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Stephon Johnson

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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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Local musician unions reach new deal with Met Opera

Two major musician unions, the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802, AFM and the American Guild of Musical Artists announced a new contract with the Metropolitan Opera.

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Primaries signal a progressive wave in NY

Let New York City Gov. Andrew Cuomo tell it and the rumored progressive wave is just a ripple. But outside of his victory, the rumors are true.

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Requiem for the IDC

Primary night in New York State possibly signaled the beginning of something new: elected Democrats pushing a Democratic agenda in Albany.

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Cynthia Nixon meets with community & ethnic media before Primary Day

Hosted by former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Nixon spoke with reporters at the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center.

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Cuomo announces community center named after Carey Gabay

Marking the three-year anniversary of the death of Carey Gabay, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State will invest in a Brooklyn community center named after Gabay.

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Philly rally declares that immigrant rights are worker rights

Earlier this month, thousands of construction workers, painters and others took to the street of Philadelphia to link immigrant rights to worker rights.

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State Senate candidates endorsed by AFL-CIO and Planned Parenthood NYC

A couple of New York State Senate candidates were endorsed by the AFL-CIO and Planned Parenthood NYC. The AFL-CIO endorsed Jim Gaughran for senator for the 5th District seat. Gaughran said he felt honored by the endorsement from the union and its constituents on Long Island.

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Public works contractor arrested, accused of wage theft

Authorities arrested a public contractor for allegedly skimming from his employees’ paychecks.

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Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund divests from private prisons

With detention centers and private prisons at the forefront of American minds, the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund decided to send a message to its constituents and the public.

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Teachout gets the Times and The Nation endorsements

New York State Attorney General Candidate Zephyr Teachout’s campaign got the stamp of approval from the gray lady this week.

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COBA leader found guilty of fraud and conspiracy

The former head of the union representing corrections officers met his fate in court this week.

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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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