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Stop the Fast Track to Lower Wages

April 22, 2015
By Richard Trumka, president, AFL-CIO

Washington, DC - At a time when workers all over the country are standing up for higher wages, Congress is considering legislation that will speed through corporate-driven trade deals. For decades, we’ve seen how fast-tracked trade deals devastated our communities through lost jobs and eroded public services.

Obama Weakened Over Iran, Trade

April 21, 2015
By John Zogby

Washington DC - Not a good time for the president. A bipartisan Congress dissed Mr. Obama by voting overwhelmingly for a stronger role in the Iran nuclear deal. The president is not severely weakened but he certainly didn't want what he considers to be interference. However, at least he could count votes and decided to sign the inevitable.

Walker Go Home!

April 22, 2015
By Henry Garrido, executive director, DC37

[Editor's Note: The following comes on the heels of Governor Scott Walker's visit to the Union League Club in New York City over the weekend. Members of organized labor stood outside in protest.]  We came out to show presidential-wannabe Scott Walker that he is persona non grata in New York City. This is a labor town with a rich history of activism, and there is no place for enemies of  hard-working public workers.

New 'Action Plan' For Jamaica

April 21, 2015
By Stephanie West

Queens, NY - Teaming up together, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Borough President Katz have introduced what's being called an aggressive and holistic 21-point plan to stimulate smart growth and improve livability in Jamaica, Queens.

The Time For Paid Parental Leave Is Now!

April 20, 2015
By Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

Washington DC - I remember when, as a young working woman pregnant with my first child, I asked my employer about our leave policy. I was told, “What leave? You just leave!”

State Budget Roundup

April 20, 2015
By NYS Senator Liz Krueger

New York, NY - This year’s budget process lived up to the old adage that laws are like sausages – it’s better not to see them being made. To meet the budget deadline, the legislature passed a series of bills over the final days of March and into the early hours of April, mostly with “messages of necessity” from the Governor, waiving the usual three day period before voting.

Don’t Put the Car Before the Horse

April 16, 2015
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - That was the message Central Park’s carriage drivers were sending on the Upper West Side Wednesday morning April 15th. Carriage drivers were leafleting constituents of Council Members Mark Levine and Helen Rosenthal, who support a proposal that would ban the historic carriages from Central Park – and replace them with electric touring cars.

Growers Try to Gut California’s Farm Labor Law

April 15, 2015
By LaborPress

One of the country’s largest fruit growers has joined with national anti-union policy groups in an effort to gut California’s Agriculture Labor Relations Act, which enables unions to request a mandatory mediator if growers won’t agree to a first contract. Workers at Gerawan Farming voted to join the United Farm Workers in 1990, but the company has refused to sign a contract for 25 years.


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