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Stephon Johnson

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AFT names Evelyn DeJesus VP of education

The American Federation of Teachers looked to New York to pick someone as a top official.

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Cuomo signs pay equity legislation

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo used the U.S. Women’s World Cup ticker-tape parade to announce pay equity legislation.

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Remembering a 'champion': 32BJ SEIU president Hector Figueroa

32BJ SEIU president Hector Figueroa has died from a heart attack

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We’re not done: the Queens DA race heads to a recount

It looked like change was eminent in Queens politics, but a voter recount might say otherwise.

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Unions, elected officials weigh in on Supreme Court’s review of DACA

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decided to settle the fate of DREAMers once and for all.

JFK Eulen Airport workers strike for 24 hours

A group of airport workers at John F. Kennedy International Airport walked off the job allegedly because of improprieties by their employer.

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32BJ, elected officials celebrate passage of Climate Action & Leadership Protection Act

Ambitious is an understatement. With the goal of making the economy carbon neutral, Albany legislators passed the Climate Action & Leadership Protection Act during the last stretch of the latest session.

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Advocates and elected officials celebrate Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act

New York State farmworkers now have the right to unionize and receive overtime pay. Legislation S.6578/A.8419, sponsored by New York Sen. Jessica Ramos and New York State Assembly Member Catherine Nolan, also addressed working conditions.

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‘Sea change’ in Queens? Cabán declares victory, Katz doesn’t concede

Tiffany Cabán may have proved that last year’s election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t a fluke.

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Albany be damned: Rent Guidelines Board votes for rent increases

About 2.5 million rent stabilized New York residents will see another raise in rents this year.

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Albany punts on marijuana

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo said legalizing marijuana was a priority for him and for the state legislature. Apparently, priorities have changed.

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De Blasio, Williams rally for ‘paid time off’ legislation

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and activist Gloria Steinem rallied at City Hall in support of paid personal time legislation.

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Coalition celebrates city’s sports equity legislation

Black and Latino public school students celebrated a hard-won victory in May.

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Mina Malik is running for Queens DA whether you like it or not

Malik, in fact, did not stand down, but continued her quest to become Queens district attorney by championing her accolades.

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CUNY uses commencement to further message during contract negotiations

The union representing professors and academic staff at the City University of New York picked a new place to push for a new contract: student commencements.

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Report shows how poverty sends New Yorkers into criminal justice system

A new report by the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies outlines the steps New York City can take to address poverty and the criminalization of low-income New Yorkers.

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Queens DA candidates outline platform

Canddiates running for Queens District Attorney outline why they are the best candidate

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Report shows how poverty sends New Yorkers into criminal justice system

A new report by the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies outlines the steps New York City can take to address poverty and the criminalization of low-income New Yorkers.

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McD’s workers file sexual harassment suits against employer

McDonald’s workers have filed 25 new sexual harassment lawsuits against the company.

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Farah Louis wins City Council special election

Eight candidates wanted the 45th City Council District seat, but one emerged victorious Tuesday night.

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Pantaleo Has To Go: Officer stands trial for death of Eric Garner

“God knows I need the support,” said Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, while addressing the media at One Police Plaza in lower Manhattan on Monday, May 13.

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Weingarten to DeVos: raise teachers’ salaries with taxes on the rich

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten wants U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to practice what she preaches.

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HELL NO: De Blasio won’t announce presidential run…this week

Does he think he’d make a good president or is he running away from his problems?

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Coalition calls for rent freeze to rent-stabilized apartments

On Monday morning at City Hall, residents, activists and elected officials called for a rent freeze to rent-stabilized apartments.

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Legal Aid to Bronx DA: Dismiss charges against ‘violently arrested’ client

Lawyers from The Legal Aid Society have called on Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark to dismiss charges against a client allegedly assaulted by police during an arrest.

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Congress pushes to reauthorize VAWA

Members of the House recently unveiled a plan to reintroduce the Violence Against Women Act.

