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PEF Prez: ‘We Don’t Need A Governor That’s Union Busting’

December 19, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

Brooklyn, NY—That’s what the president of the state’s second largest union said in an exclusive video interview as the state recently notified members with the Public Employees Federation that it wants to reclassify their positions as “non-union.”

Middle Class Issues Need to be De-Politicized

December 19, 2014
Oren M. Levin-Waldman

Political scientist Harold Laswell famously defined politics as "who gets what when and how." This definition was intended to capture the connection between politics and power. Who gets what says something about who has power. When one gets what one wants says something about how important that individual or group is, and just how much power that person or group has.

Immigration Enforcement: A Tool to Silence Workers? Part 2

December 16, 2014
By Steve Wishnia

Simply exploiting fear can discourage workers from speaking out. “You only have to call ICE a couple times, and then everyone knows it’s a possibility,” says Nicky Coolberth of the United Food and Commercial Workers.

Attorney General Calls For Police Probe

December 16, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has recommended to Governor Cuomo that his office review cases involving unarmed civilians killed by law enforcement officers.  In a letter sent to Governor Cuomo, Attorney General Schneiderman formally requested that the Governor immediately issue an interim executive order now directing the Office of the Attorney General to investigate and, if necessary, prosecute cases involving unarmed civilians killed by police officers. 

A Tribute To Betty Powell

December 9, 2014
By Amanda LoMonaco

The late Betty Powell.

NEW YORK, NY – Last summer, Betty Powell, one of the most stalwart proponents of child care workers in the city, succumbed to cancer at age 74. On December 6, District Council 1707 AFSCME held a moving ceremony celebrating their longtime treasurer’s life and legacy. 

Government Employees Gain Raises

December 8, 2014
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC -  Through the efforts of the American Federation of Government Employee wages have been increased at Minot Air Force Base to compensate for a spike in living costs. AFGE is aggressively negotiating pay increases for all government workers.

City and Labor Officials Condemn No Indictment in Eric Garner Chokehold Case

December 4, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—Moments after the news broke that the impaneled grand jury in Staten Island decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner in July, several elected officials and labor leaders issued statements condemning the decision.

Dromm Confident Horse Carriage Ban Will Pass Council

December 3, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—That’s what Councilmember Daniel Dromm said in the accompanying video after a press conference organized by an animal rights group one day after it was reported that the de Blasio administration is drafting a bill that wouldn’t renew horse carriage licenses when they come due in May 2016. Photo courtesy of Councilmember Rodriguez's office.


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