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Vito Marcantonio Lives In August!

July 24, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Vito Marcantonio.

New York, NY - Although largely overlooked today, Vito Marcantonio was one of the most potent champions for working men and women in the 20th Century. On August 9th, at 1 p.m., the late U.S. congressman and labor advocate will get an opportunity to speak directly to today’s constituency at a special event held at Woodlawn Cemetery commemorating the 60th anniversary of his untimely death. 

Can Unions Overcome the Supreme Court’s Latest?

July 21, 2014
By Steven Wishnia

The Supreme Court’s June 30 decision in Harris v. Quinn—which held that home health-care aides hired by individuals do not have to pay “fair-share fees” to the unions that represent them—attacks labor in two ways. First, it undermines recent efforts to organize home health-care aides, who work in one of the nation’s fastest-growing and lowest-paying occupations. Second, it opens the door to reversing the 1977 decision that protects the union shop for public employees.

Rodneyse Bichotte Picks Up Labor Endorsements

July 21, 2014
By Stephanie West


Brooklyn, NY - Citing her commitment to working people, the Building and Construction Trade Council of Greater New York, Teamsters Joint Council 16, Tenants Political Action Committee, Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, and the Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York & Long Island have endosed Rodneyse Bichotte in her bid to represent the 42nd Assembly District in the New York State Assembly. 

N.J. Building Council Supports Sweeney for Governor in 2017

July 17, 2014
By Stephanie West


New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council  President Bill Mullen urged Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) to run for governor in 2017. President Mullen made the announcement of support at the trades council  convention in Atlantic City July 15th. The Council represents about 100 union locals with over 150,000 members.

Rand Paul Leads the GOP Pack for 2016

July 15, 2014
By John Zogby


A new Zogby Analytics poll of likely Republican primary voters in 2016 shows Rand Paul starting to build a lead over better known - and more establishment - GOP figures. The poll of 282 likely and eligible voters in GOP presidential primaries was conducted June 27-29 and has a margin-of-sampling error of +/-6 percentage points.

Immigration Reform Needed Now

July 9, 2014
By AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka


Washington, DC - John Boehner has acknowledged that the Republican House of Representatives will not hold a vote on the bipartisan Senate immigration bill. Responsibility for the historic failure to enact comprehensive immigration reform lies squarely, completely and embarrassingly at the feet of the Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Crime Wave in Albany Continues to Grow

July 9, 2014
By Dick Dadey, Citizens Union Executive Director


Albany NY - Ten Unethical Legislators in 2013-14 is Double the previous record of 5 in 2007-2008. Good Legislators’ Inaction on ethics have allows bad legislators to hide in the darkness of corruption. The crime wave of corruption in Albany has reached epic proportions with 26 out of office and 4 more likely to be removed.

Teamsters Announce Senate Endorsements

July 8, 2014
By Stephanie West


New York, NY – Teamsters Joint Council 16 has announced endorsements in three competitive New York State Senate races. The union is backing Senator Gustavo Rivera for reelection in his Bronx district, SEIU1199 veteran Dell Smitherman to unseat Senator John Sampson in Brooklyn, and Queens Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie against incumbent Malcolm Smith.

 

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