Last week, the New York State Legislature reached a historic budget agreement that puts the state on a path to a $15 minimum wage. The legislation ensures that millions of low-paid, hard-working New Yorkers will receive much-needed wage increases.
During African-American History Month, we are reminded that the struggles and victories of people of African descent are central to our nation’s progress.
Jan. 18, millions around the world will observe the birthday of our beloved Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As we approach year’s end, justice and equality advocates can point to important gains.
Nov. 10, thousands of 1199ers will take to the streets, as will thousands across the U.S., to demand a $15 an hour minimum wage.
I proudly took the stage at the Jacob Javits Center Sept. 10 with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Vice President Joseph Biden and other leaders to announce Cuomo’s “Campaign for Economic Justice,” which seeks to make New York the first state in the nation with a $15 minimum wage.
Saturday, Sept. 12, I will be marching shoulder to shoulder with union sisters and brothers in the New York City Labor Day Parade.
With more than 20 candidates running for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations, we health care workers—the largest single sector of the American workforce—are asking ourselves, who will speak for working people?
Economic inequality already has emerged as an issue in the 2016 elections.
Economic inequality has already emerged as an issue in the 2016 elections.
Langston Hughes opens his powerful poem “Harlem” with the question, “What happens to a dream deferred?” He ends with another question, “Or does it explode?”
April 15 is Tax Day. For many of us, it also is a reminder of the disparity between what working people pay in taxes versus what the 1 percent pay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
One month from now, our nation’s voters will head to the polls.
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.
An effective labor union supports its organizing efforts with robust political and legislative action.
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.
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.
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
The word “icon” has become a cliché after careless overuse, but in the case of Mandela, the term is absolutely appropriate.
Congratulations to Bill de Blasio
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.
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.
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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