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NYC Transit Workers Face Threat of ‘Doomsday’ Layoffs
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NYC Transit Workers Face Threat of ‘Doomsday’ Layoffs

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The city’s transit workers are gearing up against threatened “doomsday” layoffs that could cost almost a quarter of them their jobs. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will vote on its proposed budget at an online meeting Dec. 16. If it doesn’t get $12 billion in federal aid, it announced Nov. 18, it would have…

Striking Indian Farmers are Creating ‘Appropriate Havoc,’ NYC Carpenter Says
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Striking Indian Farmers are Creating ‘Appropriate Havoc,’ NYC Carpenter Says

New York, NY – For the past three weeks, tens of thousands of Indian farmers have blocked highways around New Delhi to demand the repeal of three laws enacted in September by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government that deregulate the market for produce. On Nov. 26, in what might have been the largest single protest…

Entrepreneurs Challenge Governmental Constraints on African Hair Braiders
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Entrepreneurs Challenge Governmental Constraints on African Hair Braiders

New York, NY – The natural hair industry has grown immensely among the Black diaspora in recent years, resulting in more Black people using fewer chemicals to straighten their hair to fit white beauty standards and more local beauty businesses selling natural hair products to style Afros and curls. New?legislation?also exists to stop hair discrimination…

See ‘The Killing Floor’ – Race War and Union Struggle in Chicago’s Stockyards
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See ‘The Killing Floor’ – Race War and Union Struggle in Chicago’s Stockyards

New York, NY – Upton Sinclair, author of The Jungle, said that his 1906 novel of workers’ lives in the Chicago stockyards had “aimed for the public’s heart, and by accident hit it in the stomach”—in other words, that readers were less appalled by reading about a father who lost an arm on the job…

A Pandemic Nurse’s Diary: This is What Fighting COVID-19 Looks Like
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A Pandemic Nurse’s Diary: This is What Fighting COVID-19 Looks Like

New York, NY – Not long after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, LaborPress began publishing the first-person experiences of a Intensive Care Unit nurse helping to treat Coronavirus patients inside a New York City hospital largely serving impoverished communities of color. Those heart-wrenching and harrowing accounts from the front lines of the Coronavirus crisis…

Nurses in Crisis: We Can’t Wait for Biden/Harris to Change Course
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Nurses in Crisis: We Can’t Wait for Biden/Harris to Change Course

New York, NY – Nurses across the country continue to grapple with ongoing physical, mental, and emotional anguish as they try to shoulder the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis?— often?becoming surrogate family members to an unprecedented amount of dying patients. As the national death toll surpasses a quarter of a million fatalities, nurses are still…

NSBCTC President Calls Anti-Mask Crowd ‘Sinful’ – Champions Smart Safety Protocols
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NSBCTC President Calls Anti-Mask Crowd ‘Sinful’ – Champions Smart Safety Protocols

Long Island, NY – Last spring, Long Island was a hotbed of COVID-19, and although cases are once again spiking in New York, efforts to curtail the virus resulted in the Empire State eventually ranking fourth in the lowest infection rates nationwide. That achievement helped many Suffolk County businesses keep the lights on. “A coalition…

Jersey-Based Company is Violating Long Island First Policy, Local 66 Political Coordinator Says
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Jersey-Based Company is Violating Long Island First Policy, Local 66 Political Coordinator Says

Melville, L.I. – Members of Laborers Local 66 are protesting outside the former Newsday building in Melville this week, after learning the new property owners, despite receiving generous tax breaks, will not be using local demolition services on the construction site. The union believes Hartz Mountain Industries Inc., a New Jersey company, should not be…

Not All Business is Down During the Pandemic
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Not All Business is Down During the Pandemic

New York, NY – Although the year 2020 has been a bust for many companies and small businesses, there are some businesses that have experienced a steady upswing. Small businesses, such as drafting services for those looking to make home improvements, have been fortunate. Delivery services have become important to those who do not want…

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