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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.

Working Families Party Rallies to Win State Senate

October 9, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—With less than four weeks to go before voters go to the polls to elect their representatives for the State Senate, the Working Families Party held a get-out-the-vote rally where they impressed upon their members that if their endorsed candidates don’t win, the progressive agenda in Albany will peter out.

Doctors' Morale At An All-New Low

October 9, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Feeling disrespected, but putting on a brave face.

New York, NY - Doctor morale at the city’s safety net hospitals has hit an all-new low according to the union representing public sector physicians - and the lack of progress in contract talks, as well as the cold shoulder the Health & Hospital Corporation has given healers hoping to help shape systemwide reforms, is the reason why. 

DC 37 Endorses Domenic Recchia for Congress

October 9, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—With less than four weeks to go and running neck to neck against incumbent Republican Congressman Michael Grimm, Domenic Recchia picked up a critical endorsement from AFSCME DC 37, the city’s largest public sector union.

DC 37 Exec Dir Lillian Roberts Retires

October 9, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY -  DC 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts announced her retirement ending 60 years of service to the labor movement having served 13 of those years as head of District Council 37 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Her retirement becomes effective December 31, 2014.

NYC Municipal ID Program A Go

October 7, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY — Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the City’s Municipal ID Card, which will launch in January 2015, will give all ID card holders access to one-year free membership packages at 33 of the City’s leading cultural institutions.

What Happened To The Social Contract With Workers?

By Joe Maniscalco
October 6, 2014

[Editor’s Note: This is part 2 of LaborPress’ exclusive interview with Uniformed Fire Officers Association President Jake Lemonda.]

The heroes of 9/11 are fighting for their pensions - and yours.

New York, NY - Among the haunting and horrible memories of September 11, 2001 that Jake Lemonda, president of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association [UFOA] carries around with him, is the inspiring image of ironworkers, carpenters and other trade unionists rushing through the choking ash of Ground Zero with their acetylene tanks slung over their backs and cutting tools in their fists - each one of them determined to rescue any survivors. 


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