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Stephon Johnson

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NY State Supreme Court: City’s medical examiner software is unreliable

Last week, the New York State Supreme Court called for all cases using the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s in-house DNA software, Forensic Statistical Tool, to be reviewed citing unreliable results.

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Chipotle workers strike claiming employer violated Fair Workweek law

Chipotle workers claim that their employer continues to violate Fair Workweek laws even after the city announced it was seeking financial remedies for previous violations.

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GM workers’ protest drags on, workers struggle to get by

Three weeks into their strike General Motors workers are struggling to get by, suppliers are losing business and GM hasn’t budged.

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Homeless in Peril

Fatal attacks and possible shelter evictions—where else is there to go?

“What happened over the weekend shakes the conscience of who we are as New Yorkers,” stated New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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U.S. Census & struggling New Yorkers: light at the end of the tunnel?

The latest American Community Survey report revealed that income inequality in America has increased and New York’s no different.

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Eugene Scalia’s nomination moves forward, labor and activists continue protest

Amidst all of the Ukraine hoopla, labor secretary nominee Eugene Scalia’s nomination continues to make its way to confirmation.

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MTA pushes back against asbestos reports

“We want all of the asbestos removed from the property and removed from transit facilities,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams during a Sept. 25 news conference in East New York. “It should be done in an expeditious fashion. We want to have air-quality tests around this depot."

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Chancellor Carranza aims to make booklist ‘culturally responsive’

New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza wants public school students to see themselves in the books they’re assigned to read.

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UAW workers strike from General Motors

The largest labor strike in over a decade began on Monday, Sept. 16. It involves America’s biggest carmaker.

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BETS OFF, BETS ON?: National Urban League and resort operator want to bring casinos downstate

A potential economic and employment boon for Black New Yorkers might be through casinos. However, the governor has told everyone to “pump the brakes.”

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NY wants ‘gig worker rights’ to travel east

California’s state government’s slated to pass a bill that would make workers of app-based companies like Uber and Lyft full employees of said companies.

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Candis Tolliver named 32BJ’s new political director

Candis Tolliver has spent the past two years with 32BJ SEIU as a senior political director. For her work, the union is promoting her.

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Unions denounce new labor secretary nominee Eugene Scalia

President Donald Trump found another nominee for labor secretary that’s angered unions and labor activists.

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Albany expunges and decriminalizes weed

Many New York residents breathed a sigh of relief at the end of August.

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32BJ Health Fund launches program to improve members’ maternity care

The 32BJ Health Fund launched a new program this month to help improve the quality and safety of maternity care for is union members.

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Advocacy group files lawsuit against NYPD over bodycam footage

A civil rights advocacy group is suing the New York Police Department for bodycam footage.

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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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Chanel Lewis’ retrial begins

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

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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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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.