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Weingarten Re-Elected AFT President
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Weingarten Re-Elected AFT President

WASHINGTON, DC —?The 1.7-million-member American Federation of Teachers overwhelmingly re-elected President Randi Weingarten. In addition, Fedrick Ingram was elected Secretary-Treasurer and Evelyn DeJesus was elected? Executive Vice President. The election marks the seventh term for Weingarten, who taught social studies and civics at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn, New York. Fedrick Ingram assumes the…

U.S. Workers to Senate Republicans: ‘Put Your Faith in Action; Provide PPE’
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U.S. Workers to Senate Republicans: ‘Put Your Faith in Action; Provide PPE’

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—SEIU members staged a week-long series of prayer vigils and protests around the nation Aug. 24-28, calling on employers to provide proper protective equipment and the Senate to pass legislation to aid essential workers. “Workers like us are dying from this disease, and we have to put some light on it,” says Sandra…

Labor Marches for Nationwide Policing Reforms and Stronger Voting Rights
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Labor Marches for Nationwide Policing Reforms and Stronger Voting Rights

Washington, DC – On Friday, a powerful coalition of Labor unions joined forces to help co-sponsor the 57th anniversary celebration of 1963’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom — an event packed with extraordinary urgency and profundity in an era of ongoing police brutality and calls to defund the police. This year’s anniversary march…

Postmaster’s Rationale for Removing Vital Sorting Machines Falls Apart
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Postmaster’s Rationale for Removing Vital Sorting Machines Falls Apart

New York, NY – The US Postal Service under Trump-installed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is asking the American public to believe that removing nearly 700 mail processing machines from plants nationwide is just a “routine” cost-saving measure — and not a brazen attempt to steal the 2020 Presidential Election two months ahead of the vote. …

Mourning Labor Leaders Warn: ‘We Must Build a Better World’
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Mourning Labor Leaders Warn: ‘We Must Build a Better World’

New York, NY – Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, joined National Nurses United President Jean Ross, RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum and frontline workers for the Jewish Labor Committee’s national day of mourning held July 28. “The coronavirus was real for the people that I represent before it was on the…

Trillions for Corporations – Crumbs for You: $600 Lifeline for the Unemployed Evaporates
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Trillions for Corporations – Crumbs for You: $600 Lifeline for the Unemployed Evaporates

WASHINGTON—The extra $600 a week in unemployment-insurance benefits that has helped support more than 30 million people who lost work in the COVID-19 epidemic is likely to expire July 31 without being extended by Congress. While the House passed a relief bill in May, the $3 trillion HEROES Act, that would have extended the supplement…

California Child Care Providers Make History With Unionization Vote
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California Child Care Providers Make History With Unionization Vote

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—After 17 years of trying, 43,000 California childcare providers finally have a union. The union, Child Care Providers United, won 97% of the vote in representation-election results announced July 27. An alliance of SEIU Local 99 in Los Angeles, SEIU Local 521 in San Jose, and the United Domestic Workers in San Diego, AFSCME…

Labor Joins Black Lives Matter in Coast to Coast Action Against Systemic Racism, Police Brutality and Economic Inequality
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Labor Joins Black Lives Matter in Coast to Coast Action Against Systemic Racism, Police Brutality and Economic Inequality

New York, NY – Workers in more than 150 cities staged walkouts and rallies as part of a nationwide “strike for black lives” July 20. Those actions included an early-morning strike by 1,500 office-building janitors in San Francisco; rallies by McDonald’s and hospital workers in Chicago; marches by fast-food workers in St. Louis and Durham,…

Unions Press Senators to Extend $600 Unemployment Payments as Clock Ticks Down
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Unions Press Senators to Extend $600 Unemployment Payments as Clock Ticks Down

WASHINGTON—With at least one out of every nine American workers still jobless, the extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits enacted in March is scheduled to expire before the end of the month. Labor unions are mounting a campaign to overcome Senate Republicans’ resistance to extending them. The House passed a bill in mid-May, the…

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