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Stephon Johnson

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.



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Airport workers to address Ebola concerns

Thursday, workers from local airports will attend an awareness training session that will cover guidelines for cleaning airplane cabins, lavatories and areas that have been exposed to the Ebola virus.

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De Blasio’s executive order increases, expands living wage

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order to increase and expand the living wage to benefit more New Yorkers.

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Climate is the name of the game: Marchers takes over NYC

Union leaders, environmental activists and concerned citizens took to the streets of Manhattan Sunday for the People’s Climate March, one of the largest marches about the climate in history.

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Met orchestra musicians announce new agreement

It took some time, but Met Orchestra musicians and the Metropolitan Opera have made sweet music together.

School Safety Agents Agree to a Tentative Deal

Last week, Teamsters Local 237 and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a tentative contract agreement and a proposed settlement of a pay equity lawsuit that would distribute upwards of $38 million in back pay to current and former school safety employees.

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The push for Michael Giles’ freedom begins

A military man on active duty hangs out with friends at a bar in Tallahassee, Fla. A fight breaks out at the bar between fraternity brothers from nearby Florida A&M University—people who aren’t connected to the military man and his friends.

Target security breach leaves millions open to credit fraud

Nearly 40 million Target customers at risk thanks to hackers

Walmart protests shine light on Black Friday

Knowing that many Americans will make their Black Friday pilgrimage to Walmart, the company’s employees and community supporters held protests across the nation demanding a living wage and better benefits. Over 1,500 protests were held against the company, expressing outrage that Walmart pays workers poverty-level wages while basking in $17 billion in profits.

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NYPD union sues City Council over anti-profiling bill

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.

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Dunkin’ Donuts managers in S.I. and N.J. awarded back pay

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.

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