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Stephon Johnson

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De Blasio signs for-hire cap bill into law

This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law five bills that he said would bring “fairness” to the for-hire vehicle and taxi industry in the city. It’s the first legislation in the United States that regulates the for-hire vehicle industry.

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Thrillist staff members vote to authorize strike

Rather than report to work, members of an online media website organized for a better contract.

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Judge to NYPD: turn over records on Ramarley Graham’s death

A judge has demanded that the NYPD turn over records on the death of Ramarley Graham.

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State legislatures prep for post-Janus world

With the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruling against organized labor, state governments have looked to play protector for public sector unions.

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Non-union education association doubles job protections for members post-Janus

The largest non-union, professional educators’ organization doubled job protection benefits for members without raising dues.

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Beverly Moorehead, mother of Dr. Brenda Greene and grandmother of Talib Kweli, passes away

Beverly A. Moorehead, mother of Dr. Brenda M. Greene, JoAnn and Dennis Adams and Lori Moorehead, and grandmother of rapper Talib Kweli, passed away last week.

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Names of officers who killed Saheed Vassell leaked, father and community call out NYPD

The father of Saheed Vassell demanded more accountability of the police officers who killed his son.

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AFT president blasts Betsy DeVos for reversing Obama rule on for-profit colleges

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten is not happy with a new student borrower proposal by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Airport workers still waiting on wage raises

The raises should have happened by now, according to local airport workers.

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New Yorkers brace for MTA fare hikes…again

Delays, signal problems and new lows in service. Seems like the perfect time to announce an increase in charges for the service, right? If you’re the MTA, that answer is: maybe?

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Pro-Airbnb supporters to Corey Johnson: new bill is unfair

Airbnb hosts believe that City Hall is taking money and food out of the mouths of its own citizens.

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Quinnipiac poll favors Cuomo in November, Nixon isn’t moved

Despite a slew of negative press and recent scandals, a new poll shows New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo likely to win re-election.

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Marriott workers have had enough, demand better treatment and wages

Starting in late June, workers for Marriott hotels across the country launched an offensive to secure a new contract with better wages, benefits and policies on sexual harassment in the workplace.

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1199SEIU reaches deal with LVHH

Local health care workers can now focus on their jobs after agreeing to a new contract.

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32BJ President blasts FEMA for hurricane efforts

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has let the country know what many citizens already thought: they screwed up the Hurricane Maria response.

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Local elected officials reckon with Trump’s Helsinki disaster

Although President Donald Trump tried to backtrack from the backlash of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, local politicians believe it is too little too late.

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New York opens investigation into Kushner Cos.

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued his investigation into the grift operation surrounding the Trump/Kushner clan. This time, it’s directed toward the Kushners.

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H&M workers push for a new contract

H&M employees want a new contract and they want it now.

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Elected officials assist in fight against foreclosure crisis

A house is not a home if there’s no one there. New York’s homeowners want to make sure their home stays theirs.

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Beware of the ‘summer slide’

Summer brings the heat and the sun, but it can also affect student grades come the fall.

Labor leaders blast Supreme Court for ‘politically motivated’ decision

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a major blow to public sector unions on Wednesday. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court turned public sector employment into a “right to work” venture, ruling that non-public sector union members aren’t compelled to pay dues to the union that represents them at the bargaining table.

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Lacrosse program provides outlet for Harlem kids

Many youth sports programs purport to provide an academic foundation as well as an athletic one. An organization in Harlem outwardly practices what it preaches.

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Labor leaders and activists turn out for immigrants

Whether it was Lower Manhattan or in Los Angeles, labor leaders and activists took to the streets to protest the White House’s immigration policies.

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AFT President Weingarten blasts Trump and DeVos for labor/education merger proposal

Something the Republicans have wanted to do since the Clinton administration might come to fruition under Trump. It’s made American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten furious.

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32BJ members rip Rep. Dan Donovan over immigration

Members of 32BJ and immigration activists said Rep. Dan Donovan heard them but isn’t listening to them on immigration.

Unions, activists demand Trump end immigration policies

A letter sent to President Donald Trump, signed by 113 unions and activist groups, called on him to end his current immigration practices that separate families at the border.

