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This Week's Buzz: The 'Iceberg' facing Retirees; DC Women Workers Rally!

March 3, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

The Teamsters join Neal and Bill.

New York, NY - There’s a huge iceberg waiting for American workers heading into retirement without a defined pension plan — and on Sunday night’s 9 o’clock episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” on AM970 The Answer, we’ll be talking all about it with both Kevin McCaffrey, president, Teamsters Local 707, and Dan Kane, Jr., president, Teamsters Local 202. We’ll also be talking about the upcoming Women Workers rally in Washington, D.C. on March 8, with Saru Jayaraman, co-director, ROC-United. 

9/11 Fund Extends Compensation Deadline for Cancer Victims

Febraury 25, 2017
By Michael Barasch, Esq. and Richard Alles, FDNY Deputy Chief, Ret.

A new Department of Justice regulation allows people diagnosed with cancer to register a Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)  claim within 2 years of the date that the WTC Health Program (or a governmental agency such as the Workers Compensation Board) certifies that the cancer was caused by exposure to the WTC toxins. Hundreds of people diagnosed with cancers over a decade ago are now eligible for significant compensation.  And, if a loved one has passed away due to cancer, their families may assert a claim within 2 years of their death.

Trump's Contempt for Our Courts

February 18, 2017 
By Congressman Jerry Nadler

Washington, DC - Donald Trump went to war against Judge James Robart -- a Republican appointee -- who dared to stand up against his destructive, dangerous and ill-conceived refugee ban.

Unions React Cautiously to Trump’s New Labor Pick

February 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

Washington, DC - American labor unions are reacting cautiously to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Florida law-school dean R. Alexander Acosta to be Secretary of Labor Feb. 16, calling for a careful examination of his record.

Puzder Pulls Out of Cabinet Nomination

February 16, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

Washington, DC - Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, withdrew his name from consideration Feb. 15. His nomination had drawn virtually unanimous opposition from Democrats and labor unions, and his ex-wife’s accusations that he’d beaten her had recently resurfaced.

Trump Moves Prevailing-Wage Foes into Labor Department

February 15, 2017    
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Two members of President Donald Trump’s “beachhead team” at the Department of Labor have long histories of opposing prevailing-wage laws.

Tipped Workers Can't Afford Andy Puzder's Ugly Sexism

February 14, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

ROC-United leader Saru Jayaraman denounces Puzder nomination as U.S. Labor Secretary.

New York, NY - The prospect of having fast food kingpin Andy Puzder confirmed as U.S. Labor Secretary during Senate confirmation hearings scheduled later this week, has low-wage workers across the country feeling sick to their stomaches — and the nausea is even worse among hardworking women forced to depend on tipped wages to eke out a living.

Voting Rights Must Be Protected

February 12, 2017 
By NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Washington, DC - The Senate has confirmed Jeff Sessions as the next U.S. Attorney General – someone who once called the Voting Rights Act "intrusive legislation" and tried unsuccessfully to prosecute civil rights activists on bogus charges of "voter fraud," when all they did was register more citizens to vote.

 

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