Law and Politics

The Right Wing's Hostage

February 1, 2013
Walker Bragman

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, a lone gunman boarded a school bus in Midland City, AL, and demanded two hostages. When the bus driver, 65-year-old Charles Albert Poland protested, the gunman shot him four times with a handgun and took one five-year-old boy hostage, bringing him to an underground bunker he'd apparently been constructing for years on his property. Police have been communicating with him through PVC pipe.

NYC Council Candidate Yetta Kurland Receives ATU Endorsement

January 31, 2013
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Publisher

New York, NY – Civil rights attorney, and radio show host Yetta Kurland receivedanother labor endorsement today, this time by Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International.

ATU’s Local 1181 is currently on strike in New York City demanding better conditions for their workers.

Many Positive Educational Initiatives Included in NYS Executive Budget

January 30, 2013
By Susan Smith, LaborPress Albany Bureau

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York State United Teachers commenting on the proposed executive budget has stated that it builds on positive education initiatives essential to ending the achievement gap and raising overall student performance. NYSUT noted that state aid to public schools and colleges still remains below what's needed to reverse previous budgets and the property tax cap.

I'm Running For Mayor of NYC

January 28, 2013
By Bill de Blasio

On Sunday January 27, 2013, my family and I made a very big announcement from right outside our home in Brooklyn:  I am officially running for Mayor of New York City!

A DREAM Becomes REALITY In Brooklyn

January 25, 2013
By NYS Senator Kevin Parker

(Brooklyn, NY) Brooklyn’s own Loews Kings Theatre was a place where people went to see dreams on screen, larger than life. Many celebrities who grew up in Brooklyn worked as ushers in the theater, including Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler.

Obama II - Will We Be a Better Nation

January 23, 2013
By John Zogby

As President Barack Obama prepares for a second term as the 44th President of the United States of America, there are a few things we know for sure. There will be a monument erected in his honor somewhere along the pantheon of similar constructions that venerate the likes of Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln.

Labor Board Issues New Ruling

January 22, 2013
By Larry Cary

In a recent case, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that employer gathered confidential witness statements used to investigate worker misconduct must be shared with the union during investigation of a disciplinary grievance unless the employer can show it has an overriding confidentiality interest.  This reverses the Labor Board’s 34 year old rule allowing employers to refuse to produce such statements to the union.

GINA – Know the Basics

January 11, 2013
Max H. Sicherman

Several federal laws offer employees protection from various forms of employer discrimination. For example, an employer is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion or sex (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act), because an individual has a physical disability (Americans with Disabilities Act), or because of one’s age (Age Discrimination in Employment Act). However, employees should be aware of a relatively new federal statute which prohibits employment discrimination based on an individual’s most personal and private medical material: genetic information.


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