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Tipped workers fight for higher wages

Last week, a new coalition of food delivery workers, low-wage tipped workers and women’s rights leaders across New York called for an end to subminimum wages for tipped workers.

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MTA: On track to nowhere

The Metropolitan Transit Authority started running ads on nine different radio stations this week to promote their side of the negotiations with Long Island Rail Road workers for a new contract.

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin sentenced to 10 years

The former mayor of New Orleans might spend the next decade behind bars. Wednesday, C. Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison on federal corruption charges.

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DC 37, de Blasio agree to tentative deal

Union Matters

The new seven-year, four-month wage pact provides a total of 10.41 percent in wage hikes, plus a $1,000 ratification bonus and back pay. The new agreement also includes access to additional resources to address union-specific issues. The deal covers March 3, 2010, to July 2, 2017.

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ATU Local 1181, 32BJ SEIU endorse Jackson, Klein

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 announced last week their endorsement of former New York City Council Member Robert Jackson for state Senate District 31, which covers the northern tip of Manhattan and parts of the borough’s west side. Representing more than 12,000 bus drivers, escorts and mechanics and 1,900 retired active members, the union cited Jackson’s “courage, perseverance and integrity” as reasons for their endorsement.

Ron Kirk talks America and nuclear energy

On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency officially called for requiring the country's existing power plans to cut greenhouse gas pollution by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The effort would help President Barack Obama address climate change, a priority of the administration in lip service but not in actual practice yet.

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Airport workers rally for new contract

Airport workers continued to fight for their rights last week during a rally at LaGuardia Airport.

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Supreme Court limits rights of home care workers to unionize

A Supreme Court case that didn’t involve Hobby Lobby made it under the radar on Monday despite its importance to union and public sector employees.

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Supreme Court deals blow to Obamacare with Hobby Lobby ruling

Corporations are not only people, they are people who can practice a religious faith. On Monday, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby concluded that chief executive officers of major corporations can deny health insurance coverage for birth control based on their own personal beliefs.

Dallas County accidentally backs reparations

During a meeting of the Dallas County Commissioners Court last Tuesday, officials voted on an item called the “Juneteenth Resolution,” in reference to the annual commemoration of the day U.S. soldiers arrived in Texas to free slaves after the end of the Civil War (June 19, 1865). The only Black commissioner, John Wiley Price, submitted the resolution. The resolution eventually came up for a voice vote and was passed unanimously.

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The architects of the Central Park Five debacle: Where are they now?

Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Kharey Wise have seen justice in the form of a $40 million settlement with the city of New York over their wrongful convictions in the “Central Park Jogger” case from two decades ago. However, the young men haven’t seen justice in the sense of getting their normal lives back.

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Nurses, caregivers hold protest for better jobs, care

It was a hot day in late spring, but health care workers were turning up the heat on their bosses last Wednesday.

No fuss: De Blasio reveals city budget without ‘song and dance’

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed the city’s $75 billion budget, which represented a slight turn from the highly publicized tug-of-war it had become during Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s tenure.

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The Lion Roars: Charlie Rangle wins re-election

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Rep. Charlie Rangel looked to have won re-election in New York’s 13th Congressional District.

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CWA Local 1180 endorses Liu for state Senate

Former New York City Comptroller and Council Member John Liu has shored up an endorsement from one of the largest public sector locals of the Communications Workers of America. Citing his track record as a “tireless fighter for working families and the middle class in New York City,” CWA Local 1180 endorsed Liu’s campaign for the Senate seat in New York’s 11th congressional district.

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Condo workers go on strike

Building workers at a luxury apartment building in Manhattan’s West Village have decided to go on strike.

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Mistrial for Malcolm Smith

Untranslated Yiddish recordings are what’s to blame for the mistrial declared Tuesday in the case against state Sen. Malcolm Smith.

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Decision Day: Voters Go To The Polls June 24

Many political campaigns can seem like old episodes of CNN’s “Crossfire,” with opponents vying for the biggest applause and loudest opinion. This year’s congressional primary campaign between Rep. Charlie Rangel, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, pastor Michael Walrond Jr. and Yolanda Garcia has not been the exception to the rule.

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Despite ‘Bunny Rugs’ passing, Coore, Third World March On

The year 2014 has been a whirlwind for the legendary reggae band Third World. William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke, their lead singer for four decades, passed away at the age of 65 of leukemia. The band, which is best known for their rendition of the O’Jays’ “Now That We Found Love” and the Stevie Wonder-penned “Try Jah Love,” took time to mourn the death of their friend.

UFT comes out in favor of ‘fairer’ admissions process for specialized schools

Add the United Federation of Teachers to the list of advocates for a different admissions process for New York City’s specialized high schools.

