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Stephon Johnson

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HELP USA honors Joe Biden at luncheon in NYC

Last week, HELP USA celebrated its 30th anniversary with a luncheon at The Plaza Hotel. At the luncheon, HELP USA founder and New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden with the HELP HERO Humanitarian Award.

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Union leaders tell Cuomo: Don’t forget about green jobs

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget has sent shockwaves through the labor and environmentalist communities.

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Eric Garner’s mother has charges dropped and visits White House

Eric Garner’s mother, Gwendolyn Carr, walked out of court with no charges Monday.

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Unions, activists praise Senate Dems’ ‘progressive’ proposal

While much of New York State stayed at home bracing for the storm, Senate Democrats released their priorities for the 2016-17 State Budget. According to elected officials, the letter outlines policies and positions that would have passed if the Democrats presented a united front and didn’t have any defectors.

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32BJ, New Yorkers rally against deportation system

Activists, clergymen, elected officials and labors leaders have continued vocal opposition to President Donald Trump. Most recently, these groups gathered outside of 26 Federal Plaza to show solidarity with immigrants who’ve been adversely affected by the current deportation system.

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State Assembly’s one-house budget targets education and college affordability

Education and college affordability have long been hot topics in Albany. New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Higher Education Committee Chair Deborah Glick have announced their dedication to education as part of the Assembly’s 2016-17 budget proposal.

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Labor reacts to DNC chair election

This past weekend, Democrats elected former Barack Obama labor secretary Tom Perez as chair of the Democratic National Committee.

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District judge to Syracuse jail: Stop solitary confinement for children

The Justice Center jail in Syracuse, N.Y., won’t be putting children in isolation any longer.

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NYC Council’s recent bill takes aim at illegal dollar vans

A bill sponsored by New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams will see the light of day.

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32BJ SEIU and others respond to new deportation plan

After getting shot down by the courts the first time, President Donald Trump’s administration has drafted a new plan to deport undocumented immigrants.

32BJ announces endorsements, celebrates Puzder’s retreat

The union 32BJ SEIU has been busy of late announcing endorsements on one side and fighting against Andrew Puzder’s nomination on the other.

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De Blasio signs ‘right to counsel’ bill

New York City’s renters might have a fighting chance in housing court thanks to the mayor.

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AT&T workers fight against outsourcing and offshoring

AT&T workers aren’t backing down from their desire to have their company end outsourcing and offshoring.

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32BJ Fight on behalf of the undocumented

A local union is making its collective voice heard on the immigration front.

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Bill Perkins emerges victorious in special City Council election

New York State Sen. Bill Perkins is back in the New York City Council.

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32BJ advocates for Muslims in dire straits

Didn’t matter if you had a green card, a work visa or were escaping conflict.

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Uber and Lyft in tug-of-war over customers’ post-travel ban

One could argue that Donald Trump’s presidency has made almost every decision by citizens a political one. The choice between two tech “disruptors” in the taxi industry has become a source of political debate.

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Fast food workers, council members and advocates denounce Puzder

Leading up to the Senate confirmation hearings for potential Labor Secretary Andy Puzder, fast-food workers, New York City Council members and allies denounced his position and history of anti-labor behavior.

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32BJ speaks on JFK renovation

Before his State of the State address in Manhattan Monday, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussed his desire to make John F. Kennedy Airport “world-class.”

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Union leaders positive about Cuomo’s agenda on education and child care

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered the first of his many State of the State addresses in Manhattan this past Monday.

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NY/NJ airport workers win first union contracts

Four years of hard work has paid off for New York and New Jersey airport workers.

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Vancouver-based hospital service and maintenance workers join AFT

The American Federation of Teachers took their work over the border when workers at a hospital in Vancouver voted to join them.

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UFT opens new teacher center at Bronx school

A collaboration between the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education, bears fruit in the Bronx.

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Charter School Mess: Success Academy exposed again

Success Academy Charter Schools and its founder and CEO, Eva Moskowitz, find themselves in hot water after a recent audit by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.

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Activists to Obama: Use Constitution to pardon undocumented with low-level drug offenses

A group of clergy and immigrant justice advocates have called for President Barack Obama to pardon undocumented immigrants with nonviolent, low-level offenses.

