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Stephon Johnson

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Report: Feds must step into ring with payday lenders

A new staff report by the House Financial Services Committee concluded that stronger federal consumer protections are needed for Americans who’d consider payday lenders.

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PSC and CUNY finally reach a tentative deal

The City University of New York and its faculty and staff have agreed to a tentative contract after years of fighting.

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Assembly passes Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act

New York nurses scored a victory in Albany this week when the New York State Assembly passed the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act (A08580A).

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Free camp for SHSAT preparation announced

The controversy surrounding New York City’s Specialized High School Admissions Test has been well chronicled in the past decade.

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Summit to ‘elevate’ teaching profession takes place next week

Through a joint initiative launched by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, ASCD and the U.S. Department of Education, teachers from across New York State will gather with the mission to advance student outcomes.

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State Assembly passes ‘Kalief’s Law’ to reform pretrial detention

Last week, the New York State Assembly passed law S 5988-A /A 8296-A, known as “Kalief’s Law,” to reform New York’s speedy trial provision and improve the effectiveness of the state’s criminal justice system, ensuring that people aren’t unjustly held in pretrial detention for longer than needed.

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U.S. Supreme Court voids death sentence of Black Georgia man

In a 7-1 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a death-row inmate in Georgia citing race discrimination in the jury selection.

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PSC-CUNY votes to authorize strike

They’ve worked without a contract for five years and haven’t had a raise in more than six years. The City University of New York’s faculty and staff have had enough.

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Labor dept pushes for Verizon talks

It’s been going on for months, and now the U.S. Department of Labor wants Verizon’s labor issues to come to an end.

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UFCW/MCAW files Walmart-related complaint to NLRB

Walmart is in the news again regarding its labor practices.

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NLRB upholds decision to pay wrongfully terminated janitors

The National Labor Relations Board upheld a previous decision requiring Eastern Essential Services to pay janitors for lost wages and benefits.

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Rally calls for ‘three-fifths’ language to be removed from Constitution

Although African-Americans have achieved much in the past 200 years, certain language in the U.S. Constitution remains stuck in the past. New York York City Council Member Andy King hopes to eliminate that language.

Report: States aren’t doing enough to help workers with records

In a new analysis by the National Employment Law Project, it has been revealed that dozens of state laws that make it less difficult for people with arrest/conviction records to get job licenses aren’t working the way they should.

AFT runs pro-Clinton ads in Pennsylvania targeting Black voters

Leading up to this past Tuesday’s Pennsylvania Democratic Primary, the American Federation of Teachers launched a slew of radio and online ads voicing support for candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Prince dead at 57

It’s been a week, but many are still reeling from the death of Prince Rogers Nelson after he was found unresponsive in his home in Minnesota.

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CUNY’s faculty and staff announce strike authorization vote

The City University of New York’s faculty and staff have worked without a contract for five years and without a raise for six years.

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Dr. Beane talks diabetes EXPO

April 30, a Saturday, the American Diabetes Association is hosting a free community event called New York EXPO that’s open to the public.

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New East New York housing will be more affordable

According to an analysis by District Council 37, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for affordable housing in East New York means new apartments will be less expensive than apartments currently for rent in the neighborhood.

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FES believes school violence is on the rise

A pro-charter school group took to City Hall last week to protest the alleged uptick of weapons brought into New York City’s public schools.

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Chicago fast-food workers strike with Chicago Teachers Union

To show solidarity with Chicago teachers, fast-food workers in that city will go on strike April 1.

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AFL-CIO claims labor victory in DOL’s ‘persuader’ rule

Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final ruling that would force employers to disclose the outside consultants they hire to try and bust unions and stop workers from organizing.

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Newark Airport workers, elected officials and clergymen: ‘Safe working conditions now!’

A group composed of elected officials, PrimeFlight Newark airport workers and other supporters took to PrimeFlight’s offices to call for better working conditions for its employees.

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City Council strikes affordable housing zoning deal with de Blasio

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio achieved a major victory this week when the New York City Council approved his housing re-zoning plan.

