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32BJ Public School Cleaners Settles Contract

November 24, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - A contract agreement has been reached between Local 891 School Custodians and their employees, 32BJ public school cleaners. The cleaners work primarily in the City schools. Because of an unusual arrangement these building cleaners are not employees of the City although funding for their contract is provided by New York City.
While School Custodians serve as the employers of the school cleaners, the city is a key party to the negotiations.

Maintaining Infrastructure Will Avoid Disaster

November 24, 2014
By Robert J. Rodriguez

We are in the midst of an infrastructure crisis. As the governor prepares the priorities of New York to be unveiled at the State of the State in January, rebuilding our infrastructure should be one of them.

SEIU Henry: Allow Undocumented to Stay

November 21, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Building on his prior order that let the Dreamers, undocumented youths who are now in college or the military, stay in the U.S., President Obama plans an executive order to allow undocumented adults to stay in the country. SEIU President Mary Kay Henry has taken the lead in supporting the President's decision.

Obama's Executive Order on Immigration

November 21, 2014
By Hector Figueroa, President of 32BJ SEIU

New York, NY - President Obama has taken a bold and important step on behalf of millions of immigrant families, who can finally come out of the shadows without fear of deportation and being separated from their loved ones.

Bag Tax Not Good for NYC

November 20, 2014
By IBT Local 237 President Greg Floyd

New York, NY - We stand in opposition to Intro 209, that would charge a fee on plastic and paper retail bags distributed to consumers in New York City stores.  We believe this legislation would lead to irreparable harm to the unionized plastic bag manufacturing industry in New York City in favor of reusable bags that are made overseas.

Executive Action Needed on Immigration

November 11, 2014
By AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Washington, DC - The President needs to take executive action to support immigrant rights.  But he also needs to take action on immigration to ensure the rights of all of us.

NYS Senate Election Winners and Losers

November 10, 2014
By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

Election Day has passed and for all of us in the New York State Senate, the dust has settled.  In one of my earlier columns “Who will be the “Cappo di tutti capi”of the New York State Senate?” I mentioned different scenarios about how Senator Dean Skelos, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, or Senator Jeff Klein could be winners and losers.

Post Election: The Road Ahead for Democracy and Justice

November 7, 2014
By Thomas J. Mackell, Jr.,Ed.D.

Washington DC - Was it the Republican voter suppression, the well-off Boomers who have grown more conservative, the disengagement of voters from President Obama or just a failure of voters to vote?


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