AFSCME president touts importance of Medicare and Social Security

The first projections after President Donald Trump signed the GOP-sponsored $1.5 trillion tax cut spell doom for Social Security and Medicare, according to the Treasury Department.

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Letter urges NEW not to honor Local 28’s Kevin Connors

A letter written by Martin Allen of People for Political and Economic Empowerment urged the Nontraditional Employment for Women not to honor Sheet Metal Workers Local 28 President Kevin Connors.

DC37 endorses James for state AG; DiNapoli for state comptroller

District Council 37 officials announced endorsements this month for the New York State attorney general race and the New York State comptroller race.

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Akira Armstrong’s life story is Pretty Big

“Dance has always been my thing,” said Akira Armstrong. Although dance has definitely always been her thing, the road to her success was paved with a lot of hustle.

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AFT prez: ‘E4E survey validates our concerns’

A new survey from Educators for Excellence left American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten feeling vindicated.

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Drivers call on Diaz to revise bill; fear it could cost jobs

In the ongoing battle of the so-called “war against professional drivers,” the Independent Drivers Guild is hitting City Hall hard with protests, rallies and ultimatums.

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DC37, library officials and advocates to the city: Invest more in libraries!

Last Friday, DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido, along with library advocates, workers and presidents, gathered at City Hall to urge the city to better fund libraries.

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EMS union files discrimination suit against city and FDNY

The New York City Fire Department is again in the discrimination hot seat.

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Federal Judge: $2.2 million verdict to family of Mohamed Bah stays

A federal judge rejected City Hall’s attempt to throw out a $2.2. million verdict to the family of the late Mohamed Bah. Manhattan Federal Judge Kevin Castel ruled against the city’s desire to have the ruling dismissed because Detective Edwin Mateo, who killed Bah, allegedly feared for his life.

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Cuomo to combat shootings and violent crime with funding and outreach

This month, the governor announced more than $17.8 million in funding for the Gun Involved Violence Elimination Initiative and SNUG, a street outreach program.

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32BJ announces endorsements and praises victorious NJ mayors

The union 32BJ SEIU has been busy this past month announcing endorsements and praising the victories of those they have endorsed.

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Public advocate to run for AG: Won’t seek WFP endorsement

“My name is Letitia James, but my friends call me Tish,” New York City Public Advocate Letitia James said during her speech Wednesday at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

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Weingarten rips Trump’s push for teachers to carry weapons

Weingarten rips Trump’s push for teachers to carry weapons

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32BJ, others deplore Trump administration ending TPS for Hondurans

32BJ, others deplore Trump administration ending TPS for Hondurans

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Union leaders praise teacher evaluation overhaul plan

Union leaders praise teacher evaluation overhaul plan

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Labor leaders, elected officials talk May Day in the Trump age

Labor leaders, elected officials talk May Day in the Trump age

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Kathy Edouard’s life is one of service

“I come from a Haitian-American background, so I was raised with those kind of values,” said Kathy Edouard. “So we spent a lot of time in the church.”

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Building workers rally for a new contract, reach new deal

Earlier this month, more than 15,000 of New York’s doormen, superintendents, handymen and women, porters, concierges, resident managers and their advocates rallied on Park Avenue for a fair contract.

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Community uproar keeps Wadleigh open to fight another day

The fear of a long-standing Harlem institution closing subsided this week.

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TWU Local 100 calls out de Blasio for funeral no-show

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is in hot water with Transit Workers Union Local 100 after not attending the funerals of two of their fallen: St. Clair Richards-Stephens and Stephen Livecchi.

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Advocates speak, sit-in at City Hall for safe consumption report’s release

Advocates for safer consumption facilities for drug addicts took over City Hall last Thursday.

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Schools get a boost in Cuomo’s new budget

Schools get a boost in Cuomo’s new budget

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32BJ announces endorsements for special elections

32BJ announces endorsements for special elections

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Report: NYC teachers aren’t prepared to be culturally responsive

According to the report, 89 percent of teachers responded “agree/strongly agree” that race and ethnicity issues are relevant to their students’ educational experiences, and 93 percent of them would be willing to modify their lessons to connect with students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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