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$15 Minimum Would Give Almost Half of Americans a Raise

April 17, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

More than 40% of U.S. workers are paid less than $15 an hour, according to a report released Monday by the National Employment Law Project.

To End Credit Checks in Employment

April 16, 2015
By Henry Garrido, DC37 Executive Director

New York, NY - DC37, the largest public employees union in the city, salutes City Councilman Brad Lander [D-39th District], for his sponsorship of a bill forbidding employers from using the unfair and discriminatory practice of using credit checks in hiring and other employment decisions.

Teamsters Pension Trustees Eye Benefit Cuts

April 13, 2015
By LaborPress

Trustees of the financially strapped Teamsters Central States Pension Fund have decided to cut benefits for the more than 400,000 retirees it serves. “I don’t think anybody was happy,” Trevor Lawrence, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 638 said after a meeting Apr. 8 between trustees and union leaders in a Chicago suburb.

More Crossing Guards Needed For NYC's Mean Streets

April 9, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Local 372 President Shaun D. Francois I.

New York, NY - The union representing New York City’s school crossing guards says there aren’t nearly enough trained monitors to keep kids safe in traffic, and they blame anemic job packages fueling low retention rates and poor recruitment efforts for the growing crisis. 

N.Y. State Budget Boosts Civil Service Positions

April 9, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—Now that New York has passed a new budget, most public and private sector unions are waiting to see how certain provisions may affect their memberships. The president of the largest union representing civil service workers in New York said that, alas, the state is going to increase staffing at several state agencies to bring relief to current staff forced to work mandatory overtime caring for New York’s most vulnerable people.

AFL-CIO Mobilizes Against Fast Track Trade

April 8, 2015
By Neal Tepel

Is President Obama tuning out TPP opponents?

Washington, DC - As Congress prepares to consider Trade Promotion Authority - also known as Fast Track - the AFL-CIO, their affiliates and community allies, are taking action to stop the ill-advised legislation. Local unions have been holding community events, writing members of Congress, making phone calls and signing petitions. The level of grassroots activity shows workers’ fear of another set of bad trade deals that lower wages and send jobs overseas.

Crossing Guards Cheer Pay Raise; Press For More

April 2, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

School crossing guards cheer bump to $11.50 an hour.

New York, NY - School crossing guards throughout the city are cheering a modest pay raise today, but the union representing them is hardly pausing to celebrate, as it instead pushes ahead with a fiery campaign to provide members with a lot more than a $1.62 an hour salary boost. 

Will Workfolk Fare Better Under de Blasio?

March 31, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—The journalist, historian and The Nation columnist Eric Alterman answered in the affirmative when he said in the accompanying video interview that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration wants to get the job done for ordinary folk unlike de Blasio’s two predecessors. 


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