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Stephon Johnson

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Homeless to Mayor: Keep your promises

Homeless New Yorkers and their advocates want New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to own up to his promise to them.

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Marisol Alcantara gets Senate endorsement from TWU and Fernando Ferrer

Union endorsements continue to make their presence felt leading up to the primary and general elections.

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Richmond hosts first ever Fight for $15 Convention

Four years ago, the Fight for $15 movement was launched. Now, it’s big enough to have a national meeting.

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Cuomo: Employers will pay almost $4 million in back wages and damages to workers

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, on behalf of workers, just told businesses to pay up.

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Retired New Yorkers wanted for benefits counseling program

The Community Service Society is looking for retired New Yorkers 55 years old and older for volunteer public benefit counselor gigs.

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NELP analysis aims criticism at recent ‘Ban the Box’ studies

A new policy brief from the National Employment Law Project looked to debunk several reports that concluded “Ban the Box” laws hurt men of color who don’t have criminal records.

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DC 37 announces endorsements for Primary Tuesday

With the New York Primaries one month away (Sept. 13), the largest public union in New York City announced some of its endorsements this week.

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CUNY’s faculty and staff ratify contract

The Professional Staff Congress, the union that represents the City University of New York’s faculty and staff, ratified their new contract last week.

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Unions and economists react to Trump’s economic speech

Republican Presidential Donald Trump gave a speech in Detroit that unveiled his economic policies if he is elected in November. But some people aren’t buying it.

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Are all marijuana arrests created equal?

A recent analysis of statistics from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services by police reform advocacy group found that marijuana arrests rose in the first six months of 2016 compared with the same period last year.

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Tenants, housing advocates and elected officials battle illegal hotel operator

Tenants, housing advocates and elected officials are rallying against Imperial Court building owner Michael Edelstein, accusing him of operating an illegal hotel.

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32BJ announces endorsements for this year’s New York elections

While most of the nation is paying attention to the presidential election, 32BJ wanted New Yorkers to remember that the presidency isn’t the only office at stake.

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Mulgrew worries about school suspensions in letter to Fariña

In a letter addressed to New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew expressed concern on the topic of suspending students under the age of eight from school.

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1199/GNYHA breast cancer screening venture

A joint venture between 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East and the Greater New York Hospital Association urges women to undergo breast cancer screening.

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Columbia grad students win pay increase

Unions, and workers in general, have made some gains over the past five years. Graduate student workers can be included on that list.

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AFT endorses Hillary Clinton

Before this week’s coronation at the Democratic National Convention, the American Federation of Teachers jumped in front to endorse Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.

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AFT’s Weingarten parrots Clinton’s statement on Pence’s education record

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten isn’t a fan of the Republican vice presidential nominee.

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Council speaker’s Right to Know position not sitting well with activists

The City Council speaker has left it up to the police to fix themselves.

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Unions representing health-care workers push for workplace safety policies

A group of labor unions representing health-care workers across the country want the federal government to ensure workplace safety for their constituents.

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Weingarten praises Democrats’ education stances for convention platform

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten offered nothing but praise for the Democratic Party after delegates passed amendments that bridged Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s platforms.

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Lawsuit seeks to preserve recording of police activity without retaliation

A man who was arrested, allegedly in retaliation for recording cops, filed a federal lawsuit last week.

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Health professionals vote to join the AFT

Health care workers in Montana, Connecticut and New Jersey recently voted to join the American Federation of Teachers.

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DC37 endorses Jamaal Bailey for state senator

Last week, New York State Senate candidate Jamaal Bailey scored a major endorsement from the biggest public union in New York City.

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1199SEIU praises passing of Home Health Aide Bill

The end of the latest session in the New York State legislature saw a few groups unsatisfied that their cause wasn’t considered and some that were ecstatic.

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AFT’s Weingarten reacts to Fisher v. University of Texas decision

In a 4-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court said that race could still be a factor in college admissions.

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Espaillat endorsed by CWA and Workers United

New York State Sen. Adriano Espaillat got some more good news this month after being endorsed by both the CWA Local 1101 and the SEIU affiliate Workers United for New York’s 13th Congressional District.