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RENEWAL SCHOOL FAIL: The city dumps Renewal Schools

A hailed part of Bill de Blasio’s agenda will meet its demise.

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AFL-CIO president to Trump: Your emergency is fake news

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took President Donald Trump to task again. This time, it’s over his declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for his border wall.

Amazon: We’ll fight any attempt to unionize

The biggest online retailer in the world told one of the most union-dominated cities that its workers will not organize on their watch.

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Shutdown leaves federal workers in peril

More than 800,000 Americans who keep the government running are on the financial edge because of President Donald Trump.

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Los Angeles public school teachers go on strike

The union for the second largest school system in the United States went on strike Monday.

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Rent or food? Workers cope with month-long government shutdown

President Donald Trump said last month that he’d take credit for the government shutdown.

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UAW files lawsuit against General Motors for breach of contract

The union representing autoworkers wants to take General Motors to task.

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De Blasio and Teamsters Local 237 announce tentative contract agreement

The holidays came early for members of Teamsters Local 237.

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NYCHA’s future rests with Trump’s Ben Carson

The next four weeks can decide the fate of public housing in New York City.

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32BJ and elected officials decry ACA ruling in Texas

A ruling in Texas could threaten the lifeline of the Affordable Care Act.

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Cuomo says the quiet parts out loud in agenda speech

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “First 100 Days” speech didn’t surprise many this week. But the governor stating things he previously said quietly or that were pure speculation by pundits did its job in putting Albany on notice.

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Gwen Carr wants police brutality to stop ‘today’

“I believe in getting right up in their face,” Gwen Carr told the AmNews Tuesday. “I don’t believe in phone calls and letters because those go unanswered.”

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People versus polls: Does anti-Amazon sentiment reflect reality?

Critics of Amazon’s deal with New York City continue to be loud and forceful.

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Columbia grad assistants and postdocs approve recognition framework

Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW and Columbia Postdoctoral Workers-UAW approved a framework agreement with Columbia University that includes union recognition for all 5,000 workers and will begin contract negotiations in February 2019.

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32BJ, ACLU denounce use of tear gas against migrants

A local labor union, 32BJ SEIU, and the American Civil Liberties Union have criticized U.S. Customs and Border Protection over tear gassing migrants at the U.S./Mexico border.

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Scamazon: Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday bring more activist action

Monday, anti-Amazon activists kept up the pressure on the corporate giant and elected officials. Members of multiple pro-labor and pro-housing community groups linked up for a day of action against Amazon for what they call the #HQ2Scam.

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Election reform

Our ancestors fought to empower all of us with the right to vote, giving us the civic duty to use that right to steer America into a fairer and more just direction. The Election Day debacle in New York City was a direct infringement on that right.

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UAW criticizes GM for layoffs

President Donald Trump said those jobs were coming back. General Motors just let its workers know that they aren’t. This week, the motor vehicle manufacturer announced its plans to lay off 15 percent of its salaried workforce (up to 14,000 employees) and close five plants in the United States and Canada.

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DC37 and CUNY announce tentative labor pact

New York City’s largest union of municipal employees and the City University of New York have agreed to a tentative deal resulting in wage raises.

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Phase-in of New York and New Jersey airport workers begins

It’s a new day for New York and New Jersey airport workers, who begin the road to a higher minimum wage this month.

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JFK security officers announce a strike

A group of security officers at John F. Kennedy Airport announced a strike to begin Thursday afternoon. The security officers, who work for Global Elite doing aircraft and ramp search and checkpoint monitoring at JFK, announced plans for a strike Monday stating they’ll leave their posts at 4 p.m. Thursday and end the strike at 1 p.m. Friday.

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Teamsters and activists call out pregnancy discrimination at XPO logistics

A $12 billion company that works with retailers such as Disney and Verizon landed in hot water and the Teamsters have taken them to task.

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Pilotworks shuts down, leaves vendors in disarray

“I’m not one of those businesses that can bounce back easily,” said Donna “Cheff Roostie” Davis, the owner of Veggie Grub. “Right now, I’m just going back to the old ways of hustling.”

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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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