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Stephon Johnson

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Federal court rules against Trump in Local 79 case

This week, a federal court judge for the Eastern District of New York ruled against efforts by President Donald Trump’s administration to stop a union protest.

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Unions continue the good fight one year after Janus

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the labor movement in the Janus vs. AFSCME case.

Citizenship question is off 2020 census….for now

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked the citizenship question inclusion in the 2020 census.

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Farah Louis, an ‘active’ Council member, wins primary

Farah Louis was referred to as an “active” New York City Council member more than a month ago.

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George Gresham re-elected president of 1199SEIU

1199SEIU President George Gresham will oversee the union for another three years.

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Community-based early childhood educators to de Blasio: ‘What about us?’

Last month, the Day Care Council of New York launched a campaign to raise awareness about community-based early childhood centers.

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NYTWA & elected officials call for taxi driver exemption from congestion pricing

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance has called for its constituents to be exempt from congestion pricing.

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Union, NY Appellate Court: ‘Farmworkers have right to organize’

A New York State Supreme Court Appellate decision left farmworkers ready to work.

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DC charter school educators vote to unionize

Educators at a bilingual charter in the nation’s capital voted to unionize.

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Justice delayed again: Pantaleo trial takes two-week break

The administrative trial of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo continued on Tuesday, May 21. It took three hours. It was the first day of proceedings after a four-day break.

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JFK airport workers protest paid sick leave violations

John F. Kennedy International Airport workers have called out their employers for violating the law at their expense.

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Carranza sticks to his guns, fights for change to SHSAT

New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t let angry parents get in the way of their desire to remake specialized high schools in their image.

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NYSUT wants state to ‘Correct the Tests’

On the eve of state math tests for grades 3 through 8, the state teachers’ union wishes the tests weren’t happening in the first place.

Labor observes Workers Memorial Day

April 28 marked Workers Memorial Day. Unions honored their fallen and released reports on the numbers of workers who’ve recently perished.

32BJ praises de Blasio for Green New Deal

This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City’s Green New Deal to attack global warming which includes $14 billion in new investments and legislation by the city.

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Laborers endorse Xamayla Rose for City Council special election

Laborers Local 924 endorsed Xamayla Rose for the upcoming May 14 special election race for New York City Council District 45.

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New MTA fare hikes greet New Yorkers

The MTA celebrated another resurrection on Sunday when fare hikes went into effect.

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TWU Local 100 to workers: Keep eyes out for transit attacker

Transit workers union officials told their constituents of someone on the loose targeting their brethren.

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Jumaane Williams hosts PTO roundtable with airport workers

Airport workers from LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports met with New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams to discuss paid time off legislation.

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CTU says election of Lightfoot won’t stop their push for education reform

While Chicago celebrated the election of its first Black (and lesbian) mayor, the Chicago Teachers Union reminded the city of the mission at hand.

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INJUSTICE SERVED: Chanel Lewis found guilty–Appeal imminent

Cheers and applause filled the courtroom when verdict read that Chanel Lewis was the guilty of the murder of Karina Vetrano.

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Weingarten calls DeVos a liar over teachers’ union comments

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten called out Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, saying she lied about the teachers’ unions losing members in the wake of the Janus v. AFSCME decision.

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NYSUT launches campaign to fix ‘broken’ state exams

New York State United Teachers wants Albany to tackle state exams that they feel do more harm than good.

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NYSNA making inroads on contract push

The New York State Nurses Association has spent the past several months making noise on the negotiating front.

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32BJ endorses Melinda Katz for Queens DA

32BJ SEIU endorsed Queens Borough President Melinda Katz for Queens district attorney.

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Bronx building workers reach tentative agreement, avert strike

With a possible strike on the horizon, Bronx building workers agreed to a tentative deal with the Bronx Realty Advisory board.

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Chanel Lewis’ retrial begins

Chanel Lewis finds himself back in court being retried for the murder of Karina Vetrano.

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Caregivers rally against Medicaid cuts

Last week, caregivers rallied at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Brookdale Hospital respectively to protest potential Medicaid cuts by Albany legislators.

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Bronx building workers authorize strike

Bronx apartment building workers rallied for a fair contract, but it wasn’t the only thing on their agenda.

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IBO: More money is needed to fix public housing

A report by the Independent Budget Office suggests whatever money the city set aside to fix NYCHA won’t be enough.

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Activists, union leaders and elected officials call for release of Baba Sillah

Elected officials, labor leaders, allies and family members gathered this week to stop the deportation of a beloved community member.

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Union leaders: Keep protection for TPS and Dreamers permanent!

Union leaders want Congress to make protections for TPS holders and Dreamers permanent and won’t stop lobbying on their behalf.

Bronx apartment building workers rally for contract, hold strike vote

Bronx apartment building workers planned to rally Wednesday for a fair contract and to hold a vote to strike.

32BJ celebrates halt of union member’s deportation

The deportation of a porter, and union member, is delayed for now. But that itself is a victory for 32BJ SEIU.

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People's Choice: Jumaane Williams wins public advocate special election

New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams is now one seat away from mayoralty.

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Activists rally against potential demise of Metro North comfort station

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Harlem residents from various backgrounds gathered in the shadow of Metro North’s 125th Street Comfort Station calling on the city to invest in rehabilitating the structure and broadening access to safe, clean bathrooms for local residents.

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CSS and activists to City Hall: ‘Fair Fares could work if people knew it existed’

Working class and poor New Yorkers looked forward to the rollout of Fair Fares.

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Escape from New York: Amazon kills deal for new HQ

Earlier this week, Amazon threatened to take their ball and go home if elected officials and activists didn’t play by their rules.

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LA teachers’ strike ends, city agrees to new deal

After a six-day strike and a 21-hour bargaining session, Los Angeles public school teachers are back on the job.

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Skepticism surrounds HUD/NYCHA deal

The New York City Housing Authority has been plagued with corruption and incompetence for years.

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Amadou Diallo’s name still ‘echoes’ 20 years later

“Unfortunately, Amadou will never get justice and we still feel that there’s not any change,” said Kadiatou Diallo, the mother of the late Amadou Diallo. “Before hashtags, before Twitter, Amadou’s name echoed around the world.”

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Former DC37 leader Stanley Hill dead at 82

The former leader of the biggest public union in New York City has passed away.

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Government reopens, but federal workers won’t forget

After 35 days, President Donald Trump decided to end the shutdown.

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LA teachers’ strike ends, city agrees to new deal

After a six-day strike and a 21-hour bargaining session, Los Angeles public school teachers are back on the job.

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Albany passes the DREAM Act

New York State’s legislature gave DREAMers a reason to celebrate.

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WHO WILL EMERGE?: The race for public advocate—full speed ahead

When many candidates enter a political race, political insiders say the one with the most name recognition will probably win.

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DOL announces recruitment for operating engineer apprentices

A local union is looking for a few good men and women for stationary engineer apprenticeships.

Probation officers’ union files suit against city over provisional appointments

The union representing New York City probation officers has filed suit against the City of New York.

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De Blasio goes peak progressive during State of the City

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went all the way progressive during his State of the City address last week.

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Shutdown avoided? Maybe

Andrew Cuomo announced a new fix for the L train, avoiding an outright shutdown of the tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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