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Living Wage Victory on Long Island

By Neal Tepel
August 1, 2010

On Monday July 26, 2010, every member of the Nassau County Legislature voted to protect a $1 Living Wage increase for thousands of low-income Long Island workers. That means that starting August 1st, workers in industries like home health care -- who earn an average of just $22,000 a year -- will finally get a Living Wage of $12.50 per hour.

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HUDSON RIVER PARK SPENDS TAXPAYER MONEY to OVERTURN LOCAL 30 ELECTION VICTORY

May 24, 2010
By Neal Tepel

An uninvited guest showed up for the Grand Opening of Hudson River Park’s newest facility at Pier 62 in Chelsea.  A 15 foot inflatable rat, courtesy of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30, greeted park-goers attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony.  The rat and informational picket was organized by the Local 30 to protest Hudson River Park Trust President Connie Fishman’s continued use of taxpayer and donor funds for a high priced “union avoidance” law firm in an attempt to overturn  the union’s election victory in the Park‘s Maintenance and Operations Department. 

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City Health Care Crisis

By Neal Tepel
July 31, 2010

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) faces a $1 billion budget gap in City Fiscal Year 2011, which begins July 1, 2010. Yet the need for the public hospital safety net is more critical than ever. HHC served more than 450,000 uninsured patients in 2009 with 1.3 million New Yorkers passing through its doors this year. HHC provides 66% of all uninsured outpatient hospital visits in New York City.

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