Municipal Government

Labor Secretary Reverses Rules on Employer Responsibility

June 16, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has reversed two department policies regulating employers who claim their workers are independent contractors or employed by third parties.

Anchorage Firefighters Take One-Year Pay Freeze

June 14, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Anchorage, AK - Anchorage firefighters have agreed to void their current contract and take a one-year pay freeze, according to city documents issued June 6.

Labor Department Moves to Allow Secret Anti-Union Campaigns

June 13, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Labor Department began taking public comments June 12 on its plans to get rid of the Obama administration’s “persuader rule,” which requires employers to reveal when they’ve contacted outside consultants on how to handle union organizing.

Security Cameras at NYCHA

June 12, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY -  New York City has installed new closed-circuit television cameras at 22 public housing developments, representing an investment of $15 million. These comprehensive upgrades will strengthen security throughout NYCHA developments and improve the quality of life for more than 42,000 residents.

Teamsters Endorse Michael Khader for Yonkers City Council President

June 12, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Yonkers, NY – Teamsters Joint Council 16 announced the endorsement of Michael Khader for Yonkers City Council President on Friday June 9, 2017. At the endorsement announcement in Melville Long Island Khader joined the Teamsters on the picket line in support of the strike at beer distributor Clare Rose.

Getting Out of Private Prisons

June 11, 2017 
By NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer

New York, NY - America has a mass incarceration problem. For too long, we chose ‘tough on crime’ approaches that meant millions of non-violent people – often poor, overwhelmingly of color – were put behind bars. Jails became job-creating economic development tools at the expense of urban communities. Our corrections system wasn’t about rehabilitation at all.

Ohio Democrats Urge Broader Definition of ‘Infrastructure’

June 10, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Four members of Ohio’s congressional delegation signed an open letter to President Donald Trump June 7 urging him to use a broader definition of “infrastructure” when constructing or repairing public works.

Labor-Aligned Rising Star Retires to Spend Time with Family

June 9, 2017 
By Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein

Normally when a politician says they are retiring to spend more time with their family, we're skeptical. But Queens Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland seems to really mean it, describing the anguish of not being able to spend enough time with her husband and son.


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