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George Gresham

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Honoring our unsung heroes

I’m proud to have been part of a delegation of 1199ers that went to be in Alabama this month to retrace the footsteps of our heroic sisters and brothers whose courage and sacrifice helped forged a key victory in our ongoing march to equality: the right to vote.

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A better way to handle juvenile crime

New York is one of only two states where 16- and 17-year-olds are automatically tried for crimes as adults. Teens tried as adults are 34 percent more likely to be re-arrested for felony crimes than their peers in the juvenile justice system.

The best of our nation’s history

A major goal of Black History Month is to more fully integrate our long journey into our national narrative, but we are not there yet. Not nearly enough of our schools, educators and leaders know or are willing to acknowledge the struggles and contributions of African-Americans to our nation’s journey and progress.

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The Fight for $15

2015 presents daunting challenges for working people and progressives. Because last November’s elections saw the nation’s most conservative legislators capture the U.S. Senate and increase their hold on the House, the next Congress is expected to bring more obstruction and renewed attempts to reverse recent and past achievements.

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Defeating Ebola

As president of a health care workers union, my primary responsibility is to defend the interests of our members and their patients, families and communities

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The power of the ballot

One month from now, our nation’s voters will head to the polls.

The crimes of the Kochs

Last month, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees voted to sever its ties with the United Negro College Fund over the UNCF’s decision to accept a $25 million grant and to participate in a summit with the billionaire businessmen Charles and David Koch.

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We’re sticking with Rep Charlie Rangel

An effective labor union supports its organizing efforts with robust political and legislative action.

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Justice for home care workers

Home care workers today face a major challenge as the health care industry embraces managed long-term care (MLTC), a system that streamlines the delivery of long-term services to people who are elderly or disabled and who wish to stay in their homes and communities.

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Lessons of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

This year’s African-American History Month takes place a half-century after one of the most important years in our nation’s history. On July 2, 1964, after seven weeks of a vicious filibuster by Southern senators, the Civil Rights Act (CRA) was signed into law.

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The hard work begins

There is now a consensus among New York political observers that Bill de Blasio was elected mayor in a blow-out largely because his campaign theme of “A Tale of Two Cities” spoke to voters’ concerns about the growing inequality and the struggle of working families to live in the city. Mayor de Blasio, NYC, Working Families, Occupy Movement, Economy, Homeless Population, Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid

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Nelson Mandela mourned like Martin Luther King

The word “icon” has become a cliché after careless overuse, but in the case of Mandela, the term is absolutely appropriate.

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Bill de Blasio’s vision of one New York

Congratulations to Bill de Blasio

Holding our nation hostage

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also referred to as Obamacare, went through a tortuous journey before being passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law on March 23, 2010. On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld ACA’s constitutionality. The ACA is the law of the land.

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We’re standing with de Blasio

We at 1199 SEIU count as friends most of the New York City’s Democratic candidates for mayor. None, however, have stood with us as consistently and steadfastly as Bill de Blasio.

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Continuing the March on Washington

Recently, race has taken center stage in our nation’s discourse. George Zimmerman’s acquittal, the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights decisions and the bankruptcy of Detroit are among the events that are inextricably tied to our nation’s relationship with its people of color. Our nation’s troubled history with its non-white citizens is central to its long journey to democracy and economic equality. In that respect, it is instructive that our nation’s first African-American president, in recent comments on widening economic disparities, has linked racial equality to economic equality.

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Down to the Ground Game

The presidential candidates have made their cases. There's not much left to be said. President...

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We are the 99 Percent

The Occupy Wall Street movement (#OWS) has captured the imagination of our nation and the...

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Time to put on our marching shoes

It gives me great pride that on Aug. 28, a 30-foot statue of Dr. Martin...

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In the path of Dr. King

his week, we commemorated the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of one of our nation's...