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Stephon Johnson

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Suicide and cops: Are there police with mental health issues on the patrol?

On Labor Day a 48-year-old retired NYPD officer was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a transit parking lot on Arthur Kill Road on Staten Island.

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Unions reflect on Labor Day, continue to mobilize

Labor unions celebrated Labor Day this week, but kept one eye toward the future of worker solidarity during conservative rollbacks of their gains.

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NYSUT, others say ‘pump the brakes’ on state test bragging

New York City’s mayor and the schools chancellor touted the latest gains on the state English and math exams, but the state teachers’ union wants them to slow down.

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New polling sparks debate on consolidating Dem candidate pool

Democratic candidates on the polling bubble are fighting to join the third and fourth debates.

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Jay-Z’s partnership with the NFL surprises some, upsets others

It was the brand management heard around the world.

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Immigrant car workers file lawsuit against New Jersey car wash

Eight immigrant car wash workers in New Jersey are taking their boss to court.

32BJ condemns government for ICE raid in Mississippi

U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations raided Koch Foods’ food processing plants in Mississippi arresting 680 people, the majority of them Hispanic.

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East NY activists and leaders want mayor, city to keep NYCHA promises

While New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fruitless campaign for presidency moves along, public housing residents just want him to keep his promises.

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Charge ’em out: Trump administration looks to make immigrant life harder

This week, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli reworded Emma Lazarus’ famous poem to CNN’s Erin Burnett.

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Report finds lead in NYC public elementary schools

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to eliminate lead exposure by 2029.

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NYSUT praises bill authorizing stop-arm cameras on school buses

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a key component of his “Justice Agenda” this week.

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CWA President Emeritus Morton Bahr dead at 93

The second day of the biannual Communication Workers of America’s convention in Las Vegas last week brought some sad news.

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Republican legislator introduces bill making dousing NYPD with liquid a felony

In response to a series of incidents, one Republican elected official wants to make spraying cops with liquids a crime.

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Friends, colleagues and elected officials mourn Héctor Figueroa

Colleagues celebrated former 32BJ SEIU President Héctor Figueroa’s legacy at Riverside Church last week.

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Kyle Bragg elected president of 32BJ SEIU

In the aftermath of Héctor Figueroa’s untimely death, 32BJ SEIU’s executive board had to elect a new president. They’ve found their man.

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Cuomo officially signs bill giving farmworkers protections and right to organize

Farm workers in New York State now have the right they’ve clamored for.

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Report: New laws haven’t changed bail process for NYers

A new report revealed that the New York City Department of Corrections hasn’t complied with a new law as much as they should have.

House votes to raise minimum wage, McConnell stifles it in Senate

The House of Representatives passed a new minimum wage law, but it might not make it to the Senate floor.

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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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