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Roosevelt Institute Gives Ginsburg ‘Four Freedoms’ Award

October 6, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the founder of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, a Nigerian-born cancer researcher, the Nation magazine, and North Carolina activist minister William Barber received the Roosevelt Institute’s Four Freedoms Awards.

App-Based Labor Walk Packets Make Canvassing Easy

October 5, 2015
LaborPress Staff

Need to canvass? There's an app for that.

Bergen County, NJ - Union volunteers introduced to app-based labor walk packets for the first time in New Jersey recently, returned from the latest labor walk hugely enthusiastic about the new technology. Feedback from the volunteers who downloaded the app was overwhelmingly positive. Most said it was easy and fun to use,  as well as being a lot more efficient than traditional paper packets.

Congress Must Continue to Fund Health Services for 9-11 Victims

 October 2, 2015
By NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento

Albany, NY - The health and welfare of thousands of 9/11 heroes is in jeopardy as a deadline on 9/11 aid programs approaches. Authorization for these vital benefits runs out at midnight. We cannot allow members of Congress to turn their backs on the brave men and women who risked their own lives on that horrific day, and the men and women who were injured or became ill after being exposed to toxins at Ground Zero.

Young Workers Sharpen Their Political Skills In NJ

October 1, 2015
LaborPress Staff

NJ State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech and Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan stand with Local 25 workers.

North Brunswick, NJ - Whether talking about the labor movement or society in general, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO is keenly aware that young workers represent the future. This week, the group sponsored more than 50 young union members who participated in an innovative power-building workshop called Commonsense Economics [CSE] on September 29. 

Increasing Funding for Homeless is Critical

October 1, 2015
By DC37 Executive Director Henry Garrido

New York, NY - The announcement that Mayor de Blasio’s administration will increase funding for homeless prevention services is welcome and will help keep many New Yorkers in their homes where they belong.

Coalition Pushes Repeal of Cadillac Tax

Coalition Pushes Repeal of Cadillac Tax

September 30, 2015
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA            

Washington, DC — Coalition groups along with labor organizations are pushing for the repeal of the discriminatory Cadillac Tax. The ‘‘American Worker Health Care Tax Relief Act of 2015,” introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown is designed to end the 40% tax on health benefits that primarily affect union members and municipal workers.

House Members Urge Obama to Tighten Currency Rules in TPP

September 29, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

In a letter sent Sept. 25, a bipartisan group of 158 House members urged President Barack Obama to add tough measures against currency manipulation to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. "In just the last month, three of our trading partners—China, Korea, and Vietnam—have each taken steps that have caused their currencies to weaken, disadvantaging American businesses," the letter said.

Repeal the Forty-Percent Cadillac Tax

September 28, 2015
By AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Washington, DC - America’s working families are encouraged by the bipartisan leadership to improve access to comprehensive health benefits. Passed more than five years ago, the Affordable Care Act’s main goal of making health care affordable has remained threatened by an unfair and unnecessary tax on quality care.


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