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Off-duty corrections officer shot and killed in Brooklyn

Corrections officers are mourning the death of one of their own after she was ambushed, shot and killed while sitting in her car in Brooklyn this Sunday.

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‘Fair Workweek’ legislation is introduced in City Council

Because of the politics of the current president-elect, states and cities would have to lead the charge on workers’ rights.

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No easement for Dakota Access Pipeline

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, environmentalists and allies achieved a major victory this week—for now.

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New Yorkers celebrate blessings and contemplate post-election reality

Flint’s still in the middle of a water crisis. Indigenous (Native) Americans and activists are still protesting the Dakota Pipeline. White nationalists believe they’ve found an ally with the president-elect. For some citizens, Thanksgiving dinner is the least of their worries.

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32BJ endorses Bill de Blasio for re-election

Pundits on both sides of the aisle may have criticized his approach to governing the city, but a few unions are still backing Bill de Blasio for re-election.

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Columbia teaching/research assistants will vote to join union

Next month, research and teaching assistants at Columbia and Harvard universities will vote for their right to unionize.

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Unions and activists react to Trump victory

What some people considered unthinkable happened. Donald Trump’s the new president-elect.

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Dakota pipeline fight continues amid changing political landscape

Armored military vehicles, tear gas, pepper spray and police battling protesters. These images are etched into the minds of anyone who witnessed Black Lives Matter protests. But those images can also be found in North Dakota.

32BJ endorses Zephyr Teachout and others for Congress

A New York City union announced endorsements for Congress leading up to Election Day.

McDonalds reaches settlement in labor lawsuit

Workers in California achieved a victory late last month when a fast-food giant agreed to pay out a lawsuit settlement.

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LIU-Brooklyn faculty senate calls for president’s resignation

The lockout is over, but LIU-Brooklyn’s faculty senate isn’t done with LIU President Kimberly Cline.

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UFT praises NAACP call for moratorium on charter school expansion

The NAACP wants to slow the expansion of charter schools until they can figure out what’s going on.

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Tragedy, discussion and change with Rikers Island

New York City’s notorious correctional facility has been in the news a lot recently.

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McDonald’s workers file EEOC complaints alleging sexual harassment

Women cooks and cashiers at McDonald’s around the country have had enough.

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New report: One in four health care workers live in poverty

A new report released by the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute states that a quarter of all health care workers live in poverty because of a lack of living wages and basic benefits.

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Protestors refuse to gloss over Bratton’s legacy

“Working together in partnership in our neighborhood-based policing initiatives, they are forging the way forward in crime fighting and collaboration,” wrote former New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton in his resignation letter addressed to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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AFSCME names new chief of staff and general counsel

Earlier this month, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees welcomed both a new chief of staff and a new general counsel to the fold.

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Danny Glover and labor leaders highlight labor breakfast

The New York Amsterdam News and Bill Lynch Associated Networks are holding their sixth annual Labor Awards Breakfast Sept. 29 at Harlem’s Alhambra Ballroom.

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Former NYCHA worker accuses the City Council speaker of wanting a ‘Spanish manager’

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito allegedly wanted a “Spanish manager” at Mill Brook Houses in the Mott Haven section of The Bronx, according to a lawsuit.

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Nurses in PA vote to unionize

Registered nurses at the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center in Pottstown, Pa., continued their organizing ways last week when they voted to join a union.

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Some new faces mark primary week in New York

While one might be skeptical of a new day in Albany, there will be new faces.

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Student starts petition calling for unlimited student MetroCards

A student at Eleanor Roosevelt High School wants student MetroCards to have more rides.

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Inspector general says cops overstepped boundaries in investigations

A new report from the Office of the Inspector General for the New York Police Department concluded that officers broke rules when surveilling/investigating political activity.

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De Blasio appoints Vladeck to head of OLPS

With Labor Day coming up this weekend, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio named the first deputy commissioner of the new Office of Labor Policy and Standards.

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LaGuardia High School students and alums want their school back

Students and alumni from the school that inspired the movie “Fame” are lamenting what used to be.

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