Tag: Coronavirus

MTA Bus Driver Who Survived COVID-19 Predicts Another Lockdown for NYC; Holds Trump Administration Accountable for Sister’s Death
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MTA Bus Driver Who Survived COVID-19 Predicts Another Lockdown for NYC; Holds Trump Administration Accountable for Sister’s Death

Queens, NY – Come August, the MTA has plans to install protective barriers on buses before resuming front door service and fare collections — bus operators, however, remain dubious as COVID-19 continues to gallop across the rest of the country.  Joseph Branch is on the executive board of ATU Local 1056. For the last 22-years,…

LaborPress Spotlight on IBT Local 202 President Dan Kane, Jr. and Hunts Point Market Workers
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LaborPress Spotlight on IBT Local 202 President Dan Kane, Jr. and Hunts Point Market Workers

New York, NY – Teamsters Local 202 represents 1,500 food-distribution workers at the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx, as well as 3,000 other members, including social-service workers, ATM mechanics, and telecommunications workers. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has subjected the food-distribution industry to enormous strain. LaborPress recently spoke to IBT Local 202 President, Daniel…

Home Health Aides to Cuomo: Enforce Protective-Gear Mandate Now!
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Home Health Aides to Cuomo: Enforce Protective-Gear Mandate Now!

NEW YORK, N.Y.—For home-health attendants, the COVID-19 epidemic has added danger to an already grueling job. Workers doing 24-hour shifts for 13 hours pay say they now have to contend with the risk of getting exposed to the virus—while receiving little or no protective gear from their employers. “I was sick with COVID-19 for a…

Workers Demand New York State Force Employers to Provide On-the-Job Protections As Reopening Progresses
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Workers Demand New York State Force Employers to Provide On-the-Job Protections As Reopening Progresses

Queens, NY – This week, a cross-section of essential workers throughout the city gathered in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the hardest hit communities during the coronavirus pandemic, to demand New York State pass new legislation compelling employers to provide them with necessary protective gear as New York City enters Phase 3 of its reopening…

Airline Contractor Flouting NYC Sick Leave Protections to Pay Workers Over $150,000 in Restitution
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Airline Contractor Flouting NYC Sick Leave Protections to Pay Workers Over $150,000 in Restitution

New York, NY – Months of collective action have paid off for local airport workers cheated out sick leave during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This week, Eulen America, the airline contractor providing American Airlines with customer service representatives, baggage handlers, cargo agents and wheelchair agents, finally decided to settle a lawsuit involving more than 400…

Social Distancing Challenges NYC Carpenters Trying to Work Safe During COVID-19 Crisis
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Social Distancing Challenges NYC Carpenters Trying to Work Safe During COVID-19 Crisis

NEW YORK, N.Y.—“Construction is a very difficult job to do social distancing on,” New York City District Council of Carpenters President Paul Capurso tells LaborPress. But as the construction industry recovers from its epidemic-peak nadir, the union is relying on protective gear and education to keep its members safe.  Capurso took office in early March,…

Frontline Train Conductor: ‘Reactive’ MTA Should Have Shut the System Down for Two to Four Weeks; Workers Deserve Hazard Pay
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Frontline Train Conductor: ‘Reactive’ MTA Should Have Shut the System Down for Two to Four Weeks; Workers Deserve Hazard Pay

New York, NY – MTA Train Conductor Vincent Clementoni, a member of TWU Local 100, is approaching his seventh year on the job. LaborPress spoke with him to learn about his daily working life and the challenges he faces in the era of coronavirus. Originally from Brooklyn, where he grew up in Park Slope, the…

Supermarket Industry Vet to Shoppers: ‘New York City is Not Yet Out of the Woods’
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Supermarket Industry Vet to Shoppers: ‘New York City is Not Yet Out of the Woods’

New York, NY – Eddie Quezada, an executive board member at Local 338, has experienced many changes over his 32-year career in the supermarket industry — but he never saw anything like the hysteria that took place at the start of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  “There’s been a modernization of the industry in the way…

NYSNA Leader Sounds Alarm Over ‘Draconian Cuts’ And COVID-19’s Resurgence
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NYSNA Leader Sounds Alarm Over ‘Draconian Cuts’ And COVID-19’s Resurgence

New York, NY – The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) is a 42,000-strong union – the state’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses. LaborPress spoke to NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez to learn more about the struggles members are facing in the time of COVID-19. “We were already dealing with draconian health care…

32BJ Rallies Behind NYC Security Officers Suffering Under Unequal ‘Caste System’
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32BJ Rallies Behind NYC Security Officers Suffering Under Unequal ‘Caste System’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Chanting “Equal Pay for Equal Work,” about 60 32BJ SEIU members rallied outside a Manhattan homeless shelter June 24, demanding that privately run shelters that receive city funds pay their security officers the same wages that guards at city-run shelters get. “This double standard is unfair,” 32BJ vice president Denis Johnston, head of…

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