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Labor Organizing 101: Centenarian Has The Secret To Success

December 19, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco 

Charles Ponti, Sr.

New York, NY - Organizing is, and always has been, one of the toughest challenges that unions have. But 101-year-old Charles Ponti, Sr, OPEIU Local 153 Retirees Association president, should be an inspiration to all those struggling to get workers to sign cards. Ponti has been organizing for more than 75 years, and has only now decided to slow down - just a little. 

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Labor Flexes State Muscles To Swat Horse Carriage Ban

December 15, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda with NYCCLC Head Vincent Alvarez (l) and Assemblyman David Weprin (r).

New York, NY - If Mayor Bill de Blasio and other supporters of the horse carriage ban in the city council didn’t already get the message that organized labor stands steadfast against efforts to kill the Central Park horse carriage industry, a new New York State AFL-CIO resolution recently passed by the federation’s executive council should do the trick. 

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New Jersey Legislature to Pass 'Buy America’ Law

December 16, 2014
By Stephanie West


Trenton, New Jersey – A 'Buy America' bill is anticipated to pass the New Jersey Assembly with a companion bill expected covering bi-state agencies. The next step is for Governor Chris Christie to sign this legislation that would allow domestic manufacturers to realistically compete for government contracts.

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Immigration Enforcement: A Tool to Silence Workers? Part 1

December 15, 2014
By Steven Wishnia

Last April, Ramon Mendez, a Mexican-born roofer in Los Angeles, complained to the Department of Labor that the contractor he worked for had stiffed him out of $12,000 he’d earned.

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Lander Mum; Horse Carriage Ban Dividing Progressives

December 15, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Horse carriage drivers have a simple message for the NYC Council.

Brooklyn, NY - Councilman Brad Lander [D-39th District], may have stood up for low-wage workers fighting for their jobs at a Brooklyn car wash this weekend, but he was unwilling to weigh in on the roughly 300 workers who could lose their jobs if the Central Park horse carriage ban passes the city council. 

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Supreme Court Backs Amazon on Unpaid Screening

December 11, 2014
By Steven Wishnia

The Supreme Court on Dec. 9 unanimously ruled that workers at Amazon warehouses aren’t entitled to get paid for having to spend up to half an hour waiting to be screened for stolen goods after their shifts are over.

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