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Stephon Johnson

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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.

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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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32BJ praises Supreme Court asylum ruling

President Donald Trump didn’t get what he wanted for Christmas, and 32BJ isn’t shedding any tears.

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32BJ, AFL-CIO stand behind Cuomo in Spectrum standoff

After weeks of talks between Spectrum and IBEW Local 3 abruptly broke down last week, the union will take it back to the picket lines—with New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s help.

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Graduates celebrate Pathways to Apprenticeship

Two elected officials partnered with an organization to celebrate graduates of a per-apprenticeship program in the Bronx.

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Elected officials want Amazon to do business the New York way

Elected officials around New York City want to make one thing clear to Amazon: you’re doing business our way.

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S.U.N. celebrates the sun

It was a chilly December morning, but everyone on the rooftop of 128 W. 138th Street gathered to give thanks to the sun as installation of solar panels marked the local fight against climate change.

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MTA hearing filled with frustration, anger

Tuesday marked the first of many public hearings on proposed MTA fare hikes and toll hikes.

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Fast food workers achieve ‘scheduling’ victory

Thanksgiving came early for fast food workers, courtesy of the Department of Consumer Affairs.

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Cuomo fends off Amazon criticism

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo found himself on the defensive after announcing Amazon’s arrival to Long Island City.

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AMAZON, NYC: Bezos takes Queens

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that he would change his name to Amazon Cuomo to get the corporate giant to place their new headquarters here.

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Weekend Warriors get out the vote

Saturdays, leading up to Election Day, members of one labor union take to the streets and go door-to-door to get out the vote.

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Student loan servicer hit with class-action lawsuit

Nine members of the American Federation of Teachers have brought a class-action lawsuit against Navient. The AFT members, from across four different states, believe that the student loan servicer misled borrowers who work in public service professions about accessing a loan forgiveness program to boost profits.

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Cuomo finally raises the age

It took some years, but activists have pushed the governor to raise the age. But is it enough?

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City defends program that seizes property of homeowners

A city program designed to seize distressed properties faces criticism after reports of homeowners being kicked out of their living spaces. But the city thinks the criticism is unjustified.

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UPOA accuses city of discrimination, demands payroll records

The union representing probation officers has demanded that the city hand over payroll records and has accused officials of discrimination

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Report: Rents in NYC dipped the past month, but not enough of a reprieve for tenants

A new report from a platform that connects renters with apartment listings showed a monthly dip in rent for an average New York City apartment. But it’s not enough to make a dent for the average resident.

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Gallup Poll shows union approval at 15-year high

In a poll released before Labor Day, Gallup confirmed that union approval is at its highest in more than a decade.

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Construction union members tell NFL to take Related chair off social justice committee

Unionized construction workers want the National Football League to know that one of its owners is bad news.

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