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Stephon Johnson

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32BJ and CWA pull away from Working Families Party

32BJ and CWA pull away from Working Families Party

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New bill bans cops from having sex with detainees

New York State didn’t have a law that banned cops from having sex with those in custody.

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Port Authority’s wage resolution would increase salary to $19 an hour

This month, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey voted on a new wage resolution that would increase their workers’ base pay from minimum wage to $19 an hour by 2023. The raises would affect 40,000 workers in New York and New Jersey airports, including security officers, wheelchair agents, baggage handlers, terminal cleaners and other airport workers.

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Union members speak out against slashed pay and benefits

Last week, members of 32BJ, along with security offices, rallied outside of 1180 Sixth Ave. to protest cuts to their wages and benefits.

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Comptroller report: off-peak subway service decreases even as ridership increases

A new report from New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer shows that off-peak subway service has dropped despite a ridership increase during those hours.

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City Council approves Jerome Avenue rezoning in the Bronx

Despite the controversial nature of the plan, the Jerome Avenue rezoning plan passed with little resistance in the New York City Council this month.

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Candidate and the city: Cynthia Nixon speaks one-on-one with the AmNews

Carved into the front desk of the Bethesda Healing Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn is the phrase “We are destined to win.” Approximately 30 feet away from the desk stood actress Cynthia Nixon, of “Sex and the City” fame, hoping to make that statement a reality.

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Unions hop on the endorsement train

It’s election season, which means it’s time for labor unions to plant their flag in the camp of their preferred candidates.

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What’s first for the new chancellor? Everything

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had to choose which person he wanted to lead the city’s schools. New Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza doesn’t have a choice for what agenda to attack first.

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Activists crush NYPD over Buzzfeed report

City Hall and the New York Police Department are feeling the heat after a recent Buzzfeed report on the disciplinary action taken against abusive officers.

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What’s behind door #2: The new schools chancellor

“Houston’s loss is New York City’s gain,” said American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and Houston Federation of Teachers President Zeph Capo in a joint statement.

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Inwood residents to city and rezoning plan: Slow down

With the economically disadvantaged being priced out of Manhattan, Inwood residents are fighting to hold on to the place they’ve called home.

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Report: State courts and private debt companies are hurting consumers

A report from the American Civil Liberties Union shows how private debt collection companies keep Americans living in terror.

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Labor leaders and activists angered over no immigrant deal in Senate

Like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown, the Republicans have tricked Democrats into agreeing on a bill without a deal for immigrants and Dreamers, leaving Democrats angry. Labor leaders and pro-immigration activists aren’t happy about it either.

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Labor, community activists push back against U.S. Census citizenship question

A group of local community activists, labor and legal advocacy leaders sent a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urging him to reject a proposal from the Department of Justice that would change the U.S. Census.

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De Blasio’s Rikers announcement gets mixed results

It’s taking too long. It’s going too quickly. More facilities aren’t the answer. He’s not protecting inmates. He’s not protecting correction officers.

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Locally and nationally, immigrants are being shoved aside

Politicians from both sides claimed bipartisanship after passing a spending bill, but immigrants are wondering who’s looking out for them.

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A new law could mean a new start for New Yorkers

In 1992, John (not his real name) and his friends were stopped by police while riding around in a car.

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Report: L-Train shutdown plan isn’t enough

A Bus Rapid Transit Planning International report, commissioned by Transportation Alternatives, concluded that the MTA and City Hall’s contingency plan for the L-train shutdown doesn’t suffice.

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NYSUT: DiNapoli’s report shows need to fully fund public schools

According to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, 26 school districts in the state are in need of financial assistance.

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Unions and activists set Working People’s Day of Action

The day honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has passed, but unions and activists will continue to honor him in February.

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Advocates want mayor to release study on safe injection facilities

With the City of Philadelphia contemplating a program that would provide intravenous drug users a medically supervised place to get high, advocates want New York to follow suit.

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Census Bureau to keep guidelines on race/ethnicity from 2010

The U.S. Census Bureau, under President Donald Trump’s administration, won’t aid requests from the Barack Obama administration to change how the government addresses race and ethnicity.

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Department of Labor report shows union growth in New York

report from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that union membership grew in New York and that New York remains one of the biggest pro-union states in the country.

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Unions, activists to post-shutdown government: You’re on notice

Monday, the U.S. Senate voted on a deal to end the government shutdown.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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