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Speaker Joins Workers In Fight Against Airport 'Turkeys'

November 20, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Fighting for $10.10: Local 100 President Bill Granfield, Melissa Mark-Viverito and David Weprin (l to r).

Queens, NY - New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito [D-8th District]  joined Unite Here! Local 100 at JFK International Airport’s Terminal 4 on Tuesday to demand a more sustainable $10.10 minimum wage for hard-pressed food service and retail workers left out of a prior wage agreement.

Labor and South Bronx Community Against FreshDirect Subsidy

November 20, 2014
By Stephanie West

Bronx, NY - More than 100 residents, clergy, labor leaders, and health professionals packed an Empire State Development Corporation hearing Monday evening November 17th to oppose a proposed $10 million city subsidy to FreshDirect. The payout is part of a package of $140 million in taxpayer subsidies that would support the relocation of FreshDirect facilities – and its polluting vehicles – to the borough of the Bronx.

Walmart Workers Strike on Black Friday

November 20, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Washington DC - Walmart workers across the country are planning strikes and rallies on Black Friday November 28th.  Walmart employees  will be joined by thousands of supporters planning protests and activities  at 1600 locations nationwide. This  large mobilization of Americans are calling on Walmart’s owners to raise wages to a minimum of $15 an hour.

Striking New England Workers and the American Economy

November 18, 2014
By Carol Driscoll

As a person who grew up in New England in a union household, I was very stirred to learn that on October 17 nearly 2,000 New England telecommunication workers—members of the IBEW and CWA—walked off their jobs in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, in a protest against unfair labor practices.

Scary Life On The Graveyard Shift For Tipped Worker

November 17, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Maria Rosas is hoping NYS will scrap the sub-minimum wage.

New York, NY - Maria Rosas, a 40-year-old married mother of two from Mexico, has been a waitress for more than 10 years. For the last three years, she’s worked the graveyard shift at an IHOP located on 74th Street in Jackson Heights, Queens. It’s a place where the clientele can sometimes get so ugly, she’s often forced to drop off her order and sprint away as fast as she can.

Walmart Demonstrators Arrested in California

November 17, 2014
By Stephanie West

Los Angeles, California – Twenty-eight striking Walmart workers were arrested outside a Walmart store in Los Angeles on November 13th. The group called on the Waltons to pay $15 an hour minimum to workers. The group was joined by hundreds of Californians who rallied outside the store in Pico Rivera, the site of the first Walmart strikes in 2012. .

Pressure On Airlines To Raise The Wage

November 14, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

More low-paid airport workers to rally at JFK.

New York, NY - Most food service and retail workers employed at metropolitan area airports are forced to try and hold down multiple jobs just to scrape by in this town - but something as insignificant as a nickel tacked onto the cost of an airline ticket could boost sub-minimum wages by as much as a dollar. 

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