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City officials rally to ‘civilianize’ NYPD jobs

Hoping to increase the number of police officers available for local community policing, New York City council members, other public officials and union leaders rallied in support of civilianizing clerical and administrative jobs performed by NYPD officers.

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Espaillat and Rangel Continue to Trade Endorsements

As the Democratic primary fast approaches, the assumed top two candidates for New York’s 13th congressional seat are gathering as many endorsements—and insults—as they can.

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Report: NYPD inspector general should investigate police practices now

A new report by a police watchdog group is calling on the NYPD’s new inspector general to open investigations into police policies and practices that they consider to be “problematic.”

Several unions endorse Leroy Comrie for state Senate

Leroy Comrie’s campaign for the New York’s 14th senatorial district is off to a decent start after several endorsements.

Lamont ‘Momo’ Jones combines basketball and education with Skills Academy

Lamont “Momo” Jones hasn’t lived in Harlem for close to a decade, but the neighborhood is still his lifeblood. That’s why he wants to give back and help young people like himself who need guidance.

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SUNY moves on to third bidder in LICH negotiations

Last week, the State University of New York (SUNY) decided to end negotiations with the Peebles Corporation for the takeover and redevelopment of Long Island College Hospital (LICH).

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NYPD makes mass gang arrest in Harlem`

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and New York City Police Department Commissioner William J. Bratton announced today the indictments of 103 members of three rival street gangs that had been terrorizing West Harlem for years.

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Despite 'Bunny Rugs' passing, Coore & Third World march on

The year 2014 has been a whirlwind for the legendary reggae band Third World.

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Poll shows Rangel in lead against Espaillat and Walrond

With the recent wave of endorsements flowing toward both New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat and Rep. Charlie Rangel, one would think that the race for New York’s 13th congressional seat is neck and neck.

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McDonald’s workers protests for better conditions

McDonald’s employees from nearly three dozen cities marched to the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting last Thursday morning in Oak Brook, Ill. Calling for better wages, employees of the fast food giant responded to claims by officials that McDonald’s jobs are primarily first jobs for teenagers.

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TWU Local 100 ratifies new contract

It took almost a month, but Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 members officially ratified a new contract after a two-year fight.

Former NY state Sen Abate dead at 66

The political world in New York continues to mourn the death of former New York state Sen. Catherine Abate.

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Elsie McCabe Thompson named new president of New York City Mission Society

Earlier this month, the board of directors of the New York City Mission Society (NYCMS) announced that Elsie McCabe Thompson will be the new president of the nonprofit, effective on April 30.

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Rangel and Espaillat campaigns heat up as they trade barbs

Rep. Charlie Rangel and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat have continued to trade barbs and insults as the race for 13th congressional seat heats up.

BHP fighting for right to bid on LICH

All hope seems lost for Brooklyn Health Partners (BHP), but they refuse to let SUNY move on to the next bidder for the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) site.

Fast food workers relentless in push for better conditions

Fast food workers will not let you forget about their plight.

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David Paterson named chair of NY State Democratic Party

Former New York State Gov. David Paterson was tapped to become the new chair of New York State's Democratic Party.

Former NY State Senator Abate, dead at 66

The political world in New York State continues to mourn the death of Catherine Abate.

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Richard Parsons named interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has worked quickly to erase Donald Sterling’s presence from the league.

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Minimum wage rallies continue in the Big Apple

The energy in the fight for a higher minimum wage in New York hasn’t died down yet.

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Rangel , Espaillat divvy up union support

ndorsements are coming in quickly as the 13th Congressional District race heats up.

Boys and Girls Harbor looks to continue founder’s legacy

Last week, the founder of Boys and Girls Harbor, Anthony “Tony” Drexel Duke, passed away at the age of 95.

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De Blasio’s budget: Increased spending, not many cuts

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new budget wants to have its cake and eat it too.

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Richard Parsons named interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers

National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver has named Richard Parsons the interim Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Clippers int the wake of the Donald Sterling incident.

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Unions, activists, and immigrants rally on May Day

Last Thursday thousands of labor unions, community organizations, immigrant groups and elected officials rallied at City Hall Park in favor of better jobs, better conditions and the overall improvement of the working class.

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Mayor’s housing plan earns tacit praise

On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled an 10-year affordable housing plan

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Councilman Ruben Wills arrested on

A Queens-based New York City councilman was arrested on Wednesday in connection to a corruption investigation.

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Brooklyn Health Partners jilted by LICH

Just when you thought the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) was nearing its conclusion, the winning bidder has met a road block.

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Hip-hop pioneer DJ E-Z Rock dead at 46

Rodney “Skip” Brice passed away this weekend at the age of 46.

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Leroy Comrie announces state Senate run

Former Queens Councilman Leroy Comrie announced on Monday that he’s running for New York state Senate

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