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Stephon Johnson

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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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EMS union files discrimination suit against city and FDNY

The New York City Fire Department is again in the discrimination hot seat.

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Federal Judge: $2.2 million verdict to family of Mohamed Bah stays

A federal judge rejected City Hall’s attempt to throw out a $2.2. million verdict to the family of the late Mohamed Bah. Manhattan Federal Judge Kevin Castel ruled against the city’s desire to have the ruling dismissed because Detective Edwin Mateo, who killed Bah, allegedly feared for his life.

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Cuomo to combat shootings and violent crime with funding and outreach

This month, the governor announced more than $17.8 million in funding for the Gun Involved Violence Elimination Initiative and SNUG, a street outreach program.

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32BJ announces endorsements and praises victorious NJ mayors

The union 32BJ SEIU has been busy this past month announcing endorsements and praising the victories of those they have endorsed.

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Public advocate to run for AG: Won’t seek WFP endorsement

“My name is Letitia James, but my friends call me Tish,” New York City Public Advocate Letitia James said during her speech Wednesday at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

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Weingarten rips Trump’s push for teachers to carry weapons

Weingarten rips Trump’s push for teachers to carry weapons

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32BJ, others deplore Trump administration ending TPS for Hondurans

32BJ, others deplore Trump administration ending TPS for Hondurans

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Union leaders praise teacher evaluation overhaul plan

Union leaders praise teacher evaluation overhaul plan

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Labor leaders, elected officials talk May Day in the Trump age

Labor leaders, elected officials talk May Day in the Trump age

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Kathy Edouard’s life is one of service

“I come from a Haitian-American background, so I was raised with those kind of values,” said Kathy Edouard. “So we spent a lot of time in the church.”

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Building workers rally for a new contract, reach new deal

Earlier this month, more than 15,000 of New York’s doormen, superintendents, handymen and women, porters, concierges, resident managers and their advocates rallied on Park Avenue for a fair contract.

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Community uproar keeps Wadleigh open to fight another day

The fear of a long-standing Harlem institution closing subsided this week.

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TWU Local 100 calls out de Blasio for funeral no-show

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is in hot water with Transit Workers Union Local 100 after not attending the funerals of two of their fallen: St. Clair Richards-Stephens and Stephen Livecchi.

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Advocates speak, sit-in at City Hall for safe consumption report’s release

Advocates for safer consumption facilities for drug addicts took over City Hall last Thursday.

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Schools get a boost in Cuomo’s new budget

Schools get a boost in Cuomo’s new budget

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32BJ announces endorsements for special elections

32BJ announces endorsements for special elections

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Report: NYC teachers aren’t prepared to be culturally responsive

According to the report, 89 percent of teachers responded “agree/strongly agree” that race and ethnicity issues are relevant to their students’ educational experiences, and 93 percent of them would be willing to modify their lessons to connect with students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

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CVS workers push for first union contract

CVS, workers, first, union contract, Tish James

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Union leaders stand with state Democrats’ agenda, denounce Republicans’ rejection

New York State Senate Democrats hope to push some of their agenda through, but Republicans in Albany have blocked some of the issues they hold dear. Union leaders have now added their voice to the debate with hopes of pushing the agenda forward.

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Renewed protest: Parents and teachers fight against school closings

Richard Carranza officially takes over as schools chancellor in a few weeks, but he will inherit the anger parents and teachers have directed at the Department of Education. What for? The closing and/or merging of more than a dozen schools.

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Janus v. AFSCME goes to Washington

The U.S. Supreme Court has the fate of government unions in its hands.

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Teachers’ unions push back on gun debate

No matter the amount of blood and guts spilled in mass shootings, the debate over gun control brings out the extremes—those who don’t want any guns in civilians’ hands and those who believe it’s their right to own assault rifles.

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Jumaane Williams makes case for lieutenant governor

He lost the City Council speaker race, but Jumaane Williams has moved to bigger ambitions already.

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Up those numbers: The lack of Black and Brown students at specialized high schools

Diversity has long been an issue with specialized high schools.

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Verdict in shooting of Deborah Danner draws anger and sadness

Another day, another member of the NYPD acquitted of shooting a Black New Yorker.

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Locally and nationally, immigrants are being shoved aside

Politicians from both sides claimed bipartisanship after passing a spending bill, but immigrants are wondering who’s looking out for them.

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Advocates demand Labor Department allow workers to keep their tips

A new proposal by President Donald Trump’s administration would allow employers to have access to their workers’ pooled tips.

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To prosecute or not prosecute fare evaders

The mayor, the police commissioner, the district attorney, the MTA chairman and straphangers have brought the debate over fare evasion to the forefront again.

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UFT members at Visiting Nurse Service approve new contract

In the age of Donald Trump, unions should celebrate every victory big and small. United Federation of Teachers members at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York have a reason to celebrate.

Survey shows pressure teachers face to change grades and attendance

A survey by a teachers’ union and an organization devoted to empowering teachers concludes that teachers are pressured by administrators to make their schools look good.

NYSUT: DiNapoli’s report shows need to fully fund public schools

According to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, 26 school districts in the state are in need of financial assistance.

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Lakiesha Johnson fought and won

“I love who I’ve been and I love who I’m going to be,” said Lakeisha Johnson.

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Survey shows pressure teachers face to change grades and attendance

A survey by a teachers’ union and an organization devoted to empowering teachers concludes that teachers are pressured by administrators to make their schools look good.

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‘A Long Way From Home’ doc showcases Black baseball players’ perseverance

The tale of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier and ringing in an age when talent could triumph has been well chronicled. But what about the baseball players of color that immediately followed him? What about their stories?

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Schneiderman takes car wash to court over wage theft

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is taking the owners of a Brooklyn-based car wash to court over accusations of wage theft.

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De Blasio, Cuomo and MTA battle over financing (again)

“Under the 2015-2019 capital plan, New York City Transit receives 51 percent, and when you throw MTA buses in it, it’s 62 percent,” said Metropolitan Transit Authority Chairman Joe Lhota during a Tuesday conference call.

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Airport workers take to Newark Airport to call for good jobs

On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 600 airport workers took to Newark Airport to call for good jobs and a living wage.

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New cancer treatment facility to open in East Harlem

New York State doesn’t have an advanced cancer treatment facility. That changes in 2019.

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A granddaughter of a slave is on the front lines of the opioid epidemic

Running a methadone clinic downtown and your own medical practice uptown would stretch thin even the best people in the field. But for 91-year-old Melissa Freeman, it’s effortless.

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NLRB certifies Columbia graduate workers union

Before 2018 came around, the National Labor Relations Board offered Columbia University graduate workers a Christmas present.

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32BJ, others rip Trump for ending TPS for El Salvadorans

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed today that it’s ending Temporary Protected Status for 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants.

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The first step: de Blasio announces Rikers Island jail closure

A “major step” toward shuttering Rikers Island will come this summer as the George Motchan Detention Center (GMDC), which houses about 600 men, will become the complex’s first jail to close.

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