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Stephon Johnson

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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.

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.

‘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.

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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NYSNA announces endorsements for State Assembly and State Senate

The New York State Nurses Association announced their endorsements for New York State Assembly and New York State Senate last week.

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Contractor settles with the NLRB

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board announced a settlement with an airline contractor who tried to scare workers who organized.

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North Carolina NAACP to Supreme Court: Uphold HB 589 provisions

The North Carolina NAACP is attempting to thwart the efforts by the state’s government to maintain voter ID laws.

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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.