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Report: Gap between rich and poor schools has widened under Cuomo

A new report from the Alliance for Quality Education and the Public Policy and Education Fund concluded that children from New York State’s poor districts saw state funding for schools get worse.

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Alliance for Downtown NY employees to receive minimum wage increase

The Alliance for Downtown New York claims another victory as it announces an increase in wages for the organization's employees.

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The end of Rikers Island? Officials speak out

City officials speak out on why Rikers Island should shut their doors.

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32BJ praises Jersey City mayor for wage increase

Add Jersey City, N.J., to the list of American cities increasing the minimum wage.

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Seven B&H Photo employees fired after union elections

According to Laundry Workers Center United officials, seven employees from B&H Photo's Manhattan warehouse were fired the same day workers voted to join the United Steelworkers.

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Unions reinforce support of Hillary Clinton for president

In a joint statement, over 20 unions have put their eggs in Hillary Clinton’s basket.

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B&H Photo warehouse workers join United Steelworkers

Several months after 200 B&H warehouse workers in Brooklyn voted to join the United Steelworkers, workers in the basement warehouse below B&H Photo Video’s retail store in Midtown Manhattan have done the same.

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Chancellor Farina holds roundtable with community/ethnic media

Tuesday morning, at the Tweed Courthouse behind City Hall, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina held a roundtable with members of community and ethnic media.

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Drywall apprentices needed

The New York State Department of Labor announced that an organization is looking for new workers.

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TWU suggests de Blasio curb horse carriage crusade, calls for investigation

Of all the hills for a New York City politician to possibly die on, one would think horse carriages in Central Park would be low on the list.

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City Hall: 'We want accountability from cops and de Blasio'

Activists urge Mayor de Blasio to stand up against wrongdoing, four years after NYPD officers shot and killed Ramarley Graham.

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David Bowie: The difference between being a musical chameleon and appropriating

If you were to put all of David Bowie’s albums into a bin and grab three of them blindly, you would get three different listening experiences.

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Report: Minimum wage increases haven’t hurt restaurant industry

A new report from Cornell University suggests that for the past 20 years, restaurants haven’t been affected by minimum wage increases at any level.

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Walmart workers’ fight against their employer continues

Walmart workers and their advocates smelled something fishy about their employer’s latest action.

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CTU responds to Illinois gov’s attempt to control Chicago Public Schools

Last week, while insinuating that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s actions didn’t work, Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner pushed for the state to take over the city’s public school system.

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UFT, educational activists respond to State of the State

Educational activists and the United Federation of Teachers had a few things to say about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State speech. Most of it focused on his budget proposals and policy for education.

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Airport workers let their voices be heard

They had been planning this for a while, and the main event didn’t disappoint.

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Janitors in New Jersey ratify new contract; NYC cleaners reach tentative deal

Close to 7,000 32BJ SEIU-affiliated cleaners and school custodians in New Jersey now have a new contract.

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Firefighters ratify new deal

It was a long road for the Uniformed Firefighters Association, but they finally ratified a new deal.

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NLRB to review case involving research and teaching assistants at Columbia

A case to be reviewed by the National Labor Relations Board could decide a group’s right to collectively bargain.

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Whistleblower settles with NYPD after outing quota system

New York Police Department officer Craig Matthews said he felt the brunt of retaliation after telling his supervisors of a quota system in the Bronx’s 42nd Precinct.

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City Council votes to fund security for private schools

When people talk about public-private partnerships, this may not be what they had in mind.

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Advocacy groups calls for equal pay for early childhood educators

Program directors and advocates from more than 100 education-based programs in the five boroughs want equal pay for early childhood educators now.

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Robert Hinton killed before receiving brutality settlement

He endured violence at the hands of Rikers Island correction officers and survived, but Robert Hinton met his untimely end closer to home.

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Activists want DOE to investigate Success Academies, Moskowitz

It may have been raining in New York City last Thursday, but educational activists at 32 Old Slip in lower Manhattan were determined to shine anyway.

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