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Stephon Johnson

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‘Protect yourselves’—Firefighters talk fire safety

Thirteen people killed by a fire in the Bronx. Seventeen people hurt in a fire in Washington Heights. An elderly woman killed in a Queens fire. Six firefighters hurt in a massive fire in Crown Heights.

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NY AFL-CIO president applauds Cuomo’s anti-sexual harassment proposal

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo started off the new year with a proposal to crack down on sexual harassment.

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Labor leaders talk 2017, Trump and the future

The year 2017 was a tough year for labor unions and union advocates, but those on the front lines championed accomplishments despite what the year offered them.

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Fariña announces retirement

Last week, New York Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced her plans to retire. After her recent announcement of school closures, she used a news conference with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to reflect on her tenure.

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Labor leaders denounce GOP tax bill

Republicans in the House and the U.S. Senate passed sweeping, $1.5 billion tax legislation, the most significant tax reform in 30 years.

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32BJ and others back mayor’s online voter registration plan

New legislation signed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio would make voter registration for New Yorkers easier.

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Musical chairs: Chancellor proposes school closings

The schools lacked stability and the chancellor wants another shake up.

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Schneiderman: We’ll sue the FCC over net neutrality repeal

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that he’s suing the Federal Communications Commission over its decision to repeal net neutrality rules last week.

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More NY students with disabilities can graduate with diplomas

Monday, the New York State Board of Regents adopted new regulations for students with disabilities that allows them to graduate without passing state exams.

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DACA fate hangs in the balance for another week

With the government shutdown set to take effect at 12:01 a.m. this Saturday, Congress passed a short-term spending deal last Thursday.

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PSC-CUNY/CUNY deal restructures full-time faculty workload

A deal between the City University of New York and the union that represents CUNY’s faculty and staff would allow full-time faculty to restructure their time.

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Civilian FDNY employees file discrimination lawsuit

According to a new lawsuit, discrimination in the FDNY isn’t limited to actual firefighters.

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Union leaders call Senate tax bill ‘robbery’

When the U.S. Senate passed their tax bill in the dead of night, it didn’t surprise anyone that labor leaders weighed in.

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Courtlandt Corners workers strike in the Bronx

Workers at an affordable housing development in the Bronx went on strike after management threatened them with retaliation for organizing.

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Airport workers take to PANYNJ meeting to demand higher wages

New Jersey airport workers’ ongoing battle for increased wages continued at a recent meeting.

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Testing the city’s patience: the MTA wants your trust

The short workweek, for many, began with multiple delays during morning rush hour.

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Net neutrality’s deathbed? Activists and officials vow to fight internet inequality

Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai unveiled plans to repeal net neutrality rules, scoring a victory for telecommunications companies and internet providers.

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Black IBEW Local 3 workers fighting job discrimination

William Hargraves III’s been an electrician for 37 years. As a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3, he’s seen it all on the job. But one thing has remained consistent: “The racist conditions that persist within our local,” Hargraves said to the AmNews. “We told them that it was systemic and they didn’t reform.”

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Report: One-third of all NY schools have no Black or Latino teachers

A new report from The Education Trust-New York shows that many Black and Brown students are taught by people who don’t look like them.

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32BJ leader blasts Trump and GOP over lack of Dreamers deal

Dreamers looking for help from President Donald Trump’s administration have to keep waiting.

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Low turnout, big victory for Mayor de Blasio

New York City residents re-elected the mayor with 66.5 percent of the vote, beating out Republican challenger New York State Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis.

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The University of California is not enforcing its own wage policies

According to a recent report, the University of California has failed to enforce a minimum wage policy that garnered much praise a few years ago.

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ROC United pushes for minimum wage on state and federal front

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, an organization that advocates for labor rights in the restaurant industry, keeps pushing for better wages for workers.

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Mayor touts decrease in summonses

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced a 90 percent drop in criminal court summonses as a result of the Criminal Justice Reform Act.

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Gjonaj adds CWA to list of labor endorsements

Another labor union has endorsed Mark Gjonaj for New York City Council’s 13th District in the Bronx.

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32BJ, Working Families Alliance blast ‘sanctuary’ ad by Republican NJ gubernatorial candidate

Being down double digits in the polls and being beaten in fundraising has made New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Kim Guadagno channel her inner Donald Trump.

