Stephon Johnson has been a staff writer for the Amsterdam News since 2009 where he covers news, politics, union issues, art & entertainment and sports. Beginning as a stringer in 2007, he's covered events as diverse as the MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium and Occupy Wall Street rallies in lower Manhattan's Financial District. Johnson was born and raised in The Bronx and currently calls Queens home.
In a last-minute effort to claim the right to still profile, the police union is taking the New York City Council to court over the Community Safety Act (CSA). The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) sued the City Council last week over the part of the CSA that makes it easier to file anti-discrimination and racial profiling suits against the New York Police Department. The union, like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said the law is too vague and leaves police officers having to guess at the right way to do their jobs.
A Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner based in Edison, N.J., will be forced to pay managers back wages after violating the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to a new ruling by the U.S. Labor Department last Monday.
From New York to Chicago and the rest of the country, fast-food workers are letting their voices be heard. Workers are calling for a $15 hourly wage, the right to form a union without the fear of retaliation and an end to abusive labor practices. Workers from some of New York City’s biggest fast-food chains (including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Domino’s, Papa John’s and KFC) walked out of their jobs. Workers in cities like Detroit, Milwaukee, Flint, St. Louis and Kansas City staged similar walkouts this week.
New York City fast food employees started walking out of their respective businesses today as part of a national day-long protest in favor of a living wage and the right to form a union.
The leader of the biggest public sector union in New York City wants the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to investigate the city’s new 911 emergency response system.
Last Wednesday marked the opening ceremony for the new Dwight School Athletic Center at the East River Landing housing cooperative. Elected officials, nonprofit organizations like Hope Community Inc., youth organizations like Harlem RBI and recently named Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd were on hand to partake in the festivities, including a tour of the center and a glimpse into the neighborhood’s future.