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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De Blasio to public school staff: Vax or else!

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the mission without consultation.

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New bill provides path for city service workers to organize

A new bill signed into law by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio looks to speed up the collective bargaining process with city service contractors.

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Restaurants mull over mask mandate

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is a month away from enforcing his mask mandate for indoor venues like gyms and restaurants.

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Won’t Stop, Can’t Stop: Delta variant not breaking de Blasio’s stride with schools

“…is trash,” said parent Tamika Hall cutting of the beginning of a question that started with the mayor’s name. Hall, like others, isn’t too fond of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s back-to-school plans.

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Some unions weigh in on Cuomo, others stay silent

While many unions publicly stated their disapproval with the sexual misconduct accusations against New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a lot of them chose to remain silent once he finally resigned.

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Union leaders remember Richard Trumka

The news shocked many and left a significant hole to fill in the larger labor-movement.

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Most states are letting school districts make the policies for the 2021/2022 school year

The Delta variant is feeding new surges in COVID-19 cases around the country weeks before school starts. On top of that, the majority of students in K-12 education are still not eligible for vaccines.

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Labor Dept. announces protocol for increasing minimum wage

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish a procedure that would enforce Executive Order 14026 that would increase the minimum wage for federal contractors.

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City pays police brutality victim $567k in a settlement

Tomás Medina won’t get those minutes of his life back, but he’s getting something back from the city.

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Union leaders blast DACA ruling, Biden admin. challenges decision

A Texas federal court ruled against the continuation of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

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