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Last Day To Join NYC's 'Strongest'

October 31, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Here comes the last day to take the DSNY test!

New York, NY - Friday, October 31, is Halloween - but it’s also the deadline to register for the upcoming Sanitation Workers test. The most popular civil service exam in New York City hasn’t been offered in seven years, and people are color and women are being strongly urged to take advantage of this opportunity to further diversify the ranks. 

Hawkins: Unions Will Endorse When Greens Get More Votes

October 28, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—The Green Party candidate running to be New York’s next governor said at a presser in Greenwich Village on Monday morning that both public and private-sector unions would be willing to officially endorse his candidacy if the Greens were clocking double-digit poll numbers.

The Changing Face of the Low-Wage Labor Market

October 23, 2014
By Oren M. Levin-Waldman, Ph.D.

Over the last three decades along with the various structural changes that have taken place in the economy, we can say that the face of the low-wage labor market has also changed. It used to be that the low-wage labor market characterized by unskilled labor as perhaps reflected by the percentage of high-school dropouts was extremely high.

Council Considers Taxi Protection Act

October 22, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - On October 21st, New York Taxi Workers Alliance members rallied in support of the Taxi Driver Protection Act.  The Council votes today October 22nd on this important legislation that would treat an assault on a taxi driver as a felony with a penalty up to 25 years in prison. Upon passage of a bill, warning signs will be posted in all yellow or green cabs as well as liveries.

The Labor Boycott of Staples Continues

October 21, 2014
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - On Oct. 10th, APWU President Mark Dimondstein called for the resignation of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, saying he is on “a rampage to cut, cut, cut” and has no plan to save the United States Postal Service. According to Politico on October 10th,  37,400 jobs were lost in 2013 and 169,000 jobs could be eliminated by 2022. The destruction of the United States Postal Service is now continuing at a rapid rate continued Dimondstein.

NYC Launches Program to Increase Volunteering

October 21, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY — The de Blasio administration has launched a volunteer promotion campaign—a series of targeted ads in 1,000 subway cars and 75 bus shelters—to encourage more New Yorkers across the five boroughs to volunteer. This promotion campaign highlights three areas NYC has determined are in high need of volunteers: Supporting Youth Development, Reducing Hunger and Engaging Seniors.

Cab Drivers Stand Together and Win!

October 14, 2014
By Olivia Sandbothe
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Chicago, Ill. – In a big win for a new AFSCME local, Chicago Cab Drivers United has reached an agreement with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that would put thousands of dollars back into their pockets and signals a new era in relations with the city.

NYC Garbage Distribution Legislation

October 10, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY – Council Members, environmental justice advocates, and community-based organizations rallied for waste equity legislation on October 7th prior to a hearing on the distribution of solid waste. The bill, sponsored on October 7th by Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, is aimed at an equitable distribute  of solid waste management throughout the city. The proposed legislation will decrease permitted capacity for waste processing in overburdened communities and cap permitted capacity for each community.  This legislative initiative will provide safeguards to ensure that every community handle their fair share.


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