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.
A new report by the National Employment Law Project concluded that 42 percent of workers in the United States are paid less than $15 an hour.
Participatory budget week begins in New York City, with residents getting to determine what capital project would most improve their neighborhoods.
When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Julie Menin to be the commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, he had two main goals: reduce fines for businesses and educate New Yorkers about their consumer rights.
Last week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office announced that Guy Mitchell, who had been serving as an assistant state attorney general in charge of the Harlem-Bronx Regional Office, had been appointed as a criminal court judge.
Feb. 4, New York Assemblyman Carl Heastie of the Bronx became the first African-American Assembly speaker in the state’s history.
Activists have taken the city by storm the past few weeks protesting the lack of indictment of NYPD police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choking death of Eric Garner.
When the news of NYPD police officer Daniel Pantaleo’s non-indictment in the chokehold death of Eric Garner broke, it sent shockwaves around the country for a variety of reasons, with union leaders among the many voices poking through the noise.
“There was no justice, so there will be disruption,” is the rallying cry of outraged New Yorkers and protestors across the nation and as far as Ireland, Hong Kong and Delhi.
You can add airport workers to the list of service employees fighting for a “living wage.”
In a move that didn’t surprise many, workers and activists around the country used the biggest shopping day of the year to voice their concerns about labor and fair wages.