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Stephon Johnson

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Jemele Hill suspended by ESPN, activists cry foul

ESPN’s co-host of SportsCenter and commentator Jemele Hill finds herself in yet another controversy. The network suspended Hill for two weeks Monday after violating their social media policy a second time.

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32BJ announce endorsements, DC37 champions primary victory for candidates

Late last week, 32BJ SEIU announced its endorsement of candidates in Long Island elections.

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Comptroller Stringer’s report: Sex education in NYC public schools ‘inadequate’

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said that the children need to learn more about the birds and the bees.

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Former NY Gov. candidate Paladino removed from Buffalo school board

Former New York State gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino’s out as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education.

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UFT follows AQE’s lead, sends letter opposing SUNY charter regulations

The United Federations of Teachers took the State University of New York’s board of trustees to task for its proposal to lower teacher qualifications for SUNY-authorized charter schools.

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RWDSU praises Sheila Oliver as candidate for NJ lieutenant governor

Two presidents of locals RWDSU chapters in New Jersey heaped praised on gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy’s new running mate.

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NYSNA, 1199, advocates and politicians denounce Senate health care vote

Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of the motion to proceed with debate on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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Ruben Wills guilty of corruption

A jury found New York City Council Member Ruben Wills guilty on five counts in a corruption trial.

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AFL-CIO verbally attacks Trump’s NLRB nominees

President Donald Trump’s nominees for the National Labor Relations Board have met the ire of the AFL-CIO.

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Graduate workers continue to organize on NY campuses

Summer classes dominating college campuses across New York City and fewer students around than normal haven’t stopped graduate workers from organizing.

De Blasio signs on to expand charter schools

After Albany granted him a two-year extension on mayoral control of public schools, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided to repay with a favor to the charter schools.

Pleasure Chest workers vote to join RWDSU

Fast food workers aren’t the only ones who’ve wanted to organize.

Minneapolis City Council passes $15 minimum wage

Right before the July Fourth holiday, thousands of Minneapolis workers got a welcomed treat.

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Attorney generals sue Department of Education for abandoning student protections

Eighteen state attorneys general, and one from the District of Columbia, have taken their grievances with Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education to court.

Activists demand no uncertified teachers to go to charters

Educational activists and teachers’ unions have battled, ideologically, with charter schools most of the decade. The Alliance for Quality Education has now found a new battle to fight.

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Unions, activists and elected officials to GOP: don’t take away our health care

Last month, before the U.S. Senate decided to punt on a health care vote, union leaders, elected officials and activists gathered in Capitol Hill demanding that the government save health care.

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‘Exercise leadership!’ #CLOSErikers takes protest to de Blasio

As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio exited the YMCA last Friday, protesters greeted him with chants of “Exercise leadership! Ten years sucks!” The #CLOSErikers campaign was determined to be heard one way or another.

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Albany grants de Blasio two more years of mayoral control of schools

Last Thursday, the New York State Senate finally gave Bill de Blasio what he wanted: mayoral control of schools.

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32BJ SEIU takes on D.C with AHCA and travel ban

With many Americans finding a voice of resistance during President Donald Trump’s first year as president, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that unions such as 32BJ SEIU continue to speak out.

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32BJ praises NY assembly for STAFER Act vote, pushes Senate to say ‘yes’

32BJ SEIU wants the New York State Senate to follow the State Assembly’s lead and pass the STAFER act.

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NAACP, NYCHA tenants and workers battle city council’s apprenticeship requirement plan

The NAACP, NYCHA tenants and advocates gathered at City Hall Monday to speak out against a potential law requiring apprenticeships for construction workers. The bill (Intro. 1447), which currently has the support of the New York City Council, comes as a result of an increase in construction-related deaths between 2011 (17) and 2015 (25).

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Amazon buying Whole Foods? RWDSU looks at it suspiciously

It’s a big game of Monopoly played by only one person.

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AFT thanks Trump for apprenticeship programs…with a caveat

Last week in Wisconsin, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that he said would allow industries to create more apprenticeship programs.

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Legionnaires’ disease outbreak kills one, hospitalizes six in Lenox Hill

The Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that affected the Bronx several years ago hit the Upper East Side recently.

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TWU verbally spars with WFP over progressive direction

For some, infighting for the direction of progressive politics has devolved into a purity contest.

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Advocates praise passage of Police-STAT Act in Assembly

Pushing for law enforcement transparency, the New York State Assembly passed legislation that would force police departments to make records on arrest available to the public.

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24-hour campaign raises awareness for childhood summer hunger

One thing that some people say others take for granted: a summer away from school in which a child doesn’t miss a meal.

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Organizations, interests combine to help ‘green up’ Polo Grounds

Although each entity involved may have a had different motivation for doing it, they shared a common goal: restoring high quality and open green space for residents of the Polo Ground Houses in Harlem.

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De Blasio’s education investments meet UFT’s approval

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council reached a handshake deal on a $85.2 billion budget for fiscal year 2018 that includes several investments in education and in young New Yorkers.

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Cuomo: NY health care stays intact regardless of Trump; 1199SEIU approves

Gearing up for a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to shore up health care for his constituents.

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DC37, libraries workers and advocates to de Blasio: Keep investing in libraries

On a hot and muggy Friday morning at City Hall, libraries workers, advocates and members of the union DC37 called on the de Blasio administration to keep investing in libraries.

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32BJ advocates for TPS extension for Haitians and STAFER Act in NJ

Fighting nationally and locally, 32BJ President Hector Figueroa spoke out on behalf of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians and for new legislation in New Jersey that would increase wages for airport workers.

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AQE: Cuomo isn’t a champion of public education

Last week, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a news conference at the Academy of Finance and Enterprise in Long Island City touting his new education budget.

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Cuomo signs legislation allowing full union dues to be deducted from taxes

Last week, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new legislation that would allow full union dues to be deducted from state taxes.

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Why is Albany waiting to raise the age?

President Donald Trump’s administration has stoked concern in the New York State government, and New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants a budget to address that concern.

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Labor and social activists rally against racism and for better wages

On the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., social justice and labor advocates gathered in dozens of cities around the country Tuesday to show a united front. Both groups vowed to fight racism and continue to work in favor of better wages for all workers.

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Developers behind Bedford Armory extol project’s virtues

Advocates for the Bedford Armory Development in Brooklyn have come out in support of the project.

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VIDEO: Ramarley Graham's mother outlines her demands for justice

Ramarley Graham's mother, Constance Malcolm continues her quest for justice after the NYPD officer who unjustly killed her son resigns before being fired.

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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.