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Stephon Johnson

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Activists want DOE to investigate Success Academies, Moskowitz

It may have been raining in New York City last Thursday, but educational activists at 32 Old Slip in lower Manhattan were determined to shine anyway.

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HUD proposes smoking ban across all public housing

If the New York City Housing Authority is a microcosm of public housing around the country, a lot of work needs to be done with the infrastructure.

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B&H workers vote to unionize

B&H Photo warehouse employees scored a major victory last week after voting to join a union.

IBO report focuses on homeless public school students

A report highlights the tribulations of homeless public school students in the five boroughs.

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Fight for $15 rally: ‘We’re not done yet’

Fast-food workers across the country wanted to let politicians and citizens know that they’re not going to be quiet this election season.

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TWU members want to end MTA deal with GCS

Transit Workers Union Local 100 members are tired of the conditions at an Access-A-Ride call center in Queens and want the Metropolitan Transit Authority to end its relationship with the contractor—and they have an MTA board member ready to support their cause.

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B&H employees go back to work but will continue fight

Workers at B&H Photo in Manhattan are pushing for unionization and better wages and fighting with their employer in the process.

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MTA approves of capital plan, but some want more money included

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will finally get to work on capital projects, but not all are happy with the recent agreement.

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De Blasio wants change to bail laws

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a change to state law that would allow judges to consider the risk to public safety when setting bail or considering an alternative program for a defendant.

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FCC to cut costs of prison phone calls

Inmates and their families might get a little bit of relief when talking by telephone to loved ones behind bars.

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32BJ endorses Harris and Grodenchik

Last week, members of 32BJ SEIU announced the endorsement of two candidates for the New York State Assembly and the New York City Council.

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Car wash owners file suit; car wash workers cry foul

Car wash owners want to take a closer look at a new law that helps car wash workers and no one is happy.

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Perkins launches run for Congress

New York Sen. Bill Perkins announced last week that he’s running for Congress. Perkins is looking to take the seat currently occupied by Rep. Charlie Rangel, who announced he won’t run again after his term ends.

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CUNY faculty, staff plan strike authorization vote

The Professional Staff Congress will vote on whether they should go on strike after working without a contract or new raises.

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Officer meets untimely end, East Harlem copes

Police named 31-year-old Tyrone Howard as a suspect in the shooting death of officer Randolph Holder, 33, in East Harlem.

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Educational advocates, activists target Moskowitz

Educational activists and unions had a week filled with retorts to Success Charter School Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz.

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De Blasio and the homeless

He may not be responsible for the homeless issue, but it’s now New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s problem to handle.

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New York, Boston airport workers fight for wages, better conditions

In New York, airport workers want the $15 minimum wage as soon as possible.

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Following NY’s lead, other cities convene wage boards

New Yorkers led the way and now the rest of the country is following suit.

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Inspector general to NYPD: ‘Train officers better’

In a report last week, NYPD Inspector General Philip Eure outlined ways police officers can avoid unnecessarily violent confrontations.

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All in the family: Boyland’s ex-wife in custody

The ex-wife of disgraced former New York Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. might meet a fate similar to his.

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Fixing police-community relations

At One Centre Street, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and civil rights attorney Norman Siegel unveiled a new report from town hall meetings on police.

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Unions, activists react to mayor’s education speech

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced a new education agenda at a speech in the Bronx last week.

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Teachers fight back against tenure lawsuit

Teachers in New York have had enough of the attacks on their livelihood.

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CCRB report sees decrease in complaints, increase in substantiated ones

A new semi-annual report by the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board demonstrates the power of camera phones.

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Cuomo aide dies

The family of an aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in grief this week after learning that the aide, Carey Gabay, who was shot in the head last week, has died.

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Cuomo: ‘It’s time to fix Common Core’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Common Core is broken and needs to be reviewed.

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Cuomo aide shot: Electeds say blame violence, not carnival

While millions enjoyed the 48th annual West Indian American Day Carnival parade on Labor Day, an unfortunate series of events have some labeling the multimillion-dollar generating event dangerous.

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Police commissioners fight over policy

Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly isn’t holding his tongue about how he feels about law enforcement in the city since he left the NYPD.

With test results, some see progress, others see failure

School Test results, some see progress and failure

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Former Louisiana Walmart employees suing for race/age discrimination

Walmart and discrimination have been in the spotlight often in the past few years, and last week was no exception.

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‘Compton,’ hip-hop and NWA’s legacy

Last weekend marked the opening of the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” in theaters nationwide

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Barron: ‘Ban secret grand juries’

New York Assemblyman Charles Barron wants what’s in the dark to come to light.

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De Blasio announces deal with firefighters

After a lot of friction and back and forth, City Hall and the Uniformed Firefighters Association have finally reached a deal.

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De Blasio poll numbers show uphill battle

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio might have his hands full if he wants to win a second term.

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Frustration grows amid Legionnaires’ outbreak in the Bronx

Even though no new cases with an onset of symptoms have occurred since Aug.3, Bronx residents are at wit’s end over the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak.

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Building and Construction Trades members protest at Columbia University

The JDS Development got a rude awakening courtesy of Building and Construction Trades members.

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Unions and ‘Black Lives Matter’

Ever since its inception, the “Black Lives Matter” movement has found itself intertwined with labor movements.

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Judge rules Garner records to be kept secret, NYCLU continues to fight

While his last breath was recorded for the public to see, the records from the grand jury that let his murderer go will remain sealed.

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Is there a national attack on Black women?

With attention still focused on Sandra Bland’s mysterious death in a Texas jail cell, four other deaths involving the police and jail are making their way into the national consciousness.

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It’s not just Sandra Bland: Three more mysterious jail deaths

With the attention focused on Sandra Bland’s mysterious death in a Texas jail cell, three other deaths involving the police and jail are making their way into the national consciousness.

32BJ to Port Authority: ‘Hurry up!’

While Aviation Safeguard workers achieved a victory last week, the rest of New York’s local airport workers were left dealing with broken promises.

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New Deal for Airport Workers

Local airport workers were close to the breaking point Wednesday, but pulled themselves back with a new deal.

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Uber: 1, City Hall: 0

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided to end his crusade against Uber … for now.

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Cuomo appoints state AG to prosecute cop-involved killings

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will oversee cases of police-involved civilian deaths.

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Noodle hopes to be Yelp for preschools

Everything that can have a one-stop shop online usually does. Whether it’s Zillow, Yelp or TripAdvisor, there’s always something available to modern-day consumers when they need one place to find house listings, restaurants or travel arrangements. John Katzman, the founder of Princeton Review, now wants to add Noodle to the list.

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Firefighters’ union announces lawsuit against Council speaker

New York City’s firefighters will have their voices heard one way or another.

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Uber claims proposed legislation would destroy jobs

Officials from an oft-discussed car service say they want to stop city government from potentially killing jobs.

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Elected officials talk construction noise during school

The school year may be over, but local elected officials still have the kids in their thoughts.

Supreme Court to revisit union fees fight

The U.S. Supreme Court said last week that they will revisit an issue many thought was no longer on the table.