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Stop the Fast Track to Lower Wages

April 22, 2015
By Richard Trumka, president, AFL-CIO


Washington, DC - At a time when workers all over the country are standing up for higher wages, Congress is considering legislation that will speed through corporate-driven trade deals. For decades, we’ve seen how fast-tracked trade deals devastated our communities through lost jobs and eroded public services.

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New 'Action Plan' For Jamaica

April 21, 2015
By Stephanie West


Queens, NY - Teaming up together, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Borough President Katz have introduced what's being called an aggressive and holistic 21-point plan to stimulate smart growth and improve livability in Jamaica, Queens.

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Obama Weakened Over Iran, Trade

April 21, 2015
By John Zogby


Washington DC - Not a good time for the president. A bipartisan Congress dissed Mr. Obama by voting overwhelmingly for a stronger role in the Iran nuclear deal. The president is not severely weakened but he certainly didn't want what he considers to be interference. However, at least he could count votes and decided to sign the inevitable.

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The Time For Paid Parental Leave Is Now!

April 20, 2015
By Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney


Washington DC - I remember when, as a young working woman pregnant with my first child, I asked my employer about our leave policy. I was told, “What leave? You just leave!”

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Walker Go Home!

April 22, 2015
By Henry Garrido, executive director, DC37


[Editor's Note: The following comes on the heels of Governor Scott Walker's visit to the Union League Club in New York City over the weekend. Members of organized labor stood outside in protest.]  We came out to show presidential-wannabe Scott Walker that he is persona non grata in New York City. This is a labor town with a rich history of activism, and there is no place for enemies of  hard-working public workers.

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State Budget Roundup

April 20, 2015
By NYS Senator Liz Krueger


New York, NY - This year’s budget process lived up to the old adage that laws are like sausages – it’s better not to see them being made. To meet the budget deadline, the legislature passed a series of bills over the final days of March and into the early hours of April, mostly with “messages of necessity” from the Governor, waiving the usual three day period before voting.

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