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Report: Feds must step into ring with payday lenders

A new staff report by the House Financial Services Committee concluded that stronger federal consumer protections are needed for Americans who’d consider payday lenders.

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PSC and CUNY finally reach a tentative deal

The City University of New York and its faculty and staff have agreed to a tentative contract after years of fighting.

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Assembly passes Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act

New York nurses scored a victory in Albany this week when the New York State Assembly passed the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act (A08580A).

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Free camp for SHSAT preparation announced

The controversy surrounding New York City’s Specialized High School Admissions Test has been well chronicled in the past decade.

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Summit to ‘elevate’ teaching profession takes place next week

Through a joint initiative launched by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, ASCD and the U.S. Department of Education, teachers from across New York State will gather with the mission to advance student outcomes.

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State Assembly passes ‘Kalief’s Law’ to reform pretrial detention

Last week, the New York State Assembly passed law S 5988-A /A 8296-A, known as “Kalief’s Law,” to reform New York’s speedy trial provision and improve the effectiveness of the state’s criminal justice system, ensuring that people aren’t unjustly held in pretrial detention for longer than needed.

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U.S. Supreme Court voids death sentence of Black Georgia man

In a 7-1 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a death-row inmate in Georgia citing race discrimination in the jury selection.

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PSC-CUNY votes to authorize strike

They’ve worked without a contract for five years and haven’t had a raise in more than six years. The City University of New York’s faculty and staff have had enough.

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Labor dept pushes for Verizon talks

It’s been going on for months, and now the U.S. Department of Labor wants Verizon’s labor issues to come to an end.

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UFCW/MCAW files Walmart-related complaint to NLRB

Walmart is in the news again regarding its labor practices.

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NLRB upholds decision to pay wrongfully terminated janitors

The National Labor Relations Board upheld a previous decision requiring Eastern Essential Services to pay janitors for lost wages and benefits.

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Rally calls for ‘three-fifths’ language to be removed from Constitution

Although African-Americans have achieved much in the past 200 years, certain language in the U.S. Constitution remains stuck in the past. New York York City Council Member Andy King hopes to eliminate that language.

Report: States aren’t doing enough to help workers with records

In a new analysis by the National Employment Law Project, it has been revealed that dozens of state laws that make it less difficult for people with arrest/conviction records to get job licenses aren’t working the way they should.

AFT runs pro-Clinton ads in Pennsylvania targeting Black voters

Leading up to this past Tuesday’s Pennsylvania Democratic Primary, the American Federation of Teachers launched a slew of radio and online ads voicing support for candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Prince dead at 57

It’s been a week, but many are still reeling from the death of Prince Rogers Nelson after he was found unresponsive in his home in Minnesota.

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CUNY’s faculty and staff announce strike authorization vote

The City University of New York’s faculty and staff have worked without a contract for five years and without a raise for six years.

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Dr. Beane talks diabetes EXPO

April 30, a Saturday, the American Diabetes Association is hosting a free community event called New York EXPO that’s open to the public.

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New East New York housing will be more affordable

According to an analysis by District Council 37, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for affordable housing in East New York means new apartments will be less expensive than apartments currently for rent in the neighborhood.

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FES believes school violence is on the rise

A pro-charter school group took to City Hall last week to protest the alleged uptick of weapons brought into New York City’s public schools.

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Chicago fast-food workers strike with Chicago Teachers Union

To show solidarity with Chicago teachers, fast-food workers in that city will go on strike April 1.

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AFL-CIO claims labor victory in DOL’s ‘persuader’ rule

Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final ruling that would force employers to disclose the outside consultants they hire to try and bust unions and stop workers from organizing.

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Newark Airport workers, elected officials and clergymen: ‘Safe working conditions now!’

A group composed of elected officials, PrimeFlight Newark airport workers and other supporters took to PrimeFlight’s offices to call for better working conditions for its employees.

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City Council strikes affordable housing zoning deal with de Blasio

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio achieved a major victory this week when the New York City Council approved his housing re-zoning plan.

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