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Stephon Johnson

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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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Report: Gap between rich and poor schools has widened under Cuomo

A new report from the Alliance for Quality Education and the Public Policy and Education Fund concluded that children from New York State’s poor districts saw state funding for schools get worse.

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Alliance for Downtown NY employees to receive minimum wage increase

The Alliance for Downtown New York claims another victory as it announces an increase in wages for the organization's employees.

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The end of Rikers Island? Officials speak out

City officials speak out on why Rikers Island should shut their doors.

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Seven B&H Photo employees fired after union elections

According to Laundry Workers Center United officials, seven employees from B&H Photo's Manhattan warehouse were fired the same day workers voted to join the United Steelworkers.

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32BJ praises Jersey City mayor for wage increase

Add Jersey City, N.J., to the list of American cities increasing the minimum wage.

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Unions reinforce support of Hillary Clinton for president

In a joint statement, over 20 unions have put their eggs in Hillary Clinton’s basket.

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B&H Photo warehouse workers join United Steelworkers

Several months after 200 B&H warehouse workers in Brooklyn voted to join the United Steelworkers, workers in the basement warehouse below B&H Photo Video’s retail store in Midtown Manhattan have done the same.

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Chancellor Farina holds roundtable with community/ethnic media

Tuesday morning, at the Tweed Courthouse behind City Hall, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina held a roundtable with members of community and ethnic media.

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Drywall apprentices needed

The New York State Department of Labor announced that an organization is looking for new workers.

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TWU suggests de Blasio curb horse carriage crusade, calls for investigation

Of all the hills for a New York City politician to possibly die on, one would think horse carriages in Central Park would be low on the list.

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City Hall: 'We want accountability from cops and de Blasio'

Activists urge Mayor de Blasio to stand up against wrongdoing, four years after NYPD officers shot and killed Ramarley Graham.

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David Bowie: The difference between being a musical chameleon and appropriating

If you were to put all of David Bowie’s albums into a bin and grab three of them blindly, you would get three different listening experiences.

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Report: Minimum wage increases haven’t hurt restaurant industry

A new report from Cornell University suggests that for the past 20 years, restaurants haven’t been affected by minimum wage increases at any level.

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Walmart workers’ fight against their employer continues

Walmart workers and their advocates smelled something fishy about their employer’s latest action.

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CTU responds to Illinois gov’s attempt to control Chicago Public Schools

Last week, while insinuating that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s actions didn’t work, Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner pushed for the state to take over the city’s public school system.

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UFT, educational activists respond to State of the State

Educational activists and the United Federation of Teachers had a few things to say about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State speech. Most of it focused on his budget proposals and policy for education.

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Airport workers let their voices be heard

They had been planning this for a while, and the main event didn’t disappoint.

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Janitors in New Jersey ratify new contract; NYC cleaners reach tentative deal

Close to 7,000 32BJ SEIU-affiliated cleaners and school custodians in New Jersey now have a new contract.

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Firefighters ratify new deal

It was a long road for the Uniformed Firefighters Association, but they finally ratified a new deal.

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NLRB to review case involving research and teaching assistants at Columbia

A case to be reviewed by the National Labor Relations Board could decide a group’s right to collectively bargain.

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Whistleblower settles with NYPD after outing quota system

New York Police Department officer Craig Matthews said he felt the brunt of retaliation after telling his supervisors of a quota system in the Bronx’s 42nd Precinct.

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City Council votes to fund security for private schools

When people talk about public-private partnerships, this may not be what they had in mind.

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Advocacy groups calls for equal pay for early childhood educators

Program directors and advocates from more than 100 education-based programs in the five boroughs want equal pay for early childhood educators now.

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Robert Hinton killed before receiving brutality settlement

He endured violence at the hands of Rikers Island correction officers and survived, but Robert Hinton met his untimely end closer to home.

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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.