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Washington State strikes down death penalty

Washington State’s Supreme Court ruled this month that the application of the death penalty statewide is unconstitutional.

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UFT reaches preliminary agreement with the city

The United Federation of Teachers agreed to a new contract with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this month. The UFT’s new contract takes them through the year 2021. The UFT represents more than 129,000 workers (36 percent of the city’s workforce). Once the new contract is voted on, 60 percent of New York City’s workforce will be under contract. UFT employees will receive compounded wage increases of 2 percent Feb. 14, 2019, 2.5 percent May 14, 2020, and 3 percent May 14, 2021.

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Columbia University postdocs vote to unionize with UAW

If Columbia University’s administration would not listen to graduate workers, maybe they will listen to postdoctoral researchers. This month, the Columbia’s postdocs voted to unionize with the United Auto Workers with 68 percent voting in favor. Now, the 2,000 postdocs and associate researcher scientists want to sit down with the administration to bargain for their first contract.

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Proud Boys bring hatefest to NYC

A leader of a hate group spoke at a New York GOP event on the Upper East Side last week. Chaos and violence ensued. Elected officials and activists have called for the arrests of those involved. GOP officials have deflected blame, accusing anti-fascist leaders of starting the melee.

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Unions hail Port Authority vote on wage increases

Last week, local airport workers finally got the news that they’d been waiting for all year. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officially voted in favor of a new resolution raising the minimum wage for workers at LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty international airports.

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Community mourns loss of Ruth Clark

She was an anchor in the community and an icon. Tuesday, the community said goodbye and sent her home.

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Robert Jackson never really left

“The head of the snake has been cut off…meaning Jeff Klein,” said Robert Jackson. “But we need to flip several more seats in order to have a direct impact.”

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Mulgrew praises mayor and chancellor’s new diversity plan

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced a plan to diversify a school district in Brooklyn.

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Airport workers anticipate Port Authority-led wage raise Thursday

Local airport workers might finally get what they’ve wanted for years: a raise in their minimum wage.

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EMS unions to mayor: Support unlimited sick leave for our 9/11 responders

Two unions representing emergency medical service workers called out the mayor for abandoning them.

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