Unions Share Groceries With Non-Union Brothers & Sisters in Construction

New York, NY – Day laborers in Queens, the borough hardest hit by COVID-19, are out of work, but they are not being forgotten. Brothers and sisters from Laborers Local 79 and the New Immigrant Community Empowerment group [NICE], along with Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Corona) recently teamed up to deliver vital groceries to families in…

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As Pandemic Continues, Unions Urge End to Ban on Electronic Representation Voting

WASHINGTON—With in-person voting hampered by social distancing, a group of 14 major labor unions is urging Congress to direct the National Labor Relations Board [NLRB] to develop procedures for electronic voting in union-representation elections, which is currently prohibited. “During the COVID-19 crisis, it’s more important than ever that workers have the right to form unions…

Building Service Workers Plead for Help Amidst Layoffs And Deaths

New York, NY – Essential building service workers left out of previous economic recovery packages that sent untold billions of dollars to corporations are hoping against hope that this time around, there will be something in it for them.  32BJ SEIU [Service Employees International Union] has already lost as many a 100 members up and down the east…

Manhattan AP Finds Inspiration Helping to Teach Public School Kids Remotely

New York, NY – PS/IS 18 Assistant Principal Donna McGuire packed up and left her Washington Heights school on March 19, not yet realizing that she and the rest of her staff would be gone for the foreseeable future. But the way the Park Terrace School’s faculty and students are responding to the challenges of…

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Frontline Nursing Home Workers Still Lacking PPE

Newark, NJ – Statement of Milly Silva, Executive Vice President, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East “As talk of ‘reopening’ New Jersey intensifies, nursing home patients and their caregivers continue to be at extreme risk to a lethal virus.  It is unacceptable that more than two months after COVID-19 arrived in New Jersey, frontline nursing home…

Safety issues continue as trump orders re-opening of meatpacking plants

Washington DC – The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) – is opposed to the re-opening of 14 meatpacking plants mandated to open by President Trump’s executive order. These operations continue without adequate procedures to ensure worker safety. UFCW has raised health and safety concerns that are affecting employees and risking the food…

AFSCME Launches Ad Campaign

Washington DC – AFSCME has launched a comprehensive media campaign titled: FUND THE FRONT LINES.  The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is airing a pair of TV, radio and social media commercials urging Congress to provide funding to help states and cities avoid furloughing nurses, first responders and others municipal workers. Titled “Front-Line…

Unions Share Groceries With Non-Union Brothers & Sisters in Construction

New York, NY – Day laborers in Queens, the borough hardest hit by COVID-19, are out of work, but they are not being forgotten. Brothers and sisters from Laborers Local 79 and the New Immigrant Community Empowerment group [NICE], along with Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Corona) recently teamed up to deliver vital groceries to families in…

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Safety issues continue as trump orders re-opening of meatpacking plants

Washington DC – The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) – is opposed to the re-opening of 14 meatpacking plants mandated to open by President Trump’s executive order. These operations continue without adequate procedures to ensure worker safety. UFCW has raised health and safety concerns that are affecting employees and risking the food...
Features, Health and Safety, Municipal Government, National

AFSCME Launches Ad Campaign

Washington DC – AFSCME has launched a comprehensive media campaign titled: FUND THE FRONT LINES.  The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is airing a pair of TV, radio and social media commercials urging Congress to provide funding to help states and cities avoid furloughing nurses, first responders and others municipal workers. Titled “Front-Line...
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As Pandemic Continues, Unions Urge End to Ban on Electronic Representation Voting

WASHINGTON—With in-person voting hampered by social distancing, a group of 14 major labor unions is urging Congress to direct the National Labor Relations Board [NLRB] to develop procedures for electronic voting in union-representation elections, which is currently prohibited. “During the COVID-19 crisis, it’s more important than ever that workers have the right to form unions...
Features, Health and Safety, Municipal Government, National

IBEW Union Turns Moonshine into Hand Sanitizer

Gulfport?Mississippi –??Hand sanitizer was needed to keep both those on the job and their families safe. IBEW Local 903 in?Gulfport Mississippi developed a plan to acquire a generous supply. Local 903 Business Manager Brian McMurry and his IBEW local’s executive board  bought eight 5-gallon buckets from a local whiskey and moonshine distillery. The company had recently switched its...
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