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DC37 and CUNY announce tentative labor pact

New York City’s largest union of municipal employees and the City University of New York have agreed to a tentative deal resulting in wage raises.

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Phase-in of New York and New Jersey airport workers begins

It’s a new day for New York and New Jersey airport workers, who begin the road to a higher minimum wage this month.

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JFK security officers announce a strike

A group of security officers at John F. Kennedy Airport announced a strike to begin Thursday afternoon. The security officers, who work for Global Elite doing aircraft and ramp search and checkpoint monitoring at JFK, announced plans for a strike Monday stating they’ll leave their posts at 4 p.m. Thursday and end the strike at 1 p.m. Friday.

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Teamsters and activists call out pregnancy discrimination at XPO logistics

A $12 billion company that works with retailers such as Disney and Verizon landed in hot water and the Teamsters have taken them to task.

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Pilotworks shuts down, leaves vendors in disarray

“I’m not one of those businesses that can bounce back easily,” said Donna “Cheff Roostie” Davis, the owner of Veggie Grub. “Right now, I’m just going back to the old ways of hustling.”

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Washington State strikes down death penalty

Washington State’s Supreme Court ruled this month that the application of the death penalty statewide is unconstitutional.

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UFT reaches preliminary agreement with the city

The United Federation of Teachers agreed to a new contract with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this month. The UFT’s new contract takes them through the year 2021. The UFT represents more than 129,000 workers (36 percent of the city’s workforce). Once the new contract is voted on, 60 percent of New York City’s workforce will be under contract. UFT employees will receive compounded wage increases of 2 percent Feb. 14, 2019, 2.5 percent May 14, 2020, and 3 percent May 14, 2021.

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Columbia University postdocs vote to unionize with UAW

If Columbia University’s administration would not listen to graduate workers, maybe they will listen to postdoctoral researchers. This month, the Columbia’s postdocs voted to unionize with the United Auto Workers with 68 percent voting in favor. Now, the 2,000 postdocs and associate researcher scientists want to sit down with the administration to bargain for their first contract.

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Proud Boys bring hatefest to NYC

A leader of a hate group spoke at a New York GOP event on the Upper East Side last week. Chaos and violence ensued. Elected officials and activists have called for the arrests of those involved. GOP officials have deflected blame, accusing anti-fascist leaders of starting the melee.

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Unions hail Port Authority vote on wage increases

Last week, local airport workers finally got the news that they’d been waiting for all year. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officially voted in favor of a new resolution raising the minimum wage for workers at LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty international airports.

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