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32BJ pres slams Trump for threatening feds removal from PR

President Donald Trump used Twitter again to direct his ire toward an island suffering post-hurricane devastation.

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Local postal union, residents fight against potential post office sell-off

They tried and failed in Chelsea, but the United States Postal Service wants to sell off a post office building in Harlem and residents aren’t happy.

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Hector Figueroa: Trump’s immigration demands are ‘devil’s bargain’

Sunday, President Donald Trump released a 70-point list of immigration demands that have drawn the ire of Democratic politicians and one labor leader.

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Free EMT course hopes to come back post-state audit

Lleryn Montan is a mother of three attempting to pursue an EMT career. She had recently signed up for a free EMT training program provided by Davis Training Programs.

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32BJ praised Cuomo’s executive order on immigrants

An executive order by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo will prevent state agencies from asking about a person’s immigration status outside of certain conditions.

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MWBE advocates claim Intro 1447 shuts Blacks out

“I don’t think we got adequate time to review what they were planning,” said Charlene Nimmons, of Public Housing Communities, to the AmNews. “I was in talks with [New York City] Council Member Jumaane Williams, but I still needed the time to be able to share that information with our constituents.”

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Columbia grad workers testify before elected officials

This Wednesday, research and teaching assistants from various departments across Columbia University testified in front of a panel of elected officials at the Broadway Presbyterian Church.

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ESPN’s Jemele Hill becomes subject of political controversy

In the age of President Donald Trump, the sports channel ESPN has become another ground for the ongoing culture war.

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Ruben Diaz Jr. and others to Amazon: Come to the Bronx!

A letter signed by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and other elected officials advocates that the company Amazon make the Bronx the place for their next headquarters.

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Unions set up funds, volunteer to help members affected by Irma and Harvey

With Hurricanes Irma and Harvey wreaking havoc in the America’s south and southeast regions, unions have come to the forefront to contribute to the effort in their own ways.

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Study: More than 50 percent of home care workers are on public assistance

A new study by a national research and consulting organization showed that more than half of home health care workers rely on public assistance to supplement income.

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CCRB substantiates complaints against cop who killed Eric Garner

The New York Civilian Complaint Review Board has substantiated complaints made against the cop who killed Eric Garner in 2014.

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De Blasio, incumbents emerge victorious on primary night

Tuesday marked primary night for Mayor Bill de Blasio and Public Advocate Letitia James and, to no one’s surprise, they won their respective races.

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Herb Boyd to talk about ‘Black Detroit’ Saturday

Educator, author, activist and AmNews contributor Herb Boyd will hold a talk and book signing for “Black Detroit” Saturday.

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Union leaders bash Trump for DACA decision

Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Donald Trump would begin the phase-out of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

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Union leaders talk Labor Day

President Donald Trump’s presence has heightened the ongoing war between the workforce and the corporations who employ them. Several union leaders addressed the legacy of Labor Day and the battle for workers’ rights.

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Unions come down on Trump’s pardon of Arpaio

President Donald Trump continued his trend of ignoring the rule of law by pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio Friday.

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Activists, officials come down on Illinois Governor over wage veto

Last week, Illinois State Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill that would’ve increased his state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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City Hall lays out J’Ouvert preparations

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill have decided that “Times Square on New Year’s Eve” security measures are necessary for Monday’s J’Ouvert celebration.

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32BJ denounces Astorino’s veto of immigration bill

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino rejected a bill that would’ve protected undocumented immigrants in his area.

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The fight to let Amanda stay

“Sad,” said Amanda Morales-Guerra to the AmNews about Donald Trump. “Especially knowing my situation. I desperately hoped that he wouldn’t win the election.”

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Unions condemn ‘alt-right’ Charlottesville rally

The results and aftermath of the ‘alt-right’ rally in Charlottesville, Va. are still being felt around country.

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Unions go to bat for Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Local labor unions have jumped to New York State Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ defense after a hedge fund manager and political donor made racially charged comments about her in a Facebook post.

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TWU continues to push de Blasio on MTA funding

For the past several weeks, while New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio engage in a tug-of-war over the MTA, TWU Local 100 has directed their ire toward the mayor.

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