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City Council to Probe Spectrum Standoff With Workers

May 19, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Pressure is mounting on Spectrum.

New York, NY - A Queens councilman on Thursday promised striking Spectrum/Charter Communications workers rallying outside the multi-billion dollar telecom's 23rd Street offices that hearings will soon be held looking into the company’s activities during the almost two-month-old standoff with IBEW Local 3 members.  

Gottfried Tells Blue Collar Buzz: Whatever They Do In Washington Will Only Make Healthcare Worse!

May 18, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Blue Collar Buzz: Assembly Member Gottfried.

New York, NY - The health insurance scheme being concocted in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will only make the nation’s already broken healthcare system much worse -- and the only way out is universal single-payer healthcare, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried recently said on an episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970. 

New TWU Leader: Democrats Need 'Class-Based Message'

May 13, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

John Samuelsen.

New York, NY - John Samuelsen, newly tapped president of the Transportation Workers Union of America, [TWU] says he will bring the same kind of “working class progressivism” he was known for as the outspoken leader of TWU Local 100 in New York City, to his new role as head of the 140,000-member national organization.

Trumka Calls Talks With Trump 'Not Very Satisfying’

May 12, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Pittsburg, PA - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said May 6 that his recent talks with President Donald Trump about how to revive manufacturing in the United States were “not very satisfying.”

Is President Trump a Working-Class Hero? Hardly

May 11, 2017 
By Larry Cary

Well, it’s been a bit more than 100 days.  That’s enough time to see the outline of where President Trump stands on helping working people, the group that abandoned the Democratic Party in three key states and gave him a victory because they wanted someone to “shake-up” the establishment.

Congress Repeals Rule Allowing State-Run Retirement Plans

May 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Senate voted May 3 to repeal an Obama-era rule that lets states sponsor their own retirement-savings programs for low-income workers.

Senate Confirms Acosta as Secretary of Labor

May 3, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Senate voted 60-38 to confirm Alex Acosta as Secretary of Labor Apr. 27. Eight Democrats and independent Angus King of Maine joined 51 Republicans in approving Donald Trump’s second nominee to the post.

House GOP Pushes Overtime-Pay Substitution

April 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - House Republicans are quietly advancing a bill called the Working Families Flexibility Act that would end the federal requirement of time-and-a-half pay for overtime and let private-sector employers offer comp time off instead.

 

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