of Brooklyn DA Detective Investigator Andrew Vecchione as political payback, based on the fact that Andrew’s father was a colleague of Joe Hynes, Detective Investigator’s Association President John Fleming stated that, “If this is true and we believe it is, than Ken Thompson has set a most dangerous precedent which will cast doubt on the impartiality of his office in general, and the use of his detectives in particular.

AFGE: Paul Ryan's Budget Hurts Federal Workers

April 7, 2014
By AFGE President J. David Cox Sr.

Washington, DC -- "What's another term for an insatiable monster hell-bent on savagely devouring everything in its sight?  The Ryan Budget.  Each year this monster gets hungrier, bolder, and more pitiless against its prey, the VA nursing assistants, Border Patrol agents, Social Security claims representatives, DoD weapons repair technicians, and EPA scientists who make up the federal workforce.

Feds Seek to End BCTGM Lockout

April 7, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Kensington, Md., - In a major development regarding the Kellogg Company's illegal lockout of BCTGM members in Memphis Tennessee, the five-member National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) headquartered in Washington, D.C. unanimously authorized its lawyers on April 4th to seek an immediate injunction in U.S. Federal Court against Kellogg for its part in the long-running lockout. Workers at the facility are members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 252G. 

Paid Sick Time Inaugural Day

April 2, 2014
By Alan Schulkin

New York, NY – City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and  members of the City Council distributed flyers at subway stations across the City yesterday April 1st to alert New Yorkers about the first day of the Earned Sick Time Act going into effect. 

Mayor Keynotes NYC Internet Week

April 1, 2014
By Alan Schulkin

New York NY - In his first major address to tech community, Mayor de Blasio outlines the role of the growing technology sector in NYC. The Mayor's presentation takes place during the opening session of Internet Week New York 2014 on Monday May 19.

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