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Stephon Johnson

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Activists and elected officials to Cuomo: sign Safe Harbor Act

Housing activists and elected officials want New York State Gov. Cuomo to do them a solid and pass reform to keep them home.

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Scott Stringer, city council members and essential workers take a knee honoring janitors & BLM

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, New York City Council Members Keith Powell and essential workers recently honored Janitors for Justice and the Black Lives Matter movement with a gesture of solidarity.

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With NYC reopening, don’t forget about Black lives

Essential workers are disproportionately people of color. Those people want the governor to keep their safety in mind.

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Activists and elected officials question NYPD’s recent social distancing enforcement

Last week, a group of Orthodox Jewish people gathered at a lot located at 55th Street between 14th and 15th avenues in Crown Heights to celebrate Lag B’Omer, a Jewish holiday.

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Unions to the federal government: Help us make union elections electronic

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, unions want to hold elections, one way or another.

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Ramsey Orta transferred to prison infirmary due to sickness

He’s scheduled to be released this summer, but Ramsey Orta’s condition behind bars could put that in jeopardy.

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Doctors, elected officials advise New Yorkers how to deal with COVID-19 crisis

Some New York City citizens remain afraid of COVID-19 and the possibility of infection. The pandemic has left many people in the dark about what to do and what not to do

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Unions, advocates want worker protections for low-wage employees

Last winter, the New Jersey Department of Labor determined that Uber drivers are state employees and not independent contractors.

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Workers want Maximus to address COVID-19 crisis

Workers believe Maximus has insufficiently protected them at the workplace.

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EMS & corrections officers implore Congress to ‘fund the front lines’

EMS workers and correction officers are calling on the federal government to aid them with funding public services at the state and local levels and to address the shortage of gloves, masks, hand sanitizers and other safety measures that would keep first responders safe.

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Chipotle employees walk out for the fourth time in two weeks

Chipotle employees have fought several battles with the fast-food company the past few years. They’re now engaged in another one.

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COVID-19 and the Census

The first-ever online Census couldn’t have come at a better time for many New Yorkers, but it may have been the worst time for some.

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Two injured in scaffolding collapse

Two injured during demolition effort.

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The fight against menthol

Elected officials, activists want to ban menthol cigarettes citing harm to the Black community

“It’s a big money maker for cigarette companies,” said Sully to the AmNews.

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Chipotle settles with city in paid sick leave battle, war continues

City Hall went to bat for a Chipotle employee and won.

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City & State hope to make people safe

Authorities look to withstand the coronavirus panic

Whether it was Swine Flu, H1N1, SARS or Ebola, American panic over these diseases were overblown in retrospect.

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With NLRB’s help, a new tech union emerges

Unions tend to be associated with blue-collar industries and work, but one group wants unions to be a part of white-collar culture too.

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Education unions blast Trump’s budget proposal

Judging by Trump’s proposed budget, one could assume the theme is “decimate and accumulate.”

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Stringer talks M/WBE success (or lack of) with Black stakeholders

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer brought dozens of Black stakeholders to his office, last Thursday, Feb. 13, to unveil his latest minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) report.

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It’s complicated...or is it?

Kobe Bryant’s life ties to athletics, the creation of legends, and the concept of redemption

Whatever opinion you have of Kobe Bryant, you’re probably right.

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32BJ & others condemn Trump for extended immigration ban

The lower courts blocked it, but President Donald Trump got his win from the U.S. Supreme Court.

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New bills let workers hold payroll companies liable for missing checks

After a major scandal left workers without their pay, the New York State Senate wants to make sure they get their money, one way or another.

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Dermot Shea’s a Republican. Does it matter?

When Police Chief Dermot Shea was promoted to police commissioner, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told NY1’s Errol Louis that he “…had watched Dermot Shea’s work for six years ––when you work shoulder-to-shoulder with someone for six years you really figure out who they are.”

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Report: Black Americans have sharpest decline in union membership

The most unionized racial group has had the sharpest decline in membership.

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Proposed bill bans NLRB from stripping grad workers’ right to unionize

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a bill that would restrict attempts to stop graduate students from organizing.

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Byford steps down as transit head

POLITICO learned last week that Metropolitan Transit Authority chief Andy Byford would resign from his position after two years, leading some to question the integrity of the MTA.

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Access-A-Riders won’t benefit from Fair Fares expansion

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced help for low-income and working class residents on the subway.

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Violence continues in Mississippi prisons

Another day, another inmate death in Mississippi.

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Local 79, Sepúlveda rally for prevailing wages

Members of Local 79 took to the South Bronx to rally for higher wages with a little help from an elected official.

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City Hall, advocates begin Census 2020 campaign

With the 2020 Census around the corner, City Hall wants to make sure every resident is counted, language barrier and economic status be damned.

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Union and non-union immigrant construction workers rally for better wages and justice

Union and non-union immigrant construction workers rally for better wages and justice

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City Hall secures restitution for home aide workers

The New York City Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law has paid dividends for home aide workers.

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Is fear of bail reform justified?

Conservative politicians and pro-police advocates have made a stink of bail reform. Official police union and sergeant union social media pages have called for a rollback of said reform. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has discussed revisions to bail reform.

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Access-A-Riders left out of Fair Fares expansion

"...if you ask Access-A-Ride users, Fair Fares is better off not existing."

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Cuomo’s end of subminimum wage won’t impact all tipped workers…yet

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo brought the new year with great news for tipped workers—but not all of them. Cuomo announced on Dec. 31 that the state will not allow certain tipped workers to be paid less than the minimum wage.

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32BJ supports union brethren in earthquake-ravaged Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has been ravaged by hurricanes and now by earthquakes. One union has come out to stand by their brothers and sisters.

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Mississippi prison riots leave activists and advocates enraged

The Mississippi Department of Corrections tried to start 2020 with business as usual. It’s been anything but.

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Robin Hood: 32BJ, James & Stringer return recovered wages to building workers

New York State Attorney General Letitia James, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and 32BJ SEIU President Kyle Bragg helped workers get back pay they were cheated out of.

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Ramsey Orta in and out of solitary confinement, abused by officers

The man who filmed Eric Garner’s death continues to suffer at the hands of law enforcement.

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Trump appointed NLRB appointees are making it harder for workers, labor fights back

Several recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board would make it harder for workers to unionize.

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Lawsuit challenges Trump administration’s attempts to change the definition of ‘public charge’

Last week, immigrant advocates filed a federal lawsuit seeking to jointly block three interrelated “Public Charge” rules publicized by Pres. Donald Trump’s administration.

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CUNY, City announce $1 million pilot program to address hunger among its students

During a news conference at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez announced a $1 million pilot program to address food insecurity among CUNY students.

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Trump aims to weaken anti-redlining legislation

President Donald Trump’s administration wants to roll back laws and the rollback could lead to a wider wealth gap between whites and everyone else.

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Bogalusa’s call workers issue a complaint through NLRB

This week, NLRB Region 15 issued a complaint against Maximus Federal Services, Inc. for violating federal labor law at its call center earlier this year.

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Blake attempts to refute Crain’s story, says opponents are running scared

Blake said that this story is a clear indication that he’s winning the race to replace retiring Bronx Rep. Jose Serrano in 2021.

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National Grid lifts moratorium, but can they be trusted?

The nightmare is over for Long Island, Queens and BrooklynThe nightmare is over for Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn.

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Teamsters praise mayor for private carting legislation

Last week, the New York City Council passed Intro 1574 to reform the city’s private carting industry.

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A play displaying the beauty of Black barbershops premiers at BAM

The “Barber Shop Chronicles” makes its New York debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Dec. 3 after earning critical acclaim in the United Kingdom.

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Mayor, labor celebrate Fair WorkWeek anniversary

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, labor activists and other elected officials celebrated two years of a law designed to curtail wage theft.

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The ‘chronicles’ of a Black barbershop come to Brooklyn

The culture and legacy of the Black barber shop isn’t just an American thing. At the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), one playwright wants to show the world how global that culture is.

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